FIRST APPEARANCE: -
the smoke clears, I've cleared out."
"Eat my dust" is Sandstorm's motto. He
particularly enjoys quoting this as Decepticons are
vainly pursuing him. Always willing to take the most
death-defying risks, Sandstorm likes to get close enough
to the enemy during his patrols so he can count the
number of bolts in a Decepticon's armor plate. Only by
being so daring, by getting his fuel pumping so strongly
that he feels his internal circulatory hoses about to
burst, does Sandstorm truly feel functional. He likes to
live on the edge. Anything less than dangerous he finds
boring, and when he's bored he's more likely to be in
danger since his concentration lapses. Sandstorm fears
only one thing: an end to the war. With no enemy to spy
upon, he worries he will have no further useful purpose.
In both helicopter and buggy modes, Sandstorm is adept at
directing his rotor blades and exhaust at the ground to
whip up blinding clouds of dust and sand. As a
helicopter, he can go 200 mph and has a range of 800
miles. In buggy mode, his 4-wheel drive allows him to
traverse the roughest terrains. He can reach a speed of
100 mph and has a range of 500 miles. In robot mode, he
uses a sandblaster gun, which shoots a high-speed stream
of glassy silicate particles that rapidly erodes anything
it hits. A non-stop barrage of the particles aimed at a
foot-thick concrete wall would create a five-foot-wide
hole in less than two minutes.
Although extremely maneuverable in helicopter mode,
Sandstorm is also extremely fragile. Even a small
explosion near his rotor assembly can cause him to crash.
In buggy mode, he is often a victim of breakdowns in his
wheel assembly due to dirt and sand getting into his
axles, a result of his many off-road meanderings.