U.S. Name: Thundercracker (Masterpiece Hasbro) Jap. Name: SAME
Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #1: More than meet the eye P1, Season 1, Sept. 1984
Classic Box Number: 24 This Line Box Number: N/A
A quick comment:
My only main reason for picking up Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker because of my 4 year old son. He wanted to play my MP-11 Starscream jet mode despites I kept on telling him it's not a toy but a collectable item and is meant to be only for display. Now that Hasbro release Masterpiece Thundercracker, I thought that would be perfect gift for him. Me, I shall wait when Takara/Tomy release their own version of MP Thundercracker. Anyhow, I got TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker for $LXXVI (CLXIX.V) on Sept. Vii, Mmxii from Time Square TRU.
R-0 Original Thundercracker's motto and tech specifications:
Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: none | Function: warriors | Alt. Mode: F-15 eagle jet|
| STR 7 | INTL 7 | SPD 9 | ENDN 7 | RNK 5 | CRG 5 | FRPW 8 | SKL 7 |
Original G1 Thundercracker Motto:
"The deadliest weapon is terror. "
Back Box Bio:
THUNDERCRACKER looks down on those who cannot fly with sneering disdain, often going out of his way to attack creatures that cannot fly, just to prove his superiority. It was this attitude that led to him being recruited into the original Seekers squadron alongside STARSCREAM® and SKYWARP®. Though his loyalty to the DECEPTICON cause is less than total, the fact that he is allowed to indulge his impulse to assault those he considers inferior keeps him flying for MEGATRON®.
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R-1 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker in its Original condition:
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker does not come with any Pre-applied sticker adhered to the toy itself like the G1 line. Instead, the entire action figure contain colored mold, some paint applications, and tampograph.
NOTE-4: MP-7 edition comes with an additional sticker sheet.
R-3 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Predecessors MP-3/ Prototype:
When MP-3 prototype image first appeared on the internet, left image, everyone was over joy knowing Starscream, Skywarp, and Thunkercracker will look fantastic with that mold design. But to fans surprise and disappointment, MP-3 final product released in 2006, looked nothing like the prototype. Why? TTomy hired Mr. Shoji Kawamori to mess it up by adding a hip kibble that resemble a samurai and add neck kibble! Sorry, but that's not the G1 seeker that transfans know and love, right image (from HLJ.com). Also, MP-3 with his hip kibble and the tail fin in one piece attached onto the waist, when looking from the side, it looks like his transformation isn't complete yet. Later on and as expected from MP-3, it got repainted into MP-6 Skywarp (2007), MP-7 Thundercracker (2008), Walmart Exclusive Starscream G1 colors (2008), and MP-3G Ghost Starscream (2010).
NOTE-5: All images in R-3 section are internet picture so all credit to the respective owners.
R-4 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker in Robot Mode:
Six years later since the release of MP-3 mold on Sept. 2006, then as MP-7 Thundercracker colors in 2008, we transfans finally got a Thundercracker that actually looks like the G1 Thundercracker! This is the version or mold that we should've gotten 6 years back. Now that Thundercracker is a redeco of the MP-11 Starscream mold, its robot mode is just purely exquisite and well design throughout. His overall proportion especially from the back is more define and well balance. His colors are slightly closer to the cartoon than MP-7 with a lighter blue tone plus a little bit of light gray plastic, red, and black colors.
Although MP-3/MP-7 and Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker/ MP-11 mold are nearly the same including transformation, there are actually many changes. First of all, the biggest improvement is the side of the jet conformal fuel tank (CFT) and tailfin are split into two parts. The CFT now formed the spiky or pointy part of the main wing while the rear tail fin attached onto the side of the leg. Secondly, with the extra heel or flap at the back of his feet thruster, Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker now stands on his own perfectly without the help of additional stand like MP-3/MP-7. Moving upward, the pelvis extra design or detail doesn't protrude out as much. The shoulder pad and lower arm pad on MP-3 are no longer presented in Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker/MP-11 mold. This make his arms more slender and well proportional to the rest of his body. In addition, the null rays that attached to his arm are now connected with runner and ball joint eliminating that partformer transformation style.
Lastly, the new design head and face of Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker/MP-11 mold (see R-0), even without the capability to switch face, still rocks MP-3/MP-7. You have to see it in person to see its true beauty because Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker/MP-11 mold overall head and face is so accurate to the cartoon! Its head is much bigger than MP-3/MP-7, has a glossy black paint, and features a retractable/ spring loaded air vent at the side of his ear. As for the face color, it has a silver paint.
R-5 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Articulation Showing off:
Here are some of the move and poses in which Thundercracker can do. Head, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, leg, knee, and feet are all moveable. For more info on articulation see R-17 on Articulation.
