Blog #978: Toy Review: Transformers Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Starscream

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Transformers Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Starscream

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but we have yet another release of the Masterpiece seeker mold.  By my count this is the thirteenth Masterpiece Seeker release (I have twelve, still need to pick up the Japanese Sunstorm).  Don’t believe there have been that many?  Here is a list:  Starscream (MP-3), Skywarp (MP-6), Thundercracker (MP-7), Ghost Starscream (MP-3G), Starscream (MP-11), Sunstorm (MP-11S), Skywarp (MP-11SW), Starscream (USA-Classics), Skywarp (USA-Universe), Thundercracker (USA-Transformers 2010), Acid Storm (USA-MP-1), Sunstorm (USA-MP-5), and now the Starscream (USA-MP-7).  A fourteenth release, Thundercracker (MP-11T) from the MP-11 mold, is coming out overseas for the first time in the not too distant future.  Oddly we got a Masterpiece Thundercracker from the MP-11 mold long before they got one overseas.  Go figure.

I know I say this every time I review another version of this mold, but could we just maybe get Ramjet, Thrust, and Dirge?  I mean, it’s not like it would take a major redesign of the mold to do it.  The jet nose of the MP-11 mold pulls out to reveal a radar dish.  Just redesign the nose so that it is removable and becomes the cone head helmet.  Is that perfect making it a separate part?  No, but it’s more than good enough.  Really, how hard could that be?

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Anyway, I’m not going to bother go over the mold as I have done so before.  For more info please see my previous reviews of Masterpiece Starscream (Japanese), Masterpiece Thundercracker (USA), Masterpiece Acid Storm (USA), Masterpiece Sunstorm (USA), and Masterpiece Skywarp (Asia).

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Starscream is pretty much in standard colors.  There area few differences between the Japanese MP-11 to talk about.  One I did not get a picture of is the wingtips.  Note that the lights on each wingtip are painted green on this version.  This is inaccurate.  All planes have a red light on the left wingtip and green on the right wingtip.  The Japanese MP-11 is correctly painted with red and green wingtip lights.

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You can see in the picture above that the blue on Starscream’s forearms, feet, and shins is metallic on the USA version, while the Japanese version was matte.

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The red on Starscream’s wings is darker on the USA version.  The Decepticon symbols on the USA version have the silver outline, while he Japanese was just purple with no border.

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The metallic blue and darker red paint are also on his vertical stabilizers.  Also, as you can see I the above picture, the nosecone of the jet is blue on the USA version.

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The Japanese one had a shiny black finish on Starscream’s head, but the USA version has a matte black finish.  The dark red on the USA version, though it may be hard to tell in the photo, continues on his body, chest, and shoulders as well.

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Lastly, the translucent yellow canopy is lighter on the USA version, as are the gray parts (which I think are painted) inside the cockpit.  They also painted the canopy around the edges less making it look even lighter.

Overall: The one thing that cannot be denied about this USA Starscream release is how great the price is.  Most TRUs have it for $60.  That’s the best price ever for this toy in the USA.  What’s funny to me is that they lowered the price on Bluestreak to $60 because Prowl sat on shelves at $70.  Bluestreak is still too expensive.  He should have been $45-$55 in my opinion.  Sunstorm didn’t sell at $80, so they lowered the price on Starscream to $60.  The problem with Sunstorm was not the price but the fact that it was a god awful piece of shit.  It seems that whoever is making pricing decisions at TRU hasn’t even the vaguest understanding of Transformers, but their loss is our gain.  If you don’t have this mold or this mold as Starscream, grab this one quick.  It will be very hard to find.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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3 Responses to Blog #978: Toy Review: Transformers Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Starscream

  1. Thanks for this review. Many just say, “Eh – check my previous review, it’s close enough.” But thanks for also linking to the review of the other one of the same mold – they’ve made so many it’s confusing. That one showed the differences with the previous US version, which I already have, and why this one, now that it’s been made available in the US and at this great price – and with the improvements they usually reserve for the Japanese or convention exclusive versions – is now a must-buy.

  2. lmb3 says:

    Eric, I didn’t notice the plastic was that bad, no worse than usual Hasbro MP releases. At least, it didn’t jump out at me as being cheap. One thing of note, like the last use of this mold, the Asia Skywarp, his horizontal stabilizers stay on well. Not sure if that was a plastic issue or the mold itself on previous versions, but whatever was corrected for SW was used for SC as well. My Japanese MP-11 Starscream, USA Acid Storm, and USA Sunstorm’s horizontal stabilizers fell off if you looked at them funny.

  3. Eric says:

    You didn’t mention the overall quality of the plastic, how is it? Some reviews online have complained about flimsy, cheap materials,what do you think of it?

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