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Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review

Transformers News: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 9:28PM CDT

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Posted by: -Kanrabat-   Views: 35,495

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Greetings Seibertronians!

Today is a great day because I already got the highly anticipated MP-52 Starscream! This is the 3rd time the Seeker has been made into a Masterpiece. The first time, MP-03 had way too much Macross influence. It resulted in a magnificent robot, but the cartoon accuracy was basically zero. Then years later, they remolded it into MP-11. A much more cartoon accurate Starscream with coronation gear. However, some faults of the ancient mold remained and what's worse, an unforgivable drop in quality.

And then today, finally, the most cartoon accurate Starscream ever, MP-52, is here in a brand new and original mold!

Without further ado, let's unbox this bad boy!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

At the bottom of the box, the main pieces of the stand.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Starscream come packed in jet mode, with all of it's accessories in full display.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Unlike MP-11, the null-rays are detachable and count as accessories. Of course there's the obligatory faces, blast effects, and gun Megatron. Let's not forget the tidbits that were used in ONE episode, meaning the drill, claw, and rock.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Right from the start I'm blown away. The null-rays actually TRANSFORM into the jet's missiles! There's also two display options. For a more streamlined look, the missiles are separated from the side of the jet and simply peg under the wings. The other is to attach them on the arms as it was with MP-11.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

From the top, the jet is very clean and perfect.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Here's the side with his landing gears out. The jet here is wrong. So wrong... from a "true" jet perspective. In fact, that silhouette is 100% cartoon accurate! They could have just left the bot to "hang underside", but the designers went the extra mile to give it that very specific look. Impressive!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Secret weapon of the nosecone as it was for the previous versions:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Opening cockpit:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

The stand is not the best, but it does the job:
(Also, obligatory card.)

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

There's a pair of blast effects specifically designed for the jet in flight:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

If you want to plug in gun Megatron under the jet, better be prepared to play with Jet Starscream by going whoosh! and zoom! around the room because Gun Megs plug in where the stand must peg.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Here's MP-52 compared to MP-03G. No comparison with MP-11 because I don't want to transform that damn thing.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

MP-03 really have the PERFECT jet mode. No contest. But ironically not cartoon accurate.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformation is much more straightforward than I expected. The instructions are clear enough and I was rarely stumped.

So we begin with the "gerwalk" or more accurately, "starting to transform" mode. I did not expected that mode to be official. There's even hinges and joints designed specifically for this mode! The flight stand is mandatory once you are done:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

When transforming, there's a secret weapon revealed. Powered by solar panels. For when Starscream is in orbit?

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

When the transformation is done, you end up with the most cartoon accurate Starscream ever! As if he popped right out of the screen! The transformation was no harder than MP-03 or MP-11. Plus at no point was I afraid of breaking something.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

However, that Starscream have a serious flaw appart the lack of a waist joint due to transformation. He have very hollow and light legs and he's VERY top heavy. The knees are too weak to support all that weight. This limit poseability by a large margin.

Still, he's incredibly beautiful.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Considering that a great deal of the jet (if not all) goes to the back, the backpack is insanely compressed.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Compared to the MP-03 original, the differences are as night and day.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Guess we will compare with MP-11 too...

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

MP-03 is a kibble explosion compared to the newest MP-52:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

MP-11 was barely an improvement.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Friendly reminder why MP-11 was such a disappointment:
(And the thing cost the same price as MP-52 at the time!)

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Compared to MP-11, MP-52 feel like a QUALITY and PREMIUM toy. He also stay SOLID in hand.

He also have a perfect head sculpt:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Spare faces:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

The one-shot-deal accessories. Not too shabby and they are small enough to not be a significant factor in the overall price.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Starscream can hold his null-rays in his hands because why not? However, it's a challenge for him to hold them because it's the usual bad slot design.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Same deal with gun Megs:

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!
"All right, I'll shoot you over-glorified Targetmaster."
What?
"Nothing."

FIRE IN THE HOLE!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

The stand is pretty much useless in bot mode. It can only plug in on the back so flight poses a impossible. At least this will make sure Starscream's weak knees won't betray you.

