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Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed

Sunday, May 12th, 2013 9:00PM CDT

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The Transformers facebook page has now officially revealed Transformers Generations Voyager Class Sandstorm. We got an early sneak peek at the figure in in robot and armored dune buggy early this morning. Now we get a look at his VTOL air vehicle mode!

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Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486814)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:02pm CDT
:shock:

pre ordered the Tomy versions. Once this gets solicited.....I am so getting him!
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486815)
Posted by njb902 on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:05pm CDT
I'm not sure I care for the tire rotors.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486816)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:07pm CDT
Yes.

....Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES OH YES, INDEED
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486819)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:14pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Yes.

....Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES OH YES, INDEED
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486821)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:17pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:Yes.

....Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES OH YES, INDEED


That's what I was going for. ;)

But seriously, as a military enthusiast, Hasbro can't make this any better, it's so gorgeous. =P~
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486826)
Posted by PrymeStriker on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:42pm CDT
Looks delicious.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486829)
Posted by Twitchythe3rd on May 12th, 2013 @ 9:56pm CDT
Robot mode looks like it'll be incredibly backheavy, but the whole package looks great.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486834)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on May 12th, 2013 @ 10:05pm CDT
Am I the only one thinking this awesome Sandstorm could be repainted into an even better Skyhammer?

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skyhammer_%28G1%29

He's obscure enough that it'd probably come from FunPub rather than Hasbro, but with the original Ultra Pretender toys falling victim to gold-plastic-syndrome, he could use a sturdy update.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486836)
Posted by PrymeStriker on May 12th, 2013 @ 10:07pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:Am I the only one thinking this awesome Sandstorm could be repainted into an even better Skyhammer?

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skyhammer_%28G1%29

He's obscure enough that it'd probably come from FunPub rather than Hasbro, but with the original Ultra Pretender toys falling victim to gold-plastic-syndrome, he could use a sturdy update.


That'd...actually work. It'd feel like they were milking the mold a bit too much (if it was a retail release), but I digress; incredible idea.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486841)
Posted by Thadicon on May 12th, 2013 @ 10:31pm CDT
looks almost like the Flying HKs from terminator. and it looks like you can put Springers helicopter blades in the post hole at the top
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486844)
Posted by Rated X on May 12th, 2013 @ 10:48pm CDT
Im not liking it. I look forward for a 3rd party add on kit to turn it into a more G1 helicopter.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486845)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 12th, 2013 @ 10:52pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Im not liking it.
Big surprise there. :P
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486862)
Posted by TimothyR on May 12th, 2013 @ 11:36pm CDT
This HAS to be one of the best retools hasbro has done in a while. I really like the VTOL idea, and how it translates in the dune buggy mode, those giant rear wheels are bad ass.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486867)
Posted by Hypershock on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:04am CDT
Wow, this is totally better than that fanmode i managed to cludge out of Springer.....

I didn't think this mold could have made me admire it more than i already do. THis is a fantastic remold and it, like Springer and Blitzwing, will be bought on sight :D
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486873)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:20am CDT
Sold...'nuff said!! :APPLAUSE: :VEHI:
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486875)
Posted by FortMacs on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:22am CDT
deffinatly be picking him up on site.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486876)
Posted by Autobot032 on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:27am CDT
I'm starting to think that Sandstorm was the original mold and Springer's the remold. This is such an extensively changed figure, but you can see where some things seem to fit the visuals and design better. Like this was almost intended.

That's not a diss to Springer. I'm thinking they released Springer first to get sales going.

Either way, however it worked, absolutely impressive figure. Dang.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486879)
Posted by 75tffan88 on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:50am CDT
I can't WAIT!! =P~
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486884)
Posted by frogbat on May 13th, 2013 @ 1:42am CDT
Autobot032 wrote:I'm starting to think that Sandstorm was the original mold and Springer's the remold. This is such an extensively changed figure, but you can see where some things seem to fit the visuals and design better. Like this was almost intended.

That's not a diss to Springer. I'm thinking they released Springer first to get sales going.

Either way, however it worked, absolutely impressive figure. Dang.



The fact a detailed artwork appeared on metropoex's box might lend support to your theory that this was the original mould. I'm sure there'll be 3rd party 4 blade rotors but I appreciate the change they made.
The fact 2 out of the 3 triple changers had the same alt moulds irked me as a kid and was probably one of the reasons I never tried too hard to get springer.

At least the decepticons had more variety
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486885)
Posted by MenaceRX on May 13th, 2013 @ 1:53am CDT
Pre-oredered the 3 of them as they went up on BBTS as a group. That price couldnt be beat really for all 3 at 69.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486898)
Posted by MarkNL on May 13th, 2013 @ 3:07am CDT
Omg. That vehicle mode would make a nice Armada Cyclonus...
It does need some rotorblades then, though...
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486899)
Posted by Geminii on May 13th, 2013 @ 3:17am CDT
Interesting variation. I think I like the VTOL design better than Springer's helicopter mode, but Springer's car mode is cleaner (the giant rear wheels on Sandstorm bug me). Robot modes are a toss-up; Sandstorm seems to have the edge in picked-out detail and texture, but Springer's better visually balanced in terms of mass distribution (Sandstorm's got toothpick legs).

