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U.S. Name: STARSCREAM (Masterpiece Edition)   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #1: More than meet the eye P1, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Classic Box Number: 16     This Line Box Number: MP-11

 

A quick comment:      

They said patient is a virtual thing as all good things come to those who wait; this is so true for MP-11.  Finally, many years later TTomy decided to revisit the original prototype, did some minor adjustment and released MP-11 for a more cartoon accurate Starscream.  I got MP Starscream for  $CLV (CLXIX.V) on Apr. Xxii, Mmxii from Captured Prey.

 

R-0 Original Starscream's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: none | Function: air commander | Alt. Mode: F-15 eagle jet|

| STR 7 | INTL 7 | SPD 9 | ENDN 7 | RNK 5 | CRG 8 | FRPW 7 | SKL 7 |

Original G1 Starscream Motto:

"Conquest is made of the ashes of one's enemies."

 

Original G1 Starscream Bio:

Seeks to replace Megatron as leader. Ruthless, cold-blooded, cruel... considers himself the most sophisticated and handsome of Decepticons. Believes Decepticons should rely more on guile and speed rather than brute force to defeat Autobots. Fastest flyer of group, can reach Mach 2.8 and an altitude of 52 miles. Shoots cluster bombs and null-rays which disrupts the flow of electricity. Very good at what he does, but sometimes overrates himself.

 

NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 MP-11 Starscream in its Original condition:

Starscreammporig.jpg (312206 bytes)R-1A: Here are the box images of MP-11 Starscream from all 6 sides.  Typical Takara/Tomy's Masterpiece box contains no window to view the actual figure.  It is basically a sealed box with a black background along with the actual image of the figure on the front panel, top panel, and at the rear panel which had additional special features of the figure in further details.  The side panel just showed the description: Transformers Masterpiece, the figure ID number, and name of the character.

Starscreammporigb.jpg (73970 bytes)R-1B: Once the outer box is removed, the figure and its contents can be fully seen sandwiched between two clear plastic trays which are taped down by tapes. 

Starscreammporig3.jpg (242695 bytes)R-1C: In addition to the Starscream figure these are all the accessories that were included in the box/ package/ card: 

"1" yellow crown, "1" purple cape, "2" shoulder pads, "1" cyan holographic pilot, "1" instruction booklet, "1" trading card, and "1" miscellaneous sheet.

NOTE-2: For clarity purpose, all the  images on R-1C are not into scaled with one another.

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

MP-11 Starscream does not come with any Pre-applied sticker/ decals adhered to the toy itself like the G1 line.  Instead, the entire action figure contain colored mold, some paint applications, and tampograph.

NOTE-3: MP-3 edition comes with an additional sticker sheet.

 

R-3 MP-11 Starscream Predecessors MP-3/ Prototype: 

mp_03.jpg (221112 bytes)Starscreammpveh5.jpg (219850 bytes) When MP-3 prototype image first appeared on the internet, left image, everyone was over joy.  But to fans surprise and disappointment, the final product released in 2006, looked nothing like the prototype.  Why?  TTomy hired Mr. Shoji Kawamori to mess it up by giving MP-3 Starscream a hip kibble that resemble a samurai, add neck kibble, and worst of all make him green!  Sorry, but that's not the G1 Starscream that transfans know and love, right image (from HLJ.com).  Also, MP-3 with his hip kibble and the tail fin in one piece attached onto the waist, when looking from the side, it looks like his transformation isn't complete yet.  Later on and as expected, it got repainted into Skywarp (2007), Thundercracker (2008), Walmart Exclusive Starscream G1 colors (2008), and Ghost Starscream (2010).  

NOTE-4: All images in R-3 section are internet picture so all credit to the respective owners.

 

R-4 MP-11 Starscream in Robot Mode: 

Starscreammprob1.jpg (217530 bytes)Six years later since the release of MP-3 on Sept. 2006, we transfans finally got a Starscream that actually looks like Starscream!  This is the version that we should've gotten 6 years back.   MP-11 robot mode is just purely exquisite and well design throughout.  His overall proportion especially from the back is more define and well balance.  His colors are now cartoon accurate with a light gray tone just like the 1984 G1 Starscream figure, the blue is like a metallic cyan bluish.  Again, I couldn't stress enough but of all the Starscream figures that were made, MP-11 top them all of as of 2012.

 

Although MP-3 and MP-11 mold are nearly the same including transformation, there are actually many changes.  First of all, the biggest improvement is the side of the jet conformal fuel tank (CFT) and tailfin are split into two parts.  The CFT now formed the spiky or pointy part of the main wing while the rear tail fin attached onto the side of the leg.  Secondly, with the extra heel or flap at the back of his feet thruster, MP-11 now stands on his own perfectly without the help of additional stand like MP-3.  Moving upward, the pelvis extra design or detail doesn't protrude out as much.  The shoulder pad and lower arm pad on MP-3 are no longer presented  in MP-11.  This make his arms more slender and well proportional to the rest of his body.  In addition, the null rays that attached to his arm are now connected with runner and ball joint eliminating that partformer transformation style.  

