Retro-Review: G1 Sunstreaker

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  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Robot Mode: Like most of the original Transformers toys from 1984 and ’85, the emphasis of Sunstreaker is on a realistic alternate mode. So the robot gets the short end of the stick in terms of posability. Sunstreaker can move his arms at the shoulders and elbows, but the rest of him is pretty much a brick. Okay, he can move his feet, too, but that’s a transformation requirement and doesn’t really lend itself to a lot of poses.

    Being able to move aside, Sunstreaker is a gorgeous robot, though. He’s actually a very close match to his animated counterpart (not a given in the original toyline) and even after 27 years he still looks quite cool (even if the chrome is showing quite a bit of wear). Sunstreaker is also one of only relatively few 1984 robots who has a proper back. A black plate prevents you from looking right through him. Not sure why, but I like that about him.

    Sunstreaker is armed with silver missiles he can exchange for either hand (or both), and those yellow things on his shoulders are also supposed to be missiles (at least they were displayed as such in the Marvel comics), so he’s quite well equipped. So the bottom line here: a great robot, whose only shortcomings are those shared by pretty much every single Transformer toy from that year.

    Alternate Mode: The disguise aspect of “Robots in Disguise” didn’t really play that big a role in the original series, seeing as Sunstreaker transforms into a “Super Tuning” customized Lamborghini Countach LP500S with an exposed rear-mounted engine. Not something you saw a lot of on the streets, even back in the 80s. That said, I adore this car. Not only does it look cool, it’s also one of the most 80s-looking car I’ve seen.

    The original toyline placed a big emphasis on realistic car modes, so you have rubber tires, die-cast parts, an opening cockpit (with a single seat for a Diaclone-style driver figure), chromed parts and details galore. No further gimmicks here, but back in the day transforming into a car WAS the gimmick. So bottom line: one of the coolest cars of the 80s. Two thumbs up.

    Remarks: Sunstreaker was among the original crew of the Ark in both the G1 cartoon and the G1 Marvel Comics. The cartoon never showed him as anything else than just another (slightly vain) Autobot warrior, only the comics hinted at the rather anti-social tendencies that his profile text describes. It was only when Sunstreaker played a rather prominent role in the IDW G1 comics that he was really allowed to come into his (sociopathic) own.

    The Sunstreaker figure also has a bit of a history, being one of the three “Lost Molds” of the G1 era, along with Mirage and Wheeljack. Which is why we haven’t seen a reissue of this toy since the European Classic Heroes line in 1990. For me, Sunstreaker was the missing link in my crew of the Ark and I finally found an affordable one at the 2011 C.O.N.S. convention. I also had this one as a kid, so he holds nostalgic appeal, too. Bottom line: a great figure, showing a cool character. Considering that this toy was never reissued after 1990, the odds of finding one cheap AND in good condition are slim, so I won’t recommend him to everyone, but if you’re like me and remember this dude from way back when, then you should grab him if you have the chance.

    Rating: A-
     
  2. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    This is what started it all.

    Back then, I didnt care about leg articulation...hell the robots did more in my imagination that articulation ever could have.

    If I gave my boy, THIS sunstreaker, and say a deluxe DOTM BB..lemme tell ya...Sunstreaker would be his all time favorite toy. Easy to TF..car looks fantastic, and the bot mode leaves more to imagination that loose ball joints and frustrating (fro kids) transformations could ever do. I still remember when sunstreaker used his shoulder missiles in the G1 comic...LOVED that...lends credit to imagination..something kids are sorely lacking in this digital, spoon fed age...

    Philister..I REALLY enjoy your throwback reviews. I like to see what YOU see in some of the old stuff. When you review BW stuff..I always hated that stuff, but you help me to "see" what it is people love about em.

    You do a GREAT job at these, and I would like to see more from you. How about a multi review of a few of the G1 minibots like huffer...gears..and brawn. I like what you do...keep em comin, sir.
     
  3. Sportimus

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    G1 Sunstreaker was my first Transformer ever. Got him in 1984 and that toy did it for me. I was hooked on Transformers ever since. :)  Still have the old fella. Heavily played with but I still love him.
     
  4. ex dtw2003

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    Link isn't up yet, or is temporarily down Philister.

    Nice review btw.
     
  5. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    My website was temporarily down these last few days, but everything is back in order.

    @Snake_eyes1975: I already did reviews for most of the G1 Minibots, you can find them on my website here:
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