Blog #1203: Toy Review: Transformers: Platinum Edition Armada of Cyclonus (Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweep)

Transformers: Platinum Edition Armada of Cyclonus (Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweep)

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I have never done full reviews of Scourge and Cyclonus, so this is as good an opportunity as any.


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This toy looks great, as did the original version of Cyclonus.  I especially love the translucent purple parts.  Unfortunately, they did not include his Targetmaster weapon that came with the original version of this toy.  Instead he has a repaint of Generations Deluxe Kup’s weapon.  As that gun is based loosely on a long rifle, it really doesn’t fit with Cyclonus’s futuristic design.  His robot mode is perfect, but his jet mode does have an unfortunate flaw.  Cyclonus’s lower legs split in half and the front and back of each leg flips up to enclose his upper leg.  Unfortunately, his legs don’t connect to each other.  All he really needed was a small peg to keep his legs aligned, and it would be fine, but they move independently, which makes it hard to keep everything lined up.  This is exacerbated by the two halves of his lower leg not clipping into place.  It’s a really unfortunate design failure that could have been easily fixed.

Scourge & Sweep

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I never liked this mold for Scourge.  It looks nothing like Scourge’s G1 vehicle mode.  It is a very cool design and looks great in robot mode.  I love the translucent parts on this version.  The head for Sweep has never seen mass release before, but was used for Botcon Devcon.  I’m glad they didn’t just swap heads but gave them different paint jobs.  Both looks great.

Update: So, Sweep does not use the Botcon Devcon head.  Thanks to Matt for pointing that out in the comments.  This head was part of the mold and was intended to be Devcon, but for some reason I couldn’t find a clear answer on, it was not available for Botcon Devcon, so a new head was made.

Overall: This set is being sold from online retailers for $75, which is way overpriced, but is in line with the other overpriced platinum sets.  However, I snagged this on eBay for $60 shipped from overseas and it arrived in just 4 days.  Still overpriced, but not by as much, and it got here faster than most US shipments.  I love translucent toys, so I think this is a must, but if you already have the originals, and aren’t worried about the repaints, you can skip them.

Thanks for reading!


About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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2 Responses to Blog #1203: Toy Review: Transformers: Platinum Edition Armada of Cyclonus (Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweep)

  1. lmb3 says:

    Interesting. A friend that it was the Devcon head. I’ll have to look at it more closely. Unicron is available on eBay and from some of the online toy retailers. Rise of Rodimus is on ebay but it’s a little expensive. Once the US sellers have it the overseas prices fall, so I’m guessing it’s just not here yet.

  2. Matt says:

    I’m not entirely sure that’s the Botcon Devcon headsculpt. It sure looks like it was meant to be him, but apparently it’s original to this set. Supposedly one of Cyclonus’ hands was retooled so he could have two 5mm pegs as well (apparently the designer was really proud of themselves for that one change – seems like an odd thing to pat oneself on the back over but hey, I’m not a toy designer, what do I know? Apart from stickers on retail figures is an awful decision…). Good review as always, it disturbs me that at least two of these 1986 Movie Platinum Edition sets have gone AWOL (Unicron and Rise of Rodimus Prime). Maybe Hasbro finally put a bullet in the brain of PE? It can’t have been selling at those prices.

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