Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Transformers: Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class Starscream Part 1

Characteristic design elements on a new look

Moving on to a Transformers figure after the reviews on 1/100 Gundam Exia Roll Out Color Ver., and Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition. ^^

Transformers: Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class Starscream
Production company: Hasbro
Release date: December 2012
Price: US$14.99
Merchandise link

Since I never played the game, I have zero knowledge of this version of Starscream. ^^; I do like its design very much, as realized on this Deluxe Class figure, which is pretty much the only justification for me when I decided to pick him up. ^^

Starscream seems amazingly courageous in "Fall of Cybertron". ^^
Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

Interestingly, at least for the figure itself, the design seems to involve bulking up the character, to a level that is almost uncharacteristic of the usual depiction for Starscream. ^^ The game design as shown on the blister pack's card revealed that the bulk is being integrated with the alternate mode, even though it still looks like a pretty  fat  beefed-up space jet. ^^; The point is, the actual in-game design of the alternate mode at least showed some effort to conceal the massive bulk that the character is not commonly associated with. This Deluxe Class figure on the other hand, seems to be designed to show off said bulk without reservation. ^^ The legs folded up on its underside would probably need to be detached for the plane to look good. XD Then again, the top section and tail fin are also quite large proportionately to the entire plane, so it's really not possible to "slim down" Starscream by removing just one or two specific components on this figure, to give it a more "compatible" look as its other incarnations. ^^ Still, it's that very unconventional bulky look (for the character) of this version of Starscream that makes it appealing to me.

On the other hand, the figure still has many design features that are instant links to the Starscream's classic image. Besides the color scheme, the squarish head, the cockpit on its abdomen, and the raised scopes on its back are all characteristic features of Starscream that are well "preserved" on this "Fall of Cybertron" game version. ^^ Coupled with that unconventional bulky look as mentioned earlier on, this is most certainly a very unique version of Starscream. ^^

Front view of the blister pack.

A large image of Starscream's in-game model occupies the top section of the package card.

The in-game model of Starscream's alternate mode is shown at the bottom right corner on the blister pack.

The product label indicates that the transformation difficult is 2 - Intermediate for Starscream. ^^

The figure can be seen very easily and clearly through the clear shell.

Closeups on the details.

The folded instruction sheet can be seen placed beneath the figure inside the package.

Left and right side views of the blister pack.

Character name on the left side of the blister pack.

A large half section of the Decepticons logo, another in-game model image of Starscream and the figure's product numbering can be seen on the right side of the blister pack.

Preview for Ultra Magnus and Sideswipe from the same toy line on the bottom of the package.

A brief introduction of the character as well as images of the figure in robot and vehicle modes on the back of the package.

As masculine as he may look, Starscream is still pretty low on his courage (3), according to the character stats. ^^;

Comparison with another Starscream figure I have that has yet to be reviewed: Voyager Class Starscream (G1 Deco) from "Transformers" (2007).

The color scheme and the cockpit in the abdomen are perhaps the only two similarities between these two versions of Starscream. ^^;

Comparison with the blister pack of "Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters" Deluxe Class Bumblebee.

The package is carefully cut from its side in order for the content to be removed.

Starscream and his weapons on the plastic tray.

Front view of the plastic tray that houses Starscream.

Closeup on the details.

Rear view of the tray.

Closeup on the details.

The neatly folded instruction sheet on Starscream's transformation.

Front page of the instruction sheet shows Starscream's robot-to-jet mode transformation.

Rear page shows the reverse.

Oversimplified version of the weapon configuration options for the figure I believe. ^^;

The complete backdrop with the remaining edges of the cut plastic cover removed.

The cardboard label for the top, side and bottom faces of the plastic container.

Straight-out-of-box display of Transformers: Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class Starscream in robot mode. ^^

Removed strings that were used to tie the figure to its plastic tray.

Will be doing a reserve-transformation for Starscream - the vehicle mode will be shown next, before its transformation sequence in another posting. ^^

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