Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #1: More than meet the eye P1, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Toy Catalog Number: 24


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This is my first Thundercracker toy.  I bought it on Apr. Vii, Mmi and it cost me $C.


Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: none | Function: warriors | Type: F-15 eagle jet|

Thundercracker's motto and tech specifications:  

| STR 7 | INTL 7 | SPD 9 | ENDN 7 | RNK 5 | CRG 5 | FRPW 8 | SKL 7 |


"The deadliest weapon is terror. "


Contemptuous of anything that cannot fly. Not totally convinced of the Decepticons' cause, but they persuaded him to continue battling Autobots. Flies at speeds up to 1500 mph... produces controlled, deafening sonic booms that can be heard for 200 miles. Equipped with powerful drone rockets and incendiary gun. Doubts about cause sometimes impede effectiveness.


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R-1 Thundercracker in its Original Condition:

thundercrackerorig.jpg (57321 bytes)1 - Thundercracker  in its brand new condition from the box.  This is a Japanese version and it is exactly 100% as the American version (same size, material, style, color, texture etc.).  The only difference is that the instruction and box is written in Japanese.

2 - Back box art shows the 1984 Battle Scene Box Art.

3 - Here's how the content looks once the box was removed.

4 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: " 1" jet body,  " 2" main wings, " 2" small rear fins, " 2" small vertical fins, "2" hands, " 2" missile launchers, " 2" long missiles (aka gun), " 2" small missiles, " 1" landing gear, trading card, "1" sticker sheet, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" miscellaneous text sheet.


R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

There are 5 Pre-Applied sticker that had been applied onto Thundercracker.  The first two are located on either side of the main wing.  It's that long red and white strip of sticker.  The third and forth stickers are located on either side of the vertical tail fin.  It's that red and white sticker.  The last pre-applied sticker is the Decepticon Rub Sign logo located just above the cockpit canopy.

Sticker Sheet:

DecalTcracker.jpg (508859 bytes)There are 10 registered numbering of stickers on the sticker sheet.  But in reality it's actually 14 stickers since some of the decals/ stickers are grouped or paired together and labeled it as one.  These registering numbering do not include the Pre-applied stickers.  


R-3 Thundercracker in Vehicle Mode:

thundercrackerveh.jpg (39612 bytes)In vehicle mode, Thundercracker is a hot F-15 Eagle fighter jet.  Each of the Decepticons F-15 jet has the ability to open their cockpit canopy.  If you are purchasing the loose figure of Decepticons Seekers, be sure to check the canopy stability.  The canopy should be able to stay up on its own and not move back down.  To add the excitement, the missile launcher also fires missile especially  if you own the Japanese version.  In jet mode, the two smaller missiles, not the big long missiles, are inserted into the missile launcher.  Don't lose these two missiles or your Thundercracker jet looks funny.


R-4 Thundercracker in Robot Mode:

thundercrackerrob.jpg (49350 bytes)In robot mode, Thundercracker is not so sleek or beautiful as his toy vehicle mode or his cartoon counterpart.  These Decepticons Seeker jets are good for display and not for playing since they don't have too much playing value.  Other than shoulder articulation and the feet, there are no other movement.


R-5 The Seekers in Comparison:

seekers.jpg (65683 bytes)Other than the differences in paint application and some stickers, these seekers body appearance are exactly identical to one another since they were all based from the same mold.  Despites coming from the same mold, Starscream for some strange reason has the loosest shoulder joint than the other two.  The latter Starscream action figure which was released in Takara Collection edition #9, Anime Starscream, served as a huge improvement from ability to hold weapon to cartoon colors.  Oh yeah, the terminology Seekers was invented by Transfans to describe the Decepticons Air Supremacy for Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.  Its meaning is very straight forward and come from the word, "Seek."  And since the Decepticons jet mission is to seek and destroy the Autobots, then this terminology Seeker is very much appropriate for them. 


R-6 Rémy's Thundercracker toy review:

NOTE: Thundercracker was sold as Exclusive Set w/ Skywarp.

Manufacturer - Takara.

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, Series: Collector's Edition.

Year Released: [Aug. 2001 Reissue] - The original toy was released in 1984.  

Made: [China] - Although the original toy was made in Japan, the qualities and materials are pretty much the same as the reissue.

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Forgot to measure - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped down and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: " 1" jet body,  " 2" main wings, " 2" small rear fins, " 2" small vertical fins, "2" hands, " 2" missile launchers, " 2" long missiles (aka gun), " 2" small missiles, " 1" landing gear, trading card,

On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray, a taped down bag which contained: "1" sticker sheet, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" miscellaneous text sheet.

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: No art.  Back Box Appearance: 1984 Battle Scene Box Art.

Box Point or Robot Point: [-- - --]  - I forgot to check the box. 

Approximately Toy Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The Head 5 1/16  Maximum Height: 5 7/16 (top of the chest air intake)  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 2 3/16  Maximum Width: 4 1/2 (from wing to wing)  Dept: 3.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print: - © HASBRO 1980 1983, (Japanese text) ©TAKARA CO. LTD 1980 1983, CHINA.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print Location:  Can be found on the outside of Skywarp left leg.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium] - Average, pretty easy.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable

Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal: Chest plate / body, landing gear and his back wheels.  Chrome Metal: None.  Rubber: Jet Nose.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: Cockpit canopy.

Stability: [-A] - Robot mode can stand on any surface...but his hands tend to fall off easily.

Fun Toy: [-A] - Pretty a fun toy.

Negative Drawback:  Basically it's just the articulation.

Articulations: Head: Cannot be rotated. Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree and a 45 degree backward. Arm/ Elbow: Cannot be bent.  Wrist/ Hand: Cannot be rotated, pull hands off to hide hands. Hip/ Waist: Cannot be bent. Leg: Cannot be bent.  Knee: Cannot be bent.  Ankle/ Feet: Ankle cannot be rotated.  Feet however can only bent upward.

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The Decepticon's rub sign located on the right side of his jet body, but earlier version does not have the rubsign.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [-A] - He looks pretty much like the cartoon..

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Utterly the bomb!!! Very Hot.

Special Notes:  Here are "2" special notes which I thought you should know:

1 - Thundercracker's missile launcher came with spring so missile can be fired out, check for spring..  

2 - The cockpit can be opened to store his front landing gear.

Overall Grade: [A] - Overall, Thundercracker is beautiful especially in jet mode.