R-6 Unnecessary Decals Ruined the Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker:
Thundercracker mold itself is very beautiful but only to be ruined by some of the atrocious and unnecessary tampograph decals especially in jet mode. In robot mode, the first decal that strike you are the present of the red stripes on the front of each shoulder. Since when did the G1 Thundercracker ever have this? Fortunately, that was it for the robot mode. For those that are curious, this newly red shoulder stripe decal was first introduced in the "Generation Line: Thundercracker" and now has carried onto the Masterpiece version. In jet mode, this is where the absurdity begin. First, there are the Reflector decals camera mode with the word "Say Cheese" at both shoulder/ side of the jet. At the jet tail fins, another decal of Thundercracker holding Soundwave as a boombox format with the word "SONICBOOM." Adjacent to the cockpit canopy, there are "D-24" lettering as a homage to his Japanese toy catalog. Also, additional writing such as "CPT J. "DRAGON" SASS" and "LTC JOE "BIG DADDY" KYDE." Really Hasbro, who care with these names, thanks for ruin a beautiful figure. This is the masterpiece edition it's suppose to be mostly cartoon accurate or hybrid between toy and cartoon. The last panel which I really don't have much a problem is a decal on top of Thundercracker air in-take which was also presented on his G1 toy figure.
In addition to the above, there are 3 more differences in term of paint detailing or style between the Hasbro and the Japanese Takara/Tomy MP-11 mold. The first one which I really have a big fuzz is that Hasbro Thundercracker features the typical Hasbro infamous hot pant, or short, short, boxer style in which the color of the thigh is stop short of reach his crotch creating that boxer or pant effect. On the main wing of Thundercracker, the insignia is oriented upright, not upside down like MP-11 Starscream. Me, personally love the upright insignia as it looks better and formal. Others may argue against it. Reality is, there's no right or wrong because in the cartoon, the seekers insignia was sometime shown as upright and sometime upside down. Lastly, the back wing of Thundercracker has no insignia while Starscream has his.
R-7 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker - Air In-Take Silver Tower Placement:
What is the correct way to display the two air in-take light gray towers? Reality is, neither position is accurate to the cartoon. In the cartoon, using Starscream as the model since I didn't want to look for Thundercracker cartoon pic, the intake starts off straight like the G1 toy and then curve/taper at the top. Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker/ MP-11 mold, assuming you tilt the intake forward, the base of the intake is curved/tilted but then it's straight at the top. Kind of the reverse in the cartoon. Also, the instruction sheet at the transformation section didn't really say anything about the intake, so there's no right or wrong on how you choose to display it. Personally, the difference is so minor and from the frontal view they both look nearly the same. For me, I like version 1 or G1 toy version because the side of the head exposes more and it just looks better. It wouldn't be practical to fight the enemy if your sight side view is block by your air in-take towers.
R-8 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker w/ MP-11 Starscream Coronation Set:
For those that are wondering how MP-11 Starscream coronation set look like on Hasbro Thundercracker, then these pictures should be a treat. MP-11 coronation set comes in 4 pieces: 2 shoulder pad, 1 crown, and 1 cape. TTomy designer team did amazing job with the coronation set. The cape itself is all plastic, not fabric like the 3rd party edition, and is mold in such a way so that all folds are shown naturally and beautifully. But more superbly and surprisingly is the cape has numerous articulations! At the center of the cape, there are two joints running from top to bottom allowing the cape to either be spread out or tuck it back in. Adjacent to the top of the cape, there is a blue connector consists of two layers. The inner layer has a "C" shape that clips directly onto Thundercracker top back while the outer layer allows the cape to either rotate to the left or right. On either end of the outer layer, there is a socket that connects onto the cape and its ball joint peg. This additional ball joint adds the upward and downward movement of the cape making his flight posing more realistic!
NOTE-6: MP-11 Coronation Set cape and shoulder pad are compatible with the MP-3 version. However, the crown is slightly bigger for MP-3 head.
R-9 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker in Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker is a F-15C Eagle single seat fighter jet and is very impressive all around. From the tip of the nosecone to the rear tailfin, the fighter jet mode measures approximately 12 3/4 x 8 10/16 x 3 14/16 (LxWxH in inch). Transformation going from robot mode to jet mode is very smooth with each joint and peg align very nicely. Unlike MP-3 where the main jet wing joint connection tend to break or get stress mark, TTomy/Hasbro now redesigning some of the joints so that if its reach beyond the stress point, the piece will pop off but easily put it back in e.g. main wing, tail fin, thruster. Of course most of the decals are visible in jet mode and already covered in R-2. When looking from the top view of the jet, both MP-3 and MP-11 are identical but their differences lie at the side and under the jet and this is where MP-3 outshine MP-11. To make it short, MP-3 hide the robot mode part a lot better and its curvier panels made the jet more realistic but too much sacrifice on the robot mode.
