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Sunstorm is the name of five fictional characters from the Transformers series. Sunstorm is always a Decepticon allied jet who is yellow or orange in color.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Sunstorm toy
Name Sunstorm
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Titanium
Machine Wars
First appearance The Transformers episode "More Than Meets The Eye Part 1"
Alternate modes F-15 Jet Fighter, Cybertronian Jet
Function Aerospace Warrior
Gender Male
Motto "Unchecked power is the true path to divinity."
Partner Bitstream and Hotlink
Rank 5
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Seekers

Sunstorm was first named in 2003 as a toy created by Japanese company ehobby, and created as an exclusive toy that was meant to refer to an unnamed character who appeared in one episode of the 1984 animated Transformers series.

Fictional biography

Generation 1 biography: Abilities...Created with a built-in fusion reactor running at higher than original efficiency, he can use it as a weapon to generate intense light and heat or powerful electromagnetic waves. These energy emissions are constantly radiating from his body, inducing negative effects in his nearby teammates' internal systems, so unless he provides rigorously secure shielding, he is only rarely included in unit activities. His top atmospheric speed is 2400 km/h, while he can reach 16000 km/h in outer space. Sunstorm is secretly convinced he is a supernatural being, and his frequent flashes of bizarre speech and behavior tend to keep his comrades at an excessive distance. Weapons...Gamma-Ray Laser Cannons, Burst Missiles Titanium biography: Deep within the laboratory of the Decepticon genius Shockwave, Sunstorm languishes in a sealed cryogenic regeneration chamber. His body covered in rare electrum to protect him from the furious energies boiling from his internal fusion reactors and his mind held in stasis lock he is fierce potentiality held barely in check. Though Sunstorm is a clone of the famous air warrior Starscream, Shockwave has made a number of modifications to his systems. His weapon systems have been upgraded to take advantage of the huge amount of energy produced by the twin tokamak reactors spinning in his torso, each arm cannon delivering the force of a small nuke with a single shot. His mind has been simplified, streamlined, and stripped of the extraneous ego and ambition that so cripples Starscream. He is a pure creature, built the way all Transformers would have been had Shockwave been their designer. He waits, silent and still, for the stimulus that will drive him into action.

Animated series

Sunstorm has his big break into television

The character who would be Sunstorm appeared in the very first episode of the Transformers animated series episode "More Than Meets The Eye Part 1", as a yellow and white Decepticon Seeker jet, firing on Wheeljack and Bumblebee.

Dreamwave Productions

Taking advantage of Sunstorm's growing popularity, Dreamwave Productions opted to include a similar but re-imagined version of the character into their equally re-imagined 21st century version of the Generation One universe. Here, Sunstorm was a clone of Starscream, one of many Transformer clones created by Shockwave after investigation of the cloning technology of the Quintessons. At an early stage in the cloning process, Shockwave experimented with installing fusion reactors in his clones, but their bodies burnt out, unable to contain the energies. A solution was reached, however, when Shockwave coated the Starscream clone in the element known as electrum, allowing it to contain the fusion reactor's energies.

In 2003, Shockwave succeeded in accessing the massive data content of Vector Sigma, the mega computer at the heart of Cybertron, and although he was stopped by Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus before he could examine the data for himself, he was able to transfer a compressed version of it into his computer network, sending it to a terminal in one of his laboratories, clones were being held in stasis. The Starscream clone was exposed to the data, and the sheer amount of information dumped into its mind drove it insane, forcing it to simplify what it was being told into the most basic format it could comprehend. Calling itself Sunstorm, the clone escaped and, following what it had learned from the data, headed for Earth, intending to open a mysterious Cybertronian seal buried away on the planet, for which he needed Starscream.

