The Cool Camel Captain
Released in 1993
Well, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; the 90’s were a different time. Sandstorm is a Middle Eastern warrior that is represented as a mutant camel…I guess this is only awkward if I make it awkward, but he also has a pistol that a magic lamp and a shield that is a flying carpet. (I actually chuckled when I wrote that).
With that out of the way, Sandstorm is an awesome figure loaded with great detail and an action feature that makes him unique among his mutated family. With no real backstory to speak of, we can tell that Sandstorm was originally a human that was mysteriously mutated into a camel thanks to his right hand and (possibly) his right foot being human looking as his left hand had only three fingers and his left foot is a hoof.
Sandstorm’s stance is pretty dynamic as he looks like he’s winding up to knock your block off. This can also be seen with his pivoting waist feature that, when twisted to the right or left, some type of mechanism inside the figure launches him in the opposite direction, simulating a punch being thrown. I know I probably could’ve found a better way to explain this feature, but unfortunately, I’m not that articulate. If you ever had a He-Man action figures when you were a kid, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I won’t bore you again by gushing over Playmates’ ability to sculpt hair onto a plastic figure and make it believable, but I do have to knock them for their paint job on this guy just a bit. Since Sandstorm is a camel, it stands to reason that he should have two humps on his back, which he does. Unfortunately, they’re painted the same white color as his the shirt that he’s wearing. I know that Playmates would sometimes skip on painting some of the finer details on their figures, but the humps on camel’s back are defining characteristics of that animal and should be highlighted here. But I guess you can’t win them all.
Since Sandstorm is no real backstory or any media appearances to speak about, there’s very little to say about this guy other than I wouldn’t have thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever see a camel turned action figure. I guess this guy is a prime example (one I’ve probably spoken of at length here) of how the ’88 TMNT action figure line could kind of go anywhere and do anything. What’s funny to think about, or at least funny to me, is if there were action figures of mutated camels, moose, lions and elephants, what kind of figures got rejected?
Turtle Trivia: I really have no idea. These figures get weirder and weirder.