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I've got a love-hate relationship with the Titanium Series line. Well, okay, mostly hate. I didn't like War Within Prime's quality standards much, they're made out of die-cast metal which I'm not too fond of, and .. well, okay, the quality stuff again. But they do give me awesome pre-Earth Cybertronic toys of all sorts of dudes, which is crazy. Who, when they were watching the first episode of Transformers back in 1984, when we saw those tetrajet guys on Cybertron, didn't say, "that'd be cool to have a toy of"?
Well, we got something close to that in Thundercracker. Mind, he's designed to actually transform, which means he doesn't turn from a tetrajet into a robot-that-looks-like-it-transforms-into-a
For example, Jetfire's backpack, which is removed and replaced during transformation, keeps falling off. It doesn't really peg on securely, it hangs off a nub on his back. There isn't even enough clearance to move his arms. His is an innovative transformation sequence, at least, and he has a nice gun he can hold in robot mode that you create when you combine the two blasters carried under each wing. Like Thundercracker, he's based on his pre-Earth appearance in The War Within.
In the photo above, I've placed them with two other figures that can pass for War Within toys. One, the original Shockwave, who didn't have a different form for The War Within, because, dude, why? He turns into a giant flying spacegun. That's kinda Cybertronny enough, and it's not like he's the kind to change his body over time to match the fads. And then there's Cybertron Starscream, a toy which was inspired by Starscream's appearance in the War Within. They're a different scale, as you can see, but I had fun with them anyway.
In upcoming waves, we're expecting The Fallen, War Within Megatron, and War Within Grimlock. There was also a Starscream shown at Comic-Con, but as a straight redeco of Thundercracker, he's a little off-model.
The rest of Titaniums are just recreations of toys I already have and, for the most part, can happily skip.