As many fans will readily attest, Action Masters basically ended the reign of Generation One in the United States. However our brothers across the pond in Europe apparently had stronger stomachs so more Action Masters were released over there that the US never saw. Among these exclusive releases was Action Master Thundercracker, appropriately a figure repaint of Action Master Starscream, except that Thundercracker came with a new transformable vehicle that doubled as a wearable 'battle suit' a la Aliens. I must admit this is a pretty cool gimmick that I wish had been used over here in the states. Now as we all know most toy designers apparently had a mild addiction to LSD in the early 1990's because Thundercracker was released in one of the most garish color schemes I have ever seen (this statement can be backed up by GI Joe releases of the same time period). Regardless of his colors, he can be quite a fun little toy.
|This is seriously how he's supposed to 'ride' it.|
Fast forward fifteen years or so to 2007 when the Classics figures were beginning to hit shelves. The heads over at Botcon decided to make the convention exclusive set that year with the three missing Seeker jets we hadn't seen yet in stores (Thundercracker, Thrust and Dirge). That opened up an entirely different can of worms, but it also let fans to start speculating about what else could be done with the seeker mold. Eventually the idea of an Action Master Thundercracker deco came up since it was probably the most outrageous color scheme available and TF fans just like to push the envelope sometimes to see how far it will get them.
|I wish we could get a seeker colored like Action Master Starscream|
|GAH! My eyes!|
|They did a nice job extrapolating colors where there was no reference though.|