Sandstorm seems to win when it comes to accessories having a place in every mode, though. It's a pity we couldn't get Springer's car mode with Sandstorm's VTOL mode, the rotor assemblies folding up into AA launchers or something instead of giant rear wheels.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486907)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 13th, 2013 @ 5:25am CDT
Autobot032 wrote:I'm starting to think that Sandstorm was the original mold and Springer's the remold. This is such an extensively changed figure, but you can see where some things seem to fit the visuals and design better. Like this was almost intended.

That's not a diss to Springer. I'm thinking they released Springer first to get sales going.

Either way, however it worked, absolutely impressive figure. Dang.


Actually, more plasusible would be that the general base of the mold was developed first, and the character specific details were developed on the side at the same time. Think of as the evolution of pretooled heads: one base mold with two main head molds to switch out.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486908)
Posted by Cybertronus on May 13th, 2013 @ 6:02am CDT
Well, I usually don't like remolds. Its just lazy. You pick up on a already existing mold and give it another colour scheme and maybe a new head and that it. Here you have a new character. NOW pay up!
That's just not right. However, Hasbro did a smart thing on this mold. Besides the new head they reshaped a little the figure giving Sandstorm a more modern look. So he's not an helicopter... But its a VTOL mode.
The only thing I still don't like is the skinny legs on these two figures. Sorry Hasbro but I just don't ;)
Having said this I would give these figures an 8.5 out of 10
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486909)
Posted by griftimus prime on May 13th, 2013 @ 6:39am CDT
a very good retool
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486913)
Posted by daimchoc on May 13th, 2013 @ 7:29am CDT
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486914)
Posted by RhA on May 13th, 2013 @ 7:33am CDT
There's really not much to say beyond: 'MUST BUY', is there?
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486915)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on May 13th, 2013 @ 7:34am CDT
WOW... He looks incredible!
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486924)
Posted by RiddlerJ on May 13th, 2013 @ 8:20am CDT


I see a lot of retooling there. It looks like just the basic shape is common but a lot of parts were switched out. Either that or they did a hell of a job on the repainting. :grin:
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486928)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 13th, 2013 @ 8:48am CDT


*drools* So getting both. Despite the similarities they look distinct, and that's what retooling is supposed to be all about. ;)^

But what about poor out-of-scale-on-his-own Broadside?
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486931)
Posted by El Duque on May 13th, 2013 @ 8:51am CDT
This is how you reuse a figure, excellent job Hasbro!
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486954)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 13th, 2013 @ 11:18am CDT
Mark(NL) wrote:Omg. That vehicle mode would make a nice Armada Cyclonus...


No. Springer would make a better Armada Cyclonus than Sandstorm.

Cybertronus wrote:Well, I usually don't like remolds. Its just lazy. You pick up on a already existing mold and give it another colour scheme and maybe a new head and that it. Here you have a new character. NOW pay up!


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Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486964)
Posted by MarkNL on May 13th, 2013 @ 11:58am CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
Mark(NL) wrote:Omg. That vehicle mode would make a nice Armada Cyclonus...


No. Springer would make a better Armada Cyclonus than Sandstorm.


Ah well.. it was my first thought when I saw him, lol. Anyways, they both get close to Cyclonus in that mode in my opinion :-?
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486975)
Posted by kirbenvost on May 13th, 2013 @ 12:55pm CDT
Damn, that is one badass retool! His legs are a little spindly and the back wheels look a bit comical on the buggy mode, but otherwise, sweet. I will gladly pick this up, and although the VTOL vehicle isn't his original alt-mode, I think the mold fits him quite well. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1486997)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 13th, 2013 @ 2:35pm CDT
Wow. That's some extensive retooling. Fantastic job Hasbro/Takara. It's this kind of retooling that demands buying each version.

AND I have to say that revisiting the original mold... that's one dated looking helicopter. If anything needed an updated altmode, that's a candidate.

Also, if they do a Pretender repaint in gray and red, I'm in for that too. The VTOL looks amazing. Bowled over.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487000)
Posted by Sodan-1 on May 13th, 2013 @ 2:42pm CDT
This figure is looking more and more like a complete piece of crap.















:lol: :lol: :lol:
Bravo, Hasbro. :APPLAUSE: :BOWDOWN: :DANCE:
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487001)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 13th, 2013 @ 2:43pm CDT
Sodan-1 wrote:This figure is looking more and more like a complete piece of crap.















:lol: :lol: :lol:
Bravo, Hasbro. :APPLAUSE: :BOWDOWN: :DANCE:


Seriously thought you were legitimately calling it crap for a second. #-o
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487005)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 13th, 2013 @ 2:53pm CDT
Haaaaaa.

