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Transformers Generations Thundercracker

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , on June 30, 2011 by Jason

At the very same Wal-mart that I found Wheeljack, I also found this awesome Decepticon(during the same visit).

 

 Thundercracker, along with Starscream and Skywarp, were the original 3 seeker jets in the original Transformers series.  I was surprised to see the 2 figures I wanted in this wave at the same store at the same time.  I wasted no time in grabbing both of them.  It’s hard to beleive that there were actually 3 of these on the pegs!  First, we’ll take a look at the seeker mode.

I think my fascination with this line has to do with how much they are a tribute to the G1 Transformers.  The colors really pop here.  I find it amazing that the figures look this good, but are still able to evoke the nostalgia of the originals.  This was another figure I never owned as a kid(back then, I probably would’ve preferred Starscream), and it seems the ones I never owned are the ones that appeal to me the most.  If they release a Starscream and/or a Skywarp, I would get both, even though they would just be repaints.  And of course, he looks great in robot mode as well.

I have to say that I am very pleased with this purchase.  I can only hope that Hasbro continues to make these great figures(in my opinion, the movie ones just don’t have the “wow” factor).  This definitely gets my reccomendation, and another 10 out 0f 10.

I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow afternoon and won’t be back until Tuesday.  So I want to take this time to say have a happy and safe Independence Day, and remember all those who have fought and those who have sacrificed themselves to keep our wonderful nation free.

Transformers Animated Skywarp

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Jason

So, the day after our wedding, I found myself at a Marshall’s in Albany, NY.  I haven’t been to a Marshall’s in a really long time.  I’ve always known them to be a place to get brand name clothing at a discount price.  Even back in the day, I only ever seem to recall them as a clothing outlet.  So I went in thinking I would see if they had any clothes that caught my eye.  I walked around for about 2 minutes, and saw an overhead sign that said Toys.  I didn’t expect to see anything great, but, to my surprise, they had top shelve lines at a great price!  The G.I. Joe and Transformers toys immediately caught my eye.

While a few new G.I. Joes would have been great to add to the collection, I was interested in the Transformers Animated(Voyager Class) figures they had at $12.99.  These figures, when new, run in the $19.99+ range.  So seven dollars off of the retail price is quite a discount!  I remember trying do decide(briefly), between Skywarp and some other figure(maybe Lugnut?).  And had Swindle been available, it may have been a tough decision.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

I have always thought that the seeker jets from Transformers were some of the best looking characters.  I recall playing with Starscream as a child, but I don’t think that the figure belonged to me.  Skywarp here is basically a repaint of the Starscream that came out earlier in the line.  Which makes perfect sense!  Because, according to the back of the box, Skywarp is a clone of Starscream.

 The seeker mode is a little different from the classic style, but looks good, none the less.  The biggest differences are that these guys are wider than their 80’s counterparts and the wings are facing towards the front of the plane as opposed to the rear.  And the color schemes for the most part are close(Starscream is missing blue from his color scheme, and I think makes him look a bit dull).

But in robot mode is where this figure shines.

 I think the design of this figure is great!  The articulation is great as well.  It allows you to put the figure in all sorts of action poses.  And as a toy, I would think that it has top notch playability.  I give it a 5/5.

 

Two of my favorite figures.

If only they were on the same side, this would make an awesome team!

Skywarp will now introduce the next(hopefully) review piece(coming soon).

Skywarp:  I would vaporize you if Jay didn’t have to review you next!

 Bumblebee:  Thanks!  What can I do to repay you?                                        

                                                                                                                                 Skywarp:  Well…since were in front of a Super Nintendo…I think reenacting a scene from one of my favorite Nintendo games will do.

                                                                                                                                                                  Bumblebee:  Oookkaaaayy…what do you have in mind?                              

Bumblebee:  So what is the scene that this is supposed to represent? 

                                                                                                                                                                Skywarp:  Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!  You’re Lil’ Mac, Nuggit is Referee Mario and I’m Mike Tyson.  The only difference is that I always win!  Because 

the speed of your fingers can’t match the strength of my fists!                

Bumblebee:  You’re such a dork!                                                                           

Skywarp:  Well, I thought it was amusing.                                                         

 The commentary from the toys does not seem to publish the same way that the draft looks.  I hope that doesn’t detract to the little bit of humor I attempted.  As I was taking the pictures, the last one really reminded me of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!