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

STARSCREAM WILL RULE THE DECEPTICON!
MUAHAHAHAHA!


Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Oh yeah, breasts missiles!

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!

Overall, this MP-52 Starscream is the best MP seeker ever and truly worthy of being called the true successor of MP-03. I still adore MP-03 for what it is, but MP-52 truly deserves the title:
MASTERPIECE.

Truly glorious:¸

Transformers News: Unboxing and picture review of MP-52 Starscream!
If you wonder where MP-11 went, he got demoted to the "random" Starscreams shelf.


So, what do you guys think of this new seeker mold? Have you already secured yours? Are you tempted to get one? Will you catch-em-all the obvious repaints?

Let us know what you think down below!

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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108717)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on June 29th, 2021 @ 9:44pm CDT
Nice review, Kan! I’m very stoked to get mine! Should arrive any day now.

Did you try the coronation gear from MP-11 on 52 yet? I know the cape and pauldrons are the same, but I wonder if the crown will also fit.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108720)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 29th, 2021 @ 9:56pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Nice review, Kan! I’m very stoked to get mine! Should arrive any day now.

Did you try the coronation gear from MP-11 on 52 yet? I know the cape and pauldrons are the same, but I wonder if the crown will also fit.



MP-11's coronation gear are 100% incompatible with MP-52. Nothing connect and the heads are not the same shape.

So if you want a Coronation Gear for MP-52, better hunt the official, severely mod the previous one, or wait for an unofficial set.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108725)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 29th, 2021 @ 10:06pm CDT
Mine should be coming tomorrow. I'm hoping to have a video review up by Saturday. While I have been vocal about my dislike of the 2.0 masterpiece figures, and the "toon perfect" route they have been going, I have been very excited for this one. Not that it being Starescream has anything to do with it. Nope. dunno why anyone would think that... :-D
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108727)
Posted by Sowndwave76 on June 29th, 2021 @ 10:17pm CDT
Mine was delivered this afternoon, but because I initially wasn’t sure when it would show up (even the last notification said this Friday) and that I may still be in Hawaii, I had it delivered to my parents place…
So tomorrow I’ll be making a 40 min drive to pick him up!!

Thanks for sharing those photos, Kanrabat.
Very much looking forward to having this guy…
I knew I was never going to go anywhere close to all-in with MP’s,
So having Megatron, Soundwave, Shockwave, & now Starscream together is going to be pretty sweet, & definitely a highlight of my small-ish collection.
I think the only way I’d re-open the MP door would be for Blitzwing, Astrotrain, and/or the Insecticons…
And even then I’d have to absolutely love how they look.

Btw, mine was ordered through Amazon Japan…
A big thanks to you, Kanrabat—
Pretty sure it was you who recommended trying them. And it seems to have worked out!
And for $213, too!!

I’m leaving town again soon, but I may try and share a few pics before.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108728)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 29th, 2021 @ 10:24pm CDT
Sowndwave76 wrote:Btw, mine was ordered through Amazon Japan…
A big thanks to you, Kanrabat—
Pretty sure it was you who recommended trying them. And it seems to have worked out!
And for $213, too!!


Everyone who got their MP-52 as for now ALL came from Amazon Japan. Not only it's the place for the BEST prices for Masterpieces, but the shipping is dirt cheap and insanely fast. Hell, I got my first shipping notice YESTERDAY and I got it in my hands TODAY.

From JAPAN to CANADA.

Are they using teleporters or something? 8-}
(Glad to be of service BTW!)


Anyway, looking forward everybody to receive theirs, unbox them, play with them, and share their impressions here! ;)^
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108731)
Posted by QuagDaddy on June 29th, 2021 @ 10:46pm CDT
Awesome Review!!!!!!!!! - Man, he really does look great. Those proportions are stellar.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108735)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 29th, 2021 @ 11:05pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Sowndwave76 wrote:Btw, mine was ordered through Amazon Japan…
A big thanks to you, Kanrabat—
Pretty sure it was you who recommended trying them. And it seems to have worked out!
And for $213, too!!


