Skywarp & Thundercracker (D-Style) by Kotobukiya – Available From HobbyLink Japan
Who always follows after Starscream? Skywarp and Thundercracker, of course! Let’s check them out in D-style!
2 more Seekers seeking trouble!
Despite there being two kits inside, the box is shorter than a regular SD Gundam box, though thicker.
Thundercracker gets the solo side shot, where you can see the price of 5800 JPY in the corner. Get 20% discount at HLJ.com!
Swappable faces, missile pod chests, and the whole Decepticreep army (so far) are shown off.
When you crack open the box, you’ll see the iconic colors of both.
This is not a mistake. The manual is for Starscream, though there is an extra sheet for their color guide.
Inside, there are no differences, either.
The color guide for Skywarp.
And the one for Thundercracker.
Plates in alphabetical order. Even the runners all say Starscream, which means the 3 of them are completely identical. It’s like Takara, Hasbro, and Kotobukiya planned it this way all along!
A single collection of seals to be used on both.
All you need is a pair of nippers, and you know what’s next!
Front, side, and back shots of both.
The chest can open and show the missiles inside.
The arms can bend 90°.
And the legs are more or less similar.
Both of them with optional parts.
But the different faces and weapon options mean you aren’t likely to get bored.
As for the size, it’s a little shorter than Megatron.
Some final thoughts. This set really reminds me of Premium Bandai when you crack open the box. Most of those are just color variations of identical kits, and you tend get the old manual instead of a new one. Same thing here with Kotobukiya. What’s good about this kit though is that Kotobukiya is not trying to make it unnecessarily rare by putting it only into online stores. Since this is how it’s been since the ’80s, it’s just nice to have all three Seekers easily collectible in this form as well. As mentioned in Starsceam’s review, it’s a really fun build, and the three faces, different hand options, and posability will mean they can all look distinct enough even right next to each other. So highly recommended for any pla fans of Transformers. Thanks for checking this out, ’til all are one!
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