Well done replicant01, sharp eyes & good intuition; I would not have known what those were and likely passed if I saw the auction. I acquired the resin guys on eBay too, back in 1999. All were separate auctions with the resin along with the production counterpart (so that's where my first Emperor and Baron came from. Placed a bid of $80.00 on each but won them all at the opening bid (I forget but it was cheap) as nobody seemed to be watching.
Nice score then Balok! I was focused mainly on GI Joe auctions back then, & came out with some nice deals in those early days. Somewhere along the way I broadened my collecting goals to include Air Raiders. I've built up a formidable collection since then. Before these 2 guys, my most impressive pieces were 7 sets of the mail-in figures (actually have less of the Man-o-War pilot), the mail-in Airlandia map, & a sealed in open box Man-o-War. Also have an AR box artwork proof somewhere. Will have to pull everything out & take pics one day. I do have an old outdated thread in the Collection Pics subcategory here that shows the figures I had at that point, acquired a few more since then:
Yeah, I'm super sad that this line didn't become a reality either. Even if these was more on the rare side like the Manowar and Emperor; just to have a chance to own them would be fantastic. I've contemplated seeing if some sort of 3D printing could be done based off the photos but haven't had the time to research it.
And I remember that ebay listing! I didn't bid because I didn't want yet another Thunderclaw. Congrats!
I shudder to think how many cool things the seller (or his parents) threw away over the years.
You & I think alike Jack; Would love to find better quality pics of these figures & attempt to create these figures myself. A few are obviously repaints of existing figures so those wouldn't be difficult to mold/cast. My ultimate dream would be for another company to acquire the rights from Hasbro if they won't do anything further & pick up where they left off, maybe with a Kickstarter type event for funding. I'd be happy with just the figures & Air Refinery, if possible.
Oh, & thanks for your disinterest in owning another Thunderclaw I too wondered what else this guy may have had at one time or another as a kid. Hell he may have had the rest of the figures from this series for all we know!
Just to keep sharing; I stumbled across an old auction from 2010 that had some neat stuff (No, I didn't win this). Some characters they obviously never got around to making and some variant designs of the Manowar and Dragonwind. The link also has some scripts and notes from the Sunbow cartoon.
One of those figure sketches looks to be one of the Inhumanoids characters, so I wonder if the top 2 figure sketches are from that line? Either way the AR series 2 figure pics are too distant to make out much detail, so the figure sketches may indeed by AR related.