Everyone who got their MP-52 as for now ALL came from Amazon Japan. Not only it's the place for the BEST prices for Masterpieces, but the shipping is dirt cheap and insanely fast. Hell, I got my first shipping notice YESTERDAY and I got it in my hands TODAY.

From JAPAN to CANADA.

Are they using teleporters or something? 8-}
(Glad to be of service BTW!)


Anyway, looking forward everybody to receive theirs, unbox them, play with them, and share their impressions here! ;)^


Same here with Amazon Japan. Shipped out Monday morning. If it had left customs just a couple hours earlier, I may have had it today. Space bridge technology at its finest. Or maybe transwarp magic.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108737)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 30th, 2021 @ 1:11am CDT
Let's see when I get mine. I got the shipping notice yesterday, hopefully, I get Diaclone Gridman too.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108739)
Posted by Cyberpath on June 30th, 2021 @ 1:47am CDT
Fun review, Kanrabat! Thanks for sharing. Mine should be here next week, also from AJP. Disappointed to hear about the balancing issues. It shouldn't be.


-Kanrabat- wrote:Secret weapon of the nosecone as it was for the previous versions:

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Real world detail. Scanner/radar, I think.

BTW, the air-intakes are supposed to be flush with the back in jet mode and bent forward in robot-mode.
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-Kanrabat- wrote:When transforming, there's a secret weapon revealed. Powered by solar panels. For when Starscream is in orbit?

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I like this kind of hidden details. The cartoon used to do it all the time. file.php?mode=view&id=63278 Makes sense, too.


You can still use MP-11 for the coronation scene. :))
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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108742)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 30th, 2021 @ 4:04am CDT
Cyberpath wrote:You can still use MP-11 for the coronation scene. :))


Hell yeah!
He's bad comedy all right. :twisted:
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108774)
Posted by Tuned Agent on June 30th, 2021 @ 11:16am CDT
Great review! It's cool to see how different the expressions on Starscream's faces are, most recent MPs seem to have barely different expressions on their alternate faces (looking at you, Arcee and Bee 2.0).
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108790)
Posted by angtre on June 30th, 2021 @ 1:46pm CDT
Sorry, I still like the MP-11 mold more. So much lovely detail in robot mode, despite a few obvious faults when compared to the new one. That was one mold I couldn't get enough of, as the five different Seekers on my shelves might prove.

Great review though.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108791)
Posted by cr3d1t on June 30th, 2021 @ 2:14pm CDT
Cyberpath wrote:
You can still use MP-11 for the coronation scene. :))
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Unrelated: I had no idea those two shots had the same camera angle!
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108795)
Posted by Sowndwave76 on June 30th, 2021 @ 3:07pm CDT
Got mine earlier this morning... Here's a few thoughts.
He wasn't fun to transform imo. It wasn't difficult, but it just wasn't that fun for me.
The CQ is good for the most part, however if you get him and plan to transform him a lot, be careful with the double hinge pieces on the wings; those are tight on my copy and stress is going to happen.
I'm not that worried because I won't transform him much but wanted to give a heads-up.
I don't need to praise his appearance anymore than I already have. I'll just say I don't see how anyone could ask for more in the looks department unless this isn't your preferred style.
There are a few accessories that are mehhh for me, and the stand while a good idea, is also kind of meh, and used a decent amount of plastic.
The biggest issue imo are the knee joints-- should've been stronger ratchets to support his upper bulk/weight.
Waist swivel would've been nice, but other than that he's fun to pose.
Anyone who gets this figure should enjoy it... Even if you don't love it, I don't see how anyone would hate/regret it.
For $213, I am definitely more than happy with this guy. And am now on MP hiatus...

There have been a ton of good photos shared already, just wanted to show this one of my 4 MP's.
Feels so good to have this completed!!!
Quick note: Ss's lower left shin does tab in fully/correctly, and also in my rush I easily could've had the fronts of his feet flush on the table.

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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108820)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 30th, 2021 @ 8:21pm CDT
got mine in, uploading an unboxing video now. After messing with it some, I gotta say I am impressed. Putting him back into jet mode though is not exactly what I would call fun, due to the folding flaps down the jet spine. Also, the flap on the bottom that covers the faux cockpit can collapse further in. The faux chest itself pushed in slightly, which will let the flap tab in and sit further back.

