Allegiance: Decepticon Categories: Voyager Year: 2007
Thundercracker lives on fear. Special materials in his vehicle body allow him to emit controlled sonic detonations that can be heard 200 miles away. Cruising along at Mach 6, he wants his enemies to hear him before they see him. He wants them to know he's coming, and cower in fear at their impending doom. Not as devoted to the recovery of the AllSpark as the other Decepticons, he stays with Megatron because the evil leader allows him to indulge his chaotic tendencies.
Remarks: Thundercracker is a repaint of Movie Starscream, so check there for the full review. I'll just highlight the differences here. Apart from the different paintjob, which is held in Thundercracker's traditional blue and grey colours, the main difference is the head. Where Starscream had an almost insectoid head, Thundercracker features a slightly more humanoid countenance with what appear to be big teeth. I'm not sure which head I like better, they're just different. The different paint job does give Thundercracker a bit of an advantage over the rather boring greys of Starscream. He looks more dynamic somehow. My version of Thundercracker suffers from very loose missile launchers. The damn things kept firing, which my cat found very nice of me, as the missiles are great playthings. I assume that this is not a general problem, though.
All in all I'd see Thundercracker as the slightly better figure as compared to Starscream. He might not appear in the Movie, but he looks better. The mold as such is good, but not spectacular, so unless you are a completist there is really no reason to get both Starscream and Thundercracker. If you want just one, I'd recommend Thundercracker because of the better paint job.