I don’t need a personality, I’m sexy.
This is Hasbro’s Transformers Energon Deluxe Starscream. In the Energon series, the gimmick for the Autobots were that they could Powerlinx/Superlink with each other via the “Spark of Combination”, while the Decepticons had “Hyper Battle” modes. Also, the Basic/Scout figures came with oversized weapons which could be used by any other robot in the line.
As for Starscream himself, the story goes that at the end of Armada, he was killed. Now, in Energon, set ten years later, he’s been revived by the mysteeeeeeerious Alpha Q, as an Energon Ghost type guy with invisibility and other ghooooooostly powers. He eventually rejoins Megatron and is pretty much a loyal drone with no personality traits at all. Not even after getting a G1 recolor when he and Megatron dunk themselves in a pool of Super Energon.
Incidentally, Energon as a TV series, started out decent and then sucked incredibly hard. Death was utterly meaningless because of the Beast Wars concept of “Sparks”. Even Inferno’s inner struggle arc was too little too late. On the other hand, it’s got plenty of audio tracks of Optimus Prime apparently being anal raped by Primus. Just sayin’…
Yeeeeeah, now that I’ve made this review non-kid friendly, let’s get on with the toy itself.
Starscream is a half decent F-22 Raptor type jet. He’s probably not based on the F-22 specifically, but that’s the most iconic model name of this shape of jet.
As I just said, he’s only HALF decent. There’s nice battle damage on the wings which DO work in making this figure cool, it’s got lots of weird details to break the visual aesthetic up and the undercarriage isn’t that bad. But as you can plainly see from the pics, he’s got a very noticeable gap at the rear of his jet where his forearms go. It’s not a deal breaker, but it does prevent him from achieving toy jet perfection. Otherwise, tThis is a jet that I find myself surprisingly enjoying.
Note: As noted by Faxon in the comments, I mistransformed Energon Starscream, he has no gap in jet mode.
Transformation is impressive. There’s a couple parts of it where you twist and turn things a full 180, and they really add to the conversion from jet to robot and vice versa. He’s actually kind of complicated, but not overly so, especially once you figure out the aforementioned twisting and turning bits.
Robot mode is pretty good. Aesthetically, he’s one of the better looking Starscreams. It’s very much understandable why this model has been used for such things as the IDW comics and why the mold’s been re-used for the Botcon 2009 exclusives. Pictures don’t really do this guy justice, as there’s something “just right” about this guy. From size to proportions, he’s “just right”. I used to not dig his hands and feet, based on pictures I’ve seen. But in person, it doesn’t bother me one way or another now.
However, not all is sittin’ pretty. Energon Starscream’s shoulders are set pretty high up, which frankly, just looks weird and… kinda dumb. Otherwise, he looks pretty dang good with the translucent green bits and the molded damage dabbled here and there.
Articulation is pretty darn good, especially for a toy that’s several years old already. He’s actually more articulated than many Cybertron Deluxes. However, his wings do get in the way of his arm movement at times.
Hyper Battle Mode is not worth mentioning… okay, apparently it’s worth mentioning, because I just mentioned it. But it’s not worth describing. Just pretend there’s no such thing as a Hyper Mode for screamer. So nyeh!
Screamer also comes with a BFG and a BFS that combine into a EBFS (Even Bigger F***ing Sword). This is a good thing, especially since he has the balance to hold them/it without falling over. His arm joints may or may not be strong enough to support the weight of the weapon(s), but if not, just do the usual Clear Nail Polish or Superglue tricks to fix ’em up.
Screamer is a good, solid toy. For some reason, he seems to cost an arm and a leg on the secondary market, probably because he was once the best Screamer available. I wouldn’t pay much more than original retail for him though. He’s good, but he’s not THAT good. Still, if you can find him for a reasonable price, this guy will make a good addition to your Decepticon air force.
Pros: Good in all categories. A very good package overall.
Gap in jet mode. Some wing kibble issues in robot mode.
3.5 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent