One of my favorite figures in the Transformers Prime line is the First Edition Starscream. His cocky expression and ability to formulate dramatic gestures make him extremely fun. When Takara announced they were doing a Skywarp repaint based on the FE, I had to have it.
Takara did something interesting things with the release of their main wave of Prime figures. Instead of phasing out the First Edition molds, they decided to keep using some of them. I consider most of those FE figures as nearly perfect Transformers figures, so I’m entirely for this. The second thing they did was add a Minicon to each of the figures, which I’m also entirely for. More robots are a good thing, right?
Instead of the more traditional card with a bubble, Skywarp came in a box. There’s new CGI display art, which I’m assuming is a Photoshop of Starscream. Inside, Skywarp comes in vehicle mode and covered in a plastic baggy to protect his paint. In another separate bag is all of the figure’s paperwork, and in another is a sprue plate containing the pieces of his Micron.
The first thing that struck me about Skywarp was how brilliant his color scheme is. The majority of his body is molded in black and makes him look extremely sleek, especially with the metallic copper and silver accents. But what really makes this guy stand out is the neon purple. You would think adding bright purple to a jet would look silly, but somehow it way more dangerous than Starscream’s comparatively plain gray colors.
Skywarp’s sculpt is almost the same as Starscream’s. The biggest difference is that Takara didn’t give him Starscream’s missiles. Instead, they mounted two large bombs to his wings. I’m actually really glad they did this. It was a really simple way to give Skywarp his own unique feel. And in case you were wondering, the bombs are glued on. Although I’m sure they can be removed with enough force.
Robot mode is similar to jet mode, and aside from the bombs the two Seekers have identical sculpts. I don’t mind so much here, but I’m hoping Takara will make a couple of new head sculpts for future colorways. Starscream has a great creepy smile going on, and I don’t really want all of my jets to be leering at me from the shelf. They also need to figure out a way to do a cone head. A Slipstream would be cool too… Continue to page 2…