Okay, so seriously. If they wanted to include this in their convention exclusive GI Joe crossover line of repaints (hint hint hint), I'd take this is green and/or gray with Joe/Cobra logo as well.

Yeah, so, seriously. I'd take a full line o' army green classic vehicles from truck to plane to copter. Just don't make them change INTO the Joe characters and we're good. Big mechs are much more awesome than gangly awkward homages of Star Wars/Avengers. Those are so much fail.

Any other great repaints you want to see out of these guys? Pretenders and Duocons are on the table. Any others?
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487010)
Posted by craggy on May 13th, 2013 @ 2:58pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:I'm starting to think that Sandstorm was the original mold and Springer's the remold. This is such an extensively changed figure, but you can see where some things seem to fit the visuals and design better. Like this was almost intended.

That's not a diss to Springer. I'm thinking they released Springer first to get sales going.

Either way, however it worked, absolutely impressive figure. Dang.


Actually, more plasusible would be that the general base of the mold was developed first, and the character specific details were developed on the side at the same time. Think of as the evolution of pretooled heads: one base mold with two main head molds to switch out.

if both characters parts are on the same mold, I'd love them to use the majority of Springer (alt mode and such) with Sandstorm's head and vehicle front, for Battletrap, if they do him.

edit: oh, and preordered.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487137)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on May 13th, 2013 @ 9:28pm CDT
Springers bot mode and car mode look better to me.
Sandstorms Aerial mode looks sick, and the vehicle mode is growing on me.
This is the first time i'm really wanting both remoulds.

There are some issues present in both that sorta turn me off, and thats the legs. Back kibble on sandstorm looks rough, and the big wheels are kinda wierd (since the overall car body seems of a certain depth that suggests normal wheels appear at the rear, but then giant ones interupt that flow).

What I think is going to look rad on Sandstorm is the gun that can pivot in what looks like all directions. The buggy mode will look awesome with the gun pointing off to the side. Speaking of the terminator robot reference, the VTOL craft does look similar, and the vehicle being a buggy mode fits that post-apocalyptic look.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487755)
Posted by Jazz813 on May 16th, 2013 @ 12:45pm CDT
I think that Sandstorm ist also a great Remold, and I think it's also the first one where Hasbro go so far with a repaint, in the hole Transformers History. That it's not just an amazing repaint, but also remoldet and got a hole new alt mode.
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487758)
Posted by Eagleblaster on May 16th, 2013 @ 12:55pm CDT
Sandstorm is looking better and better. All that detail is :D I'm not caring if it might turn out to be a DoT. It looks good in all kinds of ways :ic$:
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487819)
Posted by gbm on May 16th, 2013 @ 4:42pm CDT
wow, this figure might have me hold off on getting Springer. (even though they really do look entirely different)
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487900)
Posted by Hypershock on May 16th, 2013 @ 10:45pm CDT
MINDVVIPE wrote:Springers bot mode and car mode look better to me.
Sandstorms Aerial mode looks sick, and the vehicle mode is growing on me.
This is the first time i'm really wanting both remoulds.

There are some issues present in both that sorta turn me off, and thats the legs. Back kibble on sandstorm looks rough, and the big wheels are kinda wierd (since the overall car body seems of a certain depth that suggests normal wheels appear at the rear, but then giant ones interupt that flow).

What I think is going to look rad on Sandstorm is the gun that can pivot in what looks like all directions. The buggy mode will look awesome with the gun pointing off to the side. Speaking of the terminator robot reference, the VTOL craft does look similar, and the vehicle being a buggy mode fits that post-apocalyptic look.

I agree on all counts :)
Except for one thing, if you look at the robot mode pic at the gun, you can see a similar mounting point to the one springer's uses to mount underneath the copter mode. I don't think it can rotate, i think that's just the round sculpting right underneath
Re: Transformers Generations Sandstorm VTOL Vehicle Mode Revealed (1487902)
Posted by Hypershock on May 16th, 2013 @ 10:46pm CDT
MINDVVIPE wrote:Springers bot mode and car mode look better to me.
Sandstorms Aerial mode looks sick, and the vehicle mode is growing on me.
This is the first time i'm really wanting both remoulds.

There are some issues present in both that sorta turn me off, and thats the legs. Back kibble on sandstorm looks rough, and the big wheels are kinda wierd (since the overall car body seems of a certain depth that suggests normal wheels appear at the rear, but then giant ones interupt that flow).

What I think is going to look rad on Sandstorm is the gun that can pivot in what looks like all directions. The buggy mode will look awesome with the gun pointing off to the side. Speaking of the terminator robot reference, the VTOL craft does look similar, and the vehicle being a buggy mode fits that post-apocalyptic look.

I agree on all counts :)
Except for one thing, if you look at the robot mode pic at the gun, you can see a similar mounting point to the one springer's uses to mount underneath the copter mode. I don't think it can rotate, i think that's just the round sculpting right underneath