After a couple of weeks hunting, I was finally able to pounce on a fresh Transformers Prime case at my local Toys R Us. Arcee was already on my to-buy list, but Starscream was just too tempting to leave behind. And now I’m going to gush about him.
Transformers Prime Starscream is your typical Starscream archetype. Megatron’s second in command, he wiles away the hours plotting ways to seize command of the Decepticons. He’s also still a coward, resorting to battle only when forced into it or when he thinks his side has the upper hand. He’s not as whiney as G1 Starscream though, which I’m definitely glad for. He’s also a bit more dangerous and less comical, even becoming dangerous when backed into a corner by the Autobots.
I’ve been pretty impressed with the Prime toys so far. The designers have done a fantastic job with folding a decent sized robot into a vehicle that’s much smaller than you’d expect. The real amazing part is that both robot and vehicle modes are generally spot on. I loved Arcee, and even liked Bumblebee enough to not get rid of him. Now with Starscream, I know I’ll be fighting the urge to pick up as many Prime characters as I can find.
I really love Starscream’s thin and sharp design. Even the Transformers Animated Starscream had a little bulk to him, but Prime Starscream almost has that same feminine look that they gave to Arcee. Of course it doesn’t help matters much that he has real high-heels and not just jet thrusters. Also, his super long fingers give him a delicate yet creepy appearance. I’ll be very interested to see the rest of the Seekers in this style. It also gives me hope that we may finally get a Slipstream with such a feminine design.
Starscream’s head sculpt is also great. Like the other Prime figures, those robot lips don’t come off as wrong looking on an actual 3D representation. In particular I love Starscream’s half smile/sneer. It goes really well with his devious looking eyes. And I never noticed this until I had the toy, but he actually has some very large and menacing eyebrows. Unfortunately, the spike that goes up the middle of my Starscream’s head is smashed and a bit bent at the top. There’s no way to see this from the package since he’s in jet mode, but I don’t actually mind it too much. I think it gives him a bit of crooked charm.
Starscream’s paint job is mostly made up of molded pieces that are either light gray or a dark bluish gray. These dull colors are broken up by some metalics and the striking red and blue highlights. One thing I found interesting is the face on his chest. There are actually pupils sculpted into the two eyes. Continue to page 2…