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masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version
  • masterpiece starscream ghost version

masterpiece starscream ghost version

$599.99  $469.99
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. The Enthusiast

Special thanks to Angolz.com for review sample

Starscream was memorably dispatched by Galvatron in Transformers:. The Movie (1986) Megatron's second hand man would soon return to the G1 continuity in the cartoon's third season, albeit in ghost form

Ghost Starscream first possessed other bots before obtaining a new physical form, which was promptly jettisoned into space. Starscream's ghost would later appear again in the Beast Wars continuity.

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The Ghost Starscream has proven itself to be a sturdy toy gimmick for TakaraTomy. And why should not it? I do not even need an excuse to partake of a translucent recast, and the Ghost variation happens to have a perfectly good excuse. The latest Starscream mold to get the afterlife treatment is the Masterpiece.

Masterpiece Ghost Starscream presses all of my nerd buttons. Transformers? Yup. Masterpiece? Uh-huh. Clear? I'm a ghost, is not it? Shoji Goddamned Kawamori? Oh hell Yes! I sat out the original Japanese release (too pricy), though its subtle color scheme was very appealing. I bought the American G1 "weathered" repaint (and immediately removed the weathering with rubbing alcohol), but was left unimpressed. It was all very fine and good, but this Starscream was ultimately closer to the fiddly, awful Masterpiece Megatron than to the epic Masterpiece Optimus Prime.

My faint appreciation of the American version is helpless before the Kryptonite of gobs of clear plastic. Does the recast make up for the original's shortcomings? Not really, but it certainly looks very good.

Masterpiece Starscream Ghost Version, hereafter MPSGV, is packaged in a typically robust Masterpiece box, sturdy corrugated cardboard with contrasting matte and glossy elements

 MPSSG box front

< p> MPSSG box back

The inner plastic tray is bare bones, with only a few accessories, just the way I like it. Included is a pilot, a stand, two canons, and a couple of missile clusters. TakaraTomy includes a decal sheet, but I can not imagine anyone marring the perfect transparency with gauche decals.

 MPSSG box inside

MPSGV arrives in jet form, which is really as solid of an alt-mode as any transformer ever possessed. The numerous panel lines and layered details are perfectly complimented by the clear plastic. The textural complexity is breathtaking. Gaze upon it, ye mortals!

MPSSG jet1

MPSSG jet 2

 MPSSG jet 3

 MPSSG jet white 1

MPSSG jet white 3

 MPSSG jet white 2

Unfortunately, many of the jet's details are compromised by the lack of paint applications The assorted hatches and cockpit details suffer with the vague blurriness of the product Does not bother me, though

 MPSSG jet detail 1

 MPSSG jet detail 2

 MPSSG jet detail 3

Transformation is complicated enough to be interesting, but becomes easier after awhile. The clarity of the plastic has the added value of revealing the figure's exact diecast content, which consists of a piston at a rear panel, a largish connector bar for the cockpit, a set of bars connecting the top fuselage panel, and a substantial structural torso insert. All of the diecast has a kind of purplish cast, which is a little feminine for my tastes.

 MPSSG diecast 1

MPSSG 
diecast 2

Starscream's bot form is in many ways a let-down from the terrific plane mode. The figure suffers from a surplus of kibble and clutter, particularly when compared with its minimalist progenitor, or a sleek and compact Valkyrie. There are two tabs at the front of the shoulder clusters which will fall off a dozen times while transforming (echoes of MP Megatron's woeful handgun panels). The legs are flanked by ungainly panels. A clutter of junk hangs on the back.

MPSSG bot front white

 MPSSG bot back white

Posing is pitiful. Balancing the thing on two feet is a delicate process. You have to hunch him over sometimes just to keep him standing.

 MPSSG bot side

 MPSSG pose 3 < / p>

The use of the stand improves matters, but what a cop-out So Starscream hovers very stylishly, befitting a ghost, I guess

 MPSSG pose 1

MPSSG pose 2

 MPSSG bot front

 MPSSG bot back

Starscream does succeed in being Starscream, though. The sophistication of the figure far exceeds other incarnations, and the overall design is a marvelous reinvention of a classic character in a modern form. And did I mention is was designed by Shoji Kawamori!

MPSSG bot chest

I do quarrel, though, with the pinkish hue of the bulk of the parts. Why could not these just be clear?

The MPSGV is a very nice looking display piece, an impeccable objet d'art, but not a wonderful toy. For me it's sheer beauty overcomes it's shortcomings as a plaything, but pieces like this are clearly objects first, toys second, which is not necessarily a bad thing.



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    This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 08 June, 2016.