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Air Raiders - Battle Dasher Thunderclaw

It's time to fill in another long-standing empty slot in our prized Air Raiders collection, today featuring the final missing Battle Dasher - Thunderclaw!

As we've seen with all of the previous entries in this line, the bio and character background for this set along with the next page ("Fourth in a Series"!) in the ongoing distributed comic speaks to a real labor of love behind the development of Air Raiders.

Someday it would be great to do the research required to learn more about the development team, or potentially single driving force, behind this line, and to acknowledge their efforts for making a small yet still fondly remembered entry in the '80s toy market. What ideas they may have had for series 2 and beyond we can gladly speculate, and it's a shame the market did not see fit to reward their hard work and creativity.

One last, fascinating note, is to pay very careful attention to something that you don't see on the back of very many toys available these days - "Made in U.S.A."

Posted by charlie on January 11th 2012, 02:53 AM
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January 11th, 07:27 AM
I have two toys from this line, but the fortress for the Air Raiders is what I remember most about it- that I got for Christmas in 1988 & according to the video we shot for that X-mas, I was very excited about getting it. The Thunder Claw I distinctly remember a classmate either owning, or getting as a Secret Santa gift back then. I always thought it was a cool vehicle & reminded me of a beetle.
January 11th, 07:38 AM
It's funny how I laud this line as being one of my very favorites, yet there are still two blank spots in my checklist for it. What makes that inexcusable is that I have both of those sets lying around the house, or at least the basement, but spend time instead making my exhaustive Transformers: Dark of the Moon checklist! Ah well, decisions. Maybe a good New Year's Resolution, that - to finally finish up the coverage of this great little line!

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