The first year of any toyline has it's ups and downs. After the Deluxe wave, which were mixed, Bandai released it's wave of Basic Vehicles. These were smaller vehicles that came with an action figure.
The Thunder Racer comes in the new box that shows the vehicle and the pack in figure. In this case , we have Lion-O. The rest of the front is really scant, just the logo and showing it's features.
The back of the box shows the figure next to the Thunder Racer with Lion-O. It shows the action feature it has and that these can be connected to the Thunder Tank to enhance the set more. The rest of the box back shows the basic figures in the wave, as well as the basic vehicles.
It's clear the Thunder Racer was inspired by the Tron Light cycle. The cockpit lifts open and seats a 4 inch scale basic figure. Deluxes would have a hard time fitting in. It's made more for Lion-O and Tygra, as they were the ones that used it in show. Clipping a figure into the Thunder Lynx port on the back of the seat activates the drill missile.
The pack in figure for this vehicle is a new Lion-O figure. Rather than come dressed in his trademark armour, he now comes dressed in black spandex vest and shorts. Articulation is at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips and knees. He doesn't come with any accessories. Though many would consider this version of Lion-O to be the accessory.
The Thundertank came with 2 smaller Thunder Racers that can't be used like this. These Racers fully enhance the Thundertank. They fit the other figures OK. They stand fine on their own. Some collectors might want to keep the weapons on, some might want to take them off for accuracy. If you want one, you can find them on the secondary market for around £20.