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I know what you're thinking - if I had such fond memories of Cloudburst, why am I just now getting one? Ah-ha! You see, this is my second Cloudburst! My first Cloudburst I inherited from my brother not long after issue 53 came out! My brother got Cloudburst when I got Bomb-Burst while my parents shopped for stereo components. Nice guy that he was, my younger brother had a habit of giving me his toys for birthday presents. Voila! Instant addition to the collection. Fast forward twenty years, and all I had left was this:
Gah! Cloudburst had lost a foot, and his shell. Well, that isn't accurate, I still had the front half, plus the helmet. Still, not very good looking. It was time for an upgrade, but I couldn't bring myself to just buy the first one that I came across. Or the second or third. It turned out that I had a set of criteria that I wasn't even aware of while shopping for a replacement. First, Cloudburst had to be complete (duh). Second, he had to resemble what mine looked like when I last remember having him in my collection. Ok, so that wasn't really a set of criteria, but that second one was important.