Surprise!on October 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Never in all my collecting life have I heard a knock at the door, discovered it was UPS, been handed a box from Big Bad Toy Store, and not known what in the friggin’ Hell it was. Seriously, this was a first. There was this real moment of anticipation as I cut open the package to see what was inside. It was like Christmas. But, you know, a good Christmas, back when I got toys instead of underwear. (I have to admit this is mostly my own fault. I would probably still get toys for Christmas if everyone I knew weren’t aware that I’ve already bought everything I want.)
But it was Prime Thundercracker! I didn’t even realize he was out. He’s a Japanese exclusive of some sort. So I guess whatever event he was attached to happened, and I didn’t check my Hotmail account for a shipping notice during the few days that it took for the package to arrive here.
I don’t know how keen I am on Skywarp and Thundercracker being exact duplicates of Starscream in the Primeverse. Starscream’s design is pretty individualized, unlike how it is in most other continuities. But at least Starscream’s “First Edition” Deluxe Class toy is pretty damn awesome, so that mitigates this unease somewhat.
Thundercracker has the same stickers as Skywarp, but in different colors. Thundercracker’s Mini-Con’s stickers, however, are different. Which is neat! What isn’t neat is that this chrome version of Balo is just an upgraded form of Bulo. I kinda wish he were a second guy. Instead, he just replaces a guy I already have. I’ve probably whined about this phenomenon before. Let me also whine about “Silver Metal” Balo’s chrome plating. It keeps mine from coming together well. His legs like to pop off because the chrome adds just enough extra coating to keep his parts from meshing properly. Bummer.
Now I’m excitedly waiting for Slipstream to arrive next year. The Transformers Prime cartoon is pretty light on worldbuilding, so I have to depend on the toylines to make me feel like this is a massive universe.