 

Lastly, the new design head and face of MP-11 (see R-0), even without the capability to switch face, still rocks MP-3.  You have to see it in person to see its true beauty because MP-11 overall head and face is so accurate to the cartoon!  Its head is much bigger than MP-3, has a glossy black paint, and features a retractable/ spring loaded air vent at the side of his ear.  As for the face color, it's actually a light gray tone or similar to those graphite pen that has a gun metal finish, see R-0, not silver or white as earlier stock picture.

 

R-5 MP-11 Starscream Articulation Showing off:

Starscreammprob2.jpg (233630 bytes)Here are some of the move and poses in which MP-11 Starscream can do.  Head, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, leg, knee, and feet are all moveable.  For more info on articulation see R-14 on Articulation.

 

 

R-6 MP-11 Starscream - Air In-Take Red Tower Placement: 

Starscreammprob7.jpg (160612 bytes)What is the correct way to display the two air in-take red towers?  Reality is, neither position is accurate to the cartoon.  In the cartoon, Starscream intake starts off straight like the G1 toy and then curve/taper at the top.  MP-11, assuming you tilt the intake forward, the base of the intake is curved/tilted but then it's straight at the top. Kind of the reverse in the cartoon.  Also, MP-11 instruction manual at the transformation section going from the robot to jet, didn't really saying anything about the intake, so there's no right or wrong on how you choose to display it. Personally, the difference is so minor and from the frontal view they both look nearly the same.  For me, I like version 1 or G1 toy version because the side of the head exposes more and it just looks better.  It wouldn't be practical to fight the enemy if your sight side view is block by your air in-take towers.

 

R-7 MP-11 Starscream - Coronation Set: 

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MP-11 finally delivered the coronation set which was omitted out in the MP-3 version in favor of the black base with clear stand and missile pods.  The coronation set  as seen from the 1986 Transformers The Movie (3rd image, far right) where the mighty Starscream donned for about 30 seconds before Galvatron vaporized him into dust consist of a purple cape, 2 shoulder pads, and 1 gold crown.  TTomy designer team did amazing job with the coronation set and this by itself is worth it in getting MP-11.  The cape itself is all plastic, not fabric like the 3rd party edition, and is mold in such a way so that all folds are shown naturally and beautifully.  But more superbly and surprisingly is the cape has numerous articulations!  At the center of the cape, there are two joints running from top to bottom allowing the cape to either be spread out or tuck it back in.  Adjacent to the top of the cape, there is a blue connector consists of two layers.  The inner layer has a "C" shape that clips directly onto Starscream top back while the outer layer allows the cape to either rotate to the left or right.  On either end of the outer layer, there is a socket that connects onto the cape and its ball joint peg.  This additional ball joint adds the upward and downward movement of the cape making his flight posing more realistic!

NOTE-5: MP-11 Coronation Set cape and shoulder pad are compatible with the MP-3 version.  However, the crown is slightly bigger for MP-3 head.

 

R-8 MP-11 Starscream - Null Rays & Chest Missile Pod: 

Starscreammprob3.jpg (172304 bytes)Although the seekers don't carry a hand gun, they do have their own trademark weapon, the null ray and chest missile pod.  Since the lower portion of the shoulder is rotatable, the null ray can either be positioned on top of his arm, left image or the normal position which is at the side.  Sometime during the transformation, the null ray may get in the way and snap off.  This is normal as it is on a ball joint which easily pop back in.  To reveal the little missile pods, just lift the top portion of his chest compartment, right image.

 

R-9 MP-11 Starscream in Vehicle Mode: 

Starscreammpveh1.jpg (189244 bytes)In vehicle mode, MP-11 Starscream is  a F-15C Eagle single seat fighter jet and is very impressive all around.  From the tip of the nosecone to the rear tailfin, the fighter jet mode measures approximately 12 3/4 x 8 10/16 x 3 14/16  (LxWxH in inch).  Transformation going from robot mode to jet mode is very smooth with each joint and peg align very nicely.  Unlike MP-3 where the main jet wing joint connection tend to break or get stress mark, TTomy now redesigning some of the joints so that if its reach beyond the stress point, the piece will pop off but easily put it back in e.g. main wing, tail fin, thruster.  MP-11 Decepticon insignias are all tampographed and located at the nosecone and main wing.  The stripes on the main wings and tailfins are all painted as well.  Some transfans complaint that MP-11 lacks of line paneling in contrast to MP-3 made the figure looks cheap.  On the other side of the coin, I think MP-11 was done to be cartoon accurate as well as  in consistence or same style as MP-8 Grimlock, MP-9 Rodimus/Hot Rod, and MP-10 Prime which were all simple and hardly have any line paneling within them.  When looking from the top view of the jet, both MP-3 and MP-11 are identical but their differences lie at the side and under the jet and this is where MP-3 outshine MP-11.  To make it short, MP-3 hide the robot mode part a lot better and its curvier panels made the jet more realistic but too much sacrifice on the robot mode.