Forced into an alliance with the Earth-based Autobots to save his own skin, Starscream reactivated the frozen Jetfire, who deduced Sunstorm's clone nature and developed a power siphon to drain off his energies. In the ensuing battle to attach the siphon to Sunstorm, Starscream betrayed the Autobots left to guard him and escaped to further his own ends, only to be pursued by the weakened Sunstorm, and for them both to be set upon by Omega Supreme. In order to escape, Starscream blasted the siphon off of Sunstorm, who overcame Omega and took Starscream to the site of the seal. Professing that only Starscream could open it, which he did, Sunstorm unveiled a mysterious subterranean chamber, overflowing with an energy-rich liquid that could give Starscream similar, but directly-opposite, powers to Sunstorm's. Unwilling to risk his life in the ooze, Starscream turned on Sunstorm, blasted him and sending him tumbling into the liquid, only for him to emerge, moments later, his powers flaring uncontrollably as the opposing natures of the two energies began to tear him apart from within. Descending even further into his madness, Sunstorm was engaged by Jetfire, who dragged him out of Earth's atmosphere, where Sunstorm exploded.

The precise nature of the data Sunstorm received from Vector Sigma, the true purpose of the Cybertronian seal on Earth, and the nature of both his powers and that of the opposing energies remain unrevealed - and due to Dreamwave's closure, it seems unlikely that any answers will be forthcoming, but given the events of the Beast Wars and Beast Machine series, it is likely to be the same as the organic core of Cybertron.

Fun Publications

Sunstorm was among Megatron's troops when Megatron attacked Iacon with his new weapon, Devastator.[1]


  • Generation 1 Sunstorm (2003)
Nearly twenty years later, when Takara reissued the original Starscream toy in 2003, the popular online retailer, e-Hobby, offered one of their customary exclusive repaints of the toy - a repaint based upon this generic character, bearing the name of Sunstorm. However, despite being inspired by the golden jet of the TV show, the design of the actual toy prohibited it from accurately resembling its animated progenitor in terms of color layouts. Additionally, for whatever reason, rather than being golden yellow, the toy was a creamy-orange.
  • Heroes of Cybertron Sunstorm (2004)
Sunstorm struck a chord with fans, and his cult popularity resulted in him eventually reaching the United States in the form of an exclusive PVC figurine available at Botcon 2004.
  • Titanium 6 inch War Within Sunstorm (2007)
At the 2006 BotCon the a 6 inch Titanium series Sunstorm was first displayed, a repaint of Titanium 6 inch Thundercracker in Sunstorm's orange and white colors.[2]
  • Machine Wars Rainmakers (2013)
A 3-pack of Deluxe Bitstream, Hotlink and Sunstorm. A BotCon 2013 exclusive.
  • Reprolabels Jet Chrome 2
A set of labels for the various recolors of the Classic Starscream mold. Includes labels for Acid Storm, the blue Rainmaker, the yellow Rainmaker, Sunstorm, Air Warrior and black Starscream.[3]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Sunstorm (2006)
An unlicensed recolor Smallest Transformers Starscream.[4]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Ghost Sunstorm (2006)
An unlicensed recolor Smallest Transformers Starscream in translucent plastic.
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Metallic Sunstorm (2006)
An unlicensed recolor Smallest Transformers Starscream with a metallic finish.[5]
  • Kingtoys Decepticon jet Sunstorm (2008)
An unlicensed toy based on the Generation 1 Starscream mold done at half size.[6]
  • CHMS Deluxe Sunstorm Yellow (2010)
An unlicensed toy based on the Classic Starscream mold done in yellow. This is the first of two Sunstorm toys made by CHMS, this one in a yellow finish, much like the Titanium toy.[7]
  • CHMS Deluxe Sunstorm Orange (2010)
An unlicensed toy based on the Classic Starscream mold done in orange. This is the second of two Sunstorm toys made by CHMS, this one being more accurate to how the ehobby exclusive toy was colored.[8]


Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Universe Sunstorm toy on card
Species Transformer
Relatives Thrust (brother)


Alternate mode

Modified F-35 Lightning II, Cybertronian jet

Grindor, Highwire, Inferno, Sureshock and Thrust

Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Cybertron

Deluxe vehicles, Legends
Tech specs

ST10 IN05.5 SP09 EN09

RN06 CO07.4 FB10 SK08

Sunstorm is super powerful Decepticon and has a god complex from the Unicron Trilogy Transformers continuity. He is the brother of Thrust and took his brother's Mini-Con partner Inferno after Thrust's death.

