“Cyclonus was a small time demon.”
This was the response when Floro Dery, the… idiosyncratic design supervisor also responsible for designing Cyclonus’ partner-in-crime, Scourge, was asked if he had any special insight or “trivia behind the character” Cyclonus.
I kind of like it.
Cyclonus has never been a ‘bot I have given any consideration, due to my late introduction to the 1986 movie, this remains true of a lot of the Decepticons introduced in or after that point. That is, until I got his Generations toy.
This update awakened a love of this character I never even knew I had. Massively powerful, remarkably effective (not a word often applied to Decepticons), and inexplicably loyal (also not a word often applied to Decepticons), Cyclonus might just be one of my favourite Decepticons of all-time.
First released in 1986, Cyclonus’ most conspicuous feature is that he pretty much has rabbit ears.
Despite his prominent protuberances, I really like this toy. Just like Scourge, he’s decently articulated for a G1 toy, and has very distinctive facial features. His Generations toy captures all this character splendidly. So much so that, though I very, very rarely buy repaints for the sake of repaints, when the Battle In Space 2-pack “Anime accurate” repaints were announced, I knew I needed to have it.
Here’s where Cyclonus leaves Scourge in the dust, however. Rather than Scourge’s flying bathtub design, Cyclonus has a very cool, sleek spaceship for an alt-mode.
Also, here’s where Cyclonus’ Generations incarnation beats out Scourge’s. In 1987, both Cyclonus and Scourge were re-released with some slight retooling to accomodate Targetmaster partners. Cyclonus’ new toys have included an updated version of Nightstick, his Targetmaster partner. To top that off, an undocumented feature allows Nightstick to either be held in Cyclonus’ hand or — folding his hand in — you can mount Nightstick directly on his wrist (in an homage to how Targetmasters were presented in the Japanese Headmasters series.)
Included in the picture is G1 Nightstick, but don’t be thrown by the Autobot symbol. I don’t actually own G1 Cyclonus’ partner, Nightstick, but I do own the absolutely identical (except for the Autobot symbol) Targetmaster partner of the Autobot Ricochet, who also happens to be named Nightstick.
The two G1 Nightsticks may or may not actually be the same character; despite one working for the Decepticons and one the Autobots.
However, they are not to be confused with Nebulan, the Autobot partner of Artfire that looks exactly like Nightstick, or Nightstick, the partner of the Autobot Stepper, that looks nothing like the original Nightstick.
Glad we got all that sorted out.