Joining Rodimus in the “Challenge at Cybertron” set is Cyclonus! Like Rodimus, he’s supposed to be in colors that closely approximate his appearance in the television show, regardless of taste. As a result, he doesn’t actually look all that bad. He’s a bit too much of the same value, meaning he’s gonna look like he’s almost all the same color to some colorblind people, but he’s not an assault on the retinas like Takara’s attempt at the same thing.
The original American Universe Cyclonus (in the back of the photos) tried to spice things up by using a darker purple, a medium red, and some light gray. It better-balanced these colors across the body by breaking up the torso into light gray and dark purple instead of keeping the torso entirely purple. This bothered some people. Those people are in luck ‘cuz the “Challenge at Cybertron” version keeps the torso all purple. And it decorates the drab purple with some more saturated purple that you kind of have to squint to see in nonoptimum lighting. Again, most of his colors are all the same value.
And he comes with Nightstick again, who looks more like Nightstick since he now has silver legs.
I think I’m going to keep boy my Cyclonuses. This new one can be Cyclonus proper, and the old Universe one can be Cyclonus’s Armada. Why him and not the original? He looks more like he’s in Skywarp’s colors, particularly with the gray stripes running down his torso. And, y’know, Skywarp became Cyclonus’s Armada. So that works out!
Of course, old-Nightstick is becoming Krunix. Hell, that Nightstick was always Krunix to me. Basically, it’s nice to now have a Nightstick.
Geez, Cyclonus, you sure are a whole lotta purple.