Vault Review: Transformers Prime
Dark Energon Starscream

This week seems to be devoted to paint variants, so to go along with the trend I’m going to throw one more Starscream onto the pile.  This time I’m taking a look at the BBTS exclusive Dark Energon version.  This is a pretty spiffy figure that I just got in this week

Like my last review, I’ve covered most of the aspects of this mold already.  So this review is going to be mostly comprised of pictures to give you a good idea of what this figure is like. This is also the last we’ll be seeing of the First Edition Starscream mold until the release of Slipstream. (For those of you who are a bit tired of seeing Starscream, don’t worry!  Next week it’s back normal with plenty of LEGO, MonsterArts, Figma, DC, and MOTU to finish up before the end of the year.

I’m one of those collectors that loves classic toy gimmicks.  Just tonight I was at Toys R Us being tempted by a three inch movie Spider-man figure  that had glow-in-the-dark elements and an odd Goblin-esque glider.  I don’t collect that many Spider-man figures.  I don’t have any from the current movie, and hardly ever buy three inch figures.  But damned if I didn’t love the idea behind this new Spidey figure.  It’s something I would have loved as a kid, and I still think it looks like a fun toy as an adult.

The next best thing to cool GITD action is a translucent figure.  I would have bought this Starscream figure just to complete my collection of this fun mold, but the fact that he’s made up of clear black plastic really pushes this figure over the top for me.  Most of these parts are thin enough to be translucent, but when layered over each other they begin to look solid again.  This effect is most evident in jet form where the wings are the only parts that really give off that clear glow.

The rest of Dark Energon Starscream’s body is made up of a bright purple plastic with tiny bits of glitter in it.  This color really meshes well with the trans black, but honestly when do black and purple not go well together.  It really makes him a pretty good substitute for Skywarp if you didn’t want to bother chasing down the Takara version.

Aside from these great new colors, this is the same First Edition Starscream figure that we all know and love by now.  This is the Hasbro version of this mold, so he comes with two missile pods instead of the glued on bombs.

The only concern I do have with this figure is that the plastic feels a bit brittle.  I imagine this is a combination of cheaper plastic and translucent plastic.  I haven’t had any issues with my figure so far, but I’d suggest being careful with him just in case.

If you haven’t gotten enough Starscream Prime yet, then check out my other reviews of this mold.


12 thoughts on “Vault Review: Transformers Prime
Dark Energon Starscream

  1. Somebody loves him some purple.

    I find myself intrigued by the Wheeljack Dark Energon offering. I was interested in their Megatron too, but after seeing some reviews I’m not so sure.

  2. I don’t collect Transformers but I have enjoyed reading the reviews. I generally know if I like figures from toylines I collect without reading reviews so these reviews are nice for me to be able to admire some other lines.

  3. This is a pretty cool variant. It reminds Me of the Energon deluxe Starscream, who was an Energon ghost and therefore made of green translucent plastic. It’s an excellent Starscream figure, using a G2 inspired transformation, so if the translucence appeals to you, it might be worth looking up the Energon Starscream.

  4. I don’t do the toon ones for my collection but will look for a cousin. Just found out he’s a transfan and these reviews help on what to buy.

    1. I’m intrigued as to what constitutes a non-toon Transformer. I guess the live-action movie ones?

      1. the more animated style vs G1/Classic or WFC/VG versions that have shared shelf space the last few years.

  5. cool. the black/purple color scheme really does work better with some molds, doesn’t it? This is just different enough from Skywarp (mostly head and lower legs) to make a unique character, which you would otherwise need a whole new color scheme to do (re: Wheeljack/Deadend or the other Seekers), or as you pointed out, use him as Skywarp as the ‘official’ one isn’t easily available Stateside.

    is this at mass retail or is it part of the BBTS exclusive variants?

  6. Nice review and great pics!

    This is a neat-o colour scheme; it’d be nice to see on the Classics Seeker mould.

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