I just kind of assumed that no other new Seeker mold would get the mileage that the 2006 Classics Seeker mold has. After all, that toy got milked for new uses over the course of a decade, and by a collectors' club. No newer Seeker mold has had the attention span. We'd get Starscream, Thundercracker and/or Skywarp, maybe an Acid Storm, and then it's on to the next new Seeker Mold. And not since the Collector's Club has there been a NEW Seeker previously untoyed.
And so when Stege Redwing popped up, I was like, yeah, okay. He's never had a toy before, so I'll get this one, and he'll be the odd one out of all my Classics Seekers (well okay, the second odd one out, since Legends Slipstream is also in the mix), but I'm not, like, replacing my Thundercracker or Skywarp with the Stege versions. The Classics Seekers still rule the gamut of Seekerhood.
But then this three-pack of Acid Storm, Nova Storm, and Ion Storm suddenly existed, and I was like... welp. Looks like Hasbro's going to invest in this Seeker version after all. Acid Storm's had toys before, but not Nova Storm and Ion Storm. That's three characters in Stege that Classics doesn't have. You know how many characters Classics Seekers have that Stege doesn't? Three (Sunstorm, Bitstream, and Hotlink) or maybe four since Nacelle straddles that Seeker/Conehead line. So we're at the tipping point.
I had to hop on.
Redwing is available through Target online. If you have a Target redcard. Mind, I got mine early on when it went up by accident for a few hours and at the time the Target redcard wasn't required, but I have a Target redcard and so I used it anyway. Because 5% off and free shipping, baby.
He's got one sculpting difference, and that's the smirking face. (I don't recommend swapping it with Starscream, since the face is painted offwhite instead of silver. Swap Thundercracker's smirking face with Starscream instead. They match.)
But Redwing has a color scheme! You know, reds and blacks and whites. There's some thought put into it.
Acid Storm, Nova Storm, and Ion Storm not so much. They showed up in the original cartoon as (nicknamed by the fandom through dialogue) the Rainmakers, and they... well, they were quick single-colored generics. They were solid green, yellow, and blue. Those animation cel painters made quick work of them. And lordy do these toys match. They are one solid color head to toe, save the cockpit, helmet, and a white midsection. And, sure, the identical Stege battle damage deco every Stege seeker has.
Acid Storm, previously translated into toys, has had his cartoon color scheme... elaborated on. His Classics toy muted his green and gave him grown camo. He tends to be given more than the one solid color. (Except in Cyberverse anyway, where their toy is solid green again.)
Stege Acid Storm, though is... well, he's neon green. He's a green that doesn't/can't photograph properly. He's the green I wish the cover of Dumbing of Age Book 8 could be, but that color doesn't exist in CMYK. He looks like he could illuminate a room. The other two are similar. And I'm okay with this. After decades of the fandom getting pissy about "day-glow playskool colors," here these three are, unapologetically so. And, of course, they're highly sought after. Of course. They're also Target exclusives, and they keep selling out at the website and are scarce in stores.
I recommend trying to find them in person, if you can. Just to bask. Get a taste of their fluorescence.