NOTE-7: When going from jet mode to robot mode, the best way to extract the thigh out is first separate out or un-peg the leg connection. Then, bend each leg downward until you hear a click sound and that shouldn't unlock the peg to release the thigh.
R-10 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker - Jet Special Features:
1 - Nosecone opened up to reveal a radar disc inside.
2 - Canopy can be opened up revealing the interior and seating reserves for a removable silver pilot figure.
3 - The Air In-Take bents about 10 degree downward.
4 - At the top of the jet near center, lift this panel to reveal the Air-Brake.
5 - Main wing Airfoils can be fold down.
6 - Rear tail fins can be fold down.
7 - Rocket Thrusters are on a ball joint and can be move in any direction. The panels adjacent next to the thruster can be lift to reveal some sort of engine.
8 - Rear landing gears are retractable and can be revealed by opening the door hatch.
9 - Front landing gear is retractable and can be revealed by opening the door hatch. The hole in front of the landing gear is for the gun clip accessory, see R-13.
R-11 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker w/ Standing Base:
So far, all of Hasbro Masterpiece seekers release are packaged with the black base stand, a pair of sidewinder missiles (more in R-13), and Megatron gun clip (more in R-14). The base stand is consisted of a clear plastic stand and a black base whose measurement is approximately 7 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 (LxWxH in inch). It also has a tampograph of the Decepticon insignia in purple as well the name of the character in white. To mount the jet mode on the base, the clear stand should be attached onto the long end or far side of the base, right image. Pegging the jet into the clear stand can be frustrated sometime. I find it much easier to start off by anchoring the little hook of the clear stand into the gray edge area of Thundercracker. Then clip the stand socket into the peg of the jet abdomen until it grips firmly. Now attach the whole thing into the black base. If you do it right, the jet should stay secure on the stand. For robot mode placement, the clear stand should be oriented upright and anchored at the short side of the base, opposite of his name deco. At the back of Thundercracker waist/crotch, look for a gray peg, this is where the clear stand should be pegged into. Fortunately, connecting the robot onto the stand is a lot easier than the jet connection. When not in use, the clear stand, 2 sidewinder missiles, and the Megatron blue clip can all be store within the black base itself, bottom left image.
NOTE-8: It would be a lot easier if the clear stand is peg into the figure first before joining with the black base.
R-12 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker - Null Rays & Chest Missile Pod:
Although the seekers don't carry a hand gun, they do have their own trademark weapon, the null ray and chest missile pod. Since the lower portion of the shoulder is rotatable, the null ray can either be positioned on top of his arm, left image or the normal position which is at the side. Sometime during the transformation, the null ray may get in the way and snap off. This is normal as it is on a ball joint and can easily pop back in. To reveal the little missile pods, just lift the top portion of his chest compartment, right image.
R-13 What the heck is that Blue "Horse Shoe" Shape with Peg at the end Accessory?
Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker comes with a blue "horse shoe" shape with peg at the end as an accessory but what exactly does it do? Your first impression may think its part of the display stand because that piece can be store in there. If you don't have internet or never expose to Takara/Tomy Transformers Masterpiece, then figuring out this blue accessory can be very frustrated especially when the instruction does not mention it. Even though this accessory does not associate with Thundercracker character, I'm glad it was included since it adds more playing value. To answer the question, this blue horse shoe accessory is actually a gun clip that is designed to be used in conjunction with Megatron PVC gun that was shipped with the MP-1 mold (Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus). At the underside of the jet nosecone, you'll see a hole, this is where the blue gun clip is pegged into, bottom right image. Next, clip the horse shoe curve part into Megatron PVC gun bottom silencer/barrel. Now you just have recaptured the scene from the original G1 Season 1 episode "SOS Dinobots" in which jet mode Starscream linked up with Megatron gun to give him more power so he could shoot at the Dinobots.
R-14 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker w/ Sidewinder Missiles:
Just because the MP-11 mold/Thundercracker has new null ray which are now on runner, doesn't mean the sidewinder missiles should be excluded out like MP-11 Starscream. I am so glad that Hasbro decided to include the sidewinder missiles with their Masterpiece Thundercracker. Since the null ray and runner use ball joint, it can easily be popped off and replaced by the sidewinder missiles, see picture. In addition, it offers more playing value. On top of that, with the sidewinder missiles on, it makes the jet mode look more realistic. The other beauty is that the null rays along with its runner joint connection can all be store on the base.
R-15 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker QC Issue:
Here are Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker quality control issue that people experiences, fortunately there aren't that many:
1 - There is a slight gap at the cockpit canopy during close position.
2 - Jet tail fins detach too easily despites easily popped back in..
