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New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm

Saturday, July 6th, 2013 2:01PM CDT

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Posted by: Autobot032   Views: 16,931

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Can you believe it's been almost 30 years since the debut of Springer and his current mold mate Sandstorm? Well, in 2016 it will be. (3 years from now! Can you believe it?) Since then, we fans have patiently (okay, impatiently) waited for new, updated versions of these characters/toys, and Hasbro has finally heard our cries and answered.

First, of course, was Springer which you can see here.

And now, thanks to a drastic remolding and redeco, that same base figure has been turned into Sandstorm! And quite an impressive retooling, too.

We've provided a few images here to get your feet wet, but you can click on any of the pictures below to dive right into the full gallery.

Generations Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

Seibertron Galleries Present: Voyager Class Sandstorm

He looks amazing, doesn't he? Own him or plan on buying him? Not your cup of tea? Feel free to join the discussion and tell us what you think! Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news, updates and best galleries around!
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Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501140)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:22pm CDT
So news that Sandstorm's popping up in stores now are true. Damn, and I haven't even spotted Springer yet. :BANG_HEAD:

As I've said before, now that we have another Decepticon Triplechanger coming down the pipe (granted, Doubledealer was technically not considered a traditional Triplechanger, despite having three modes), this gives me the perfect excuse for picking up Sandstorm.

Autobot032 wrote:Can you believe it's been almost 30 years since the debut of Springer and his mold mate Sandstorm?


Springer and Sandstorm have never shared a mold until now. Similar vehicle modes, but not the same mold, and they are not retooled from each other.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501141)
Posted by RiddlerJ on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:23pm CDT
Sandstorm looks amazing. I can't wait to get him. They really went above and beyond on this retool. :x

I have Generations Air Raid filling in for my CHUG Broadside.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501143)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:25pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Springer and Sandstorm have never shared a mold until now. Similar vehicle modes, but not the same mold, and they are not retooled from each other.


I should've clarified. I meant their current mold is shared. I was trying to say that Springer and Sandstorm are almost 30, period.

I'll correct that.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501144)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:26pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:
I should've clarified. I meant their current mold is shared. I was trying to say that Springer and Sandstorm are almost 30, period.


Oh, oh. I gotcha, now. Sorry. #-o
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501145)
Posted by Noideaforaname on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:26pm CDT
As cool as the retooling is, and this is NOT a complaint, I do have to wonder why they did it. Seems like Sandstorm would've been more source-accurate with just the new head (lack of faceplate notwithstanding) and none of the VTOL bits.

I hope this extensive level of retooling continues to be a trend, even if just for a few select molds.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501146)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:31pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:I hope this extensive level of retooling continues to be a trend, even if just for a few select molds.


Same here. I'd have almost no problem throwing money Hasbro's way if their remolds were as drastic as this.

Another good example is TakaraTomy's Jet Vehicon. The transformation on the torso is pretty much the same, plus their faces, but that's the end of it. Everything else is different, such as the wings (of course), the forearms are a completely new mold, the hood, etc. You get the idea. It was such a drastic change that standing them next to each other, you probably wouldn't be able to tell they shared the same mold at first. It always takes a second glance to be sure. Those are the remolds I like.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501147)
Posted by kirbenvost on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:42pm CDT
It's really amazing just how different Springer & Sandstorm look in robot mode. If you didn't know any better or look too closely you'd think they were totally different molds. Hasbro's doing really well with the current batch of Generations toys. :APPLAUSE:
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501148)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on July 6th, 2013 @ 2:43pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:As cool as the retooling is, and this is NOT a complaint, I do have to wonder why they did it. Seems like Sandstorm would've been more source-accurate with just the new head (lack of faceplate notwithstanding) and none of the VTOL bits.


The more different they look or the more distinct they are, the greater the chance of a sale with the less knowledge crowds. Think of it this way: ever seen Mega Man X and Zero side by side? They share a base, but their creator wanted to keep their silhouettes distinct to make them more unique from each other. When Axl was introduced, that's the advice he gave his designers :)

[quote]I hope this extensive level of retooling continues to be a trend, even if just for a few select molds.[/quote]

Same here!
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501199)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 6th, 2013 @ 6:39pm CDT
In our second set of galleries for today, Seibertron.com presents Generations Legends Class Starscream with Waspinator and Megatron with Chop Shop. This wave pairs favourite Decepticon characters with target master partners with names that haven't had toys in a long time. In the case of Chop Shop. he hasn't got a toy since his original G1 incarnation and Waspinator, repaints aside, hasn't had a new figure since his Beast Wars and TFA toys. Both Starscream and Megatron gets new molds with Megatron turning into his often favourite tank alt mode and Starscream stays with his tried and true jet.

