Yeah, to me the kibble feels like they're air stabilisers for when he's flying.
Well, yes... all aircraft use them that way.... oh, I see what you mean. I never think of Starscream as being able to fly in humanoid mode (in an atmosphere anyway) to be honest so that had never occurred to me
The designer said it was moulded to be reminiscent of samurai sword scabbards, but I think this was post design justification as he knew he'd left kibble on a MP figure.
I'd disagree - Kawamori-sama doesn't worry about kibble per-se (take a look at Aquarion or Macross Frontiers VF-25 with its wings draped down its back - or the VF-4 battroid mode from one of the Macross videogames for confirmation), if the tail-booms are on the hips then it is because that is where he wanted them to be. The similarity to scabbards is, in my opinion much to marked for it to be entirely accidental either - it was something that struck me when the first pictures of the revised design came out. I've always regretted that they weren't hollowed out for weapons storage to be honest.
Earlier this summer it was announced that Hasbro would be re-releasing Masterpiece Starscream in a new color scheme as part of the ongoing releases of Masterpiece figures as Toys R Us exclusives. This time out Starscream's deco appears to be based more on his animated counterpart than the 2007 version.
Months ahead of its 10/1/15 release date, Toys R Us has put upa pre-order page for this figure, giving you a chance to reserve it ahead of time! The surprise is that this piece is retailing for $59.99, which is well below the recent Masterpiece Sunstorm figure, which retailed for about $79.99!
Tis an awesome price, but then the recent Grimlock reissue was well priced too wasn't he? scalper madness will ensue and the TFW forums will implode with rage no doubt. It would be nice if him being a TRU exclusive meant he came out here too.
My favourite colours on that mould are the Takara Skywarp ones. Neeeeed Thundercracker!
It wasn't made a huge fuss of because it was stupidly expensive, apparently because of a problem somewhere in the distribution chain. Hasbro Asia have been doing reissues of the MPs presumably for China? Is that the target market for them? For a while, but Skywarp was the first that hadn't been out anywhere else.
If you consider that the Takara MP11 version of Thundercracker that's just been announced is an online exclusive of 2000, it does really look like Takara don't think there's a market for more MP11 releases in Japan. Unlike Hasbro who want to give us a veritable rainbow of them.