Discussion in 'Transformers Video Reviews' started by EmGo316, Jul 26, 2010.
YouTube - MASTERPIECE MOVIE LEADER STARSCREAM: EmGo's Transformers Reviews N' Stuff
I agree that this shouldn't really be in the Masterpiece line, but at the same time, it's an "almost Masterpiece" toy. That probably wouldn't look so good on the box though.
What I mean is that it's an incredible feat of engineering to get an almost 100% accurate version of movie Starscream's robot mode, out of a very realistic F-22 alternate mode. The proportions of the F-22 are almost perfect, just being a little too fat on the undercarriage (but it is a big, fat jet aircraft in reality.) And the paint job on this version is a spot-on, perfect representation of the real F-22. The only things that spoil the jet mode a bit are the details on the undercarriage and bottom of the wings, which were necessary for the robot mode. However, the robot legs do fold up into the correct shape for the jet. I really can't think how else they could have done it, considering that the movie cheats so much on the transformation.
Having said that, it's still obviously designed to be a big, chunky children's toy. That's why it doesn't fit as a Masterpiece to my mind. It isn't because it doesn't have lots of accessories or die cast. If it had been designed as a Masterpiece, you'd have the robot mode made up of many more pieces, instead of those child-friendly, one piece blocks. And each finger/thumb would be articulated, along with fully articulated ankles and toes. The F-22 mode would have been that little bit sleeker, to give it a totally accurate profile, without the need for gimmicky sounds that kids like. When I think "Masterpiece", I think it means that the toy is as articulated and show accurate/correctly proportioned as possible, with absolutely nothing sacrificed to achieve that goal, engineering-wise. And that doesn't describe this toy, because it makes various sacrifices to have room to store electronics, for the pop-out weapons gimmicks and to be simple/sturdy enough to still work as a toy for children.
I may still buy it, despite the fact that I hate movie Starscream's robot mode, because I'm a sucker for jet aircraft. The F-22 mode on this one is particularly nice with the accurate paint apps.
^^^ Agree with Galva-Cannon here.. Couldn't have said it better myself.. I'm a sucker for jet aircraft too especially the F-22, and the repainted look of the jetmode is the reason I'm getting this.. And also because I want a proper Starscream figure from the first movie and this repaint justifies me to get it..
That is the first well worded argument against it being a MP that I have read yet. Kudos sir! And when you word it like that, it is a bit of a shame that this is not a 'true' Masterpiece. Still, at least it is quite an impressive mold, and a sturdy one at that! That alone makes it better than the Seekers and Megatron.
this figure is a masterpiece! can't wait to have it!
Excellent review. I do agree with most of you anti-MP argument. It should have far more accessories and new sounds. Hell, he has 2 lines of english and one line of Cybertronian in the first movie. I'd have loved that. I'd have loved a Hoover Dam platform display stand or a bunch of twisted cars from the final battle. Nothin.
Leader Starscream is an excellent example of what Hasbro can do, and I am in total disagreement about any strict "Only G1 can be MP!" stance. I'd go nuts over an MP Bonecrusher or Arcee Triplets set. I'd also go apeshit over a BW Transmetals 2 Megatron or BM Obsidian. The important point for an MP is a be selective, filled with value and playability, and not just to simply take advantage of the name.
BTW, I got my HFTD Leade SS yesterday and it is impressive, but not for MP prices. Great review.
LOL, me too, and G1 Starscream was my 11th Birthday present. THis new Screamer even has a rubber nose. It was love at first sight, and the whole thing is solid.
Although I agree that the figure doesn't fit in with the others released in the Masterpiece line (and not because of the source material, but because of the constitution of the toy), if anything Hasbro has ever made deserves the title "masterpiece", Leader Screamer is it.
Exactly. Hasbro got this one right.
Well, the fuselage of a real F22 gets more narrow toward the rear.
This Starscream F22 gets more WIDE towards the rear because of his
thighs/hips. So, that's basically wrong.
Also, the one reason I wouldn't call this a Master Piece is because shitty
electronic gizmos definitely hampered engineering, which compromised the
shape of the jetmode.
A Master Piece shouldn't have electro gizmo's. Especially not, when they compromise engineering.
Great review, and although a repaint, I still fell a masterpiece vibe from it. Now yes, as knoted mentioned, the fuselage on the real jet does get thinner further back, but the toy doesn't, but that said, MP Convoy's alt more isn't a perfect COE either what with the recessed panels with the headlights on it. Idk, I feel I'm paying a good price for this. The way I see it, I can either spend the money on this, and get it right, right off the bat, or buy a 2nd hftd SS, and TRY to paint it like this... honestly, this is less of a hassle, and would probably cost about the same for me
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