Like all great Seeker toys, the biggest difference between Thundercracker and his brothers is the paint job. The majority of TC is molded in metallic blue plastic, while his soft plastic bits and joints are molded in black. Most of the Takara figures rely on stickers instead of paint, but for some reason the Seekers seem to have a bit more. I feel like the silver really adds enough detail to the figure, making the stickers mostly unnecessary for me.
Since Thundercracker is technically a remold of Skywarp, he comes with an Arms Micron instead of missiles. This time we get another Balo in metallic chrome plastic. I guess it’s fitting that one of my favorite TF molds comes with one of my favorite minicons. I have to admit, this Balo looks really nice in shiny silver, unfortunately it’s a coating over the original plastic. This makes some of the joints ill fitting, causing them to pop out easily. Not so bad if you’re going to have him posed, but not that great for a toy.
Transformers Prime’s AM Thundercracker is a great looking figure that makes a nice trio of Seekers, but unfortunately he’s a bit more difficult to track down than your average Takara since he’s an exclusive in Japan. He’s definitely more of a splurge than a necessary figure.