Vault Review: Transformers
Prime Starscream

Starscream has fantastic articulation, on par with Arcee’s.  His head, shoulders, and hips are all ball joints.  He has swivel biceps and a waist.  His elbows and wrists are double hinged, while his knees and ankles are single hinged.  The figure already hunches forward slightly in robot mode, with the rest of these joints he can easily bow in subservience.  His double jointed wrists also make for great gesturing and give the toy quite a bit of personality.

I don’t usually care much about a Transformers’ vehicle mode, but Starscream’s jet is equally as fun to play around with.  Even though there’s a bit of leg kibble on the bottom, I’m still impressed how such a tall figure can crumple down into such a small jet.  The jet itself looks terrifically sleek and I think it’s a great update to the bulkier G1 design, and it definitely blows the flat triangular movie design away.

Starscream comes with two accessories:  two missile racks, each holding three missiles.  These missiles are designed to connect under his wings in jet mode, or onto his forearms in robot mode.  They’re a bit bulky in robot mode for me, and I really wish the individual missiles were removable, but in jet mode they’re perfect.

Even if you’re not a huge Starscream fan, you still might want to consider picking this figure up.  Not only does he have a unique design, but the amount of personality that the articulation brings to this figure is insanely cool.  I already know I’ve been suckered into buying any of the other Sweeps they make.


21 thoughts on “Vault Review: Transformers
Prime Starscream

  1. I guess this is a real Transformer to “male” (if a robot can have gender) to more female look 😛

  2. Excellent review, and some great photos from some angles you don’t see covered in the promotional images. Which is why I probably won’t be picking this up, even if they do a redco called Slipstream. Too much undercarriage junk in jet mode for my liking. Also, it looks a bit like what would happen if Mad Max movies used planes instead of cars.

    While I think about it, how does this Starscream compare to the Classics / Universe / Henkei Seekers in terms of size in both robot and jet modes? ‘Cause if they’re comparable enough, a Slipstream might tempt me to make a purchase, but if she’s half-sized in jet mode and basketball-player-like in robot mode, ferget it.

    1. Thanks Beedo. I’m not sure how he stacks up against the Classics Seekers. I’ll have to Noisy borrow him to take pics, since he has those.

  3. Seekers not sweeps. Just small correction. However love your site, (just started following) and was glad to see this one online! 😀

    1. Ah, yeah I guess I had sweeps on the brain. Thanks for the correction. Also, glad you like the site. 🙂

  4. Great review and I’m glad you like him!

    I, too, believe they made Starscream thin to give him that creepy look and feel, and it suites him perfectly. I’d also would gladly pick up the seekers if they released them. If they do make a Slipstream version down the road then I’d want them to either tweak the mold (to make it look more feminine, like Arcee) or just make her a new figure.

    Also, Vault, if you see Cliffjumper, pick him up. He’s amazing and fun.

    1. Thanks Mose. Slipstream would definitely need a new head, and a new chest wouldn’t hurt either.

      I can’t wait to get Cliffjumper! I’ve been staking out my TRU for the last few weeks and they just aren’t putting him out. I missed our first shipment of the Arcee/Starscream box, all that was left was too many Bumblebees. Hopefully I won’t miss out on Cliffjumper too.

  5. Nice review! I just finally found the first edition wave at the TRU near my job this past weekend. And finall got around to opening up Starscream today! He’s truly impressive considering he’s a Deluxe. I was going to hold out for the Voyager class version, but this one was so highly regarded on the various TF podcasts, I had to pick him up and he does not disappoint.

    I chomping at the bit for the rest of the line to be released!

    1. This is the same argument a friend of mine makes (and why he refuses to watch “Prime” and goes as far as to dramatically point out and sigh with disappointment when he sees the DVD on the shelves).

      I argue that this is–visually–the best Starscream ever. Think about how Vault described Starscream (and how he’s characterized in virtually every appearance): cowardly, underhanded, backstabbing, an opportunist, and built for speed to strike and run away before the enemy can counterattack. When I imagine a character like that, I don’t picture a bulky, powerful, thick-limbed soldier.

      1. I picture G1 starscream like I picture G1 everybody thats the way the should look the animated movie is the ONLY movie that is real!!!
        This SS does look much better than the super terrible movie version but thats like saying that red dirt looks better than brown dirt they are both dirt

  6. not a bad entry, but i don’t know if its enough to win me over. i like TF:Prime, but i don’t plan on collecting the line. when i get the itch i think i’ll dig out my TFA stuff i’ve had hibernating for a while now. i might still pick up a Voyager Prime for my collection of Primes though…

  7. I don;t buy too many Transformers as of late, but I really want the Prime Arcee and Cliffjumper, and possibly Bulkhead. This makes me sad that I’ll never find em around my area in the Wilds of Michigan because we have an unhealthy abundance of scalpers traipsing about….The “first edition” on the packaging seems tailor made for these most unscrupulous creatures….haha…Who knows though, I may get lucky 🙂

    1. I have more than a fair amount of scalpers in my area, but the Prime deluxes seem to have hit in major force. At TRU today, they must have had 20-30 of each figure (Starscream, Bumblebee, and Arcee). 6 full pegs and a bunch just stacked on the shelf below it. Of course, I only wanted an Arcee (I hate Starscream and Bumblebee’s design in this show), and when they show up, I’d love to snag a Cliffjumper and a Bulkhead, but I’m satisfied for now.

  8. Can I put in a request? It would be nice to have a pic of the package somewhere in the review. Even opened. See, around these parts all I can EVER find are toys based on the third movie, I don’t think I’ve seen any of the figures you’ve showcased. Given the rather complicated ‘classification’ they’ve got going on for all the different lines, just seeing the package gives me the idea if I’m looking for a J-hook bubble card or a small peghook box or a large shelf box or…well, you get the idea.

    As to this Starscream, I’m getting a very ‘Evangelion’ vibe from it.

  9. That face has a very Transformers animated feel to it, I might pick up a few of these Prime figures since they seem to fit so well with the animated show toys. I have not seen many in the stores, are scalpers gobbling these up or are they just not out in full force yet?

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