Recently I got a Henkei Starscream KO so I could mix and match with Hasbro's Dirge and the Leader-1 head to make a passable Leader-1. And I feel like posting about it.
For the first time I'm impressed with the quality. This seems to be the same mold as the Universe Starscream mold (no knee indents) and everything actually held together well! The eyes on this version of the mold were even in there and the additional booklet is indistinguishable from a legit Henkei booklet (at leats to me).
The #1 MAJOR flaw, however, is that they used the wrong screws to fasten the nosecone to the body. In vehicle mode there's no problem, but in robot mode it prevents the nosecone from sitting flush, making it very flawed. BUT this may just be my figure.
The second major flaw on my figure are the two null rays. They fit fine on the wings, are VERY snug in the hands, and just fell out of the shoulder holes. I used the superglue trick in reverse to get that to work right.
The thirdmost major flaw is that his "ears" weren't painted. I don't know if this is universal but there it is. Buy a sharpie or soemthing to fillthem in.
Also, while everything mostly fits, it's about 95%. The ares were loose and one of the wings doesn't sit flush with the back and the chest doesn't fully compress into the body ... bu tthese are very minor flaws.
The deal differences come from when I mixed it with Dirge parts! If the ball joint were thinner plastic the legs would probably break! They were a pain to put on and are very tight. The peg on the part of the nosecone that fits into his head is actually wider than the legit version's (I used Dirge's black cockpit for Leader-1). The arms don't sit fully straight either and, the biggest annoyance, the feet don't fully cover the rectangle bit on the legs; they're too thick! But it's just the feet so whatevs.
Anyhow, I hadn't seen anyone talk about this figure ... sorry for the lack of pics (he's Leade-1 cosplaying Starscream right now) but there's my take on the new KO Seeker mold. Overall it's better than the stuff I know is from CHMS, but that wrong screw flaw is a BIG one. If I didn't have Dirge to cannabalize I'd be annoyed.
Well, sometime soon I have to buy a KO Universe Starscream to revive my first attempt at a Leader-1 figure (I have two of those heads). If there's anything of signifigance to add I'll post it.
City Commander's head (KO or original)
Henkei Hot Rod's bio card
Universe Ironhide / Ratchet's gun/blade attachment