(Geek mode ON) The name “Seeker” was a term originally coined by fans to describe the Decepticon Jets of the same mode, eventually adopted by Hasbro and various comic continuities. (Geek mode OFF)
I don’t know what it is about them, maybe it’s because my “first” Transformer was Thundercracker, the blue robot that turned into an F-15 eagle that my dad got me all those years ago. Or maybe it was the fact that they just look so cool and exuded this sense of superiority over their land locked Autobot enemies. Whatever the reason, I sure love me some seekers! I proudly call myself a seeker whore as I basically buy up anything seeker related that Hasbro (and other 3rd party companies) come up with.
Now when I’m talking about seekers, I’m more often than not
referring to the original three, namely Starscream (white jet), Skywarp (black)
& Thundercracker (blue), all released in the first wave of Transformers in
1984. Although my seeker love does
extend to others introduced later, like the coneheads, Thrust, Dirge &
Ramjet and the fan introduced Sunstorm and the Rainmakers….my seeker love
eventually always goes back to good ol’ Starscream, Skywarp & Thundercracker.
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Anyway, here’s a rundown of all the different versions of seeker trios I’ve managed to complete through the years. But let’s get one thing out of the way first, no I do not have the original toy versions of the 3 seekers, although they’ve been re-released a number of times, I’m not THAT big of a nostalgia nut to spend money on what essentially were plastic bricks :P
Classic Versions: This was the first “modern” version of the
original 1984 seeker. And just like the
original, transformed into an F-15 eagle.
Luckily all three main seekers were released in retail (although Skywarp
was part of a 2 pack & Thundercracker came out about 5 years after the
first release, Starscream way back in 2006). I think this mold holds the record
of the most repaints I have in my collection....over 10 (pls don’t judge me :P)
. It’s a decent version, though a little
out-dated in 2012. The original seeker
design is in a sore need of an update…preferably in a bigger scale. This one is just too small compared to most
of the inferior Autobots in my collection *cough*Bumblebee*cough*. If they did release an updated version I
would GLADLY scoop it up and all the inevitable repaints that would follow in a
|Not even rose-tinted glasses can make these guys look good....|
|Nothing beats a classic....except..a NEW classic...please Hasbro?|
|Home made Skywarp|
|A more refined monkey squad....|
|Baby you can drive my car....|
Transformers Prime: These guys are the latest version of the triad released so far. These designs are based off the currently showing excellent cgi series, Transformers Prime. The Starscream design looks exceptionally devious & evil as compared to past versions and is perfect. Although the jet mode isn’t as exciting or intimidating, looking more like an F-16 falcon, it still seems to have the most personality…I guess I’m just a real fan of the semi updated take on the character in the new series. Both Skywarp & Thundercracker are straight up repaints and as of today only released in the Japanese Prime line (translation: more expensive) and as of now don’t really exist on the show, but neither of these kept me from completing this triad.
Masterpiece: Ok this
is the BIG one. The Masterpiece series
is the ultimate high end of Transformers toys.
These are ultra-detailed, larger scaled toys whose robot modes look
amazingly accurate to the cartoon model while still managing to transform into
a very realistic vehicle. When a
masterpiece Starscream was announced, there were no ifs or buts about it, it
had to be mine! And as each subsequent
masterpiece seeker was released, I got them too without hesitation!
Even knock-off Masterpiece coneheads have a place on my seeker
shelf as well J
|Just when you thought they couldn't look more devious....|
|Ultimate proof of my Seeker obsession....|
|......No...actually I think this is|
Of course there are a whole lot more versions of seekers out there. Some, like the original versions I never set out to get from the get go. But there were some I tried to complete and for whatever reason was unable to complete.
|Ultimately, I do think my collection NEEDS |
some Cybertron styled Seekers...
|Now THESE will do :) Hurry up Hasbro and do the OTHER 2!|
|No Thundercracker for you!!!!!|