Sandstorm was always my favorite triple changer as a kid. The black and orange color scheme, the fact that he was an actual helicopter as opposed to whatever Springer is supposed to be, the faceplate, it all just added up to a great character. He was portrayed as a bit of a pacifist in the cartoon, but his tech spec mentioned his tendency to do dangerous things, especially in battle. This discrepancy never tainted my love of the character. And now he's based on a Nick Roche design? Yes, this had to happen, I had to have him. After some searching, I found him!
I got home and opened him up, ready to take in his glory. Then I put him back in the box and took him back to the store. Why? This particular Sandstorm had two left arms. Which meant that transforming him would be next to impossible. Luckily, the store I got him at had two on the shelf at the time, so I was able to swap him out.
Here's a funny story about my experience swapping out Sandstorm. I waited in line at the return desk and when it was finally my turn, I handed the lady my receipt and Sandstorm. She looked me dead in the eye and asked "Did you break it?" I then had to explain about the two left arms. She smiled and gave me a refund. The entire time, there was a lady behind me kind of snickering. Ah, the joys of being a toy collector in your thirties. Why I didn't simply say that my son didn't like it, I'll never understand.
So I got my new Sandstorm, and he had one right and one left arm! Nice! I went to transform him, and I discovered that the little clip on his landing gear was broken. Great.
|Who needs a faceplate? My face is cartoon accurate!
It's difficult to get a good closeup shot of Sandstorm thanks to those huge VTOL wings on either side of his body. I was a little concerned about Sandstorm's color scheme not strictly adhering to the G1 palette, but those concerns proved to be unfounded. Just look at those colors. The black, orange and creamy yellow look gorgeous together. Hasbro has outdone themselves with this deco.
|Pay no attention to the window guards that aren't down all of the way.
Here are some comparison shots between Generations Sandstorm and his G1 counterpart.