Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Video Reviews' started by Peaugh, Jul 2, 2014.
Wow. I think it looks so much worse "in person". My interest has dropped to near zero-----and I'm a HUGE Cyclonus fan.
Yeah my interest was zero already and that just confirmed it, wtf with the fists? Thats the best they can come up with? He's got stubby arms and a big head as well.
Beautiful alternate mode compared to the Hasbro toy, but needs more size to stand with Maniaking.
What immediately came to mind when seeing this.
I like the Generations version better.
I'd love a new, better Cyclonus, but this really doesn't seem to be much of an improvement. I like how the KFC version seems to lock parts together more securely in alt mode, but I think the Generations figure has a significantly better robot mode. Between that and the fact that the size has barely changed, I can't see myself spending money on this.
I think the jet mode though is way better than the generations,also the generations Cyclonus looks skinny and he has huge forearms and small biceps,on the other hand this one has too big of a head,kinda short arms and i dont like the fists...also he is too small too...I guess he is a pass
He looks like a good replacement for G1 Cyclonus but I wouldn't give up Universe/Battle in Space Cyclonus for this.
I'll agree on the alt mode being an improvement.
But in bot mode he looks like a brick with brick limbs. I know that describes a lot of G1 characters, and usually I'm okay with that, but I actually prefer the more streamlined look of the Generations figure in bot mode.
here is my two cense on the figure
Ben, thank you for highlighting the articulation on this guy. He looks really nice, and I have no problem replacing classics Cyclonus with Tempest. Nice review man.
Wow my biggest complaint which may sound small, is the stupid hand hinge, now he can't hold any of the swords without 3/4 of the hilt sticking out about his hand. Another KFC fail in my book
Yeah I was a little disappointed , can't see any work around either the hinge blocks the whole completely
Thanks buddy I know he is not going to be everyone's cup of tea but I do like him even with faults
KFC is selling a sword with a small handle for it...
KFC Tempest Saber - Third Party Transforming Toys & Accessories Keiths Fantasy Club
Yep that will work
Talk about aTFC move, if your going to design shitty hands and then sale a sword to fit them, you should have included the sword in the first place. Still an easy pass
I'm still not sure as to whether or not I want to part with my Generations Cyclonus just yet, because I do like his robot mode, but Tempest is certainly a contender for definitive Cyclonus figure.
G1? Blows it out of the water in both robot and vehicle mode. No doubt. (Although, for many, the G1 has it's charms and that's cool.)
Generations? Blows it out of the water in terms of vehicle mode. The way the Generations figure's legs just kind of...whatever the hell they do, kind of kills it for me. He's so solid from the nosecone to the midsection, but from midsection back, it's just a mess, honestly. Tempest? Rock solid.
As for robot mode, both figures look really good. Generations certainly has a more streamlined and more detailed look to the mold and that works for me on all levels, but Tempest really does look as though Cyclonus just walked out of your TV and into your hands. I cannot stress enough how G1 this guy is and does G1 better than the G1 figure did. (lol)
As far as transformations go, Tempest's nosecone is a bit odd to work with at first (you soon figure it out, though) but he's more straightforward and everything has a place and everything is in it's place. Generations is rather easy to do, but the leg design is just frustrating and moves and doesn't really lock in place. Tempest? Everything locks down. Everything.
Onto Tempest directly...
When I opened the box and pulled him out, I was a bit underwhelmed, I must admit. His plastic is thick and he feels like he could take a pretty good beating without breaking (although his shoulder ball joints worry me a tad), he's actually quite light. A bit too light, considering his mass.
His transformation feels like a loose mess and if you shook it, it would go all over the place. Kind of like Citizen Stack when he's mid transformation. Once done, however, he's solid in either mode.
His robot mode fools you. You're expecting his hands to sag and his leg panels and torso panels to flop around, but then you get him all put together and he's surprisingly solid and put together quite well. I should say, his plastic is solid, his connection points, not so much. His head just rests on a panel, it doesn't peg in at all, much like his hands/wrists. I'm not quite sure why it was designed that way, other than that's how Jizai did it and they ripped him off, but they could've modified the mold to allow a snap or a post/peg hole connection. Same for the hands.
The pegs that hold the torso together are really, really small. If they break, he'll become a floppy mess, where as the Hasbro figure doesn't have that worry. With the Hasbro one, if he breaks for whatever reason, you can easily replace him on eBay without spending too too much, while this guy...if he breaks, it's going to hurt.
Which brings me to my next thought... Aces has him on sale right now for $50.00 plus shipping and he's just about worth it at that price (though barely. I mean juuuuuust barely.) and he's most definitely not worth it at $76.00. Oh, hell no. If you can get him cheaper than the $50.00 he's going for at Aces, I'd recommend possibly getting two, in case you'd ever break the one you have on display.
That's not to say he feels like he's going to break, but he's just not worth spending regular price on. No way, no how, nuh uh.
So, in summation:
Transformation is nice and easy to master.
G1 cartoon Cyclonus come to life.
Some questionable design choices, not what I'd have picked.
Good on sale, not at full price.
In general, yeah, I recommend picking him up. As far as figures go, he's actually quite nice. It's the price that bothers me the most, though. I don't care how small these companies are, I don't care how much the molds cost to produce, these 3rd party prices are bullshit, but it's still better bullshit than most of the stuff Hasbro has put out, as of late.
Oh and I haven't even addressed his Targetmaster partner... FANTASTIC little bot. Good heavens, he's just so well made. His poseability is ridiculous for such a tiny little guy. Ball joints? On the ankles, even? Heck yeah. He takes the Generations one out back and beats his ass, lets him heal up a bit and then continues beating his ass. For fun.
here my unboxing of KFC Cyclonus.
review will follow in a few hours.
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