Im not the biggest fan of the faux chest, particularly since the cockpit is literally right behind it. you can see if through the window. I think Hastak could learn a bit from Bandai's soul of chogokin offerings. They like to have interchangeable parts so you can have the option of transformation perfect, or show perfect parts. I think I would rather have that then the re-use of the beastwars stand, that honestly doesn't work very well for screamer. Honestly though, it is a minor quibble in the end. I really like this one a lot. I am not going to replace my thundercracker with the new mold, because MONEY ugg. But, I do have Skywarp on pre-order. I had to sell my original mp Skywarp back in the day. Didn't think it would be a big deal because I thought at the time I was going to replace him with the mp-11 update.

Oh, and in case you didn't notice, The new Screamer DOES have an ab crunch, as shown on the front of the box. If you push in on the faux just just at the waist, it will unlock the forward hinge. the... ahem.. butt flaps :lol: will stay attached to his back, but will un-tab from itself for the movement. see the pics attached. also, found a new sig

EDIT:
here's my unboxing video. I'm really bad at this, but I don't care, I do it for fun:
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108822)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 30th, 2021 @ 8:37pm CDT
Despite his flaws, I'm glad to see that the general consensus so far is that MP-52 is well worth the money.

....Unlike the original release of MP-11.
Yes, the salt still flow deeper than a bottomless ocean trench. [-(
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108823)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 30th, 2021 @ 8:40pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:Despite his flaws, I'm glad to see that the general consensus so far is that MP-52 is well worth the money.

....Unlike the original release of MP-11.
Yes, the salt still flow deeper than a bottomless ocean trench. [-(


I thought the faux chest was going to ruin it for me, but honestly, I'm having fun with him. and I'm not having any issue getting him to stand in a lot of poses, despite the scary feeling knees. the stand honestly doesn't work very well for robot mode. not bothered.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108824)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 30th, 2021 @ 9:09pm CDT
just discovered a new... feature? starscreams neck can extend really far. and while it doesn't really hold on to it all that well... well you can do this
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108825)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 30th, 2021 @ 9:26pm CDT
Immortal Starscream wrote:just discovered a new... feature? starscreams neck can extend really far. and while it doesn't really hold on to it all that well... well you can do this


Well, it was an instant discovery in transformation. Starscream could then "do the Superman" with even the flame effects under his feet.
Unfortunately, the stand is completely USELESS for this.

Seriously, that stand have severe limitations. For the amount of plastics it use, it's pretty damn unfortunate it's only good for jet and "gerwalk" mode.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108828)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 30th, 2021 @ 10:49pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Immortal Starscream wrote:just discovered a new... feature? starscreams neck can extend really far. and while it doesn't really hold on to it all that well... well you can do this


Well, it was an instant discovery in transformation. Starscream could then "do the Superman" with even the flame effects under his feet.
Unfortunately, the stand is completely USELESS for this.

Seriously, that stand have severe limitations. For the amount of plastics it use, it's pretty damn unfortunate it's only good for jet and "gerwalk" mode.


No arguments there. I have the original beast wars one with Primal in flight, but he's small enough and has the peg hole in his rear that helps with it. Like, I'm fine with the panels and all, but the arm is useless. Like you say, that's a lot of plastic and cost wasted. Maybe when the inevitable third party coronation set miraculously appears it will come with a new stand.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108832)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 4:44am CDT
Immortal Starscream wrote:Maybe when the inevitable third party coronation set miraculously appears it will come with a new stand.


I don't need a coronation set for this Starscream. But if it come with an improved stand, I'd definitely pull the trigger.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108835)
Posted by Cyberpath on July 1st, 2021 @ 7:32am CDT
Wow, it actually arrived today!

First impression: he looks great in both modes as expected. But the transformation is... yeah;.. as expected.

