WFC Siege Starscream

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  1. Philister

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    Prelude:While the current Siege line does seem to make an effort to include characters we haven’t seen in ages, there are, of course, the usual suspects as well. Such as Starscream, who really shouldn’t need any introduction. He is back for Siege in all his back-stabbing glory, now sporting something approaching his classic G1 cartoon Cybertronian alternate mode. Let’s see how it works.

    Robot Mode: The first episode of the original G1 cartoon cheated a bit when it showed us the Bots and Cons on Cybertron. They sported Cybertronian alternate modes, but their robot modes already looked like they would after acquiring Earth modes. Probably didn’t want to confuse the kids. So Starscream looks (from the front, at least) much like he usually does when sporting his classic F-15 Eagle jet mode. (Fake) cockpit on the chest, turbines as nipples, the whole nine yards. It’s only from the back that you see the differences. Character recognition is absolutely no problem here, this is clearly Starscream. Could have gone a bit easier on the battle damage deco, but that’s the Siege line for you.

    Starscream is a Voyager-sized robot with excellent articulation, including articulated wings on his back that can swing back and be moved up and down as well. The back of his legs feature spring-up plates, so that he can bend his knees almost 180 degrees without the lower legs being open. The forearms, meanwhile, flip open when you wish to fold in the hands, instead of simply being open on one side. Very nicely done, would like to see more of that. Buying third party upgrade sets simply to fill in hollow legs or forearms gets tiring after a while.

    In terms of weapons Starscream comes with his usual arm cannons, which can plug into shoulder, forearm or his hands, your choice. So bottom line for the robot mode: very nice. Clearly Starscream despite the Cybertronian alternate mode. A bit less battle damage deco maybe, but otherwise: two thumbs up!

    Alternate Mode: The Decepticon seekers on Cybertron sported a kind of pyramid-style design that fans have dubbed “Tetra-Jet”. So far only the now-defunct third party company Impossible Toys has come close to actually turning that design into toys with their ill-fated Tetra Squadron. Siege Starscream, on the other hand, is a bit of a mixture between that design and, of all things, the original Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper. Even the guns under the wings are somewhat similar to the Viper design. I have very fond memories of that design, so thumbs up for that.

    What made me hesitate to buy this figure for a long time was the big undercarriage of the jet mode. I have to say, though, it’s far less a problem in-hand than it looks to be on the pictures. Yes, the jet has an undercarriage, but I can count the number of jet Transformers that don’t have one on one hand, I think. So while the jet could be a bit more aerodynamic, it still looks pretty good.

    The entire jet tabs together very solidly and while the amount of battle damage deco on the wings is a bit much, it still looks very good overall. The only real downside of this jet mode for me is the back, where you see Starscream’s robot mode chest plate. You can sort of interpret his turbine nipples as exhausts, sure, but the fake cockpit really stands out. Also, the chest plate is quick to snap off during transformation. So some minor point deduction for that. Otherwise, though? A very nice jet mode with bonus points for the Viper look.

    Remarks: Not much I can say about the character of Starscream that hasn’t already been said in at least a dozen other reviews on my site, so I’ll spare you. Suffice to say that there has been a Starscream in just about every Transformers toy line since the end of the Beast era and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. And naturally we’ll be getting quite a few repaints of this mold as well, as Thundercracker, Skywarp, and a new Seeker called Redwing have already been announced. So business as usual.

    Overall I was pleasantly surprised after buying this figure. It’s not perfect, but it’s a pretty good design and very nicely portrays Starscream in his pre-Earth days. A better place to hide the chest plate in robot mode, a bit more restraint on the battle damage deco, and I’d probably have been tempted to give this toy an A-rating. As things stand it’s a fun figure, a good Starscream, and a solid recommendation to everyone who is a fan of jet Transformers and Starscreams.

    Rating: B

    Source: Transformers-Universe.com
     
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  2. JT-bob

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    Got Starscream on the Prime Day deal, it's an interesting figure, I don't dislike the vehicle mode compared to how most pictures portray it - if the legs were just a little more tucked away or smaller it'd be really solid - and the transformation is quite interesting. Packaged transformation is wrong in 2 ways that made the figure seem like a mess, I suggest reading the instructions on this one to get the neck plate right (it's not complicated, but the packaged version gives a very wrong first impression). Robot mode is a very different G1-inspired Starscream with tall shoulder inlets and a leggy look, reminds me almost of a manga version while still remaining true to the character. The battle slop paint is the real drawback, just too much of it (and that exact same pattern is getting repeated on all the repaints coming soon, ugh). The chest on mine doesn't pop off easily, thank goodness. I am not sorry I waited for a sale on this figure, but I'm glad I have it.

    If you like Starscream this isn't a bad figure to get, but if you aren't tremendously attached and only want one of this mold, it might be wise to pick the exact character or color version you want. It's a mold worth having, but not everybody will need every version of it.
     
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    ...it's a Starscream. Apparently we desperately needed another one of those.

    I have Redwing coming, maybe the improved joints will impress me more.
     
  4. wade2501

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    Starscream with Siege Thundercracker's head. Definitely an improvement. Starscream now feels more like himself. Makes a great looking figure even better looking.
     

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    It’s safe to say that the Classic Seeker Mold has been retired
     
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    RIP in Peace to the hardest working mold in existence
     
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    Now if only we could get a voyager sized, G1 styled Starscream….
     
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  8. Rattrap Primal

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    I give it after the WFC Trilogy is over until we get Earth Modes again......
     
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    Fans have been wanting tetrajets since forever and when we finally get one someone gotta ask "where is his earth mode", lol

    Give it time, like Rattrap said.
     
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    I just got this figure myself. Just a few thoughts I'll leave here:

    Tetrajet! I mean, this for me is the real draw. Ever since I was 5 years old and saw that cool space jet design, I wanted it realized in toy form. I even remember playing with my Thundercracker and trying to make the wings to form a tetrajet shape. It's nice to finally see some wizardry to pull this off rather elegantly, relatively speaking. The scissor transform of the robot intake engines is a "Masterpiece moment" as we've said in the past; it's a very nice little surprise.

    Greeble and other detail! When I first saw official photos, I was really concerned that it would be a bit too greebly. It...kinda still is, but it's not nearly bad in person. I think it works overall. If anything, I do think that the "space dirt" does work against this figure, but not nearly as bad as some others. I do think the faction symbols could be done better, but I'm planning on getting the Reprolabels set from Toyhax anyways.


    Starscream! But, oh buddy this is Starscream! The poseability is great, the colors are right...there's so much done right to this character with this figure than not. I think the null rays could use some work, but that's a nitpick, really.

    Starsream looks great overall, and it's a very solid release. It's certainly a recommended figure from me, especially if you love Seekers and Tetrajets! I'm wanting the other 2 and the Rainmaker set now.
     
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    Can you better describe what you trimmed?
     
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    Siege Starscream is who got me back into collecting Transformers. Awesome figure! I can't wait to get Thundercracker from BBTS so I can do the smirk headswap :mail 
     
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    Mine has the same issue (it'll stay in place if standing however), so I'd like to know if it's an easy fix as well.
     
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    Looks good
     
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    Something I've been wondering about: the two tabs on the grey flap behind his head. Can they be clipped off without hurting anything? Why are they even there? All they seem to do is cause the intakes/Tetrajet front end parts beside the flap to push down on it, forcing his head to look upward.

    All three of the main Seekers I have have these tabs, but I don't see what they're meant for, and it only seems to cause problems. Has anyone else gotten rid of them without any undesirable side effects?
     
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    The flap is there to fill the gap between his head and the backpack. The tabs fit snugly into holes in each of his pylons so that it stays in place. If you're transforming the toy properly, you won't get the situation you describe.
     
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    Ah okay. I think when I got them out of the box they were mistransformed, so I assumed the flap just folded all the way back for the transformation (Skywarp was at least, since I noticed it before transforming him).

    I did try to bring it straight out a while back, but I must have misaligned it since I couldn't plug the pylons in. I just tried again and it worked great, so thanks for pointing that out! :) 
     
  20. Shin Densetsu

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    I initially got 1 of these months back but 1 ankle wouldn't tilt and I believe the incorrect feet were put on.

    Flash forward today where I got one where both ankles tilt and the chestplate has yet to pop off.

    I was hesitant since the deco kind of bored me and I was debating on Thundercracker or waiting for Earthrise Starscream instead. However I've come around to these being modernized versions of pre-Earth figures and I fondly remember the episode where Starscream's history with Jetfire was revealed. So with that, I decided I would get this AND Earthrise Starscream.

    Alt mode transformation is more involved than I thought. For the most part, it's solid in jet mode. It's compact...pics may lead you to believe it's too small but the overall mass definitely makes it a voyager.

    Robot mode is where this figure shines. It's the best robot mode of any Starscream I've handled and is more poseable than MP3/MP11. I hope
    Earthrise Starscream is just as poseable since this figure raised the bar pretty high for a Starscream figure.

    The lightpiping is great. The mouth has a line slanting to the right..smirk, unintentional, whatever, it's different from Thundercracker and from the neutral face from the earlier SIEGE Starscreams I've seen. Note that recently I've seen some with mouth lines slanting left or right. Makes it look angsty.

    This is one of my favorite SIEGE and Starscream figures.
     
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