It’s Monday night as I’m writing this review. Like a lot of other Masters of the Universe fans, I’m anxiously waiting to hear if the ultimate Castle Grayskull playset is going to be a reality, but the website must go on, and it seems I’m never at a loss for a Transformers review.
Ever since delving a bit deeper into my Transformers habit, I’ve discovered for myself a new reason for collecting certain figures. Usually my purchases are dictated by a love for a certain character or team, and in a more extreme version is my love for an entire universe (I’ll never forget you, Old DCU!). But Transformers have opened me up to the joy of collecting specific molds.
I’d read about other fans only buying the various versions of a design they particularly liked, but I hadn’t experienced it myself until recently. After all, it’s not like there’s a lot of design variation in the MOTU, DCUC, or Marvel Legends lines. You can get a little taste of it in the GI Joe or Star Wars figures, but it’s usually just the same character in a different deco. Transformers is one of the rare lines that allows you to buy different characters that share the same body design, engineering, and alt mode.
My first taste of this was with Lockdown/Axor and Bludgeon/Banzaitron. But while I enjoyed both molds at retail, I didn’t love the figure designs enough to follow them into exclusives territory. Heck, I’m not even going to buy that new Chinese Megatron (Megatron with only swords is just wrong!). But when it comes to the Transformers Prime: First Edition Starscream, my collector brain kicks in and I must have them all!
So here I am, with my new Takara exclusive Thundercracker. This figure’s design and transformation is exactly the same as the previous Starscream and Skywarp, but I still love it. Most of these TF Prime figures have great articulation, but there’s just something about this particular Seeker body that allows for an amazing amount of personality through its poses. Of course most of the personality is still Starscream’s, but it looks great in blue and purple too. Continue to page 2…