zeoman4.5's review: Acid Storm
Decepticon Air Warrior
"The Rain Makers"
A member of an obscure squad of Decepticon air Warriors known only as the "Rain Makers," Acid Storm is known as an individual only to his team-mates and a very few others. He is highly intelligent, eager, and dedicated utterly to the Decepticon cause. He has a talent for marshaling vast amounts of data, as well as a way with words that would make him a powerful speaker. However, he prefers to remain anonymous, as part of his team. His Hyperion3 blasters can seed natural clouds with a highly destructive form of acid rain.
Well Hasbro finally did it, they made a green seeker jet. I was always waiting, searching, and expecting one and its release has not disappointed. Although, I can't really see why they decided to release a figure with such an obscure nature. I mean would not Sunstorm have been the natural choice? Anyway, Acid Storm did appear in one episode of G1 along with the other "rain makers". That's it, there is nothing else to say about his character, I told you he was obscure. This kinda bugs me. If this was say, Animated, then I would have no problems with an unknown character being introduced but in a commemorative type series like Universe this seems a little out of place. Enough of this nonsense, like it or not they made him. I'm here to review the figure not discuss Hasbro's marketing plots.
Acid Storm's vehicle form is a jet. It is roughly based of the F15 Eagle form that was common place amongst the G1 Seekers. This famous set of jets is now an essential part of any fan aimed series, and of course this is a re-paint of the vastly popular Classics Skywarp mould. Now you're probably wondering "wait isn't Skywarp a re-paint of Starscream?" Well yes and no. With the Classics series Starscream and Skywarp are similar, but actually differing in one small way, the air intakes. These parts are the large up rising pieces on the robot's shoulders. On Screamer, there are three engraved lines on the lower back portion, on Warp and Acid Storm there are four. I very minor difference that a year of play caused me to notice.
Anyhow Acid Storm is very unique in appearance, of course with Green being his main color. This really sets him apart from the other groups of Seekers and begins to make me wonder what function the "Rain Makers" have. He is also covered in beige and brown oil splotch type camouflage. This is really weird, I can't possibly think of a reason why one would put camo paint on a fighter jet. Is he flying through the forest for some reason, is so that'll put his 10 Skill level to good work. It is strange, but it really works and gives him an eye catching and pleasant appearance. He has grey on his after burners, and a sort of dull grey-blue on the nose of the jet. His cockpit window is tinted a orange-yellow, and pulls together his appearance nicely. He has a total of four Decepticon insignias on him, two on his wings and two on his tail wings.
As far as play is concerned he is great. I simply adore Seeker jets and they are especially fun to pretend to fly around and to display in there cool jet forms. Yeah, I know a little immature of me, but it really is fun. He is armed with his Hyperion3 blasters which take the form of a pair of projectile launchers under his wings. They fire well and a moderate distance. The only minor problem I have is that you can pretty easily see his robot body from the underside, but that doesn't effect his display at all so I over look it. Overall, he is a great jet and a stand alone one at that.
Acid Storm's Robot mode is once again perfectly in line with the general appearance of the Starscream-esque Seekers. The wings up and behind the body, the blocky chest with the intakes on the top, cockpit firmly nestled in the middle of his chest, a pair of arm mounted cannons, and the standard Seeker style helmet.
His colors are what stand him apart from the crowd in this mode as well. The green is very prominent still, however there is less brown/beige camo, and a good amount more of the grey-blue on his upper legs and mid chest. There is also black on his upper chest, helmet, lower arms, feet, and launchers; and yellow on his shoulders, knees, and air intakes. The rest is the green. All four of his Black Decepticon insignias are visible now with two on his legs and two on his wings in classic G1 style. The black makes them blend in so they are subtle, and not distracting from the over all look of the figure. Like Skywarp his face is Silver with blood red eyes.
Acid Storm like his Classics seeker Brothers has a decent range of articulation. The standard for most figures in his range. However there are quite a few things to hinder movement and poseability. The nose cone of the jet is attached to the back of the head limiting head rotation. The wings limit the movement of the arms if the launchers are attached. The figure is also a little back heavy. These are limitations but only for those without a good imagination. He is still rather poseable and is loads of fun to play with. His launchers are also present and can be attached to the arms G1 style or placed in his hands for better range of motion. Very fun, a truly nice figure in all.
Points out of ten for the following:
8/10 very sturdy, he's got no real weak points.
8/10 worth the deluxe price of $9.99, but due to a labeling
error at my local Walmart I got mine for $3.27 USD. Oh Yeah!
4/10 for difficulty, but 10/10 for design and fun.
10/10 This is a really fun figure, and amongst the other jets in the line he is superb.
9/10 He is a great figure, full of nostalgic Seeker goodness,
but also a "new" addition to the TF ranks and really worth a chance. Buy him if you get the chance, even if you own one or all of the other jets of his kind, he is worth owning, trust me.