Sunday, 12 August 2012

#1: Action Master Thundercracker (1990)

Now, Action Master Thundercracker is a bit of a legend in Transformers circles. I mean, c'mon, LOOK AT HIM: 

Now, for those of you who don't know, Action Masters were realeased in 1990 by Hasbro, as an attempt to re-invent the Transformers line by making them  little bit more like GI Joe. By this I mean, they scalled all of the Transformers down to about 4 inches or so, and didn't have them transforming, or any such nonsense like that. Yep, that's right. Transformers that don't Transform. Genius.

Anyway, this is how they sold them:

Now, back to the tech specs. Thundercracker was a European-only exclusive toy, which always struck me as odd, I would have thought the American and Japanese markets would have loved the bright, bold colours. The bio itself has nothing in common with T-Cracker's 1984 effort, in this incarnation he seems very much like a nasty, horrid bully, who has no doubts whatsoever about his cause, and just wants to cause as much mayhem and destruction as he can. In fact, he seems to have more in common with Skywarp than anyone else. Which makes me wonder if this wasn't supposed to be him all along. Or some tragic lab accident, where the Seekers had been merged together, sort of like Tuvix in Star Trek Voyager.

The back of the box art is great though. I always loved Action Master box art. It's a bit rough and ready, if you know what I mean.

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