Robots in Disguise finally went out and found a “real” bad guy. You know the type, crazy smart, and just a bit crazy. Starscream has always wanted to take over the Decepticons, and he will do anything to get that goal accomplished. Crazy with a side of determination.
In the Toys R Us Exclusive line, Clash of the Transformers, we finally get our hands on Starscream. This is straight up Starscream. This is not a repaint, or a special version. We get the first RiD Starscream in his standard look, and his look is great.
As with the rest of the line, we get to see Starscream in his robot mode. He looks fantastic. He is less bulky, like we have seen in Prime, but not quite so skinny. There are some visual cues taken from the G1 Starscream, and more from the Animated Starscream. I will always have a place in my heart for the Animated series. Those toys, way back in 2008 really kicked in my collecting of Transformers, and rekindled my love from being a kid with only a few. This starscream is 630th Transformer. No wonder I don’t have any more shelf space… Who am I kidding? I will always make more shelf space.
He has his red chest plates with the jet’s cockpit running down the middle. He is mostly grey with a touch of red and a hint of blue. Some versions of Starscream gave him lots and lots of blue, but the first Starscream had very little around the hands. He comes with his null-ray blasters attached to his forearms. Thankfully, they are not outlandishly long and in the way, so he can actually use his hands. The guns are black and port into his arms.
The guns can technically be used in his hands as well. Not cannon, but it is described that way, so I figured I would show it. I am actually a sucker for Transformers with smaller handguns. Probably because most of them come with rifles, and the smaller handguns are less common. Anyway, I will probably not use that feature often, unless Starscream is in a battle and gets a blaster shot off, but can still make it function. He is smart enough to do that.
When it is time to go, Starscream transforms into his jet mode. Now we are looking at the Animated jet. Forward swept wings, long nose, and feet used for jets. When I first saw it, I knew it looked familiar, but I could’t quite put my finger on it. The colors are lighter, but the basic idea is there. All the way down to the red line running along the front part of the wing.
One of the hardest accomplishments for Hasbro is to get a Transformer to transform into a plane, and hide all of the robot parts. There are usually some left over bulky parts somewhere that kills the look. They did a pretty good job with Starscream.
He is a bit bulky around the wings, but with the design they had to work with, it would be hard to hide all of his shoulder padding.
The arm guns get moved out to the wing tips, which helps to hide the arms a bit. Thankfully they added a joint to the wrist, so the hands fold into the arm a bit and are out of the way. I have another example coming up where the hands are out for all to see, and it kills the look.
Overall, Starscream is what we like to see in the RiD line. Robots in Disguise is not as good as the Generations line, which is killing it right now with the Titans Return sub-line. The RiD figures have less articulation, and less detail. They tend to have easier transformations as well. Sometime that can be harmful to the figure, but there are times, like with Starscream, that things go well, and we end up with a good figure. And, when we finally get prominent figures, it is nice that they are well executed.