Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Commander Class Starscream Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Beast Hunters, Commander, Cyberverse, Decepticon, Prime, Seeker

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: May 2013
Price Point: $9.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Thunder Talon launcher, Missile

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from Amazon.com:
The devious Star scream dives out of the sky to destroy unsuspecting Autobot enemies. Autobots beware, because this Star scream figure is just the Deception to take any of them on. He’s a super sneaky operator who wants all the power for himself, and his Thunder Talon launcher gives him the edge he needs in battle. When he needs to do recon or make a speedy escape, convert him to fighter jet mode. Keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can’t keep up.

StarscreamThe world of "Beast Hunters" grows in the Cyberverse with the addition of Starscream into the mix. Previously a Deluxe Class Starscream had been released for Beast Hunters. This figure is roughly based on that toy's design. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. It'll be helpful for you to check out my original Commander Class Starscream review for reference.

Robot Mode:
Starscream largely carries over a lot of the design elements from the previous releases of the character. He's very thin, lithe and sleek looking. His torso is probably the widest part of the figure and his head leans forward a bit, giving him a slightly "hunched over" look that gies him a slightly creepy and devious appearance. However, a lot has been changed between the original Cyberverse version and this one:

  • The head sculpt is a modified version of the first head. It still has a high crest and sharp looking features, but it has extra detailing on the sides of the face and the helmet sweeps back to a point near the top.
  • The forearms have been redesigned, with the ends coming to a point instead of being flat.
  • The torso panel is an entirely new sculpt with the most notable detail being vents on the bottom of each chest plate. This is the detail that is most like the Deluxe version.
  • The wings on the back of the figure comes to thin, flat points instead of cylindrical ones.
  • The lower legs each have fins on the sides with a smooth armor piece on the bottom and ridged ones right behind them.

Starscream's colors have been changed too. He is mostly cast in metallic red and silver plastic. These colors alternate between parts such as the arms and legs where each has red on the upper part and silve ron the lower part. Paint colors on the figure include gunmetal grey, red, gold and purple. The gunmetal is found on his face and waist area. The red is found on the head for his crest and eyes. Gold is the most heavily used color, found on his chest panels, head and legs. The purple is used for a Decepticon symbol on the left side of his chest.

All of the joints on the figure are nice and tight, though due to the rather thin size of the feet you'll have to play with the figure's balance a bit to get him to stand. Starscream includes what is called his "Thunder Talon" launcher, but does not look like the same weapon included with the Deluxe version of the figure. Sure there are some similarities like a claw at the end and wings on the side, but this version of the weapon is a small marble launcher at the end with a long rod leading to the claw at the end. The claw is more in the shape of a semi-circle than the claw seen on the Deluxe version. Starscream can hold this weapon in either hand or you can attach it to the sides of his forearms.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons if attached.
  2. On the back, swing down the single thruster.
  3. Swing the wings back.
  4. Straighten out the arms.
  5. Swing the robot head back.
  6. Swing the shoulders up and connect the forearms together.
  7. Swing the nosecone piece back so the tabs on the arms fit into the slot in the back.
  8. Swing the wings down to the sides, but keep them slightly swept forward for now.
  9. Swing the legs forward, inserting the red tubes near the wings (they look like thrusters) into the bottom of the feet.
  10. Attach the weapon to the underside of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Just as the robot mode has been heavily modified, so has the vehicle form. here's what's different from the previous version of this figure:

  • The panels that form the middle to nosecone section of the jet is completely different. It's bigger, a bit higher and the cockpit appears muc hlarger. There are horizontal stabilizers towards the front and vents on the sides.
  • The wings are completely new pieces with layered armor panels at the base to the front while overlaping panels sit on the back. There are some nice line designs on the edges.
  • The back of the vehicle has two horizontal stabilizers, seen in robot mode with ridges partly covered up by an armor piece that sweeps back.

The overall effect of this redesign is a very different looking vehicle. The larger nosecone section in particular almost edges the jet towards looking more like a bomber of some sort. This vehicle form is different than the one seen on the Deluxe version but the two share some common features such as vents towards the middle of the vehicle and the horizontal stabilizers in back sweeping back. The two could be perceived as a related class of vehicle, but not the exact same form.

This form carries over all the colors from the robot mode except this time out a majjority of the red detail comes from paint on the wings, not plastic. The windows are painted metallic blue and the gunmetal is found on the sides. Gold is used for the vents on the sides and the rear stabilizers. Some dark grey rubber plastic is used for the nosecont and the vertical stabilizer in the rear.

Starscream's weapon can attach to the underside of either wing or to a hole in the middle on the underside of the vehicle. I prefer it in the middle myself.

Final Thoughts:
I give a lot of kudos to the designers for a very extensive retool of the previous Starscream figure. It looks cool and carries the "spirit" of the Deluxe version. I'm actually glad the two aren't exactly alike, that way I don't feel like I'm buying the same toy just in smaller form. Recommended!