Acid Storm first showed up in the world of the Transformers in the G1 episode "Divide and Conquer". Well, a green Seeker was in the episode. An extremely green seeker.
|He may have had rickets.|
Fast forward to the early 2000's and Takara would release Sunstorm, a Seeker based off of another character who had two seconds of screen time in the original series. Sunstorm took off and became pretty popular, having been featured prominently in the Dreamewave comic series. There were even several redecos of other jets from other lines released by Hasbro as Sunstorm. Looking to add to the illustrious Seeker pantheon, Acid Storm was released in 2008 in the Universe line. Instead of looking like a walking Skittle, Acid Storm was given a lighter green and camo deco. He was not met with the same level of fan appreciation as Sunstorm. Here is Acid Storm's one appearance in mainline fiction:
|I'd be mopey too if no one loved me|
Toys R' Us, for reasons I'll never fathom, decided to release Acid Storm and Soundwave simultaneously at San Diego Comic-Con and on their website. Supposedly, they were also available in-store, but most stores reported that they wouldn't have any available for three weeks after the initial release. This, naturally, led to a lot of panic and a clogged website. The sale started at midnight, but as I had to work that morning, I missed it. When I awoke at 5:30 in the morning, the website was sold out. Try as I might, I could never get in on time to get one, and the store by my house never received him. They got Soundwave in, but not Acid Storm. There were near misses, such as when I tried to order him on a quick break at work, only to be interrupted while inputting my credit card information into my phone. By the time I had dealt with the interloper on my time, he had sold out again. About a week after that, I finally lucked out and got an order placed on the website. The next day, he was available at my local TRU. Figures.
|"If I liked speaking, I'd be laughing maniacally right now."|
Like the previous Toys R' Us Seeker release, Thundercracker, Acid Storm is based off of the newer MP-11 Starscream mold. The green used for this is much more neon than the Universe mold. I'm not using the word "neon" in a derogatory way, it's just the green is a little more accurate to the cartoon's green. Which isn't a bad thing, not by a long shot. I'm really fond of the digital camouflage, it's a lot better than the Universe version.
Here's jet mode.
I am glad that the tail fins are tampograph free. They were distracting on Thundercracker. But there are tampos on the front of the jet. I have no idea what they mean, but I'm sure they're some sort of call-out to the fandom. If anyone knows, please share.
Now let's take a look at all of my Masterpiece Seekers together. I still need to get Sunstorm, which for some reason I keep putting off even with my love of Seekers.
|Starscream and his Seekers...|
|All of the Seeker molds that I own|