Fans Toys FT-29T Quietus (Masterpiece Cyclonus Toon Colors)
Since this is a Third Party, non-official item, it doesn’t come with a faction symbol. It’s best to get some stickers from Reprolabels/Toyhax.com to make this guy more “toon-accurate”. Alternately, you can also use “water slide decals” to make them look even more flawless (you won’t see the edges, unlike with stickers) but I’ve never really had the proper skills, or time (usually needs to be individually cut first) to work with those.
For water slide decals, most folks recommend the one from Ocean Studio. Here:
To apply stickers, I find the best way to stick the stickers on is to use the tip of a blade, or a flat, small-tipped object, this way you have more control over the application, as compared to using one’s stubby fingers. You can also use the blade to help gently peel off a corner of the sticker in case you didn’t center it right and need to re-apply.
Cyclonus is Galvatron’s second in command. A fierce warrior, truly committed to the Decepticon cause. Blindly follows Galvatron loyally, even in the face of his insane leader’s unhinged madness.
A redeco of the FT-29 Quietus, this time in “movie-accurate colors”. Featuring a more purple and pinkish deco that more closely follows the animation models used in the 1986 Transformers movie. This figure is actually a reissue (I missed out on the original release of the FT-29T three years prior) and I am so grateful Fans Toys really did do a reissue run for this awesome piece.
Shout out to QC 30 for making this figure absolutely problem-free!
Waist rotation – check!
Seeing those huge chunks of diecast metal knees from the back never fails to impress.
Same as the FT-29 and the 1st release FT-29 T (this one here is the reissue), this set comes with extra faces for Quietus, featuring face plates with and without his “soul patch” chin paint (the animation models for Cyclonus were inconsistent in the TV series, sometimes he had it, sometimes not).
Interestingly, the shoulder ratchet joints work better on the FT-29T, I actually didn’t realize there were supposed to be shoulder ratchets on the FT-29 until I handled the T version. Turns out my FT-29 had weak shoulder ratchets?
Quietus comes with his blaster that’s based on the weapon he often used in the cartoons.
He also comes with his “Oxidizing Laser” weapon, based on his G1 toy accessory.
Thanks to the impressive articulation on this piece, you can pose him holding the rifle up to scope level.
The Oxidizing Laser can be pegged onto his back.
Escrima (Targetmaster Nightstick)
Before being “Binary Bonded” to Cyclonus, Nightstick was a master criminal working with Zarak’s Hive back on Nebulos. His capture and subsequence “quick scan” by Brainstorm allowed the Autobots to gain Targetmaster technology which was originally created by the Decepticons. Nightstick is voiced by none other than Peter “Optimus Prime” Cullen in the US cartoons.
Black Beam Gun mode. Shoots beams of darkness that can melt its targets..uh, okay, sure…
Lastly, the set comes with additional “samurai” head and hip plates to recreate his look from the IDW Comics run. This is the same gear that came with the original FT-29 as well, only this time, in the “T” version colors.
As it was already getting super late and I didn’t feel like removing the screws for swapping the heads (plus I’m not a fan of the “IDW comics samurai” look), I decided to just not go through with it.
He still comes with a long sword and a short sword weapon combo (called a “Daisho”).
Thankfully, the canopy hatch lands a bit more flush here now on the T version (it was one of the issues that bugged folks in terms of QC back with the FT-29 version). The canopy also still opens up same as the regular version.
Comparison with the original FT-29 version.
Aside from the color change, they’re virtually identical releases.
Cyclonus and “Armada”?
Nightstick/ Escrima is virtually the same for both versions of FT-29.
Overall, a beautiful piece! I’ll probably sell my version 1/ regular version down the road and just keep this one since I really wanted the FT-29T from the get go, and now, thanks to this reissue, it feels great to finally have a cartoon accurate version of this guy! The improved shoulder ratchets and canopy hatch made getting this even better.