Transformers Review: Star Saber (Robot Master)

            In the original G1 continuity, the Supreme Leaders of the Autobots are often characterized as holders of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership a.k.a. Creation Matrix. But ever since the Japanese created their own definition of G1, that concept was eventually abandoned, beginning with Fortress Maximus in the Headmaster series. Although Rodimus Prime was also one of the Supreme Leaders of the Autobot, there was no mention of the Matrix at all, and that trend continued with the subsequent leaders in subsequent series.
            In Victory, we were introduced to another new Supreme Leader of the Autobots – Star Saber. He was depicted as being close friends with God Ginrai – another one of the Autobots’ leaders
            Star Saber was also described as having known Deathsaurus for a long time – since childhood even.
            Star Saber is a Brainmaster – with the smaller robot that was supposed to reside in the chest of the bigger robot, and subsequently forming its face. There is no specific name for the human-sized robot. Star Saber’s smaller robot is called “Brain of Courage”.
            I have been wanting to have the original G1 Star Saber for a long time, and has been on my most-wanted list for quite some time, but since it’s way too expensive for my current budget, I could at least settle for this.
            A shout-out to fellow collector Farid, for selling to me this twin-pack Star Saber/ Victory Leo set to me, which I once showcased in the Transformers 30th Anniversary Expo in Genting Highlands.
            This review will be divided into 3-parter: each for Star Saber, Victory Leo and the Victory Saber combined mode.
            This entry will obviously focused on Star Saber.

Alternate Mode (Saber and V-Star):
            Since this is the Robot Master version of this character, which is obviously way smaller than the original G1 mode, there is no “Brain of Courage” mode.

            The smallest robot mode available is Saber. Saber transforms into a small red color jet.
            It looks quite good and quite accurate to its original cartoon depiction, which is always nice.
            In this mode, the back portion of the jet, called V-Star will pull an Optimus-trailer, and disappear from sight.
            More often than not, in the original series, Saber would stand on top of V-Star and use it as a glider to charge into battle.
            In robot mode, Saber is a miniature brick. The shoulders and hips swing forward, but the knees swing the wrong way.
            Combining Saber in jet mode with V-Star, you finally get that iconic spacecraft mode that is iconic to the character.
            On top of the jet mode, there is a divot to store the blade of the sword.
            Overall, it’s a neat alternate mode.

Robot Mode:
            Transforming this figure from its jet mode to robot mode, I could almost hear Transformers: Victory theme song playing inside my head.
            The robot mode looks very slick and smooth, as if paying homage to another popular Japanese Super Robot – Mobile Suit Gundam.
            Star Saber’s head sculpt does look similar to God Ginrai’s face designs, but with different color schemes.
            In this mode, Star Saber isn’t much a brick as his original G1 action figure. The shoulders are on ball-joints, so they can move in all direction. However, due to the design of the shoulders, they do have limited range of motions.
            The elbows bend, and most importantly, Star Saber also has a waist joint!
            The hips are on ball joints, and as such, they can swing forward, albeit limitedly. There are no knee joints, but the toe flaps can move downward, mostly due to transformation joints.
            I like the robot mode. The articulations notwithstanding, it’s a wonderful looking robot.

            Overall, this Star Saber action figure does stay true to its animated depiction. It’s good to finally have a version of Star Saber in my collection.
            Highly recommended.

            Final verdict: 8.5/10.


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