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Name: Thundercracker
Series: Cybertron
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Sukhoi Su-37 Fighter



JET MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 7cm

   A small grey fighter with some mid blue undercarriage kibble, Thundercracker has orange paint on his wingtips, tailfin flaps and canopy. The twin tailfins are painted silver and there's a Decepticon logo stamped on top of the fuselage. This toy is a scaled down version a Deluxe, with a vastly simplified paint mask. The simpler paint scheme works better here than the overdone paint job of the deluxe, with the three main colours working well (silver is but a footnote).

   Small and simple, Thundercracker doesn't do much but he looks nice. There is a vestigial key slot on the back and the central spine of the toy lifts up (although it lacks the stupid key gimmick of the larger toy). There are moulded, non functional wheels underneath, including one on a gunpod tucked away under the fuselage, which is visible if not prominent.

   While the simplification robs Thundercracker of any play value, I can deal with that on this scale. This is naturally a low detail jet, but looks much better than the over complicated deluxe which is covered in unnecessary painted detail. Thundercracker lacks the cheap feel of some of the "Legends" class toys' vehicle modes.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Broadly based on the large toy, mainly for the end result rather than the jointing. Swing the gunpod out to the left side, fold the legs out to the front. Fold the cockpit, nose and legs underneath to form the torso and legs of the robot (this also reveals the head), fold down his feet and stand Thundercracker up. Lastly, pivot the gunpod into position as a handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9cm Width: 7cm

   A grey robot with blue feet, arms and head, Thundercracker has a silver face with orange eyes, silver thighs and an orange canopy in the middle of his chest. The colour layout is based on the larger robot's, although that figure has blue thighs and grey forearms. The bulk of the jet sits on his back as a plate, with the wings sitting on either side of his arms. The top of this plate sits behind and above the head, adding about 1cm of height (the top of the head is only 8cm tall).

   While Thundercracker loses the key gimmick, this also means that he now gets two arms, with a proper right arm rather than the stupid stalk of the deluxe toy. The gunpod is meant to be permanently attached, and is meant to resemble the launcher, but can detach giving Thundercracker an unobstructed right arm. The gunpod attaches via a ball joint, on the inside of his mid forearm, and as a result can be "posed", along with the arms themselves which are ball jointed at the shoulders. The legs are also on (restricted) ball joints, which don't really offer any poseability. The loss of poseability doesn't bother me, since this static toy still looks better than awkward deluxe, which looks better than the overbalanced larger toy with its elongated arm.

   As you can tell, I like this robot mode. Sure, it's very static, but the addition of the forearm makes a difference. The added poseability of the large toy isn't that much use anyway - it doesn't take much to topple. The colour scheme is about equal to the larger toy's - it works well enough without standing out (or having a strong link to G1 Thundercracker).

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Classic Legends Jetfire is a repaint of Thundercracker.

OVERALL

   One of the better "Legends" sized toys, and one of the more notable in that it's actually better than the original. Sure we lose play value, but this simple toy looks good and represents much better value for money at roughly 1/4 the price of the deluxe. The simpler paint job in jet mode and two proper arms (and the stability this brings) make up for lost play value. If you like small, simple, "cute", Transformers or like the character but don't think much of the deluxe, get this inexpensive toy - 7/10

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