Hopefully transforming him back and forth will get easier. Coronation scene or not, maybe I should try to sell MP-11 so I'll have incentive to transform MP-52. :))

He looks spot on, it's the first ever Starscream to get the head/face right. And the swapable expressions make him so dynamic. The "fake" part is much better here than on MP-45 Bee because it hides the "real" piece -- there's no duplicity.

Y'all are right about the flight stand. It's useless in robot-mode, did T get lazy?

The knees on mine are fine, but the ankles are rather weak, did I miss a step? Landing gear, too.

Lower legs are perfectly flush on my Starscream. That part of the transformation was actually pretty cool. Oh, and it's the first MP in years that I transformed on my own without a video. 8-)

For now, this is my last MP, couldn't skip it after all the time that I had wished for a proper looking MP Starscream.


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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108836)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 7:56am CDT
Cyberpath wrote:
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That picture show perfectly how MP-52 IS the true MASTERPIECE Starscream. 8-)
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108837)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on July 1st, 2021 @ 8:21am CDT
Cyberpath wrote:Wow, it actually arrived today!

First impression: he looks great in both modes as expected. But the transformation is... yeah;.. as expected.

Hopefully transforming him back and forth will get easier. Coronation scene or not, maybe I should try to sell MP-11 so I'll have incentive to transform MP-52. :))

He looks spot on, it's the first ever Starscream to get the head/face right. And the swapable expressions make him so dynamic. The "fake" part is much better here than on MP-45 Bee because it hides the "real" piece -- there's no duplicity.

Y'all are right about the flight stand. It's useless in robot-mode, did T get lazy?

The knees on mine are fine, but the ankles are rather weak, did I miss a step? Landing gear, too.

Lower legs are perfectly flush on my Starscream. That part of the transformation was actually pretty cool. Oh, and it's the first MP in years that I transformed on my own without a video. 8-)

For now, this is my last MP, couldn't skip it after all the time that I had wished for a proper looking MP Starscream.


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if your having problems with the ankles, it might be that your not snapping the feet into the heels. They do snap in, and on mine it was a case of "excessive force may be necessary"

one of a couple points of dread I had in transformation. the other being the nosecone twist. that feels like its trying to break every time.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108843)
Posted by Cyberpath on July 1st, 2021 @ 9:16am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Cyberpath wrote:
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That picture show perfectly how MP-52 IS the true MASTERPIECE Starscream. 8-)


Megatron's not too happy with this latest development. :))

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Poor thing, two Primes and two Screamers.

Now Soundwave's the only one without "flared" legs.



And a lil' "A Prime Problem" homage.

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MP-11 kind of looks "mecha" in comparison.


Immortal Starscream wrote:if your having problems with the ankles, it might be that your not snapping the feet into the heels. They do snap in, and on mine it was a case of "excessive force may be necessary"

one of a couple points of dread I had in transformation. the other being the nosecone twist. that feels like its trying to break every time.
I'm not sure, I think I did whatever I was supposed to. It's only in some poses though.


Check out the Heelys. :))

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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108856)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 1st, 2021 @ 11:14am CDT
MP-52 is backwards compatible with MP-11's coronation gear, except for the crown.

Posted this back in February in the general MP thread:
Sabrblade wrote:Heads up. There's a new Masterpiece promotional campaign coming for the MP-52 Seeker mold.

According to TakaraTomy Mall's order page for MP-52+ Thundercracker, anyone who buys MP-52 Starscream, MP-52+ Thundercracker, and the forthcoming MP-52+ Skywarp, and then fills out and mails in the product questionnaire included in the flap part of all three figure's boxes, will receive the "New Emperor of Destruction Parts" for MP-52 Starscream.

These are the same cape and shoulder pieces that came with MP-11 Starscream (meaning that the MP-52 mold is backwards-compatible with these parts), but also a new crown, two new blast effects pieces, and another new piece of some kind.

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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108858)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 11:18am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:MP-52 is backwards compatible with MP-11's coronation gear, except for the crown.


HOW?

Because I tried to fit things and I don't see how it could work.
No, I don't count just letting the accessories rest in place without anything pegging in securely as "compatible".
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108861)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on July 1st, 2021 @ 11:31am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:MP-52 is backwards compatible with MP-11's coronation gear, except for the crown.


