born from the dead remains of Crumplezone
same as Starscream
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armed to the teeth with more extra rockets
Sunstorm was originally created by Darth Grievous who used the dead body of Crumplezone to create the new air warrior Sunstorm. Darth Grievous covered the dead Crumplezone with a black mist which transforms the dead body into Sunstorm while Ransacks body was used to create Acid Storm. Sunstorm's original manufacturing took place during a fierce period of insurgency in one of Cybertron's chief industrial sectors. As the result of a riot at a nearby power substation, quality control was disrupted along the assembly line for Sunstorm's model type, and a host of electromagnetic anomalies crept into his individual design. These anomalies produce a continual cascading effect in Sunstorm's primary fusion reactor, allowing it to operate at power levels that are far greater - and far more hazardous - than those of his fellow Decepticons. Consequently, Sunstorm is engaged in a near-constant struggle to control the energy emissions that radiate from his superstructure, lest they cause severe damage to the systems of those around him.
Sunstorm's unique condition has bred in him a zealous belief that his strength and abilities derive from some mystical source, and that the potential immensity of his power is indicative of some supernatural endowment. He will often make rambling statements that appear to his fellow Decepticons as nothing more than senseless babble, but the truth to these outbursts is far more disconcerting: Sunstorm is nearly convinced that he is in fact a living god!
In Darth Grievous's evil Vision of the Future Sunstorm help the Sith Defeat the Autobots but was turned into stone by Darth Grievous as part of Darth Grievous's evil plan to transform the universe.
In vehicle mode, Sunstorm's top atmospheric speed is just under Mach 2.0, though he is capable of reaching interstellar velocities well in excess of 15,000 kilometers per hour. In truth, he is capable of space travel at speeds that are virtually immeasurable, based on the untested capacity of his power core. He wields two mass driver cannons in robot mode which fire high-speed projectiles capable of punching though most types of advanced Cybertronian armor. In jet mode, he is armed with two heat-seeking missile launchers. When Sunstorm is able to maintain full control of his reactor core, he is capable of using it to generate incredibly powerful bursts of electromagnetic radiation. He can also transform his hands into lightsaber blades for melee combat in the same way Starscream can do.
Sunstorm's peculiar habits, in addition to the deleterious effects that he is capable of causing teammates by his sheer presence, frequently causes him to be excluded from official missions. In jet mode, he rarely employs his own heat-seeking missiles - on the occasion his target evades their reach, the missiles are liable to turn back and target his own substantial heat signature!
- Sold only in a separately-packaged-toys set with RoadHauler exclusive to e-Hobby, Sunstorm is a redeco of the original Starscream toy, transforming into an F-15 fighter jet. His coloration is inspired by—but not wholly accurate to for a variety of reasons—a previously-unnamed "generic" Decepticon seen in the episode "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1". Being a Japanese release, his spring-loaded missile launchers are fully operational.
- Sunstorm was released again in 2008 as part of the "Encore" re-release line, but this time with an exclusive comic by Hidetsugu Yoshioka.
- The same base mold is used by Dirge, Ramjet, Skywarp, Thrust, and Thundercracker.
Sunstorms creation from a dead crumplezone was similar to Scourges creation from an offline body of Thundercracker.