In today's review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon Crankcase, we told you all about how his fingers have been cut off. Well, it's possible to get intact figures without having to make international friends or order from Japan, and we're going to tell you how.
The folks on Seibertron.com's Energon Pub message board worked together to create a tally of which figures were broken and which ones were fine. Since you never know when a message board post will be purged from the archive, we're going to duplicate their findings here. The following list breaks down the numbers by the production stamp on the back of the card:
The one with the asterisk is the "international" one, with locations like Canada, Australia, Chile and The Netherlands. The rest? All USA, baby! My production code was 10601, so I can verify that number seems to be a loser. And now a remolded version, with complete (yet not dagger-like) fingers, has started to show up. To find it, you can look for code 111211.
In case you don't know what a production code is, it's the number pressed into the cardboard on the back of the card. Here's a picture:
Crankcase isn't really a bad toy, per se, but he has a lot of small flaws that add up to make him not worth buying...