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You don't want him to give you the finger.
I’ve been putting off talking about Leader Class Starscream because he’s just so massive and huge and awesome and I could probably talk about him forever. So to keep me from doing that, since I should really be spending more time getting ready for San Diego Comic-Con (I leave on Tuesday!), I figgered I’d pick an aspect of him and ramble about that instead of everything about him.
But I just know I’m gonna break this personal restriction. Let’s get out our stopwatches.
The smaller one looks like it's pooping an eagle.
Anyway, I heard a few folks on the Internet talking about how sucky Leader Starscream’s jet mode is. No jet mode could be cleaner than the ROTF Voyager Class release, after all. That was one slender jet mode. The front end’s undercarriage is smooth and limb-less. It’s rough to beat. I can imagine why it would be considered the gold standard.
But I think the Leader Class version gives it a run for its money anyhow.
Yes, the Leader Class jetmode is thicker, proportionally. But not really by all that much. If you supersized the Voyager up to the size of the Leader, I think the Leader would have a half-centimeter on the Voyager, tops.
Starscream's freshman 15.
And let’s not forget that the Voyager has those robot mode claws hanging prominently out of the backside. That could be considered a major downside, especially since the Leader carefully hides away those claws. It’s the first version of movie Starscream that hides the arms completely.
Woof, this photo's just plain embarrassing for the Voyager.
Also, let’s not ignore the matter of kibble. Yeah, the Voyager has that clean piece of jet underside, but that just means it hangs off the robot mode’s back. The Leader uses that area more efficiently. The robot mode feet condense into a shape that recalls exactly the curve of the Voyager’s underside. It’s so compact, it’s actually kind of awe-inspiring.
Finally, the Leader is fucking huge. Jets are always better when they’re fucking huge. This is a Fact. So if you don’t agree with me, that means you are stupid. Pretty simple, really!
(And holy crap, his mouth opens and he has weapons that pop out of his forearms and he has a missile launcher that can attach to his arm or store on his back and his torso is as poseable as hell and…)
(He is sex on legs.)