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While excellent at the time, 2008's Deluxe Cyclonus mold clearly shows its advancing age. Plus with IDW's current interpretation resonating pretty strongly with much of that audience, a new toy would be all the more welcome. I'm not sure that this is what anyone really had in mind, though.
Cyclonus uses mind control to combine with any bot, siphoning the powers of whichever Autobots or Decepticons will serve his purpose of unleashing chaos across the universe.
So, Cyclonus is built on the same frame as Silverbolt, but with a healthy number of parts switched between them. A majority of the torso is new to properly give the toy more Cyclonus-specific features. In fact, the only thing shared on the body are the abdominal panels and the front of the pelvis. And on the back, everything is different. Though that's more a subject for the vehicle mode.
Of major importance, Cyclonus has a new head sculpt. Sadly there is no IDW inspiration to it at all.
That's really the case of all the Cyclonus-specific elements added. They fit a general-purpose idea of Cyclonus without reflecting any specific single instance.
For some that is probably a good choice, but others will be just as disappointed that this effectively precludes a More Than Meets The Eye based Cyclonus toy.
Let's go ahead and talk deco. Cause this is some purple, man. In fact, it's too purple. The main body color is incredibly saturated. It shoots well past any kind of normal Cyclonus purple, and even a few steps farther than Galvatron's usual rich purples. It just plainly doesn't look right for the character, though the color itself is actually really nice. Making this worse, the package photos show Cyclonus in an almost perfect shade of lighter, more muted purple. Otherwise, the layout of grey, silver and purple is pretty much on target to capture Cyclonus's colorscheme. Given that around half of the robot body is still Silverbolt's parts, it actually does an impressive job at being Cyclonus.
Transformation runs very similar to Silverbolt, as you'd probably expect. Aside from a bit of added partsforming, there's no real surprises to it. The one change is just the head not going as deeply in to the body as Silverbolt's. Instead it just kind of lays back. Make sure to turn the head around first though, unless you want Cyclonus peeking out from under the jet!
The vehicle mode I think is where Cyclonus really manages to stand out and impress. This is where the changed parts really succeed at massively changing the visual identity of the toy, distinguishing it as much as possible from Silverbolt.
Almost the entire jet structure is new parts. And in places where they can't be, the new parts are made to hide as much of the reuse as possible.
It's a really impressive effort, and it pulls off a Cyclonus silhouette really well.
One thing to note, there's a common assembly error. These vertical stabilizers are backwards by default. See, the control surfaces are facing forward. It's a simple matter to pop them off and reverse them so they'll match the forward sweep of the main wings.
Though if you prefer them the other way, being backwards doesn't hurt anything else.
So, accessories. Slightly disappointingly, Cyclonus reruns Silverbolt's two weapons.
I wasn't expecting a Targetmaster or anything (maybe a sword) but I would have liked to see Cyclonus get a more specifically relevant weapon.
At least for the rifle. The shield piece is one thing since it has a specific interaction with the vehicle.
But some other rifle to attach to the front of it would have been good.
Cyclonus does have new accessories though. These little winglets that need to be partsformed around the toy.
They can be held as odd little knives if you like, and if you leave them on the bottoms of the fists you'll reduce the parts removal needed during transformation.
To be honest, I could have done without these. They're to fill in for the forearm winglets, but they're a bit of a pain to deal with, and I like have the forearm ports open for the main accessories.
Taken by itself, Cyclonus is a pretty decent figure. It may not be what some people would have preferred, but it's not bad as a general purpose representation. And I have to appreciate it simply for the level of alternate parts employed to get it here from Silverbolt.
I can understand that this won't be for everyone, and it does have its flaws. With no specific combiner team associated it might be a hard sell as a standalone, especially without an appropriate Galvatron to go with it.
I don't expect anyone to be rushing to replace Universe Cyclonus in favor of this, but it has a certain charm. At least, if you can get past some of the particular characteristics of the Silverbolt mold...
|Date||May 27th 2015|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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