Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Sandstorm Toy Review
Release Date: July 2010
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
- On Card
- Scan of Card
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- With Beachcomber (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
- With Beachcomber (Robot Modes)
Hot on the heels of new waves of deluxe figures and Power Core Combiners are new Legends Class Transformers figures that are part of the "Hunt for the Decepticons" sub-line of movie toys. Taking a figure from another Transformers line, Sandstorm is a redeco of Universe 2.0 Beachcomber, the Legends Class figure that had a fairly limited distribution. Now fans have the opportunity to own this sculpt again, this time paying homage to another G1 character, the triple changer Sandstorm! This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
The plastic color swap out for this figure is quite simple. All the black parts from Beachcomber were kept intact and the blue parts have been replaced with beige. This is a darker shade than the one used on Duststorm and it looks stronger, more bold. The primary paint application that evokes G1 Sandstorm is the use of orange on the chest, arms and legs. In general the orange covers the same areas that the white on Beachcomber covered except some spots on the waist have been left unpainted to give him a slightly different pattern. Black paint is found on his lower legs and head where they fill out some details that differ from Beachcomber's. Silver paint is found on the chest and visor eyes (quite unusual considering most Autobots nowadays have blue eyes). A bit of white paint is used for the face and an Autobot symbol is tampographed on the top section of Sandstorm's chest.
Sandstorm's joints are all nice and tight despite this sculpt having been used a couple of times already. The color scheme looks great, and while it doesn't have the overwhelming amount of orange that G1 Sandstorm has, its source inspiration is quite clear.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Pull the upper body up and slide it over the robot head.
- Swing the robot feet up.
- Connect the two lower robot legs together.
- Swing the robot legs back to form the front of the vehicle mode.
- Swing the robot arms down and together, connecting them together.
The other link to G1 Sandstorm is this vehicle mode. In Generation One, Sandstorm's ground vehicle mode was a dune buggy, and in the movie universe it appears that is his vehicle mode as well! In this form we see the black plastic from his feet come together with the black paint apps on his lower legs, working together to form stripes in the front of the vehicle. The orange details are now all seen as the sections over the wheel wells and the gun/spare tire detail is cast in black. The headlights on the sides of the car are painted silver, matching the robot eyes.
Beachcomber has a very distinct appearance, so making this sculpt into another character requires a color scheme that gets far away from the blue and white of Beachcomber and this figure has that. In this form especially, you almost forget you're looking at a Beachcomber redeco.
I really love this sculpt, and it was fun seeing it given another life as a homage to a G1 character. Considering the last version of this sculpt was hard to get and this one looks great, I do highly recommend this figure.