Thundercracker was one of the very first TFs I ever owned, a Christmas present from my grandfather way back in 1984. I can vividly recall putting his decals on wrong, losing his front landing gear and missiles, and chewing the hell out of his rubber nosecone. Hey, I was six years old at the time.
Packaging: Decked out in sinister Decepticon purple, black, and yellow, Thundercracker's box is shorter and wider than Silverstreak's. On the front flap is a large image of Thundercracker in all his G1 glory. The inside of the flap shows the rest of Commemorative Series III (Autobot Jazz and Silverstreak) as well as Series I(Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Rodimus Major). On the back of the box is a grainy Decepticon group scene by Pat Lee and Thundercracker's tech spec, which like Silverstreak's, features the same stats as before, but a rewritten bio:
"The deadliest weapon is fear."
THUNDERCRACKER is contemptuous of anything that can't fly. Although a ruthless model of action in the battle against the Autobots, he remains an independent thinker who is not wholly convinced by Decepticon dogma. Equipped with powerful drone rockets and incendiary gun. Capable of producing powerful and highly accurate earth-shaking sonic booms that can be heard up to 200 miles away. Devastatingly powerful -- inhibited only by doubts about his cause.
Changing "terror" to "fear" certainly makes sense in light of the current global situation. Decepticon apologists probably aren't going to like that bit about dogma though.
Jet Mode: Thundercracker is a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. From nose to tail, he measures about 22 cm(8.7") long and has a wingspan of 15.5 cm(6"). His primary colour is midnight metallic blue, with a translucent orange canopy, black nosecone, stabiliser fins, and thrusters, red stripe decals on his wings and fins, and a silver diecast metal frame underneath. His rub symbol is at the base of his left wing. Perhaps the most noticeable things about him are the big Decepticon symbol decals on his wings and nose. Between them and his dark colour scheme, Thundercracker is one scary-looking aircraft.
Thundercracker's armament consists of two launchers that attach beneath his wings. His drone rockets and incendiary guns have been enlarged and extended in order to meet with current safety regulations. The drone rockets stick way out of the launchers and look pretty silly. But the incendiary guns look powerful and intimidating compared to the old ones, which are tiny by comparison. The firing power of the launchers has been beefed up, now sending their projectiles up to a meter.
In addition, Thundercracker comes with front landing gear that attaches beneath his cockpit. It can also be stored inside the cockpit so as not to lose it (again). Unlike later TF jets like Beast Machines Jetstorm and Wrecker Cyclonus, the wheels on Thundercracker's landing gear actually spin, allowing for added play value.
Transformation: Flip down the feet, swing out the robot arms, rotate the jet nose through the body cavity and swing it up to form the head and chest, fold the wings and fins around, and attach the fists and the launchers.
Robot Mode: Thundercracker stands just about 14 cm(5.5") tall at the shoulder pads. The combination of blue, black, and diecast silver makes for a regal yet sinister-looking robot. The Decepticon symbols on his wings and the colourful decals on his shoulder pads, torso, thighs, and feet add to this look. Thundercracker's head is all black, with big eyes and a hint of a smile. His tiny yellow eye decals are virtually impossible to apply without the use of tweezers.
Thundercracker's articulation consists entirely of being able to raise his arms for an attack or swing them out to the sides for a hug.
Overall, Susp Sez: Anyone who grew up with G1 in the early 80s' will enjoy Thundercracker. Great F-15 mode, improved weapons, good transformation, and stiff yet neat robot mode. My only complaint is that $39.99 Canadian/$29.99 US is a pretty hefty price tag, and also somewhat baffling in light of how the previous Commemorative Series included Starscream for $10 less. 9/10
"Humans run funny, don't they, Starscream?" -Thundercracker
|Date||April 15th 2003 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |