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2001-2004 Hasbro: Heroes of Cybertron Starscream

Originally released as the Act Series by Takara in Japan, the Heroes of Cybertron (HOC) series was a short-lived line from Hasbro that featured several classic characters in new, smaller moulds. While these figures could not transform, they did feature the ability to swap parts between characters, making for some interesting configurations and play options.

Starscream was initially released in Act 1 of Takara's original series, moulded in coloured plastics. For his initial North American release (NAR), he was moulded in transparent red PVC plastic, which was then painted over with his classic colours, aside from a light grey head. There was still enough transparent red exposed on his head so that when he was held up to a light source, it appeared that his optics were "glowing." Interestingly, by switching Starscream's head with Optimus Prime's body, it was possible to "re-enact" the scene from the animated series two-part episode "Megatron's Master Plan."

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

Profile: Starscream seeks to replace Megatron as leader of the Decepticons. Ruthless, cold blooded, and power-hungry. Considers himself the most sophisticated and handsome of the Decepticons and, therefore, a better choice as leader. Believes that guile and speed, not brute force, will defeat the Autobots. Fastest flier in the group, reaching Mach 2.8 and an altitude of 52 miles. Shoots cluster bombs and Null-rays that disrupt the flow of electricity. Very good at what he does, but over rates himself which can jeopardise missions.

HOC Starscream was later released as part of a Botcon 2003 six pack of HOC Seekers, alongside wingmates Skywarp, Thundercracker and three purple coloured generic characters. This version differed from the general release in that the figure had a more metallic colour scheme and had a black-coloured head.

Starscream would be re-released in the fourth wave of the series, this time bearing his coronation crown, shoulder pads, and cape from the animated Transformers: The Movie. He was also posed in the same position as the scene where he states, "My fellow Decepticons, as your new leader I" right before the arrival of Galvatron and Cyclonus. He was coloured in a darker shade of grey than his previous release, and the insignia's on his wings have now been positioned right side up.

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

Profile: Starscream seeks to replace Megatron as leader of the Decepticons. Ruthless, cold-blooded, he considers himself the most sophisticated and handsome of all the Decepticon robots. Able to reach Mach 2.8 and an altitude of 52 miles. Shoots cluster bombs and Null-rays that can disrupt the flow of electricity. Excellent at what he does, but sometimes overrates himself.

This particular sculpt would later be recovered into Skywarp, Thundercracker, and a few clone Seekers. It would be recovered again for the 2004 Botcon exclusive figure Sunstorm, then retooled slightly to become Dirge, Ramjet, and Thrust; the latter pair being available only through Takara's Act series. Takara would also release a pewter coloured Seeker character (Act 4), uncoloured clear Starscream figure (Act 1) and an ultra rare transparent Starscream figure (Act 5).

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Crowned HOC Starscream
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Two HOC Starscreams
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Act 9 Armada SCF Starscream(Takara)
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SCF Armada and HOC Starscream
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Act 1 Clear Starscream (Takara)