TF Prime Cyberverse Commander Starscream

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  1. Creaky

    Creaky King of Puppies

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    Another one for you here.

    Out of the three Commanders I've gotten (Megatron, Starscream and Bulkhead) Starscream is the worst. He's not terrible, but he has a few flaws that make him one to pick up later, rather than rushing out to grab him.

    Vehicle mode is a pretty good representation of the alt-mode from the show. The toes stick up, which breaks the lines somewhat, but at this scale it can't really be helped. The rear end of the jet doesn't really peg together, either. On the flip side, the plane mode is a bit less undercarriage heavy than the Deluxe First Edition Starscream, although there is still a presence there.

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    Transformation is a breeze. The end result is this:

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    His form is pretty close to the show model, the only real exceptions being the positioning of the wings and the fact that he has half a plane strapped to each of his arms. He's not the first Transformer to have done this, and he won't be the last, but overall it's really not bad.

    Trouble is - his wings make him back heavy. And his feet? Well...

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    In the Deluxe, the unusual feet design allowed Starscream to stand pretty well - the opposite happens here. To give you an example of how tricky he is to get balanced - most of this review was shot with him leaning against a wall. Hence why I didn't manage to get a lot of pics (at least ones that turned out well enough to show). If you don't pose him, he can manage to get stable enough provided you don't breathe in his general direction, but it's all quite disappointing.

    Like his comrades in the Cyberverse line, he comes with a translucent plastic weapon. Two in fact, which almost makes up for the disappointments.

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    What I particularly like about it is how well it matches his animation model's blaster. It also has a missile chilling out on top, which is a nice detail. Sadly, the figure only has three places to put the weapons - on his forearms, in his hands or under his wings. I wish he had some more alternatives, to really make the most of the weapon sharing gimmick.

    He can still manage to pull off some cool poses, and when you start giving him other weapons he starts overcoming his flaws.

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    Overall, I think he's a decent figure, although he has issues. You shouldn't really have to brace a figure on something, or have a flying stand to get it to do stuff the other figures in the line can do easily. If you can pick him up on sale at some point, or if you have all the other commanders and want to finish the set then he's probably worth your time. At the price I payed I'm relatively happy with him, mostly because his robot mode does look quite accurate and he has two cool weapons.


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    "I, Starscream am your new leader!"

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    "Ahem." This won't end well.

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    See?

    EDIT: Replaced all pictures with ones that don't suck. :D 

    Next up, Bulkhead!
     
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  2. Yaujta

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    Not bad at all! The balance issue is sad, but I think the aesthetics and overall build of the figure make up for it.
    Looking forward to Megatron and Bulkhead reviews.
     
  3. drsyn

    drsyn Classics Big member

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    Aye, at this size I can overlook flaws. Even Cyberverse's Shockwave problems.
     
  4. Creaky

    Creaky King of Puppies

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    Megs review futher down the page, I'm re-taking Bulkhead's photos, they're even fuzzier than these. :lol 

    Took a quick side photo to show the heavy back kibble, as I managed to get him standing on the desk.

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    Starscream's nightmares are real.
     
  5. Robogeek28

    Robogeek28 Who're you calling a geek?

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    Hmmmm, not terrible but also not a "must buy" like Bulkhead and Megatron. I'll pry pick Screamer up when I have nothing else to pick up at the time.
     
  6. SPLIT LIP

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    The massive forward section and legs on top of the jet kinda ruins it for me, but that robot mode isn't bad save the arm kibble. I love how these are becoming more and more like undersized scouts rather than oversized legends.
     
  7. World Prime

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    Looks OK, but I probably won't be getting this one. Does he have an elbow joint? It doesn't look like he can bend his elbows in the pics. It's a shame about the hand area, cause the robot mode looks good aside from the tips of the jet mode sticking out.

    Some more pics would be appreciated. Maybe try having more light?
     
  8. Ravenxl7

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    Not too terrible, but definitely the worst of the first four Commander figures. I was going to get him and Bulkhead first, since I figured Prime and Megs will be the more plentiful ones, but I might wait on him.
     
  9. Creaky

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    The other two in particular feel much more like scouts than legends. I hope this is something that continues.

    He does have an elbow joint hidden away in the giant plane halves on his arms.

    Re-taken the photos. :D 
     
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  10. Neo-Primus

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    You can separate his fore arms from his cockpit section to give him proper arms, also his feet can rotate so that in jet mode they form into a sleaker looking fuselage :D .

    The instructions however don't show either of these things so you just have to play with him to discover them lol

    Crappy picture time

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  11. Ratchets Hatch

    Ratchets Hatch Cannot Hold Weapon

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    That's cool that you can give him proper arms. I also like him a lot better with his wings out to the sides like that. I continue to marvel at how awesome these Commanders are!
     
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    The FE Starscream is much better, but that is to be expected. I still like how this Commander looks though. Anyone have a picture that shows Starscream and Optimus Prime together for a size comparison?
     
  13. Neo-Primus

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    Appologies for crappy focus again lol

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  14. NCStarscream

    NCStarscream Me Grimlock cute

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    Got him today. He's awesome, and I was even more pleased with him when I discovered the two things Neo-Primus noted above. Also I was quite happy to see his Tech Specs more accurately reflect him than the ratings he's been given since ROTF's line.
     
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    No need for apologies, since the picture was able to get the job done. :)  Thank you for taking it.

    I can see all four Commanders (I still haven't seen Megatron or Bulkhead yet), and their comparison to the smaller Cyberverse figures. I have one little Cyberverse figure (Vehicon), since I saw him at TRU and figured "Well, I'll own at least ONE TYPE of Vehicon this way." lol

    Now I wish that I bought more, since it's popular. I'll see if I can get lucky again. I am definitely buying these though, since the size is nice (plus the price should be as well).
     
  16. Firestorm

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    Just bought Prime, Starscream, and Bulkhead.

    Starscream is probably the weaker of the three IMO. But he is far from a bad toy. His head may not turn like the other two can, but he still has a good range of articulation. He looks awesome for a cyberverse figure. No regrets about picking him up at all.
     
  17. Brakescream

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    I think he's better than some have made him out to be. He's not as good as Megatron, but for me he's better than Optimus. Purely because he looks so much like his onscreen character in both modes.He doesn't have the articulation of Prime, although due to his transformation, he can look up which can give him some nice hunched poses.

    My major gripes is that rotating the feet doesnt do a whole heap to make them less conspicuous is jet mode, and the front halves dont peg together particularly well, leaving a gap down the nosecone.
     
  18. Neo-Primus

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    I don't know, when I rotate the feet you can barely notice them, you have to rotate them 180 degrees from his robot mode to get then to fit a little flusher :D 
     
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    Tried that and it didn't look a whole heap better IMO plus it made his tailplane no longer align properly.

    The best way I've found is to transform him with his feet around the right way, then as the last step of transformation, rotate them 45 degrees.

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    It still sticks up a bit, but I can live with it. I'm going to need to find out why the nose doesnt join together propery though. These pics show just how bad that is.

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  20. Yaujta

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    Picked this figure up today. The ONLY thing that bugs me is that the fuselage takes some pressure to go completely closed in jet mode. Not a big deal, but still a deal.
    Mine stands perfectly fine. He's back heavy, but if you mess with the feet a bit he balances quite well.
     

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