Fictional biography

A diabolical, super powerful Decepticon thug.


3H Enterprises

Sunstorm's only appearance in the Universe storyline was as one of the Decepticons under the command of Reptilion in the Botcon 2004 voice actor play. He battled Silverbolt, Rattrap and Waspinator in order to secure two groups of dimensionally displaced Autobots from the RiD universe. However, the three groups of Autobots, together with a time-lost Autobot shuttle from the Great War, were able to defeat the Decepticons.

Fun Publications

In Force of Habit Sunstorm participated in a Decepticon attack on the Iron Hope during the Unicron Singularity crisis.

In a post on the Ask Vector Prime page of Facebook Vector Prime described the Cybertron Legends Sunstorm as a servant of Megazarak that hailed from Aurex 304.0 Epsilon.

Sunstorm was described in detail in a post to the Ask Vector Prime page of Facebook. It described Universe Sunstorm as coming from Universal Stream Aurex 105.15 Gamma and being the brother of Armada Thrust. He took Inferno as his partner after the death of Thrust, which he blamed on Galvatron. He went to work Unicron on the promise of getting revenge of Galvatron. He was eventually killed by Galvatron, who took Inferno for himself.


  • Universe Deluxe Sunstorm with Inferno, Sureshock, Highwire, and Grindor (2004)
In 2004, Sunstorm finally reached American toy shelves in a new incarnation - a recolor of the Armada Thrust figure, in Sunstorm's traditional orange, yellow and white. Accompanied by an appropriate recolor of Thrust's Mini-Con partner, Inferno, Sunstorm also came packaged with a repainted version of the Street Action Mini-Con Team.
An actual F-35 fighter is 15.47 meters long, while the Sunstorm toy is 16 centimeters long, making it a scale of about 1/97 scale.
  • Cybertron Legends Sunstorm (2006)
A recolor of Cybertron Legends Starscream.


Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
Cybertron Mini-Con Sunstorm toy
Name Sunstorm
Series Transformers: Cybertron
Alternate modes Cybertronian Jet
Gender Male
Rank 9
Sub-group Mini-Cons, Sky Terror Team

The second Cybertron Sunstorm seems to be an original character. He is a general serving under the leadership of the Mini-Con Thrust and is suspected of being the real brains behind Thrust's rebellion. He had made contact with a small group of Decepticons and he intends to cause enough chaos among the Mini-Cons that they can be conquered by the Decepticons and join them.[9]


When first listed at Big Bad Toy Store the Sunstorm vs. Checkpoint 2-pack featured a humorous fan-made biography.[10]

The Thunderblast Kidnapping! Something dark and terrible came over Checkpoint, in the incandescent moment that he realized he could no longer resist his overpowering lust for Thunderblast. Breaking rank, waylaying Shortround, Checkpoint ambushed Thunderblast, kidnapping her, and then promptly disappeared.

It was the kind of case that required Sunstorm, the great Decepticon detective. They only called him in when the mystery seemed impenetrable. A year earlier, Sunstorm had cracked both the Case of the Golden Sharkticon and the Case of Wheelie’s True Gender. Sunstorm was a guy known for getting things done. He took the nonlinear approach. Galvatron both resented and admired him.

Checkpoint began hearing the rumors that Sunstorm had been dispatched against him. At the time, he was holding Thunderblast captive on the Planet of Junk, and he knew that it wouldn’t be long until Sunstorm ferreted out his first lead. Checkpoint prepared himself for the imminent conflict, vowing that only death would separate him from his captive beauty. Either way, the fight would be to the bitter end.

