"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Cyclonus Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Cyclonus General Information:
Release Date: June 2017
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Official images and text in italics below from the Official Hasbro web site:
Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Legion Class figures are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Cyclonus figure between robot and jet in 7 steps. Scan the Decepticon shield on this Cyclonus figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). Collect other Legion Class figures and create your own Autobot vs. Decepticon battles. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) Choose a side, and prepare for battle!

Behind the high council on Cybertron, sits evil mastermind Cyclonus. Using his mind-controlling power, the rogue Decepticon schemes to brainwash every bot on the planet if that’s what it takes to fulfill his devious plans for Cybertron and the galaxy. Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series.

Includes Cyclonus figure and instructions.

  • Combiner Force Legion Class Cyclonus figure
  • Smaller-scale figure features classic conversion
  • Changes between robot and jet in 7 steps
  • Scan the shield to unlock a token in the app (see below for app details)
  • Control the High Council with Cyclonus

Figure scale: 3 inches

  • Ages 6 and up
  • App content ages 9 and up
  • Available through June 30, 2019.
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise app works with select iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.
  • Check Transformers.com for details.
  • Updates may affect compatibility.
  • Not available in all languages.
  • Hasbro is only responsible for Hasbro-generated content. Please refer to third party terms and conditions for further information.

Cyclonus appeared towards the end of the "Robots in Disguise" series as a "big bad" character. Cyclonus already had an action figure released in the Galvatronus set, but this Legion Class figure is a standalone piece that does not combine with any others. This figure was originally available during the summer of 2017, however I never saw it on shelves in my area of the United States. Instead, anecdotal evidence seems to indicate they came out in force in Canada and Australia. I wound up getting mine from fellow fan Griffin in Australia, so many thanks to him for sending this figure to me for review!

Packaging:
Cyclonus is packaged on a blister card. The bubble is formed around the figure roughly in the shape of the figure. The packaging features artwork for the character in front and instructions on the back followed by a ton of legal information. I do with the "Robots in Disguise" packaging had some type of tech specs, but to be fair, most of the target audience is more likely to rip the figure out and toss the packaging away than to save it so I can understand why it doesn't have any bio information at all. This packaging also eliminates inserts, choosing instead to have the full figure sealed behind a buble on the backing card. The instructions are underneath the figure.

Robot Mode:
In the cartoon, Cyclonus was portrayed as very bulky and powerful looking with some design elements borrowed from his Generation One namesake. Like the G1 character he has wings on his back and very distinctive head design with a high crest in the center and two protrusions that point up on either side. The chest design also hints at the G1 Cyclonus version as well. The rest of this figure however has been made more angular and pointy looking. The wings, shoulders and even the design of the knees show more pointed parts, mostly sticking up. This figure reflects a lot of those design elements from the cartoon. However given the Legion Class scale it is not quite as bulky looking. This works for the figure however as it gives Cyclonus a sleek and cool looking appearance.

There is one detail that I cannot stop looking at because it is so goofy. The face on this figure shows two eyes and a smile. I think the smile is meant to look like an evil smirk. Instead, it winds up looking a bit like a silly smile and it gives Cyclonus a decidedly friendly looking face! I am sure this was not the intention of the designers but I find it funny how this worked out.

Cyclonus is cast in metallic purple and gunmetal grey plastic. Metallic purple and silver paint is used for most of the detailing on the figure. The purple may sound redundant, but it is actually a lighter shade that does stand out against the darker plastic. On the left side wing is a scannable Decepticon symbol for use with the official "Robots in Disguise" app. Instead of unlocking the character in the game, it gives you some crystals and a ticket to use with the Cryostase Mini-Con slot machine. I like the colors on this figure. They are true to the character, though a bit darker than the animation model from the cartoon.

There are ten points of articulation on this figure, which is pretty impressive for a Legion Class Transformer. This includes two points on each arm and three on each leg. He is fairly stable when standing thanks in part to his long and flat feet. Staying with tradition, his hands have openings that allow him to hold "Cyberverse" style weapons with 3mm pegs. This is impressive given that Cyberverse ended quite some time ago and it has been years since these weapons were included with any Transformers figures.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  • Point both feet down.
  • Push the lower legs together.
  • On the back, swing the front of the vehicle mode up and over the head.
  • Swing the robot legs up, forming the rest of the vehicle's top section.
  • Swing the robot shoulder sections back, then swing the arms forward.
  • Rotate each forearm around so the tab at the elbow area and press it down into the corresponding notch on the wings.

Vehicle Mode:
Cyclonus' vehicle mode takes design cues from his G1 counterpart. The main body of the jet leads to a long front section that ends in a triangular nosecone section. His wings sweep forward and he has stabilizer fins on the wings (though in G1 they were vertical instead of horizontal as they are here). There are some additional details including what look like blasters (formed from the robot arms) on the wings and weapons mounted under the wings that point forward. To a large degree the design looks like the one in the cartoon but that animation model featured the wings in an "X" shaped position where as these wings are in more of a traditional, horizontal orientation.

This mode shows off mostly metallic purple plastic with a bit of the gunmetal at the base of the wings. Metallic purple paint is used on the front and the edges of the wings. The colors look great and I think the vehicle looks good overall.

Final Thoughts:
Cyclonus is a neat little Legion Class figure. He's not amazing by any means, but he looks good in both forms and I dig the colors used. Recommended if you're looking to boost your Decepticon Legion Class army.

Pros

  • Good sculpt (even taking the goofy face into account).
  • Beautiful plastic and paint colors.
  • Cool homage to G1 Cyclonus.
  • Can still hold Cyberverse weapons!

Cons

  • While I find it amusing, others may not love the face sculpt.