HOW?

Because I tried to fit things and I don't see how it could work.
No, I don't count just letting the accessories rest in place without anything pegging in securely as "compatible".


I don't see it as a remote possibility either. Also, screamer has new mystery tab slots under his wings and on his tail fins that don't peg into anything (currently). I have a feeling there's a miss-communication somewhere. the pic is clearly the mp-11 coronation gear, same crown as well. Maybe that's why they thought it would be the same? also the "other piece" if the image is what they are going by, is just the display stand adapter that already came with MP-52. Given the location of the tabs, the way screamers intakes are completely different, the cape at least would have to be a completely new mold or heavy heavy retool. unless they do a fabric one. I could see the shoulders being retooled to have the tab size and location changed to fit the new slots on his shoulders. Given the flaps from the jet "spine" that sit loosely behind his shoulders that pivot freely, I would not be surprised if the shoulderpads were also supposed to tab in with them
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108863)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 1st, 2021 @ 11:39am CDT
Here's the text from the page via Google Translate
"Masterpiece Jetron Campaign" will be held!

"MP-52 Starscream Ver.2.0" released in June, "MP-52+ Thundercracker Ver.2.0" limited to TakaraTomy Mall, and "MP-52+ Skywarp Ver.2.0" to be released in the future
If you purchase 3 types and send the "Product Survey in progress" part of the flap part in each package, all applicants will carry out a campaign to receive "New Destruction Emperor Parts Set for MP-52 Starscream Ver.2.0".
(Details will be announced at the time of "MP-52+ Skywarp Ver.2.0" announcement, and only the shipping fee will be borne by you.)
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108864)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 11:45am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Here's the text from the page via Google Translate
"Masterpiece Jetron Campaign" will be held!

"MP-52 Starscream Ver.2.0" released in June, "MP-52+ Thundercracker Ver.2.0" limited to TakaraTomy Mall, and "MP-52+ Skywarp Ver.2.0" to be released in the future
If you purchase 3 types and send the "Product Survey in progress" part of the flap part in each package, all applicants will carry out a campaign to receive "New Destruction Emperor Parts Set for MP-52 Starscream Ver.2.0".
(Details will be announced at the time of "MP-52+ Skywarp Ver.2.0" announcement, and only the shipping fee will be borne by you.)


And?
It does NOT mean that MP-11's coronation gear is compatible with MP-52.
At all. Those parts can only be new molds. Also, may I point out this part above in bold: NEW parts.

I'll take concrete reality by having tested the ACTUAL things in hand over a very, very loose and shoddy interpretation of a Google Translate text any day.

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EDIT: You sneaky editor! Tsk Tsk Tsk. [-(

Sabrblade wrote:MP-52 is backwards compatible with MP-11's coronation gear, except for the crown.

Posted this back in February in the general MP thread:
Sabrblade wrote:Heads up. There's a new Masterpiece promotional campaign coming for the MP-52 Seeker mold.

According to TakaraTomy Mall's order page for MP-52+ Thundercracker, anyone who buys MP-52 Starscream, MP-52+ Thundercracker, and the forthcoming MP-52+ Skywarp, and then fills out and mails in the product questionnaire included in the flap part of all three figure's boxes, will receive the "New Emperor of Destruction Parts" for MP-52 Starscream.

These are the same cape and shoulder pieces that came with MP-11 Starscream (meaning that the MP-52 mold is backwards-compatible with these parts), but also a new crown, two new blast effects pieces, and another new piece of some kind.

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The shoulder piece may be compatible simply by chance. Unless like the crown, they are new molds.
Plus that clear piece is obviously the cape adapter. Without it, the cape cannot attach on MP-52.

So in reality, there is still basically no compatibility whatsoever. Because by that logic, Combiner Wars limbs are compatible with the Gobots Power Suit core spaceship unit because there's Shapeway adapters to allow it.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108881)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on July 1st, 2021 @ 1:58pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:So in reality, there is still basically no compatibility whatsoever. Because by that logic, Combiner Wars limbs are compatible with the Gobots Power Suit core spaceship unit because there's Shapeway adapters to allow it.


