iGear "Storm" aka Sunstorm Review

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  1. Sentinel

    Sentinel TF Museum Curator Moderator News Staff

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    I just got my Storm/Sunstorm in the mail from TFsource and as always, their packaging is bulletproof.

    Packaging:
    The packaging for Sunstorm is different than the Coneheads in that the front of the box has actual pictures on it rather than drawings and even more notable is that it has both the bot and alt modes on the front rather than bot on the front, alt on the back as with the Coneheads. Also, the back of the packaging for Sunstorm has close-ups of the details of the mold, similar to MP Starscream.

    He comes with all the normal Seeker pieces and does have an included tech-spec/trading card, but is missing instructions of any kind. As someone said on another thread, they must have assumed that on the 10th release of this mold you have figured out how to transform him. He also did not come with any stickers unlike the iGear Coneheads and the Takara Seekers.

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    Alt mode:
    He comes packaged in alt mode and looks great. The wings have red and grey stripes and the vertical tailfins are painted the same grey. The orange plastic that dominates the figure does have a little bit of flecking in it to make is shimmer a bit in the sun, although it is very slight.

    Everything fits well together in the alt mode and one mine at least, none of the parts are loose or have any stress marks.

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    Bot mode:
    In this mode he really shines (figuratively). There is much more red throughout the figure to break up all that orange, plus there is a fair amount of grey that works really well with the red and orange. The red is primarily used in the chest and hip areas to keep that color centralized. The grey is used very well in the forearms, thighs and feet, plus a little bit on that shin bump and groin. There are also numerous red and grey paint accents throughout the figure to break it up even more and keep it from looking bland.

    The mold has been updated with iGear's new sliding tailfins to replace the hip kibble from the Takara versions of this mold. It looks amazing. It cleans up the figure immensely and even has the added benefit of stablizing him a bit by making him bottom heavy and less prone to tipping over backwards like the original Seekers.

    Sunstorm does retain the same face-changing ability as the original MP Starscream. He has the plain face that all of the Seekers have, plus the "smirk" that came with Starscream.

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    Quality Control:
    Overall I have no paint bleeding anywhere on my figure. Everything is where it looks like it is supposed to be, including in the small recesses for the accent colors. The head is painted a very nice glossly black with a silver face and red eyes. The chest intakes are painted the same glossly black as was used on the face. They also decided to use black to break up the all orange plastic on the null rays by painting the middle section gloss black as well.

    The plastics are sturdy and seem to be of the same quality as the Coneheads and in turn as the original Takara Seekers.

    I have no assembly issues with my figure. Everything looks to be where it is supposed to be and the tolerances for all the moving parts are small enough so that everything fits together well.

    Overall Impression:
    I was on the fence about spending another $100+ on this figure. He wasn't a character I was very familiar with and I know he is supposed to be a cool one based on his comic book appearances, but I wasn't sure I really needed him. Ultimately, I convinced myself that since he was a new character rather than a rehash of Starscream I could add him to the Decepticon ranks, plus as a TF figure he has the awesome new leg mods. Those two things make him worthwhile enough for me to add him to my collection and to proudly display him next to my other Masterpiece figures. Now all I need are some appropriate Decepticon symbols (come on Reprolabels!!!).

    More pics coming shortly.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  2. Robogeek28

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    Mine was finally shipped today and I can't wait to get him!
     
  3. OptimusTimelord

    OptimusTimelord Masterpiece Reanimator

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    Thanks for that review, I've been waiting to see some photos of this guy.

    Seems a bit too flat for my liking (I feared as much from seeing iGear's official promo shots). The grey really bothers me, it looks too much like unpainted primer. That coupled with the orange makes him look like a knock off (I know, technically iGear seekers ARE knock offs, lol, but I mean those really cheap and cheerful KOs you get in garish colours).

    Think I'll skip him and wait for iGear Thundercracker...
     
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    1. Do the null ray barrels detach like they do on Thrust? It looks like they do.
    2. Are the posts on them the same size as the ones for the coneheads, smaller than official MP null rays?
     
  5. Sentinel

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    1. Very nice eye, I never would have noticed that. The front barrel of the null rays (in front of the painted black part) does indeed seperate from the upper part, just like Thrust.

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    2. The posts for the null rays are the same width as the original Seekers, but the length of the post on Sunstorm's null rays is significantly longer.

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  6. Satomiblood

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    Makes me want an orange creamsicle.
     
  7. grandizerGo

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    just got mine today..man o man hes aawesome.Thanks once again I-Gear.anyone not using their black stickers that say"no step with the mini circles" and "no step" in writing..let me know ill throw you a few bucks for them..black ones tho..thanks
     
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    I got this guy on saturday, and it's an awesome figure. The pictures dont do the paint job justice. It has flakes of orange glitter all throught the orange paint. Also dare I say the quality is even better than my official seekers. Its better balanced, no waist pegs, the leg mod, and wrist communicators! Also the shiny gloss black on the helmet really makes the head stand out. I had an extra pair of decepticon wing emblems from mp ghost starscream, I put on sunstorm, and they make a big difference in jet mode.
     
  9. Robogeek28

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    It's just a shame that none of these guys come with instructions. Sure most folks don't need them but not everyone has ever owned a MP Seeker before. Hell I'd only ever transformed one of my old Seekers once and that was a few years ago.
     
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    Got mine today ! love it! Nice stiff joints, great looking color. Looks great in person! Bring on Thundercracker and Acid Rain!!!!
     
