Short packed in the final assortment of Robots in Disguise deluxe cases, Storm Jet is the RiD version of Beast Machines’ Battle Unicorn. He is highly sought after considering his “rarity” despite the fact that he is merely a repaint of Jetstorm and Sonic Attack Jet from the Beast Machines line. Short packing is something I’ll never understand. It isn’t like Hasbro benefits from giving the consumer fewer chances to buy their product, but it’s a practice that will undoubtedly not go away.
Autobot: Storm Jet
"Keep your eyes on the enemy to stay ahead of him!"
Storm Jet is capable of flying at very high speed and loves to chase down Decepticons who think they are faster than he is. Although he has a stormy temper, he manages to control it most of the time, but woe to the Decepticon who pushes him beyond his patience. He conducts reconnaissance missions, deftly avoiding any missile attacks if he’s spotted by the enemy.
Strength: 6 Intelligence: 9 Speed: 9 Endurance: 8
Rank: 8 Courage: 7 Fireblast: 8 Skill: 9
In case you’re wondering, I did not accidentally leave out the “s” at the end of “speed” nor did I leave anything out. That’s how the tech spec is printed on the back of his card. Wonderful, yes?
Storm Jet is Jetstorm in a new color scheme. Where there was once blue and gray now there is black, white and red. He is primarily white in jet mode with red detailing his cockpit and the sections that end up being his chest panels. There are black highlights throughout as well. Some say he resembles the Autobot Jetfire from the original Transformers line with this color scheme. There is a small resemblance, but the black throws it askew.
Flip open the hatch in the middle of the body to uncover… a red dome? Instead of taking the time to make an Autobot Spark crystal, Hasbro opted to make the usually clear colored dome a solid red, hiding the Vehicon symbol underneath. Storm Jet also features landing gear below the cockpit and both missile launchers. Pressing the button just in front of the Spark chamber extends the cockpit, letting Storm Jet look around while in flight.
Another thing worth noting is that the instructions fail to mention the past that the wing tips swivel. The feature is still present, there is just no mention of it. So, one may assume that Storm Jet doesn’t need the wing flaps on the back of his wings like Jetstorm and his Sonic Attack Jets do.
If you have Jetstorm or the Sonic Attack Jet, you already know how to transform Storm Jet. But, for the sake of those who don’t, here’s the skinny. Pull the wings out lower the robot legs and rotate the hips so they clip into the slots on the cockpit. Flip up the robot head. While rotating the back section of the jet downward, flip the frame attached to the robot head forward. Align the red chest panels with the black knobs on the frame work. Next, flip up the panels on the wings to reveal the robot claws. Rotate the legs forward, spread the feet apart and there you have it.
As with the previous versions of the toy, Storm jet comes with a hover mode. Close up the feet and rotate the legs so that the black panels face outward, away from each other. Connect the two legs together, keeping the cockpit in-between them, then fold the feet down to form a tip. Raise the black leg panels outward to reveal thrusters and position as shown.
With the legs now in full view, Storm Jet has quite a bit more red and black showing than he did in jet mode, primarily on his legs and chest. He features nineteen points of articulation: five in each arm and four in each leg as well as the neck. That number drops to eleven in hover mode.
As many may attest, quality control on the Robots in Disguise line seems to have been lowered from the previous years. Storm Jet, at least the one I have, is no exception to that. Stress marks already plague the holes that the leg pegs fit into in any mode. Likewise, the black paint on his cockpit is already chipping. And this is after only three or four transformations. I’d hate to see how bad he’d look after a week of heavy playing with a child.
Unless you are a completist or just really like the Jetstorm mold, you can safely skip this toy. Although he is a nice looking toy, Storm Jet is certainly not worth the hype and definitely not worth more than retail cost. Besides, if you have Jetstorm or the Sonic Attack Jet, you already know what you’re getting into. So, as I said, unless you really like this toy mold or are a completist, don’t bother unless you can get it at retail cost.
|Date||July 3rd 2002|
|Score||(5 out of 10)|