Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Second Crack Of Thunder

[Thundercracker: is what happens when you build up too much gas after some masala]
Written by GL

When it comes to our lovable Transformers characters, we focus way too much on how cool the Autobots are and never seem to give enough credit to those despicable Decepticons. Here at Classic Articulation, we can't have that; and it's been a long, long while since I've done an info piece. Where better to start than with Thundercracker.

Out of all the multiple characters in the Transformers Universe, Thundercracker is almost always depicted as a blue color Decepticon who turns into a jet fighter, almost twining the appearance of the infamous Starscream. Thundercracker was one of the original Decepticon Seekers from the first year of the series (which also included Starscream, Skywarp, Thrust, Ramjet and Dirge).

[Jet Mode: too cool]

Let's return back to the good old day of the awesome animated series: Thundercracker was one of the first Decepticons to awaken on Earth in 1984. After laying dormant for four million years, he shared the same appearance as Starscream and Skywarp and is usually with them during attacks.

Even though he was one of the original Decepticons and appeared in many and various battles throughout the series, during 1984 and 1985, Thundercracker had few prominent roles.

Always under Starscream's glory-seeking attitude, Thundercracker always seemed to dislike Starscream and sometimes went out of his way to undermine his authority.

In the year 2005, Thundercracker was there during the battle for Autobot City, and was gunned down by Optimus Prime. With the defeat of their leader, Megatron, the Decepticons were forced to retreat.

Whilst running escaping aboard Astrotrain, Thundercracker was with those few Decepticons too weak to put up a fight to stay on board. Being cast out into space, the damaged Decepticons drifted into the path of Unicron, and Thundercracker's body was used to create Scourge, one of Galvatron's new warriors.

[Generation I: super-stylin]

The original Thundercracker toy was originally part of the Japanese Diaclone toyline, and was imported to become part of the Transformers toyline by Hasbro in 1984. The funny thing about this toy is that the majority of its parts had to be removed for the piece to transform. It is rare to find a totally complete Thundercracker set since no single mode can hold all the parts.
It's these kind of legendary production quirks that makes being a collector cool.

There is no doubt that Thundercracker must be given the respect that he deserves, as a landmark Decepticon character and as someone who could bust a cap in any Autobot's rear fender.