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Legends LG18 Starscream Super Mode (Armada Thundercracker)

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Legends LG18 Starscream Super Mode (Armada Thundercracker)

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:11 pm

TFSource has posted a preorder with the first images of the newest Transformers Legends figure from TakaraTomy: LG18 Starscream Super Mode! A redeco of Generations Thrilling 30 Deluxe class Armada Starscream, this figure is based on the upgraded form that Starscream received from the power of the Mini-Cons in episode 43 of the Armada cartoon, which in turn was based on the deco of Armada Thundercracker toy.

The confusion behind all this stems from differing viewpoints between Hasbro and Takara at the time. Hasbro evidently wanted to have a Thundercracker redeco of the Starscream toy be a new character, while Takara wanted to keep pushing Starscream as a character since he was becoming even more prominent and popular as a character in the cartoon. But, since there was a new toy that they had to sell, Takara came up with a solution by releasing the Thundercracker toy in Japan as "Starscream Super Mode", which was reflected by the cartoon having Starscream upgrade into these new colors, thereby enabling the Thundercracker toy to be advertised simultaneous to Starscream's own development without having to shove in yet another new character on top of an already large cast of characters in a show that was already heading in a more complex direction with the Unicron Battles about to be underway. Plus, a new Starscream toy would likely sell better than a toy of someone else.

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