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Transformers Bot Shots Thundercracker Figure Hasbro, 2012
Day #482: September 7, 2012
Transformers Bot Shots Thundercracker FigureThundercracker
Series 1: B009

Transformers Bot Shots Battle Game Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 37663 No. 98427
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Figure
Action Feature: Spring-loaded transforming figure
Retail: $3.99-$4.99
Availability: May 2012
Other: Shares parts with Starscream

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Transformers Bot Shots Thundercracker FigureFew characters embody "token repaint" better than Thundercracker, one of a few characters you expect to see every time Hasbro makes a Starscream toy. Sometimes they let you down, as one wasn't made in Energon, but generally it's a pretty safe bet Hasbro will do a blue repaint of Starscream eventually. No mold changes that I can see were made, but the new paint job is pretty nice.

Transformers Bot Shots Thundercracker FigureIn jet mode, the toy is severely lacking in paint. The yellow cockpit pops nicely, and I appreciate the red stripe on the wing-- but that's all you get. No white or red stripes beyond that exist, and there are no Decepticon symbols anywhere to be seen. It's basically a car with wings, which is hard to avoid given the format of this kind of quasi-game mini-figure. If you're going to display this figure, do so in robot mode. Or just pay with it, it's fun.

The mold is a little touchy so far, just hit the nose and it flips up into robot mode. It's simple, but that's what you want. The body has a little paint in robot mode, with a silver torso and black feet and hands against a mostly blue body. The head has a fair amount of paint including a nice silver color, a black metallic helmet, and bright red eyes. It's obviously Thundercracker, and it's clearly inspired by the 1984 original. On one hand, it's great and fun, giving you a new addition to your Decepticon air force. On another, it's a repaint, but while some people are tired of these I'm not. If I don't get a repaint of Starscream, I'm going to get disappointed. Now bring on Skywarp!

Transformers Bot Shots Thundercracker Figure

Troubleshooting Note: As always, there are two screws on each figure's chest. If you tighten these, the trigger is a little jumpier. If you loosen it, it weakens it a bit. Depending on how well the figures do (or don't) spring up, you may want to keep a screwdriver around to adjust them to your liking.

--Adam Pawlus

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