So when Takara announced in 2006 that they would be releasing a Masterpiece version of Starscream following their highly successful Optimus Prime Masterpiece figure (MP-01); I was enthralled. The control art for the figure was released shortly afterwards which showed a beautifully designed figure worthy of the character. Then, something happened. Changes were made. And when the figure was finally released it had been heavily modified so that the vehicle mode (an F-15 Eagle fighter jet) was much more accurate which required a lot of sacrifices on the robot mode. So instead of following MP-01's precedent where the figure was designed with the robot mode in mind first, MP-03 Starscream's design heavily favored the vehicle design. Also it was green. And not like a subtle green, a very prominent gunmetal green apparently based on what real F-15's looked like. But I wasn't going to let that dissuade me from purchasing the first Masterpiece Starscream figure.
|Masterpiece Starscream's concept art|
Then in 2007 Hasbro announced they would be releasing the Masterpiece Starscream figure in the USA! Also as an added bonus, it was to be released in the original correct colors! I was so happy! We were finally going to get a color accurate Masterpiece Starscream! He was released as a Wal-Mart exclusive and immediately became hard to find. I got lucky one day when they had just received a shipment so I was able to bring one home without too much trouble, but many other fans weren't able to get one. Immediately I set about trying to sell my green Starscream and after a few days on the market, someone finally purchased it, missing fingers and all. In truth I was very glad to be rid of that green monstrosity. It just wasn't Starscream. Not long after this, the third party company TFC toys (who would later go on to create Hercules) created an add on set for Starscream that re-created his coronation look from the 1986 movie. It included shoulder pads, a cape and a crown. So this is how I displayed my Starscream. And I thought it was over. End of Part 2.
|Hasbro Starscream with the TFC Coronation Set add-on.|
But I was so conflicted! I had already decided I didn't want to purchase this figure yet again after having been through the wringer twice. I hate double dipping, especially when it comes to Transformers. However I decided that as a dedicated Starscream fan the ultimate Starscream toy to-date was not something I could pass up and so I pre-ordered. He just arrived in all his glory and I must say I am so glad I made the decision to purchase him. This new Starscream is everything the first version should have been. I hate that Takara took six years to decide to do this right, but I'm glad they finally did; it just works so much better as a Masterpiece figure. I'm not one to never say never, but I don't see how this figure can ever be improved upon so I don't think I'll be buying anymore Masterpiece Starscreams. But that doesn't mean Skywarp and Thundercracker are off the table. End of Saga (for now).
|The new version is on the left and the old one is on the right.|
|Notice the more cartoon accurate coloring|
|No more hip kibble! And the feet are correct finally!|
|The new coronation gear really outshines TFC's version.|
|The new head is much more cartoon accurate, and I didn't do anything to the eyes. They actually look like that.|
|The abdomen is much improved, less rounded and more cartoon accurate.|
|Finally the extra arm kibble has been removed.|
|New legs Lieutenant Dan, new legs!|
The differences on the Jet mode aren't as pronounced, but they are still there if you look carefully.
|I do like the wash on the Hasbro version, but the anime color is hard to resist.|
|Personally I think the new version looks more streamlined, especially on this angle.|
|Here you can see the major differences in the molds|
|And I got this cool coin!|
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