Masterpiece Thundercracker 2.0 Incoming!

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  1. BairdimusPrime

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    Congrats! I'm waiting over a month at this point
     
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  2. BairdimusPrime

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    China Post tracking

    once you put in your showZ tracking, ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the screen you will see a USPS tracking number that is for your package
     
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  3. Gamerlingual

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    X2. Used this for Japan post tracking.
     
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    I wouldn’t want an SOC Thundercracker. I’ve got SOCs and MPs and Bandai’s best SOCs have substantially simpler transformations compared to any Transformer…Bandai’s strength is with simpler transformations(like with 70’’s-80’s super robots including Voltron and combining mecha), anything complex approaching a transformation similar to an MP Transformer likely won’t have the solidity you’d expect nor the ratchets for joints that ought to use them. I think it’s a given that a ball joint shouldn’t be used for MP shoulders and hips but guess what Bandai uses on most of their transforming Chogokin jets. And while loose ankles on MP-52 have been caused by cracks…loose ankles on an SOC Thundercracker would’ve probably been a given if Bandai used diecast ball joints(which they probably would do). I wouldn’t doubt that a Bandai SOC Thundercracker would look better than Takara’s current Thundercracker but I highly doubt it would be as poseable(most of their transforming Chogokin jets lack double jointed elbows/knees, ab crunches and waist swivels) and the transformation might not be as intuitive. Bandai also loves using spring pins and unfortunately, if they’re fired into plastic, they tend to crack through pieces and break them apart over time. They also love to add extraneous steps for transformation and sometimes overengineer proven designs(used on toys of the same mecha from previous companies) and make them more complicated than they should be. An SOC Thundercracker from them might not be enjoyable/intuitive to transform whereas MP-52 is largely intuitive, just could benefit from more clearance during certain steps.

    Bandai’s appeal for a SOC Thundercracker would be the deco/finish and maybe pricing(IF you can even land a preorder before release), but that’s about it. They’d probably use spring pins and use ball joints for shoulders/ankles/hips and you’d have a nice looking transforming blue F-15 rag doll that you feel lucky you got a preorder for instead of paying aftermarket pricing for but knowing in the back of your mind that ratchets should’ve been used but that Bandai maybe didn’t care so long as it looked photogenic.
     
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    i still have those wonky, loose AF feet ... am i just not doing the transformation correctly? He is constantly leaning forward or falling back ...
     
  6. Arie

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    Great, thanks! It was handed over to DHL, and it shows a tracking number. Will contact them. Hopefully they're reachable tomorrow, otherwise I'll have to wait until Monday.
     
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  7. kshaps

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    I had to get mine through BBTS and was planning on using pile of loot and shipping both Thundercracker and Skywarp together but with paint issues (still being a problem...*sigh*) I'm wondering if it's better just to ship my Thundercracker so I can get a replacement if the paint if there are paint defects on my copy. I'm worried that if I wait to ship them together in January BBTS might be sold out and I'll be stuck with whatever I get.
     
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    Just a thought…have you clicked the feet into place. It takes a fair amount of force but you’ll hear an audible click. It’s best to support both pieces as you apply pressure as the post they’re on is fragile.
     
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    I won't be getting Thundercracker this year, because I'm currently saving up for Optimus Prime, the Bumblebee masterpiece version
     
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    Just received mine, what a beautiful alt mode, I'm sold out on that blue ! My old dad thought it was a collector's miniature plane.

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  11. Gamerlingual

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    This guy is sold out everywhere, yahoo auctions and Mercari included. Just as I predicted even for the $260. Wow.
     
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    Robot mode, first glance he looks great. I really love this mold, incredible design and fairly intuitive clever transformation (of course we already new this with Starscream)

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    I really hoped for a perfect copy (does this ever exist in the TF world, whatever the company is ?) but I have some issues. At least nothing serious, ie no cracks anywhere, it's more to do with the paint finish.

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    but those are really complex figures

    ps for info the light grey paint marker by Molotow is a good match. I've managed to cover the defects on the chest area.
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    Sorry to see your blemishes. It would seem Thrundercracker has poorer cosmetic quality than Starscream perhaps, especially with marks around the forerarms and shoulders. But better joints, less cracking and more reliable forearm flap closure. I wonder if they changed the manufacturing process or if it's the different paint mix. I'm curious how Skywarp will turn out.

    I'm glad I paid a fair amount less for TC than SS - helped to make my slightly missing tampo more tolerable for me.
     
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    I’m sorry if it’s been asked or I didn’t notice. But could you please let me know what paint/ color used for this? It looks fantastic!
     
  16. BenLeong

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    Just got an email from GameStop saying my payment didn’t go through(the card I used say back in January expired, so I just had to update the info). Guess that means they’re ready to ship out.
     
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    How did you manage to pay less for Thundercracker than you did for Starscream? Most of us paid more for Thundercracker, as it's a TT Mall exclusive. Did I miss a deal on Thundercracker, or did you pay too much for Starscream?
     
  18. Gamerlingual

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    Show Z had Starscream for cheaper. Depends on the shop. Actual retail for Starscream is 3,000 yen higher for Japan Without the discount
     
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    For SS I paid about USD $260 delivered from Amazon Australia. For TC about USD $230 delivered from Singapore to Australia.
     
  20. Fafnir72

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    Skywarp too is a bit lower too. TTMall notwithstanding which is heavily taxed. Same thing too with MP Inferno. He was more expensive than Artfire.