Maz wrote:...which brings up the rather interesting question of whether or not this G2 sample is actually supposed to be some kind of G2 Sunstreaker? Unlikely as that may be, the Sunstreaker mould having then just recently been re-used for the European gold-boxed Classic release and this sample being extremely close to the G1 Sunstreaker colour scheme, nothing should ever be totally ruled out. We know the Sunstreaker mould has been recently classified as unusable by Hasbro and Takara, and that could well have been a result of its use for the Classic early 90s Sunstreaker releases.
Regardless of exactly what this sample was meant to represent, a repainted G2 Sideswipe, a G2 Sunstreaker or the first step towards colour-changing Transformers, this beautiful specimen remains a hugely significant and historic relic from a time when anything and everything were being considered for Transformers in order to keep the line interesting, innovative and more importantly, alive.
I have to agree with on this. The fact that this could have been intended as G2 Sunstreaker has to be taken into consideration (the paint job sure as heck give you an impression of bright sunlight.) If the early 90's release of the mold was so intergral in said mold's degredation, then making a yellow Sideswipe would be the next logical step. It would also be in line with what they've basically always done, which is to recolor a mold and make it a new character (G1 Skywarp was the first I think, being recolored from Starscream.)
Still a nice find, and it would have gone great on the shelves besides Desert Camo Ramjet and the rainbow Dinobots.