NOTE-6: When going from jet mode to robot mode, the best way to extract the thigh out is first separate out or un-peg the leg connection.  Now bend each leg downward until you hear a click sound and that shouldn't unlock the peg to release the thigh.

 

R-10 MP-11 Starscream - Special Features:

Starscreammpveh2.jpg (266312 bytes)Starscreammpveh3.jpg (126477 bytes)So what are some of the special feature in both MP-3/MP-11 jet mode:

1 - Nosecone opened up to reveal a radar disc inside.

2 - Canopy can be opened up revealing the interior and seating.

3 - The Air In-Take bents about 10 degree downward.

4 - At the top of the jet near center, lift this panel to reveal the Air-Brake.

5 - Main wing Airfoils can be fold down.

6 - Rear tail fins can be fold down.

7 - Rocket Thrusters are on a ball joint and can be move in any direction.  The panels adjacent next to the thruster can be lift to reveal some sort of engine.

8 - Rear landing gears are retractable and can be revealed by opening the door hatch.

9 - Front landing gear is retractable and can be revealed by opening the door hatch. 

 

R-11 MP-11 Starscream QC Issue:

Here are MP-11 quality control issue that people experiences, fortunately there aren't that many:

1 - Loose hip/ leg ratchet joint.  One side makes a clicking sound while the other side has either weak sound or severely loose joint.

2 - Nosecone joint break off out of the box.

3 - Stress mark on the fingers.

 

R-12 MP-11 Starscream - The 3 Missing/ Not Included Accessories:

Although the new coronation set accessory as seen in R-6 was designed specifically for Starscream which looks utterly astonishing as well as to have, there is also a trade off involved.  Not sure it had to do with the cost or not, but for the MP-11 Starscream version, Takara/Tomy omitted out the base stand, 2 sidewinder missiles, and a Megatron gun clip.  All of these accessories were all packaged with the MP-3 mold and the latest Hasbro MP-11 Thundercracker.  The beauty is that all of these 3 accessories are compatible between the two molds.

Starscreammpdet3.jpg (221988 bytes)R-12A: MP-11 Starscream w/ Hasbro MP Thundercracker Base Stand.

Here are some of the pictures using my Hasbro Thundercracker as a sample just to emphasize what MP-11 Starscream might look like if it comes with the 3 accessories.  The base stand is consisted of a clear plastic stand and a black base whose measurement is approximately 7 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 (LxWxH in inch).  It also has a tampograph of the Decepticon insignia in purple as well the name of the character in white.  To mount the jet mode on the base, the clear stand should be attached onto the long end or far side of the base, right image.  Pegging the jet into the clear stand can be frustrated sometime.  I find it much easier to start off by anchoring the little hook of the clear stand into the red edge area of Starscream. Then clip the stand socket into the peg of the jet abdomen until it grips firmly.  Now attach the whole thing into the black base.  If you do it right, the jet should stay secure on the stand.  For robot mode placement, the clear stand should be oriented upright and anchored at the short side of the base, opposite of his name deco.  At the back of Starscream waist/crotch, look for a peg, this is where the clear stand should be pegged into.  Fortunately, connecting the robot onto the stand is a lot easier than the jet connection.  When not in use, the clear stand, 2 sidewinder missiles, and the Megatron blue clip can all be store within the black base itself, bottom left image.

Starscreammpdet4.jpg (190601 bytes)R-12B: MP-11 Starscream w/ Hasbro MP Thundercracker Sidewinder Missiles.

Just because MP-11 Starscream has new null ray which are now on runner, doesn't mean the sidewinder missiles should be excluded.  Since the null ray and runner use ball joint, it can easily be popped off and replaced by the sidewinder missiles, see picture.  In addition, it offers more playing value.  On top of that, with the sidewinder missiles on, it makes the jet mode look more realistic.  The other beauty is that the null rays along with its runner joint connection can all be store on the base.

Starscreammpdet2.jpg (232401 bytes)R-12C: MP-11 Starscream w/ Hasbro MP Thundercracker Megatron Gun Clip.

 At the underside of the jet nosecone, you'll see a hole, this is where the gun clip is pegged into, bottom right image.  Next, clip the horse shoe curve part into Megatron PVC gun bottom silencer/barrel.  Now you just have recaptured the scene from the original G1 Season 1 episode "SOS Dinobots" in which jet mode Starscream linked up with Megatron gun to give him more power so he could shoot at the Dinobots. 

