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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 60, December 1989 / Issue 75, February 1991
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 230, August 12th 1989 / Issue 242, November 4th 1989
First/Last Cartoon Appearance -
First Toy Appearance - 1989
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Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Generations
- Added a Decepticon symbol to the chest
Appearance (Robot Mode) 8/10
This is a very good representation of one of my favourite characters. Thunderwing looks imposing and the kibble actually adds to his menace. Nice headsculpt but the angle of the neck is odd, especially if you have him looking sideways. Also, for such an imposing character, he is too damn small, being one of the smallest deluxes.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 7/10
The plane looks brilliant and integrates/hides the robot kibble successfully. The drone at the front can also detach as with the original pretender but leaves an odd-looking void near the cockpit. Colour scheme is a little flat.
Quite unusual in that the stomach area lifts up to accomodate the legs which tuck in towards the chest. The arms just kind of sit there in jet mode though.
Pretty good and a lot of poses can be achieved. The large amount of back kibble does make him somewhat back heavy though, and he is prone to fall over.
2 issues with this figure that I know about - one being that the thumbs will pop off if you get him to carry the wing-mounted missile launchers (I haven't tried this though as I don't want his thumbs to fall off) And you can leave stress marks either side of the chest piece if you mistransform him.
Overall - 35/50
Very close to a great figure but he just isn't imposing enough for a character who went on a rampage beating up whoever got in his way. he really needs to be a voyager (or even a large deluxe.)