Didn't see a thread for this guy, so off we go. First off, sorry for the picture quality. I ended up using my cell phone, since my camera won't cooperate and it's honestly not much better anyway. My local Target put out the first wave of Human Alliance Basics out early and I snapped up Sandstorm and Thunderhead, leaving behind an Icepick and Backfire. They are packaged a lot like the Power Core Combiners with the little human subbing in for the minicon. We'll start with robot mode, since that's how it's packaged. Sandstorm was built to survive for extended periods in the harshest climates. Anything Earth can throw at him, he can endure and come out smiling. He requires the same fortitude from his human partner, Private Dedcliff, a special forces wilderness survival expert with years of experience. Together, they hunt Decepticons in the most remote places on the planet. He's pretty impressive in robot mode, with a great headsculpt and paintjob. He has a bright red crest that gives him a lot of character. He also boasts an impressive 14 points of articulation, including a waist swivel, ankles, wrists and a ball-jointed head - not bad for a scout-class toy. It allows him to pull off a good amount of commando and soldier-style poses without being fiddly or loose. He is fairly heavily-armed, with a good-sized rifle as well as the ability to switch out his fists for tri-barreled cannons. In addition, he has lots of space for c-clip weapons joints. Because of his transformation, you can fold the rollcage out across his chest, leaving room for a large amount of clip-on weapons. True, doing this covers up the head, but I imagine you'd want to have something shielding your face with an artillery like this. Scale-wise, he comes in just between a scout and a deluxe. The figure is basically a scaled-down GI Joe and he has 9 points of articulation, including wrists and a head swivel. Transformation to dune buggy mode is about average in difficulty - nothing too special. Everything locks up nice enough, though you may have trouble navigating the various pegs and holes in the cockpit area. Private Dedcliff sits nicely inside. My only complaint is that the legs fold up beneath, leaving very little clearance to the ground, so if you try rolling it around on a surface, the undercarriage will scrape the floor. But a minor concern overall. All of the Human Alliance basics have a third "weapon" mode, and Sandstorm transforms into a weird sort of artillery emplacement. This mode reveals a big missile pod at Private Dedcliff's feet. It's cool enough I guess, but it has some balance issues, given that it only stands on a peg sticking out the rear and the two bars made from the rollcage. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with Sandstorm. A stellar robot mode is enough to make me ignore my minor concerns with the other two modes and the figure is definitely a good deal for $10. If the rest of the HA line matches up to Sandstorm, I'll be pretty excited for the rest.