Sculpting - **
You have some sculpted lines on the chest, head and along the backside of the jet body but some of this is covered when the labels are applied. For the most part that's what the labels are for - to supply the detail.
I do like the overall look of the jet and robot. Some nice sharp edges and such. Like I mentioned previously the jet looks like a jet and the robot looks like a robot. The look and feel of the red color on the die-cast metal chest is appealing.
In robot mode there are 2 points of articulation - at the shoulders. That's it.
I have to score this in the middle because his accessories are not really accessories in the traditional sense (i.e. Joe fig that comes with lots o' guns and extra stuff). They're all required to complete the look of either of two modes (jet or robot). Without them the jet wouldn't be a jet and the robot would be fistless and unarmed. Included are his wings, tail fins, fists, rocket launchers, missiles, bombs and front landing gear. All of these are detachable from the main Starscream body.
Also included is a nifty trading card with the character art on one side and info about the character on the other. Once again the text is in Japanese.
Compared to today's toys Starscream is somewhat lacking with little articulation but it does make for a nice display piece, in both jet and robot modes. The real value here, however, is being able to get a minty new Starscream without having to spend the few hundred dollars a boxed vintage one could cost.
For fans of classic Transformers toys, both those who were around THEN and those who were first exposed to the Transformers name via the Beast Era Transformers, this is a good opportunity to pick up a fan favorite without having to pay through the nose for a vintage one. Nice overall robot mode and jet modes - colorful display piece.
Keep in mind, however, that the launchers do work and there are number of small detachable pieces. So probably not the best toy for a small child.
Where to Buy:
This re-release of Starscream is domestic to Japan only, so it's not available at stores like Toy R Us or Walmart. Given that, however, it's still relatively easy to acquire from one of several online dealers or from a local Japanese import store. It's NOT a store or convention exclusive so the price tag is somewhat manageable.
I purchased mine from Captured Prey, price then was $35.00, current price $30.00.
Starscream is also available from the following:
Wizzywig Collectibles - $40.00
Bigbadtoystore.com - sub-standard $37.99, standard grade $39.99
Image Anime Sale - $30.00 Sale Price - As per their policy => "Sale price Items: Any item that has a SALE price will only be effective through Online purchasing Only! (Sale pricing will not be effective for Phone orders)"
I've dealt with all of the above on at least one occasion in the past and have come away a satisfied customer. As of this writing all have Starscream in stock and all are based in the United States.
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