  11. primetime77

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    got mine today. its really solid (just like the coneheads). Looking at the box in person though....igear REALLY needs a graphic designer and a better photographer. thats about teh only complaint i have. hopefully "lightning" will get better box art/design.
     
  12. Dake

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    IGear Storm Too

    Might as well throw mine up here - he's awesome enough to look at twice.

    Yay, Sunstorm arrived today and IGear does not waste an ounce of extra packing material. It came in a box that was only as big as it absolutely needed to be to fit the toy. Of course, the shipping was free and it arrived in good enough shape so I guess that's all it needed.

    *Spoiler Alert* They have plans for at least nine Seekers:

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    This isn't really a surprise of course: the Coneheads, the original three, Sunstorm, the blue Rainmaker and then one more that I don't think we've seen yet. For those keeping score we have so far:

    Attack - Thrust
    Current - Blue Rainmaker
    Destroyer - Skywarp
    Elegy - Dirge
    Jet - Ramjet
    Lightning - Thundercracker
    R? (I'm going to guess "Rain" as in Acid Rain Storm?)
    Storm - Sunstorm
    Traitor - Starscream

    Onwards:

    Box- same basic layout
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    Altmode: A note of caution with the flight stand that I didn't mention in the Conehead reviews, but when you attach the vertical part to the base it's very tight. So much so you can't easily get it all the way in and if you do you'll probably never get it out again. I only have it about a third of the way into the slot and I had to bang it on the counter to get it back out again.
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    Interestingly, he doesn't fit quite as snugly together as the Coneheads. He still doesn't suffer any major gaps and I'd say he goes together better than MP Thundercracker but it's still a teensy bit off. Of course, this could just be mine. Since this is the fourth use of this mold, the real test will be to see if the upcoming Not-TC is the same or [hopefully not] worse.

    He is positively vibrant! I'd put his orange at something slightly brighter/deeper than MP Rodimus' orange while the red is very nearly the same shade of red as Wal-scream. It may be brighter but it's hard to tell if that's because it's right next to the orange.
     
  13. Dake

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    And Botmode:
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    He does come with two different faces one regular, the other smirking. This does not appear to be the same smirk as Starscream though - the lips are definitely smaller but I wonder if that's an effect of re-casting the original Starscream face? In fact the more I look at it, the more it looks like Storm's face is just a skinnier version of Starscream's; the nose, the chin and the cheeks are all just a little narrower.
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    Another great addition to the MP Seeker ranks. I still feel confident in my ordering of their Thundercracker (and the selling of my Takara version) and for those that missed out on Walmart's Starscream and don't want to shell 250 or so for one on Ebay, I'd think theirs should be more than good enough.
     
  14. Robogeek28

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    Yeah, I'm not understanding why the Coneheads got artwork while Sunstorm has a picture, ah well.:sly2: 
     
  15. Sentinel

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    I'm more irritated that the Coneheads didn't get painted noses, but at least Sunstorm did. If he hadn't, that would have made a huge difference, in a bad way.
     
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    I kinda agree with this and disagree. The plastic is sturdy, but I transformed an extra Walmart Exclusive Skywarp after handling not-Sunstorm, and in comparing the two, it would seem not-Sunstorm feels a little less sturdy. But that's not enough to make the toy feel like its gonna fall apart on you or snap with ease.

    Only problem I really had was that the windshield part of the canopy fell off. The ring where the screw goes into to secure it onto the nose broke. I would assume the screw was put on too tight?? Or something. Well....nothing a little superglue can't fix.

    Overall, I like it. But if the other seekers from iGear feel this way, I pass on the coneheads. Not really a fan of the coneheads to begin with so for me, its not a huge loss if I don't have them. I don't want to pay $100 + for something I feel is kinda sub-par. I dunno, maybe I expected the plastic to have a "thicker" feel to it?

    As for iGears not-TC, if Hasbro isn't ever putting one out.....I may debate on picking up iGear's TC.......maybe......

    Oh and the stand is atrociously stupid in terms of how tightly the stand is mounted onto the base. I had to get a pair of plyers to remove it so I could put not-Sunstorm on it while in bot mode.

    You can get it out with some pliers, a towel, and patience.........and be very careful.
     
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    To me, the Coneheads do feel sturdier than Sunstorm or even the originals. I don't know if that's simply because they have more mass by their very nature as the wings are so much bigger. But I've had no stress marks or problems with them at all.
     
  18. Sentinel

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    Yeah, the WM Starscream has the thickest plastics of any of the Seekers/Coneheads, Takara, Hasbro or iGear. Comparing to the original MP SS (aka Greenscream), the plastic was much much thinner and the figure felt flimsy as hell. The Walmart version was vastly superior because of the anime accurate colors, but also because of the much stronger plastic that was used.

    I personally think that Sunstorm is better than the regular Takara releases and probably about on par with the Hasbro releases, maybe just a little thinner. Sunstorm doesn't feel as flimsy to me as the Takara releases, but either way, this is a collectors piece and needs to be handled gently.
     
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    hmm, i've enver handled a greenscream but have never felt the takara skywarp or thundercracker ro ghost to be flimsy or to be not solid. the only thing i can say is that thundercracker has "reverse boobs" so it doesn't fit together quite as well in bot mode.
     
  20. Shin Densetsu

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    Wait does Storm lack the Sidewinder missles?
     

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