Sunstorm - Universe - Exclusive

For a guy who only showed up in one episode of the G1 cartoon, Sunstorm sure got a lot of attention in 2003 with an eHobby Skyraider exclusive toy and a Heroes of Cybertron OTFCC figure. And then there was a fan-made exclusive Sunstorm tetrajet made for a small group of people on a Yahoo! Group. Maybe there's hope for all the other one-timers yet.

You can’t really get much more retro looking that the Heroes of Cybertron packaging. Everything is reminiscent of the original line. From the original Transformers logo to the old Decepticon symbol to the original G1 battle art on the back of the card, the Heroes of Cybertron line looks great. The bubble is curved and Sunstorm sits to the left while his tech specs trading card sits to the right.

Tech Specs
The card itself features the Heroes of Cybertron logo on the front along with a drawing of the character, this time it's not just based on a stylized picture of the toy, most likely drawn by Dan Khanna. The character name, allegiance and function are also on the front of the card. The back holds the motto, bio and tech specs.

Decepticon Aerospace Warrior
Motto: "I must fly higher to reach the heavens."

Strength: 6 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 9 Endurance: 7
Rank: 5 Courage: 8 Firepower: 9 Skill: 7

Created with a built-in fusion reactor running at higher than normal efficiency, Sunstorm can also use it as a weapon to generate intensely powerful electromagnetic pulses. These energy emissions are constantly radiating from his body, inducing negative side effects in his nearby teammate's internal systems. Unless he is outfitted with adequate shielding, he is only rarely included in unit activities. Top atmospheric speed is 2400km/h, while interstellar speed reaches 16000km/h. Sunstorm is secretly convinced he is a supernatural being, and his frequent flashes of bizarre speech and behavior tend to keep his comrades at a safe distance.

As with most of the Decepticons in the line, at least the ones I've purchased, Sunstorm is made up entirely of a clear red plastic. His eyes feature light piping, a nice touch as always. It makes him look all the more menacing when held up to the light. The paint job, while inaccurate to the character of the eHobby counterpart, is very well done, right down to the upside-down Decepticon insignia on both sides of the wings. Due to his construction, Sunstorm rotates at the neck, shoulders, wrists, and knees. His wings and guns are also removable. It may be the plastic used, but Sunstorm's joint move a lot smoother than those of my SCF Starscream. They don’t seem to stick as much once initially loosened.

If you like the Skyraiders and are a fan of loudly painted Transformers, this is a must have toy. Though he doesn't represent the original character or his other toy counterpart very well, Sunstorm is a nice addition to the HOC line. Is he worth the price? Well, I got mine in a trade, so I'd say if you can pick him up without paying the inflated online prices some sites and eBay have, go for it. However, if you don’t like Transformers that don’t transform, I suggest staying away from the entire Heroes of Cybertron line.

ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateOctober 20th 2003  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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