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Armada Wave 1
Cyclonus comes packaged with Crumplezone, a Mini-Con tank. In vehicle mode, Crumplezone’s turret can rotate, and rolls on wheels under the treads. Moving a tab on the back of the tank turret causes the cannon barrel to wiggle back and forth (or more accurately, to the left and back to center). To transform Crumplezone to robot mode, unfold his legs and rotate his waist. In robot mode, Crumplezone has swivel points at his shoulders, waist, hips and knees. His faction symbol appears on the left side of his chest.
In vehicle mode, Cyclonus is a light blue helicopter with accents of bronze, cream-grey, dark blue, purple and silver. Although clearly inspired by military transport vehicles, the overall design is futuristic. The helicopter is armed with two missile launchers and a pair of heavy cannons. Cyclonus actually comes with two totally different missiles: one smooth and undetailed, the other with gatling-barrel-like sculpting along its sides. A Decepticon symbol is sculpted onto the top of the right-hand stabilizer wing.
Vehicle Mode Features
Transformation to Robot Mode
Straighten Cyclonus’ legs, snapping his knees into place. Fold the cannons down as heel supports. Swing the pelvis and legs down, then rotate the waist. Fold the helicopter tail down, sliding and locking the waist section into place. Unfold the missile launchers to form arms and flip up the head.
Cyclonus retains the color scheme from his vehicle mode, with the addition of dark orange and light green for his face and eyes. He can look straight ahead (an early concern, since photographic and Toy Fair display models had the head stuck at an odd angle), although his face is tilted very slightly upwards to avoid being obscured by his collar. Due to the trigger and gear system, the helicopter tail hangs down straight behind the robot.
In robot mode, Cyclonus has rotation points at his shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Hinges on his wings allow him to shrug but serve no other obvious purpose (fortunately, the hinges are strong and aren’t likely to sag over time). If he leans forward to clear the helicopter tail, Cyclonus can also rotate at the waist.
Robot Mode Features
Although his colors may seem a bit odd for a villain, Cyclonus is a fun toy with a good deal of play value. It would have been nice if the robot legs were a little better disguised in vehicle mode, as they pretty much hang there in plain sight without even the benefit of skids or landing gear to keep the helicopter level on the ground. As with most first-wave Armada toys, Cyclonus does suffer a bit in the articulation department; one hopes that subsequent waves will improve in this respect.