Deluxe Class Cyclonus
Review by JoshB
The original Cyclonus, released in the 1980s is a real ugly toy. I understand that we all look back on G1 with a sense of nostalgia, and the toy line was in fact really groundbreaking. but lets face facts, most were clunky, ugly things. Where at least most of the original G1 figures had an excuse (their forms were dictated by what they transformed into). Cybertronian forms such as Cyclonus had no such limitation, and it just seems like crap design to end up with what we did.
I know there, are different origin stories for Cyclonus. You know what? I don't care.
What I do care about is good toys, and this new version of Cyclonus is a good toy. Hell, I'd say its a great toy.
Cyclonus comes from the Classics 2.0 line of Transformers - modern toy design created specifically to evoke the spirit of classic characters. In this, they succeeded.
Packaging this thing in Jet mode was a mistake because it hides the awesomeness within.
The jet is a futuristic, angular mish-mash of shapes. It's not the most elegant design in the world, and parts of it don't fit together quite right. It is almost as if it was just too ambitious of a design for the scale they made it in.
But once you transform into robot mode - all is forgiven. Cyclonus is pretty awesome. He is fearsome and menacing. He looks like he could totally kick your ass. There are some neat transformation tricks, such as the way the leg panels separate and move down the legs.
This rockin' figure has some great articulation, especially in the legs. Ball joints at the hips, then good knees, and feet are articulated. It just looks evil.
The gun that is included is actually a robot named Nightstick. The original G1 Cyclonus was also sold as a Targetmaster in the US, so the inclusion of Nightstick is a tribute to that. He on his own is a nicely detailed robot, a far cry from the old G! Targetmaster.
If you want a more detailed review than this, there are plenty on the Transformer sites. He's been covered enough in depth. I just wanted to show him to you. Even if you are not a hard-core TF fan, he is worth picking up.
|Posted 3 September, 2009 - 08:47 by JoshB|