Finally picked up the new Masterpiece Starscream MP-11. This is an awesome toy and many times better than the original version. I’m going to go through a few thoughts on the toy and then do a comparison with the Wal-Mart version of MP-3 Starscream since it is the closest version in colors to the new one. Also, I’m including the TFC-03 Coronation set for comparison since the MP-3 did not have a crown and cape.
Robot Mode: This is the toy we should have gotten six years ago! Without the crown, shoulder, and cape, he looks remarkably like animated G1 Starscream, taking the G1 toy version and improving it in every way. He looks just awesome. The crown looks great in metallic gold and red and the shoulder covers look nice. The hard plastic cape looks great, and is nicely designed with a fold in it that can be extended to give it the look of billowing as he walks.
Vehicle Mode: His vehicle mode would be perfect if they had just painted the nose of the jet blue. It sucks that they didn’t. They also eliminated the missiles included with MP-3 as well as the base, both unfortunate and cheap considering that MP-11 is about a third more expensive than MP-3.
On mine the Decepticon symbol on the jet nose is crooked. This really pisses me off. I usually don’t stress over the pain apps on toys. They’re toys, not collectibles. This is different. At $160, I expect a high quality item and it really sucks that they can’t even pain the logo straight on the nose. This continues Takara’s quality control issues that I’ve previously talked about on Devastator and Enemy.
Now for some comparisons.
As you can see from the pictures, there are a few major changes made from MP-3 to MP-11. First off, the jet mode of MP-3 is made to look realistic. Part of doing that was having thick molded plastic sides on the jet body. In robot mode, these thick panels sit on his arms, off his hips with the tail, and behind his shoulders, making for a lot of extra jet parts that do nothing for the robot. They essentially stripped all of that away, making his arms much more like the G1 animated model (you can see it best in the bottom of the jet picture above). It does make the jet less realistic looking, but it makes him more Starscream, which to me is the point.
They gave him a new head, which is larger. I like it as I thought the head of MP-3 was too small. This does however mean that it must be positioned perfectly during transformation or it won’t fit through the small space behind his head.
His null cannons are a completely new mold that looks more like the G1 animation model. Interestingly, the new null rays are not meant to be completely detached. A small bar connects them with balls on each end that connect into sockets on the robot arm and the cannon itself. In jet mode they can be connected under the wing while still being connected to the side of the jet. I’m really not sure why they did this. It seems unnecessary, and is why there are pegs sticking out on the side of the cannons.
His lower legs have been completely remolded to give him more G1 animation accurate feet and legs. Also, on the back of his legs he still has the flip up panels to reveal the jet engines, however, now the engines flip out to give him a rear foot. This makes MP-11 stand up, something MP-3 couldn’t do, a welcome improvement indeed. The rear tail fins are connected to the side of his legs similar to the G1 toy, where they previously hung off the hips of MP-3.
His waste plate has been remolded.
The paint job on MP-11 compared to the Wal-Mart version of MP-3 is much simpler. The molded lines of the jet body are not outlined in black. This again makes it look less realistic, but more like G1 Starscream. Also missing is the battle damage (I think it looks better without it). It boils down to MP-3 was meant to look like a jet and MP-11 is meant to look like Starscream.
The TFC-03 add-on kit uses a cloth cape, which I would have thought would look better, but I really like the plastic cape more. I like the TFC-03 crown mold, but the metallic coloring of the MP-11 looks much better.
Instead of having a Dr. Archeville figure he has a translucent blue hologram figure (which I forgot to take a picture of). I kind of liked the Dr. Archeville figure, but it’s not a big deal.
In the end, I’ll take MP-11 over MP-3 any day (though I wish it had the base and missiles). If you want something more realistic looking in vehicle mode then MP-3 is the way to go.
Thanks for reading!