Series: Generation 1
Alternate Mode: F-15 Eagle Jet
Height: 7.5cm Length: 21cm Width: 15.5cm
A speckly blue jet plane with a transparent orange cockpit, red detailing courtesy of stickers on the wings, black tainfins and a black nose - which is rubberised. The tops of the air intakes are silver-painted metal, but there's silver stickers which conceal this. Like all seekers, he's got big Decepticon stickers on the wings and a smaller one on the nose. Also, just behind the left air intake there's a rubsign.
There's a lot of good to be said about Diaclone toys. You can criticise their poseability until you're blue in the face, but the fact remains this is probably the sweetest real jet plane mould the Transformers line has ever used. The lines on the wings & fuselage match those of a real F-15 Eagle, and the proportions are perfect. The engines even have turbine tips moulded inside. OK, so you're not that likely to see a blue F-15 out there, but if you did, it'd look very much like Thundercracker.
As mentioned, the Diaclone toys aren't really poseable. But in this mode that's OK - F-15s are fixed wing aircraft. The front undercarriage _can_ actually turn, and he does roll. The missiles in his missile launchers can be either short or long, with short more realistic for this mode, since the launchers then look bomb-like, but I personally prefer the long ones, mainly because I don't have to swap the missiles to have a show-accurate robot mode.
It's really quite hard for me to fault this vehicle mode. The only real fault is that the wing posts are slightly too long, making the wings stick out too far, but you can easily file them down (as I have on all my seekers), to make them flush with the fuselage. There's also a gap between the engines at the rear of the aircraft.
A very good vehicle mode. Basically, the designer of the Diaclone-based Transformers sat down with realistic scale models of real things and worked from there, and you can see this with Thundercracker.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Remove the wings, remove the front undercarriage and place it inside the cockpit. Fold the rear tailfins down, flip back the rear wheels to form the feet. Stand him up and push the plastic bit on his chest till it swings out to form the arms. Fold the nose down, then swing it through the chest until the cockpit rests on his chest. Fold the nosecone back to reveal the head. Attach his fists, reattach the wings, insignia facing forward and attach the missile launchers to the arms. You can actually perform this transformation with the wings staying attached, though it'll take a tad longer and the attachments for the wings will eventually wear out.
One thing that has always bothered me about this transformation is that there's nowhere for the fists in jet mode. While you can store everything else, it does make for very easily lost fists. Of course, the other detachable parts are commonly lost anyway.
Height: 14cm Width: 15cm
Yes, he's wider that he is tall, thanks to the wingspan. Thundercracker's mainly blue again in this mode, with black fists, feet and head, with a largely silver chest, save for the blue cockpit with orange glass. Unlike his cartoon incarnation, he has a black face - it's white on the show. Also, he's a darker blue than the show, and the show has substituted silver with white.
Aside from his shoulders being able to move, Thundercracker pretty much just stands there being very wide. His shoulders do move in pretty much every direction, however, courtesy of his transformation. The missile launchers can shoot all of 2cm. The air intakes form big towers on top of each shoulder, which look pretty good. If you look at the toy of Thundercracker and compare it to the show, the toy appears to be missing thighs. Basically, the proportions are the same, but in the toy the legs are one piece and the show added thighs that the toy simply doesn't have.
Assuming you have all the bits, it's a very nice looking robot mode. The poseability was reasonably good for 1984, too. The missile launchers on the arms leave Thundercracker well armed and he looks suitably menacing with either the long or short missiles.
Shares his mould with Starscream & Skywarp, as well as sharing the basic mould with Dirge, Ramjet & Thrust.
The first set of seekers all had tailfins that joined via either larger or smaller pegs.
For Diaclone-based Transformer fans, Thundercracker is a great toy. He's detailed, pleasing to the eye and has good shoulder poseability for the time. Of course, the sheer number of detachable bits you can loose work against him somewhat, but the complete toy is good. Show-accuracy nuts will find Thundercracker's blue a little too dark, and a little too speckly. The black face and silver chest also differ from the show, but you can't really blame the toy, since it came first. I have to say, in it's defence, the speckly blue looks really good anyway. If you want show-colours, get the Heroes Of Cybertron figurine which is based on the show character - 8/10