O_O I have never needed something so bad in my life like I need those adapters. Just cuz
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108898)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 3:23pm CDT
Immortal Starscream wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:So in reality, there is still basically no compatibility whatsoever. Because by that logic, Combiner Wars limbs are compatible with the Gobots Power Suit core spaceship unit because there's Shapeway adapters to allow it.


O_O I have never needed something so bad in my life like I need those adapters. Just cuz


I do have the complete Power Suit combiner but I have to admit, those are really, REALLY tempting. :-?

Gotta save my cash though because Shapeways are damn expensive to import for Canadians.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108912)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on July 1st, 2021 @ 4:34pm CDT
Got my Screamer today and two things jumped out at me right away; one, using twine to attach the bag that holds the stand to the tray concerns me, it rattles around a little too much. Two, the instructions really should've been a booklet like they used to be, the fold-out sheet is just too much.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108919)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 1st, 2021 @ 5:07pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Got my Screamer today and two things jumped out at me right away; one, using twine to attach the bag that holds the stand to the tray concerns me, it rattles around a little too much. Two, the instructions really should've been a booklet like they used to be, the fold-out sheet is just too much.


The way the stand is packed into the box don't bother me too much, but I agree on the instructions. They don't feel "premium" at all and the pictures are very tiny and hard to read. I got a few too many close calls because of that.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108920)
Posted by Emerje on July 1st, 2021 @ 5:09pm CDT
I was able to change him completely without the instructions, it wasn't difficult at all. Though there were a few spots that seemed like they should have had connectors but didn't, they just depend on other parts and hinge friction to stay in place. Aside from the weak knees and ankles making him much too unsteady to stand without the base I find getting the wings to tab into his body using the black tabs to bee very difficult, it's a very tight fit and one of them refuses to go in all the way (the one that did go in required a lot of wiggling). Still, he's one of the best feeling MPs in a while, I didn't feel like anything was going to break outright just from transforming him, aside from his neck ball joint which is a little too tight and always wants to tilt to one side like a confused puppy. Hopefully they can iron out some of the joint issues in time for the next two.

Emerje
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108941)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on July 1st, 2021 @ 9:54pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Nice review, Kan! I’m very stoked to get mine! Should arrive any day now.

Did you try the coronation gear from MP-11 on 52 yet? I know the cape and pauldrons are the same, but I wonder if the crown will also fit.



MP-11's coronation gear are 100% incompatible with MP-52. Nothing connect and the heads are not the same shape.

So if you want a Coronation Gear for MP-52, better hunt the official, severely mod the previous one, or wait for an unofficial set.

Yeah I learned that this afternoon when I finally opened mine. Am I the only one who didn’t know that the image Takara used along with info of getting it with purchase of the other two was a placeholder, or is there some fishiness going on? Coz even going back to the news post about it, that picture definitely very clearly shows the MP-11 cape.

Is it just me?
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108942)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on July 1st, 2021 @ 10:16pm CDT
Welp mine broke. It was one of the points of concern I had in the transformation, however I think the break in this case came from the screw being in too far. Fortunately the way it is built, I should be able to super glue the panels together without any fear of gluing joints together. Untill I do though, can't transform him any more. See the pics below.

This is the screw that the knee transformation joint is connected too. The panels here had a bit of a gap in vehicle mode, and was very dangerous feeling from the get go when transforming the legs, but I figured if anything was going to break, it was going to be the big locking tab inside the knee joint, since it takes a bit of force to get moving And not the screw hole breaking off from the panel
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108963)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 2nd, 2021 @ 5:25am CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Yeah I learned that this afternoon when I finally opened mine. Am I the only one who didn’t know that the image Takara used along with info of getting it with purchase of the other two was a placeholder, or is there some fishiness going on? Coz even going back to the news post about it, that picture definitely very clearly shows the MP-11 cape.

Is it just me?



If you look at the picture above, you see that the "mystery clear plastic bit" is the adapter for the MP-11 cape. It most likely plug in the stand holes on Starscream's back, the panel that cover the fake chest-cockpit in jet mode.

