Cliffbee.com: Sunstorm Toy Review

Toy Reviews
Individual Review




Name: Sunstorm
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Destron
Function: Aerospace Warrior
Alternate Mode: F-15 Eagle Jet



JET MODE
Height: 7.5cm Length: 21cm Width: 15.5cm

   A bright orange fighter plane, Sunstorm has a smoky transparent cockpit with a silver cage. He's got red wing detailing, white tainfins and a white rubberised nose. The air intakes are metal, but since they're the same orange as the rest of him, you could miss it. They actually did a good job of matching the paint with the orange plastic. Like all seekers, he's got big Decepticon ensignia on the wings and a smaller one on the nose, unlike most seekers, they're painted rather than stickers. Also, just behind the left air intake there's a rubsign.

   There's a lot of good to be said about Diaclone toys. You can criticise their poseability until you're blue in the face, but the fact remains this is probably the sweetest real jet plane mould the Transformers line has ever used, even if the colours are a stretch. The lines on the wings & fuselage match those of a real F-15 Eagle, and the proportions are perfect. The engines even have turbine tips moulded inside, although I'm not sure they'd manage to stay so white.

   As mentioned, the Diaclone toys aren't really poseable. But in this mode that's OK - F-15s are fixed wing aircraft. The front undercarriage _can_ actually turn, and he does roll. The missiles in his missile launchers can be either short or long, with short more realistic for this mode, since the launchers then look bomb-like, but I personally prefer the long ones, mainly because I don't have to swap the missiles to have a show-accurate robot mode.

   It's really quite hard for me to fault this vehicle mode. The only real fault is that the wing posts are slightly too long, making the wings stick out too far, but you can easily file them down (as I have on all my other seekers), to make them flush with the fuselage. Since my Sunstorm is sealed I didn't file his down. There's also a gap between the engines at the rear of the aircraft. Oh, and thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me his Sunstorm to do the review.

   A very good vehicle mode. Basically, the designer of the Diaclone-based Transformers sat down with realistic scale models of real things and worked from there, and you can see this with Sunstorm.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the wings, remove the front undercarriage and place it inside the cockpit. Fold the rear tailfins down, flip back the rear wheels to form the feet. Stand him up and push the plastic bit on his chest till it swings out to form the arms. Fold the nose down, then swing it through the chest until the cockpit rests on his chest. Fold the nosecone back to reveal the head. Attach his fists, reattach the wings, insignia facing forward and attach the missile launchers to the arms. You can actually perform this transformation with the wings staying attached, though it'll take a tad longer and the attachments for the wings will eventually wear out.

   One thing that has always bothered me about this transformation is that there's nowhere for the fists in jet mode. While you can store everything else, it does make for very easily lost fists. Of course, the other detachable parts are commonly lost anyway.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: 15cm

   Yes, he's wider that he is tall, thanks to the wingspan. Sunstorm still looks like a carrot though. He has white fists and feet and a black head. His cockpit is now on his chest, and along with the face is a lot darker than the rest of him. He has red eyes, whereas all previous seekers have gold eyes.

   Aside from his shoulders being able to move, Sunstorm pretty much just stands there pretending to be an orange. His shoulders do move in pretty much every direction, however, courtesy of his transformation. The missile launchers can shoot all of 2cm. The air intakes form big towers on top of each shoulder, which look pretty good. If you look at the toy of Sunstorm and compare it to Seekers in the show, the toy appears to be missing thighs. Basically, the proportions are the same, but in the toy the legs are one piece and the show added thighs that the toy simply doesn't have.

   Although rather bright, it's a very nice looking robot mode. The poseability was reasonably good for 1984, but is poor for 2003. The missile launchers on the arms leave Sunstorm well armed and he looks suitably menacing with either the long or short missiles. OK, as menacing as he can be in these colours.

VARIATIONS

   A one off limited issue, so it's very likely he was done in one production run. He's a recolour of Starscream, Thundercracker & Skywarp, as well as sharing the basic mould with Dirge, Ramjet & Thrust.

OVERALL

   A limited edition, which makes Sunstorm a cool addition to any collection. It's a good mould for the time, although is now somewhat dated. I'll admit he's a little too bright for my liking, in fact Starscream, Thundercracker & Skywarp all have nicer colours. Taking his colour scheme and price into account, I can't bring myself to recommend him, his real value is in his rarity - 5/10

"Transformers" and other indica trademarks of Hasbro and/or Takara.