Then, the big guy. Sunstorm!
Bio!: Wasn't Sunstorm the suck-up? The bio here didn't go for that, but went with just calling him a "cackling madman". I'm okay with it, as long as he's not a hyper-powered zealot. Apparently the character is super-powered here, but it's more in line with the normal kinda Animated robot powers: absorbing and redirecting any energy directed at him, and generating blinding flashes of light ("Prime! Do not look directly into his paint job").
Robot Mode!: I think this figure kinda lost something for me by being packaged in robot mode, but more on that later. This mold's kind of neat looking, while obviously hugely influenced by the traditional seeker, he's got a little bit of the movie aesthetic going, too...mainly in the kinda backward-jointed legs and the feet. The colors only help, though that depends on how much you like bright orange. As it happens, I do. A lot! The dark red and white that work into his colorscheme sets this off well, making for an extremely visually pleasing figure. Though, I gotta say, I'm not wild about the lightpiped eyes and mouth, with them being cut into the figure instead of being, say, painted details, it makes him lose some expressiveness. Then there's the arm articulation. It's kind of weird, the arms still feel a little stiff, even though you can get most of the poses you'd want out of him. Maybe it's the lack of a wrist swivel or a bicep swivel, but to balance things out, hes got four-finger and thumb articulation. So that's pretty nifty.
Really, the only other thing about the robot that bothers me is the missles. They're huge, and they just sorta interfere with the figure's look and poseablility. I don't believe I'll be displying him with these things, which gives him short-barreled wrist cannons. I'm okay with that, but I do wish that more figures got better-looking guns and not these spring-loaded missle things.
Transformation!: Took me a minute, but I got it. Some pieces, like the nosecone, f'rinstance, transform themselves when you move other parts. That's kinda nice, but I think during my first attempts to transform him, I may have broken the spring-loaded bit on the nose. Ah, well, I can just pull that part out, which in turn folds the arms up further...really, once you get the transfomation going, it almost finishes by itself. Then, all you gotta do is snap the legs into the tabs behind his wings, and lookee there, you got a..
Vehicle Mode!: In this case one that's a...cartoon US future plane. I dunno, did Starscream scan an alt mode in the show? he really didn't need to, this thing may as well be a Cybertronian jet. I dunno, if you squint right it could almost be an F-22 or like that, but for the swept-wing design and the reverse talifins. Whatever it is, it does look kind of neat, and while it does have the traditional TF plane undercarriage kibble, there's nothing that's really obviously humanoid-robot parts in there. Looked at from the stop, though, you get a neat-looking future space jet in the stylized-out-the-wazoo Animated manner. From the bottom, it looks almost like, say, Movie Megatron's future space jet mode. So there you go, combination of aesthetics, again.
Overall: Not the best Animated Transformer I've gotten, but a pretty good one. With this mold, there's plenty of reason to repaint it, and the Target exclusive-pack went and gave us one of the more uniquely-colored clones from the show. The toy's got it's issues, but the visual appeal and novelty of him being almost a Voyager-sized Activiator help balance it out. He cool.
Dominic wrote: too many people likely would have enjoyed it as....well a house-elf gang-bang.