Immortal Starscream wrote:Welp mine broke. It was one of the points of concern I had in the transformation, however I think the break in this case came from the screw being in too far. Fortunately the way it is built, I should be able to super glue the panels together without any fear of gluing joints together. Untill I do though, can't transform him any more. See the pics below.

This is the screw that the knee transformation joint is connected too. The panels here had a bit of a gap in vehicle mode, and was very dangerous feeling from the get go when transforming the legs, but I figured if anything was going to break, it was going to be the big locking tab inside the knee joint, since it takes a bit of force to get moving And not the screw hole breaking off from the panel


Yeesh.... Well at least this can be an easy fix that will not appear too much. A longer screw and a washer should do the trick. Plus it should not prevent the legs to tab together by that much I think.

This could have been worse like a wing hinge, something that was common with the MP-03 mold.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108964)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on July 2nd, 2021 @ 6:07am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Yeah I learned that this afternoon when I finally opened mine. Am I the only one who didn’t know that the image Takara used along with info of getting it with purchase of the other two was a placeholder, or is there some fishiness going on? Coz even going back to the news post about it, that picture definitely very clearly shows the MP-11 cape.

Is it just me?



If you look at the picture above, you see that the "mystery clear plastic bit" is the adapter for the MP-11 cape. It most likely plug in the stand holes on Starscream's back, the panel that cover the fake chest-cockpit in jet mode.

Immortal Starscream wrote:Welp mine broke. It was one of the points of concern I had in the transformation, however I think the break in this case came from the screw being in too far. Fortunately the way it is built, I should be able to super glue the panels together without any fear of gluing joints together. Untill I do though, can't transform him any more. See the pics below.

This is the screw that the knee transformation joint is connected too. The panels here had a bit of a gap in vehicle mode, and was very dangerous feeling from the get go when transforming the legs, but I figured if anything was going to break, it was going to be the big locking tab inside the knee joint, since it takes a bit of force to get moving And not the screw hole breaking off from the panel


Yeesh.... Well at least this can be an easy fix that will not appear too much. A longer screw and a washer should do the trick. Plus it should not prevent the legs to tab together by that much I think.

This could have been worse like a wing hinge, something that was common with the MP-03 mold.


I partially took the leg apart. The screw was definitely rammed in too far. But I am right, little glue in between panels will hold it together. This at least seems to be just a copy thing. My usual luck getting defects
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108975)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 2nd, 2021 @ 8:34am CDT
Greetings Seibertronians!

Thanks to the YouTube Algorithm gods, I happened upon what may be the first video review of MP-52 Starscream!

Youtuber Deluxe Baldwin goes through every detail including the transformation, accessories and several comparisons with the previous versions of MP Starscreams plus other toys.

You can view the video below:



With this video that shows how it transforms, this may help many people who are stumped with hard to read instructions and don't want to make some unfortunate accidents. Hope you'll find this video useful! If you were still on the fence about getting MP-52 Starscream, did that first video review convince you to pull the trigger?

Please let us know what you think!
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2108992)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 2nd, 2021 @ 1:47pm CDT
Prime VS Prime got to it too.

So here's a more professional video review:

Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2109002)
Posted by cruizerdave on July 2nd, 2021 @ 4:48pm CDT
No sir, I don't like it.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2109101)
Posted by Cyberpath on July 4th, 2021 @ 7:57am CDT
If one accepts that MP-44 is Starscream in disguise...

Image

... three MP Starscreams without MP-3.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2109239)
Posted by transformers_va on July 5th, 2021 @ 10:35pm CDT
Just got mine today, and very pleased with him! I thought he was going to be fiddly, but turns out he's pretty solid.

I can't wait for Skywarp v2.0! ;)^
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream unboxing and picture review (2118223)
Posted by MadProject on October 10th, 2021 @ 8:38pm CDT
got mine a few days ago as well.
Looks like mine doesn't have weak knee joints, and can easily stand on his own without problems.
But I notices that the panel that covers the hand in his left forearm doesn't want to stay flush, and keeps untabbing a little. Nothing that ruins the figure, but I'd like to know if it's something common, and if and how you fixed the issue.

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