3 - Minor stress marks at various locations.
R-16 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Scale Comparison:
R-17 Rémy's TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker action figure review:
Manufacturer - Hasbro.
Line, Series/ Wave: Masterpiece Line - TRU Exclusive
Year Released: [Aug. 2012]
Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD] - 11 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 - Box.
Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Rest on a clear plastic tray are: "1" Thundercracker, "2" sidewinder missiles (attached onto the main wing)
Underneath the clear plastic tray are: "1" black base, 1" instruction sheet.
Underside of the base and inside a taped bag: "1" clear plastic stand for connecting to the black base, "1" MP-1/MP-2 Megatron gun clip, "1" silver pilot figure
Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]
Approximately Dimension In Inch: Height Up To The Head: 8 6/16 Maximum Height: 9 7/16 (tip of the wing) Width from shoulder to shoulder: 3 3/4 Maximum Width: 8 1/2 (from wing to wing) Dept: 3 1/2.
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ©TAKARA 2006; MADE IN CHINA; ©2012 HASBRO; HASBRO SA; TOMY; MADE IN CHINA; C-1063B
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: The back main wing copyright has ©2012 HASBRO; HASBRO SA; TOMY; MADE IN CHINA; C-1063B. A second copyright located at the underside of the air brake has ©TAKARA 2006; MADE IN CHINA.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium] - Once the nosecone slide freely from the body frame, the rest of the transformation is piece of cake.
Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable.
Materials: Die Cast Metal: The gray back of the waist, black skeleton frame of the rear body, and the U metal pin anchoring the air brake panel. Chrome Part: The post inside the air brake once the cover is lifted. Rubber: None. Plastic: Main material. Clear Plastic Window: Cock pit canopy.
Stability: [A] - Very Stable.
Figure Toy: [+A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many functions, challenging, and a cool design.
Negative Drawback: None.
Articulations: Head: Ball joint, due to the obstruction of the red air intake, the head can only be rotated at 75 degree sideway, tilt 45 degree downward and upward. Shoulder: Ratchet joint, due to the main wing obstruction, the shoulder rotation is stopped at about 200 degree. Can also be opened out 90 degree outward. Lower portion has the ability to rotate 360 degree sideway but because of the null ray, it stops at about 270 degree.. Arm/ Elbow: Can be bent at a 90 degree. Wrist: Ball joint, can be rotated 360 degree sideway as well as be bent at 90 degree inward. Hand/Finger: Thumb and index finger move independently. The last 3 fingers are jointed but moveable. Hip/ Waist: Cannot be bent or rotated. Leg: Ratchet joint, can be bent at a 45 degree forward and 5 degree backward. Due to the obstruction of the tail fin, the lower thigh can only be rotated 270 degree sideway. Can also do a 45 degree split. Knee: Ratchet joint, can be bent at a 90 degree. Ankle/ Feet: Feet front flap can be rotated 360 sideway as well bent 90 degree backward.
Rub Sign Logo: [N/A] - Not Applicable.
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Definitely beautiful.
Alternate Mode Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Utterly the bomb!!! Very Hot.
Special Notes: Here are "8" special notes that I think you should know:
1 - Although I don't recommend over doing it too much because you don't want to break the head ball joint, but you can avoid scratching the glossy head during transformation by simply popping the head off, see R-8. This is good if you are doing an investment or planning to resell later on.
2 - If the glossy paint of the head does get scratched and peeled off, some of the suggestions were to use Testors gloss black acrylic found at hobby shop or KMart, and then coated with Future Floor Finish. I myself have never tried it.
3 - In robot mode, the best way to store the little pilot figure is to put inside the cavity that is found at the back of the lower leg just above the feet. This space stores the rear feet heel during jet mode. It's not good to store the pilot figure in chest cockpit canopy during robot mode because there is a gap inside which the figure can easily fall out.
4 - To collapse the lower leg going from robot mode to jet mode, you need to unlock the mechanism by holding the lower leg and then bend it at angle. Once you hear or felt the click, slide the lower leg up to meet the thigh.
4 - When going from jet mode to robot mode, the best way to extract the thigh out is first separate out or un-peg the leg connection. Now bend each leg downward until you hear a click sound and that shouldn't unlock the peg to release the thigh.
6 - Take your time when sliding the nosecone from the body frame, reckless act cause paint to scratch and damaged the tip of the nosecone.
7 - When going from jet to robot mode, fold down the chest plate first to get clearance. Then squeeze the ear vent while pushing the head through body frame.
8 - At the front side of the jet near the conformal fuel tank (CFT), the tabs are very small so be gentle when unpegged them.
Overall Grade: [A] - If you can look pass beyond the dubious decals, this is an amazing G1 Thundercracker to ever be released as of 2012.