Generations Starscream














Generations Waspinator






Generations Megatron












Generations Chop Shop



Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501200)
Posted by wolverinetodd on July 6th, 2013 @ 6:48pm CDT
I thought Waspinator got a new mold towards the end of the Transformers: Animated line.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501204)
Posted by Anonymous. on July 6th, 2013 @ 7:05pm CDT
I really feel like putting the figure in Chromedome colors
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501227)
Posted by quickmixed on July 6th, 2013 @ 7:56pm CDT
Sandstorm looks awesome. Is it just the transformation or is Sandstorm twice the mass of Springer? He looks massive.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501234)
Posted by Noideaforaname on July 6th, 2013 @ 8:14pm CDT
I want the bugs, but not the big guys.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501235)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 6th, 2013 @ 8:20pm CDT
wolverinetodd wrote:I thought Waspinator got a new mold towards the end of the Transformers: Animated line.


And so he has
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501239)
Posted by fenrir72 on July 6th, 2013 @ 8:32pm CDT
For his size, Starscream looks detailed and nice made.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501242)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 6th, 2013 @ 9:05pm CDT
i saw prime & bumblebee in walmart today & these are not worth $10, they're slightly bigger than a legends but smaller than a commander and yet they cost more that the latter. I bet if i were to weigh a commander & one of these guys the weights would be similar & the articulation is not anymore advanced. I want Megatron & Starscream but im going to have to pass unless i can get them for around $7 or $8, anything above that is overpriced. I dont see how hasbro comes up with these prices i really dont. What sickens me more is that TRU will probably charge $13 or $15 for them.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501247)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 6th, 2013 @ 9:23pm CDT
I was considering getting Starscream & Waspinator just for Waspinator, but then we got news of his Deluxe toy coming down the pipe this year/early next year. So that plan is nixed.

Even though I'm curently not considering getting Megatron & Chop Shop (or any of them besides Cosmos & Sky High, Swerve & Blast Master, and maybe Tailgate & whoever comes with him), I'm a little disappointed that Megatron is a teewee bit shorter than Optimus Prime.

Megatron Wolf wrote:i saw prime & bumblebee in walmart today & these are not worth $10, they're slightly bigger than a legends but smaller than a commander and yet they cost more that the latter.


I could have sworn they were in between a Commander and a Scout. If they're not, they're definitely the same size as a Commander. Plus, with the extra bit of plastic that are the Targetmaster partners, that could raise the price a dollar or two more. I'd say they're worth the &10 everyone's charging.

[quote]What sickens me more is that TRU will probably charge $13 or $15 for them.[/quote]

My Toys "R" Us is charging $10 a piece for them so far. Keyword, "so far".
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501254)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 6th, 2013 @ 9:52pm CDT
quickmixed wrote:Sandstorm looks awesome. Is it just the transformation or is Sandstorm twice the mass of Springer? He looks massive.


The only thing that is bigger on Sandstorm are those two huge wheels on his back. Everything is the same size.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501256)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 6th, 2013 @ 9:58pm CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
quickmixed wrote:Sandstorm looks awesome. Is it just the transformation or is Sandstorm twice the mass of Springer? He looks massive.


The only thing that is bigger on Sandstorm are those two huge wheels on his back. Everything is the same size.


The legs on Sandstorm feel smaller than those on Springer as well.
Re: New Galleries: Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm (1501281)
Posted by quickmixed on July 7th, 2013 @ 1:45am CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
quickmixed wrote:Sandstorm looks awesome. Is it just the transformation or is Sandstorm twice the mass of Springer? He looks massive.


The only thing that is bigger on Sandstorm are those two huge wheels on his back. Everything is the same size.


I can see it now. Take those wheels away and they are the same size. I gotta say the wheels do a good job of bulking sandstorm out though.

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