Once again, Hasbro dives into the classic Marvel Comics villains for their new toylines. This time, it’s Thunderwing, the insane Matrix-obsessed Decepticon that once came close to taking out Unicron. Like most classic villains, his original figure demands absurd prices on the aftermarket. This is mostly because, well, his original figure was kind of ugly, and most kids just passed him up on the shelves. The same holds true for Bludgeon. For the longest time, getting characters like Bludgeon and Thunderwing could only be done by dropping ridiculous sums on eBay for the original figures (probably with missing parts, to boot), but now, Hasbro gave us a chance to get all-new figures of these tyrants of yesteryear. So how well does the new Generations Thunderwing fare? Let’s take a look.
Thunderwing’s alt-mode is some sort of Cybertronian jet, unsurprisingly enough. It comes across looking FAR more coherent than the original G1 toy. Underneath his cockpit is a little drone plane, reminiscent of the original toy’s inner robot. It doesn’t actually DO anything, unfortunately; it seems to just be there for fanservice. Underneath his wings are a couple of gigantic missile launchers.
This mode is sadly where the problems start to show up. For one, his cockpit looks HUGE. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems out-of-scale with the rest of his body. Also, he suffers from a problem the Classics Jetfire mold also has-exposed arms with nowhere to go. Seriously, that’s the most offensive kind of “airplane undercarriage”. In-package, his head is exposed under the plane, but that’s just a packaging error-you can easily flip up his chest to cover it. Continue reading