Fictional biography

One of the rebel generals most trusted by Thrust, some suspect that Sunstorm is the true intelligence behind the Mini-Con rebellion against the Council of Sages, and that this sudden uprising may have some deeper purpose to it besides simple chaos. Indeed. Sunstorm has secretly established contact with a small group of Decepticons in hiding on the surface of Cybertron. His intention is to cause enough chaos among the Mini-Con colonies to allow them to be easily conquered by the Decepticons, after which they will joint Galvatron on the quest for domination of the Universe!

Fun Publications

Sunstorm would pay the price for his ways in the accompanying club comic, however. When Unicron attacked Cybertron in the midst of the Mini-Con civil war, Sunstorm was amongst those killed by the Chaos-Bringer.


  • Cybertron Mini-Con Sunstorm vs. Checkpoint
This Mini-Con named Sunstorm is a recolor of Energon Wreckage. He was available in a 2-pack with the Autobot Checkpoint.[11]
Combines with Ramjet and Thrust to form the Chaos Saber.

Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Animated Sunstorm toy
Name Sunstorm
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tom Kenny
Japanese voice actor Jin Yamanoi
Alternate modes Futuristic harrier jet similar to Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut
Function Sycophant
Gender Male
Motto "Oh how I admire the beings of this universe."
Sub-group Starscream clones, Voyagers

In Transformers Animated, a clone of Starscream appears in the colors of Generation 1 Sunstorm. His personality emphasizes Starscream's sycophantism, and consistently kisses up to whoever he encounters, be they friend or foe.[12]

According to his box biography he can absorb energy and then emit it in blinding flashes of light. He is also the fastest of the Starscream clones.[13]

Fictional biography

Yet another clone of Starscream has appeared on Earth to threaten the Autobots. Sunstorm is a cackling madman, determined to destroy everything in his path. He is also a living power battery, absorbing any energy directed at him, from sunlight to high-powered lasers. Only Ratchet has the scientific know-how to develop a device capable of defeating such a powerful new enemy.

Animated series

After attacking Megatron's forces for control of the Decepticon Space Bridge Sunstorm defected to Megatron's side when it looked like Starscream had been defeated. He then joined in the counter-attack against Omega Supreme and was quickly overpowered by the giant Autobot.

He is shown to be alive when he shows up again in as Sentinel Prime's "prisoner", though he was actually captured by Lockdown but sold to Sentinel.

Though thrown in a cell in the middle of Blitzwing and Swindle, Sunstorm is freed by the latter during the ship's return to Cybertron. After helping in taking the ship, Sunstorm receives a helmet from Swindle to so he could tell him and his Liar Clone brother apart. But once Optimus Prime arrives, a fight ensued with Sunstorm captured and brought to Cybertron.


  • Animated Voyager Sunstorm (2009)
A Voyager sized recolor of Starscream. It will be released in Australia along with Activators Ratchet. It was released in the U.S. as a Target store exclusive.[14]
  • Animated TA-38 Voyager Decepticon Sunstorm (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The Japan release version by Takara Tomy sports a metallic orange finish on his front fuselage and wings, as well as purple Decepticon emblems.[15] Set for release in Japan on August 2010.[16]
  • Animated EZ Sunstorm
A recolor of Universe Animated Legends Sunstorm.

Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Kreon Sunstorm
Name Sunstorm
Series Kre-O Transformers
Alternate modes Jet
Gender Male
Sub-group Kreons

Fictional biography

I’m so hot, I’m on fire! No, really. I’m actually on fire. My fusion-fueled fury pulses out through my cyberalloy chassis and melts anyone who gets too close. Sure, I’m fast and powerful, but it gets lonely being so scorching.

Fondest wish: To get a hug from someone whose arms didn't immediately melt off.

Power source: Brick-powered fusion.

Big Plan: To learn how to chill.


  • Kre-0 Transformers Kreon Micro-Changer Sunstorm (2012)
Part of the blind packed preview wave of Kreon Micro-Changers. His package has the identifying number 9 as the last digit on the serial number at the bottom of the package.


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