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

Profile: Starscream makes no secret of his ambition to overthrow Megatron as Decepticon Leader. He is ruthless, cold-blooded and cruel. In that sense the two rivals are very much alike. But he has a vain side that clearly distinguishes him. He considers himself the most sophisticated and handsome of the Decepticons. He exudes a high-class, urbane air that provides a certain irony to his murderous tendencies. He looks down on Megatron for being antiquated in his military strategy. Starscream believes the Decepticons should rely more on guile and speed rather than brute, destructive force to defeat the Autobots. Megatron overlooks the potential threat Starscream represents for one very good reason: Starscream is very good at his job.

Abilities: Starscream is one of the fastest flyers of the Decepticons, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 3. He can climb to sub-orbital altitudes of 52 miles and nose-dive down to near ground level in mere minutes. This makes him particularly effective in surprise attacks and hit-and-run actions. He can shoot cluster bombs a distance of 40 miles, each of which can level an area of 10,000 sq. ft. His null-ray rifle can interrupt the flow of circuitry it hits effectively preventing the operation of many machines during that period. He also carries a thermal carbine that can either freeze or melt metal on impact.

Years after reviving on Earth, Starscream discovered and encountered the Underbase, an ancient Cybertronian collection of knowledge and power encoded in light patterns. After being rebuilt, he managed to store about 20% of the Underbase's power. By using it, he can create a broad-spectrum beam similar to the combined powers of all Transformers on earth (except Megatron) and channel it through either his hands or weapons.

Weaknesses: Starscream overrates himself sometimes, and finds himself in situations that are more than he can handle. His nose-dives often overload his gyro-circuitry leaving him disoriented briefly. But, overall he is a very tough nut to crack.

Strength: 7 Intelligence: 9 Speed: 10 Endurance: 7 Rank: 9 Courage: 9 Firepower: 8 Skill: 8


Personal Notes: 1. Despite Starscream's tech spec, He is usually Megatron's second-in-command. As such, his rank should be 9. 2. It was rumored that his spec information was mixed up that of Skywarp. This rumor is supported by the semi-corrected readings found on Hasbro Bradley's Transformers Action Cards. (On the link to Dak Roland's cards section, Starscream is #98 and Skywarp is #101. Starscream uses Skywarp's actual tech spec data. Skywarp's card reads nearly the same as his tech spec, but with a Rank of 7.) 3. Starscream is responsible for creating the Combaticons.

Collector's Data: 1. Starscream was originally a "piloted" robot in the Takara toy line "Diaclone". Under the name "Jetrobo Fighter Jet", he was released in Japan, Italy, and other places in Europe. 2. As a Transformer, Starscream has 2 main types and a Japanese variant on the second. 2A. Type 1 of Starscream is as follows: smooth, clear-colored cockpit, short posted main wings (which fit closer to his body; some are solid underneath), smaller posted tail wings with small-holed tail rudders, single-tabbed fists (1 tab on the outside of each fist), and working missile launchers (with a nearly flat launch button). The earliest Type 1s have decals with sharp points on the Decepticon symbols. 2B. Type 2 of Starscream is as follows: a slightly larger smoke-colored cockpit (with a framed section visible on the inside), longer posted main wings (which make his wings a noticeable distance from his body in jet mode), larger posted tail wings with large-holed tail rudders, double-tabbed fists (1 tab on inside and outside of each fist) and non-working missile launchers (without a spring and with a rounded fin on the back of the launch button, they only hold the missile in place). Nearly all Type 2s have decals with rounded points on the Decepticon symbols, in addition to the heat-sensitive 'rubsigns' (in 9 out of 10 cases, the rubsign was placed on the left side near the die-cast plane engine). Since nearly all Japanese Starscreams were issued in 1985, they have all Type 2 qualities with the exception of having very strong Type 1 launchers. 3. To date, there have been 6 re-issues of Starscream since 1984-1986. A. Generation 2 Starscream (1993; translucent indigo cockpit, white body, gray wings, and gray in all places that were blue), B. Japanese re-issue Starscream (2000; exactly like the first Japanese Starscream with a different date stamp), C. "Ghost" Starscream (2001; Japanese re-issue with translucent blue and clear plastic parts; made to resemble Ghost of Starscream in cartoon), D. Black Starscream (2001; Black and gold replace his mainly silver body and red frame and decals.), E. American re-issue (late 2002 Toys 'R' Us exclusive; similar to the Japanese re-issue in almost every way with the main difference being the much larger launchers, and missiles), and F. Japanese "TF Collection #9" re-issue (2003; all blue parts molded in a lighter color, with a yellow cockpit and Megatron gun-mode replica; made to closely resemble Starscream's difference in color from the cartoon). 4. With the recent "ghost" and "TF Collection #9" versions of the Japanese re-issue of Starscream, there are only 2 versions of him with a translucent yellow cockpit, neither are original 1980s issues.

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