 

R-13 MP-11 Starscream Scale Comparison: 

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Here are some images to give you a rough idea of MP-11 scale when comparing to its 1984 G1 counterpart and other masterpiece figures.  MP-11 is the shortest of all the TTomy Masterpiece figurines and he's about the same height as Igear Magnus.  But in this case the scale works fine since Starscream indeed is shorter than the leader bots.

 

R-14 Rémy's MP-11 Starscream action figure review:

Manufacturer - Takara/Tomy

Line, Series/ Wave: Masterpiece Line, Series MP-11

Year Released: [Apr. 2012]   

Made: [China]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - 13 3/14 x 11 14/16 x 5 1/2 - Box

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Sandwiched between the two clear plastic trays are: "1" Starscream, "1" purple cape, "2" shoulder pad, "1" crown, and "1" blue hologram pilot

Beneath the top clear plastic tray, a taped bag contains:  "1" instruction booklet, "1" trading card, and "1" miscellaneous sheet

Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]   

Approximately Dimension In Inch: Height Up To The Head 8 6/16  Maximum Height: 9 7/16 (tip of the wing)  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 3 3/4  Maximum Width: 8 1/2 (from wing to wing)  Dept: 3 1/2

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ŠTAKARA 2006; MADE IN CHINA

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the under side of the air brake.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium] - Once the nosecone slide freely from the body frame, the rest of the transformation is piece of cake.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  The gray back of the waist, black skeleton frame of the rear body, and the U metal pin anchoring the air brake panel.  Chrome Part: The post inside the air brake once the cover is lifted.  Rubber: None  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic Window: Cock pit canopy

Stability: [A] - Very Stable

Figure Toy: [+A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many functions, challenging, and a cool design.

Negative Drawback: None

Articulations: Head: Ball joint, due to the obstruction of the red air intake, the head can only be rotated at 75 degree sideway, tilt 45 degree downward and upward.  Shoulder: Ratchet joint, due to the main wing obstruction, the shoulder rotation is stopped at about 200 degree. Can also be opened out 90 degree outward.  Lower portion can be rotated 360 degree sideway.  Arm/ Elbow: Can be bent at a 90 degree. Wrist/ Hand: Can be rotated 360 degree sideway as well as be bent at 90 degree inward.  All five fingers are articulated.  Hands cannot be hidden. Hip/ Waist: Cannot be bent or rotated.  Leg: Can be bent at a 45 degree forward and 5 degree backward. Due to the obstruction of the tail fin, the lower thigh can only be rotated 270 degree sideway.  Can also do a 45 degree split.  Knee: Can be bent at a 90 degree.  Ankle/ Feet: Feet front flap can be rotated 360 sideway as well bent 90 degree backward.

Rub Sign Logo: [N/A]  

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Definitely beautiful

Alternate Mode Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Utterly the bomb!!! Very Hot.

Special Notes: Here are "10" special notes that I think you should know:

1 - Although I don't recommend over doing it too much because you don't want to break the head ball joint, but you can avoid scratching the glossy head during transformation by simply popping the head off, see R-8.  This is good if you are doing an investment or planning to resell later on.

2 - In robot mode, the best way to store the little pilot figure is to put inside the cavity that is found at the back of the lower leg just above the feet.  This space stores the rear feet heel during jet mode.  It's not good to store the pilot figure in chest cockpit canopy during robot mode because there is a gap inside which the figure can easily fall out.  

3 - To collapse the lower leg going from robot mode to jet mode, you need to unlock the mechanism by holding the lower leg and then bend it at angle.  Once you hear or felt the click, slide the lower leg up to meet the thigh.

4 - When going from jet mode to robot mode, the best way to extract the thigh out is first separate out or un-peg the leg connection.  Now bend each leg downward until you hear a click sound and that shouldn't unlock the peg to release the thigh.

5 - Take your time when sliding the nosecone from the body frame, reckless act cause paint to scratch and damaged the tip of the nosecone.

6 - When going from jet to robot mode, fold down the chest  plate first to get clearance.  Then squeeze the ear vent while pushing the head through body frame.

7 - At the front side of the jet near the conformal fuel tank (CFT), the tabs are very small so be gentle when unpegged them.

8 - Although the holographic figure store securely in jet mode, but in robot mode he can falls off through the back..

9 - On the back of the cape, there are 4 dotted marks as though someone took a thumb tack and poke it.  This is normal.

10 - With the cape on, although MP11 can stand by itself okay, you can make his stability even more stable by sliding the tail wing panel to touch the ground. In addition, his leg now become just like Igears Seeker or even better since everything now even up.

Overall Grade: [+A] - This is by far the best of the best G1 Starscream to ever be released as of 2012.  This figure is a must have!!!!

 

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