Earthrise Starscream Toy Review


Price- $29.99
Class- Voyager

Commentary-

When CHUG came out, Starscream was one of the first figures. He was good at the time, especially that they used the mold like 8000 times to make the seekers, coneheads, and a bunch of other characters. I really thought that the original seeker would stay in my collection forever. A while back, I was taking pics of a bunch of the seekers and I realized that the mold really didn't hold up that well. Sure it looks kinda good, but the articulation was a big problem. Siege had some great looking seekers, but I really didn't want a bunch of Cybertronian seekers so I didn't get any of them (there were 7 in Siege). So Earthrise Starscream looked great and the more I learned about him, the more I wanted to get him. He's all new parts, but he shares a lot of engineering with the Classics Starscream, which I really liked.

Bot Mode-

Starscream is my second Earthrise figure, and like Grapple, Hasbro knocked it out of the park with Starscream. As I mentioned earlier, he shares engineering with CHUG Starscream, but he takes the best parts of CHUG Starscream and improves upon it in every single way (as well as making it a voyager instead of a deluxe). In robot mode, Starscream looks exactly like how you would expect Starscream to look. He is primarily light gray, blue, and red. He has a clear yellow canopy on his chest from vehicle mode. His head sculpt is good. He has 5mm ports on his upper arms which you can plug his null rays into. He has REALLY good articulation. His head is on a balljoint, his arms can move up and down and in and out. There is over 90 degrees of bend on his elbows. 5mm holes in his hands. His legs have amazing articulation, the legs have full range of motion as well as knee bend and ankle tilt. His "skirt" can be moved up and down so you can fully move his legs. Like all Siege and Earthrise figures, there are small pegs which you can attach effects parts as well as 5mm ports which you can attach weaponizers onto him. The only thing I don't love, but it isn't the biggest deal is that the nosecone of jet mode is on his back. Other voyager Starscreams (Siege and POTP) didn't have this issue. But it is a minor gripe and honestly, it kind of gives me hope that this mold will be used to make other seekers and the coneheads. I have one really minor and kind of nitpicking gripe. I don't like that the Decepticon logo on his wings is upside down in robot mode.

Transformation-

Like Grapple, Starscream has a slightly easier transformation that Siege figures. But it is still very fun to do. The transformation itself is very similar to CHUG Starscream, with a few more steps which make it a little more complicated. For complexity, I rate the transformation a 5.75 out of 10. For fun, I rate it a 7 out of 10.

Vehicle Mode-

Starscream's vehicle mode is absolute perfection. Sure, he has a bit of kibble on the bottom of the jet, and yes, the military hasn't used an F-15 jet in a long time, but it is faithful to the source material. The vehicle mode keeps the same exact color scheme as robot mode. If you look inside of the canopy, you can see a small seat. Which is an AMAZING detail which they could've left out and it still would've looked great. He has deployable landing gear on the nose of the jet, but mine is too tight to move. I'm not sure if that is an issue with EVERY Starscream, or just mine. There are 5mm ports on the body of the jet in 2 places and under the wings that you can plug the null rays into. It's a nice touch that you can put them in a few spots.

Accessories-

In G1, Starscream just had null rays on his arms. So it is appropriate that the Earthrise version does the same. He comes with two gray null rays with really good details sculpted on them. He can hold them in his hands or plug them into his upper arms.

3rd Party Add Ons-

At the time of writing this review (Feb 2020) there are no upgrade kits. If that changes, I will revisit the review. I'm anticipating that Matrix Workshop will make something because they made add on kits for almost every Siege figure. FYI, you CANNOT use the Siege Starscream shoulder parts on Earthrise Starscream. I didn't try but several people told me that they just don't fit on properly. There are other add on kits which were meant for CHUG Starscream which you can use. Dr Wu made a G1 Megatron as a gun which can be held by Earthrise Starscream. Also, there was a Dr Wu kit which was a CHUG Megatron as a gun. Since Screamer has 5mm hand holes, he can hold them. I ordered the Matrix Workshop sword which was meant for Siege Megatron, but he hasn't come in yet, so when I get it, I will take pics with it.

Pros-

Starscream is so close to perfect that it hurts. He is the right size, he has great articulation, appropriate accessories. Just an all around fun figure

Cons-

Honestly, I don't have any major problems with the figure. Ideally, I would've liked to have him not to have the nosecone on his back, but that isn't really a big deal. Also, the nitpick of the decepticon logos being upside down on his robot mode, small gripe, but it isn't major.

Grade-

Earthrise is turning into my favorite Transformers line of all time. Starscream is my 2nd figure and he is purely amazing. I just really hope that Hasbro releases the other seekers as well as the coneheads. I would have no problem getting however many redecos/retools of this mold as possible. Considering some of the rumors as well as Hasbro's practice for Siege, I would be shocked if we don't get at least 2 or 3 more of this mold. Earthrise Starscream is my favorite non 3P figure that I've gotten in at least a year or two. I rate him a 9.5 out of 10.

American Retools and Repaints-

Earthrise Thundercracker (coming Summer 2020)
Earthrise Skywarp (Coming Summer 2020)



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