It’s May!! That means it’s time to review… April’s Club Eternia figure?? Yeah, guys, we know we’re a bit behind, but you’ll see why towards the end of the review. We’ve got Sy-Klone ready for today. I had mixed feelings about the figure, but a friend of mine helped put my thoughts on him into perspective.
As a child, Sy-Klone was one of my all-time favorite MOTU figures. He had bright colors, he had a simple design, and a cool lenticular sticker – I still regret not picking up the corresponding t-shirt at the Org some years ago.
I lost my original Sy-Klone in the Great Flood™. Almost all my original MOTU toys were lost on that fateful day, but Sy-Klone was one of the few I ended up replacing. It’s cool, but now Sy-Klone always looks a bit out of place with my vintage MOTU toys. When you’re a kid, you enjoy your toys differently. My flood surviving Buzz-Off is chipped, dinged, and he’s only got one wing these days. My vintage Sy-Klone, meanwhile is near flawless. I don’t mind though, because I love the bright colors, the simple design, and especially the lenticular sticker.
So when Sy-Klone was revealed via ToyFare, I saw him. I saw his bright colors. I saw his simple design. There was a lenticular sticker too and while I appreciated that, I was disappointed. The truth was that I’d become really hyper-aware of vintage-based figures being a little less detailed than other ones in the line. Figures like Bow & Vikor have more texture and intricate work than a figure like Sy-Klone here. And there were options for Mattel. As I loved the original Sy-Klone, I also loved the MO2K Sy-Klone and his red repaint. And those figures had great “anime, hyper-details”, didn’t they? There was room for classicization here and I spent a lot of the early time with this figure wishing it had been utilized. All the elements I love about Sy-Klone could’ve been wrapped into one. Sy-Klone did get his ring (or “wings” as Vault insists), but, as is often the case with Mattel, I wanted more.
When he arrived, I had some misgivings about him because I was looking at him in that light. He was a figure that wasn’t quite what I wanted. I enjoyed him enough, but I was holding on to the idea of what I wanted him to be. Then, the other day, I was at my friend’s comic shop. I don’t think we’ve ever really talked about He-Man specifically anymore, but he saw me (surely thinking about where my overdue Sy-Klone review was…) and said “Sy-Klone’s really awesome, isn’t he?”
And to my surprise, I said, “Yes.”
And that’s because he is pretty awesome. Bright colors? Check. Simple design? Check. Lenticular sticker? Check. Posable shoulders? Bonus. It was like a fog lifted.
Now, I still want more detail on my MOTU figures. Vikor & Bow are among my favorites. And when vintage figures get extra little details like the shoulders on Whiplash or the rivets and detail work on Man-E-Faces (he is so gonna rock), I’m most happy with the line overall. But I’m not going to hold Sy-Klone to that standard. Everything I loved about the vintage figure is present and, this time… this one time, I don’t know if extra detail would’ve helped his sculpt. He’s a wind generator. He should be seamless and streamlined. So, for the rest of the review, I’m going to pocket that issue. But don’t think I’m done talking about more details. I want ’em, I just don’t need ’em here.
If you’re not familiar with Sy-Klone, the truth is that there’s not much to tell. His appearance in the Filmation series were essentially cameos. There is some overseas material that has extrapolated his back story a few different ways. Most notably as a human acrobat turned into a cyborg tornado through Skeletor’s experimentations or a young man injured in a Horde invasion that was rebuilt as a cyborg to battle the Horde.
The MO2K cartoon presented him more as a samurai and the last defender of an ancient race. He protected their most powerful weapon, the Legacy Stones, from falling into the wrong hands after their empire fell. He remained there, alone, for some time, until He-Man destroyed the stones to stop Skeletor from ever getting his hands on them again. Sy-Klone joins up with Masters afterwards. The Classics version follows that faithfully – without the samurai aspect mostly, but adding in the Classics angle of the oppressed Gar race. You can check out his full bio on our Bio Page.
Sy-Klone looks so simple/classic that it’s a surprise how many new pieces he actually does have. It’s easier to just say that he reuses shoulders, hands, the lower torso, and the legs from his hips to his upper calves. Everything else is new.
The head sculpt is pretty spot-on to the original because he looks like He-Man. I always thought that about my original and it definitely applies again here. The other new pieces are similarly echoing their vintage counterparts (right down to the thumbwheel on his belt), though he’s not constructed in the same way. On the vintage figure, the red rings were softer, pliable pieces that could be removed. The rings are all sculpted on here, though the fins on the biceps are a now separate piece to retain the elbow and bicep articulation.
The one lament I do have here is the construction of the arms. This isn’t limited to Sy-Klone, but I wish that Mattel would invest in a regular upper forearm piece similar to Roboto’s, but universal. They’re going to need a piece like this for Jitsu & Fisto anyway. And if we had it now, then Sy-Klone could have had the possibility for interchangeable parts. Imagine his arm popping off at the mid-forearm/red ring and a wind attachment plugging in there! How cool would that be? I’m not going to hold it against the figure, because something like that involves logistics I’m not privy too, but remember I always want more for this line. Continue to Page 2…