KO Henkei Sunstorm in-hand photos and thoughts

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  1. Sizzle

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    As you can see from the in-package photo, this Sunstorm comes from the CHMS mold. The packaging is clearly taking a page from the Takara Henkei line. If there actually had been a legitimate Takara Sunstorm made, the packaging would give away the KO status of the toy. CHMS is clearly marked on the top right of the card and on the left of the blister over the "Transformers" logo. Also, the card-art is blurred and a bit smaller than the real deal would be. Packaging tends to be a little neater than the other Seeker KOs in circulation right now. The toy comes bundled with launchers and a ziplock baggie with instruction sheet and character collector's card. There are only two twisted ties around the body of the airplane. (The other mold also has ties around the wing tips.)

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    Here we see Sunstorm in his F-15 jet mode. Unlike many of the KO seekers out there today, Sunstorm fits together quite well in jet mode. The piece directly behind the cockpit is a little bit difficult to fit in, but it does snap together (and quite tightly, at that.) The wings all sit securely. The blasters peg in under the wing, though the pegs are almost too big for the wing mounts. Extreme caution should be used to avoid stress marks.

    Now, the question that's on everybody's minds... Just how yellow and/or orange is this guy? Judge for yourself.

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    As you can see here, Sunstorm falls somewhere in the middle of Classics Bumblebee and Solar Storm Grapple. My wife's immediate response when I asked her the color was "mustard yellow." I think most fans were looking for something closer to e-Hobby colors, but I have to say, in person, Sunstorm really does look good. Given that there is a recolor that matches the e-Hobby version more closely in the works for later, some fans may choose instead to make Sunstorm their yellow rainmaker. Witness:

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    Now...on to the quality of the figure.

    Joints on this one are EXTREMELY tight. In fact, in some places, they're almost too tight. The feet are one problem area, as they are a pain to fold down. The chest area is a bit difficult to open and then put back together. The nosecone is very stiff. Don't get me wrong, it can be done, but this figure is built tight! At some points, I became worried about putting stress marks on the joints and at times outright breaking it. To my great relief, nothing broke, so I have a solid figure.

    Perhaps the best news is that the launchers peg into the arms VERY tightly. There is no slippage, and they do not fall out on their own. Poseability is the same as any Hasbro/Takara version of this toy. Paint apps are well done. Overall, the figure is very solid, with only the few negatives that I've mentioned above. I would, however, recommend that you leave this toy in one mode, as I am not confident that it can hold up to massively repeated transformations. This is a display piece and for collector's only, and should not be given to kids who are going to want to play with it aggressively.

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    KOToys has this in stock and is shipping it out now.

    I will have more outdoor and natural light photos tomorrow!
     
  2. G1Prowl

    G1Prowl Autobot Strategist

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    Nice that we'll have the option of a mustard yellow AND an orange version. I also like how you got one of the first run TCs as the blue Rainmaker. My wife is already groaning at the fact that I'm starting to eyeball these things.
     
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    Hopefully sooner or later Takaratomy would release an official version! :D 
    But it looks neat, nonetheless. ;) 
     
  4. Sizzle

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  5. Plastic Man

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    This picture makes me think "Dominos!" and Starscream goes down, and all the cons go down and fall of the tall building.
     
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    G1Prowl Autobot Strategist

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    I'm officially jealous of Sizzle's seeker collection
     
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    What he said! Great collection!
     
  8. Sizzle

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    I'm telling you, man, when I was posing those, I had to wait for the wind to die down. Even then, I posed them as gently and carefully as I could. That's a 7 story drop behind them. I don't think I breathed the entire time. As soon as I got my shots, I quickly took them down (back to front, so as to avoid that domino effect!)
     
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    ilove your seeker collection, im going to have to pick up that sunstrom from my buddy daelite20
     
  10. Angelwave

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    I'm actually more surprised that you took that chance! :eek: 
     
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    I think it looks great. Gonna have to maybe track one down
     
  12. Sizzle

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    I thought about not doing it, to be honest, but I have been visualizing that picture in my head for three days now, and I needed to get it out of my system. I had originally chosen a much more precarious location, but at the last minute I packed it in and chose another one.
     
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    Sweet review! I'm glad I put my order in!
     
  14. Trailbreaker77

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    I will wait and see what Hasbro/Takara release first before I make my jump.
     
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    I like it, but I'm a orange sunstorm fan...but I would mos def get this....
     
  16. Sizzle

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    Fair enough, but you might be waiting a while.
     
  17. Mighty.Maximal

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    The one on the far left is interesting.

    I was just thinking that an Orange Cyclonus would be good to have too.

    The Holy Grail for me would be a Decepticon "Clone Trooper" though.

    But perhaps another green one would be good too. or a G2 Starscream (with camo pattern) a Universe Colour Ramjet or a Black Starscream.
     
  18. Jarodimus

    Jarodimus the guy with that scan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, what is that? Hun-Grrr in Seeker disguise?
     
  19. Optimist_Prime

    Optimist_Prime The Original Optimist!

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    My ADHD would not allow me to stop myself from giving Starscream a little :poke 
    if I were there.
     
  20. Sizzle

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    The one on the far left is this guy

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    It's a KO that's been around in China for a while. KOToys has him here for 9.99

    I never thought about him as Hun-Grr, but now that you mention it...
     

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