"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Starscream Toy Review
Release Date: November 2016
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
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Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Legion Class figures, are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Starscream figure between robot and jet in 5 steps. Scan the Decepticon shield on this Starscream figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). Collect other Legion Class figures and create your own Autobot vs. Decepticon battles (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) If Starscream has to defeat hundreds of Autobots on his quest for universal domination, then so be it. He would like nothing more than to prove his immense power and superiority over all other bots. Do the Autobots have the strength to bring down the power-hungry Decepticon? Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Choose a side, and prepare for battle! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
"Robots in Disguise" is a sequel series to "Prime", however when it came time to select a cast of Decepticons for the Autobots to fight none of the Decepticons shown in "Prime" returned for the series as regulars. However, kicking off season three one key Decepticon did return: Starscream! As part of his reintroduction into the series, several figures were released of the character including this Legion Class figure.
Starscream is packaged on a blister card. The bubble is formed around the figure roughly in the shape of the figure. The packaging features artwork for the character in front and instructions on the back followed by a ton of legal information. The artwork is based on the promotional art for the character as he appears in the cartoon. There are no longer inserts included with the Legion Class figures. I do wish the "Robots in Disguise" packaging had some type of tech specs, but to be fair, most of the target audience is more likely to rip the figure out and toss the packaging away than to save it so I can understand why it doesn't have any bio information at all.
When Starscream returned in "Robots in Disguise" his appearance had changed quite a bit from his look in "Prime". Instead of a super thin, lanky body his new form looks much more like his Generation One counterpart. Some of the key details include the design of the head, the wings on his back, shoulder armor that recalls G1 Starscream's "coronation armor" and having a faux jet cockpit on his chest flanked by vents on the chest. The design looks great and I really prefer this over the "Prime" design which never struck me as particularly powerful looking.
Starscream is cast in silver and blue plastic. Silver makes up most of the figure with blue making smaller parts like his forearms and thighs. There is quite a bit of paint on this figure, which surprised me given that it is a Legion Class figure. There is a large amount of red used on the wings, his chest and pelvic area. Orange is used for the faux cockpit cover on his chest. Blue is found on the shoulders and feet. The head is painted black while his face and chest have silver on them. A final detail is red on the eyes. I am very surprised by how many parts have paint on them and how many different colors were used on this figure. Very impressive!
Starscream has eight points of articulation in this mode. That includes two on each arm and leg. His hands are shaped to be able to hold 3mm peg Cyberverse style weapons which is good because oddly he has no weapons sculpted into his arms. I'm guessing this was to keep his forearms from being too bulky, but it would have been nice since his arm mounted weapons are so iconic.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Swing the cockpit on the back up over the head.
- Swing the wings down.
- Push the shoulder armor down.
- Swing the arms down and connect the fists to the pegs underneath the wings.
Starscream's new vehicle mode seems to take G1 Starscream's classic F-15 jet fighter mode and a Grumman X-29 jet and mashes them together into a sleek, futuristic looking fighter jet. The F-15 influences are represented by details like the two horizontal and vertical stabilizers in the back as well as having a jet body that is filled in rather than having a wide open gaps where the wings sweep forward like the X-29. Taking a cue from the X-29's iconic forward swept wings, Starscream's wings and horizontal stabilizers both sweep forward instead of back. Overall this is a very cool looking jet.
This mode mostly shows off silver plastic, but blue makes up the front. Orange and silver paint are used on the cockpit cover while red is used for line details on the wings. A Decepticon symbol is found on the left wing. You can scan this into the "Robots in Disguise" app, but instead of unlocking the character you get the "Cryostase" Mini-Con slot machine. When I scanned Starscream I wound up getting one slot machine turn which resulted in unlocking Titan Guardian Strongarm permanently.
Starscream is a really nice Legion Class figure. If you're in the market for a "pocket sized" Starscream this would be a great choice.
- Good sculpt with nice G1 nods.
- Surprisingly nice deco.
- Fun transformation.
- No weapons (either accessories or sculpted).