Thundercracker - Dark of the Moon - Figure


Seekers. Not since the Armada series have we had all three G1 seekers represented with the same mold and in the same series. It's quite the contentious issue amongst the fanbase. With Dark of the Moon, we may finally get that chance. After the release of Deluxe class Starscream, we now get a Thundercracker repaint.

Bio

Starscream thinks highly of Thundercracker. He tries to instill the less experienced Transformer with attack strategies and weapons information for the day when he finally usurps the throne from Megatron. Thundercracker is a quick learner and a serious threat to any Autobot that dare engage him in battle!

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode

Whereas Starscream keeps more of a Movieverse look, Thundercracker is more of a G1 tribute. Along with the medium blue paint job, he is flanked with red and silver stripes along the fuselage and stabilizers. The cockpit trim, leading edge of the intakes and engines are painted silver.

The weapon pairing for Thundercracker is somewhat odd. He retains the static cannon/sword from Starscream, but gets a repainted MechTech weapon originally made for Roadbuster. What's worse, there isn't enough clearance to activate the chainsaw while attached to the wing. You either have to turn the weapon 60 degrees away or take it off the peg completely.

Alt Mode Summary: Nice repaint, but the choice of weapons is confusing.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:6.75in/171.5mm
Wingspan:5.13in/130.3mm
Height:2.38in/60.5mm
Scale Ratio:110:1 (est)
Wheels:3 retractable, molded
Detailed cockpit:Semi-detailed, pilot seat

Transformation

Identical to Starscream.

Robot Mode

The medium blue motif continues in robot mode, with some black added on the shins and forearms. The head sculpt hasn't changed, but the eyes are now more noticeable. That is likely due to the mostly black head.

Both weapons still peg to the forearm. The weapon arrangement is a bit more plausible in robot mode. However, the static sword/cannon has no interaction with the MechTech weapon this time around.

Articulation

Feet:Stationary (Technical)
Knees:Screw hinge, 45 degree bend. Slide tab below knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips:Ball joint, 195 degree bend and 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread.
Elbows:Rivet pin and ball joint, 180 degree bend and unlimited lower arm rotation.
Hands:Dual rivet pins, 180 degree bend.
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation

The lower half of the figure still has it's limits.

Robot Mode Summary:A nice repaint.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:5.25in/133.4mm
Width:4.25in/108mm
Depth:2in/50.8mm
Supplied accessories:(1) Null ray cannon/sword, (1) MechTech weapon.

Value

Thundercracker will obviously call out to the Seeker fans and/or G1 lovers of the world. For anyone else, this is simply a repaint with a recycled MechTech weapon. Therefore, value is based on nostalgia alone

Summary

As with the Walmart racing specials, this is purely fan wank. However, it's something that could potentially set up Hasbro for more ranting. The question going forward will be "Are they smart enough to release a Skywarp repaint?" Because if they don't, then they truly have learned nothing.

Final Verdict:

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$12


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJune 21st 2011  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
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