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2004 Hard Hero/Hasbro: Starscream Bust

In 2004, the sculpture company Hard Hero was licensed by Hasbro to produce a series of busts depicting several classic Transformers characters. Modestly successful in its short run, the line produced several sculptures of well-known characters like Optimus, Megatron, Grimlock and, naturally, Starscream.

Starscream was the fifth bust released in the series and produced in limited quantities; only 5000 numbered pieces were created, along with 100 artist proofs signed by sculptor Jason Ray. Moulded in cold cast porcelain, he stands about six inches tall and has a wingspan of nine and a half inches. The workmanship on his paint scheme is both clean and accurate to his appearance on the animated series. His torso is painted a matte red, the hands and forearms have been coloured matte blue, the cockpit windows orange, while his wings and other regions have been done in a light silver. Interestingly, the Decepticon insignias on his wings have been sculpted and painted in the inverted position.

Profile: In flight, Starscream can reach a speed of up to Mach 2.8. Ruthless and cruel, Starscream's ambition knows no bounds! His ultimate goal? To overthrow Megatron and replace him as leader of the evil Decepticons!

In one sense, it was a shame that Hard Hero ended the line before either of Starscream's compatriots, Skywarp and Thundercracker, received their own busts. However it is understandable why this particular bust was never simply repainted. After all, the figures pose and the smirking expression are distinctly Starscream in nature and would never do for the prankish Skywarp or brooding Thundercracker.

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