Snow Cat (Transformers)
|Function||Air Attack Soldier (Cyclonus)
Polar Region Attack Soldier (Snow Cat)
|Rank||5 (Armada and Energon)
|Motto||"Out of my way! Attack!" (Cyclonus)
"There is no terrain, or opponent, that I cannot conquer." (Snow Cat)
|Alternate Modes||Cybertronian Attack Helicopter
G.I. Joe Snow Cat-like vehicle
|English voice actor||Don Brown|
|Japanese voice actor||Isshin Chiba|
Cyclonus/Snow Cat is described as a reckless Decepticon soldier who Megatron likes to let run loose and attack the Autobots. He was originally known as Cyclonus (Sandstorm in Japan) before his upgrade into Snow Cat (Snow Storm in Japan).
Cyclonus' Japanese name, Sandstorm, was formerly used by a Generation 1 Autobot Triple Changer. This vesion has a helicopter alternate mode.
Every army has at least one guy who just signed up so that he could get to shoot things, and in Megatron’s army, that’s Cyclonus (Sandstorm in Japan). Sure, he’s the ruler of the universe – so unstoppably young and reckless he is. If even someone of his own allies is on his way on the battlefield, Cyclonus prefers better to start hand-to-hand fighting with him than to let him come near the target he has chosen. His thought processes are erratic and his love of combat so great that he’s prone to breaking off from the main battle to attack lone Autobots in his helicopter mode, leaving his comrades-in-arms with no aerial cover. Once let loose, it can be hard even for Megatron himself to get this crazy "helicopter" to stop. In the heat of the battle Cyclonus usually forgets the whole wide world. But his enemies are armed, too, so that in every series somebody brings him down (usually with some damages).
In the Megatron's raiding party Cyclonus is usually partnered with Demolishor, though often bickers with him. He is not very fond of Starscream and sometimes is ready even to hinder him to carry out his mission. Although a reliable battlefield presence, Cyclonus rarely performs any truly unique or important actions, and has no notable solo adventures during the campaign to capture the Mini-Cons on Earth. He is rather lucky "Mini-Con hunter", however (though he had managed not to notice a Mini-Con quite near the D-Base on the Moon and got a good ticking-off from Megatron for this). But his wild personality and insane cackling are often a source of comedy, as well as his fondness for taking naps when doing something other than fighting. Demolishor had even said one day that Cyclonus' sleepiness is the only standing rule in their life.
Though Cyclonus is not a flower of wits, Megatron values him for his fighting ardor and (mainly) for his implicit obedience. That's why the Lord of the Decepticons is rather well disposed to Cyclonus, in spite of his frequent goof-ups and blunders.
Cyclonus’s toy received a green, black and grey “Powerlinx” redeco, though this upgrade was not reflected in the animated series. Per the design of Cyclonus' toy, his hands remain visible and usable in helicopter mode;he once used them to convey Demolishor to a showdown between Megatron and Starscream.
Armada concluded with the seeming death of Megatron, and in the ten-year interim between the events of the series and its 2004 sequel, Transformers: Energon, Cyclonus and the other Decepticons entered into an alliance with the Autobots and humans in a joint program to mine for the energy-rich mineral, energon, on Earth and in the Sol system. Sporting a new black, white and grey camouflage color scheme, Cyclonus was stationed on Lunar City on the Earth’s moon. When the city was attacked by Alpha Q’s Terrorcons, Cyclonus was believed destroyed, but was soon able to make his way back to Earth for a happy reunion with Demolishor. The pair were torn apart again, however, by the appearance of Scorponok, wielding a sword forged from Megatron’s spark; this was enough to convince Cyclonus of his leader’s continued existence, and he immediately turned on the Autobots and sided with Scorponok and Tidal Wave to acquire energon for Megatron’s revival.
A short time later, after Megatron had been restored to life, Cyclonus sustained crippling damage during a battle on the moon, and Megatron used the power of Unicron at his disposal to reformat Cyclonus’s body entirely, transforming him into Snow Cat (known as Snowstorm in Japan). In this new form, Cyclonus transforms into a polar exploration vehicle (based on the G.I. Joe vehicle known as the “Snow Cat”), armed with hyper-power cannons and deployable skis which soon gave him a fondness for yodelling in place of his familiar cackling laughter as he slalomed the spaceways. Once again maintaining regular appearances on the battlefield, often towed into combat by Mirage, Snow Cat was responsible for telling Six Shot that Optimus Prime had killed his brother, Shockblast, but when Galvatron (the upgraded incarnation of Megatron) plunged himself into an Energon sun to prevent Unicron’s victory, Snow Cat and Demolishor were self-preserving enough to hold back and stay alive while their leader, Starscream and Mirage apparently perished.
In Dreamwave Productions’ Transformers: Armada comic book, Cyclonus played a similar role to his cartoon counterpart, and got to step into the spotlight after the Decepticons successfully captured the Mini-Con Destruction Team. When the team’s leader, Dualor, offered Megatron a risk-free sample of the team’s true power, Cyclonus was forcibly “volunteered” for the process, and wound up driven into a frenzy by the vast overload to his systems, making him a threat to Autobot and Decepticon alike. Charged with all the power of his Mini-Con, Sparkplug, Optimus Prime defeated Cyclonus. He was repaired, but was later taken out again by Generation 1 Galvatron.
Snow Cat also appeared slightly later, in Dreamwave’s Transformers: Energon comic, targeting and eventually being defeated by the Omnicons in the Yukon, but no indication was given that he was in any way related to Cyclonus in the comic book continuity. He was also slated to appear again in issue #31, but the cancellation of the comic at #30 prevented this.
He also appeared in the Dreawmave Summer Special. In the future, Megatron had retaken command of the Decepticons, and sent Snow Cat, Slugslinger and Sharkticon each on missions to steal copies of the plans for Omega Supreme from the Autobot's Ocean City. Each of the three attempted to break in - but each were defeated. The three each made up stories as to their failure and Megatron appointed Slugslinger as his lieutenant as his lie was the most impressive.
Presented as the same character from the Unicron Trilogy universe, Snow Cat had gone into hiding in the ruins of the Decepticon city of Kaon, believed dead by the Autobots. Driven mad by his loss of purpose caused by Megatron's disappearance (and having gotten an orange and black paint job), he roamed the polar regions of the planet, randomly attacking anyone he encounters and escaping before retribution.
- Armada Cyclonus (2002)
- Armada Cyclonus is a deluxe sized toy which ships with the Mini-Con Crumplezone. According to the Armada video game Armada Cyclonus is supposed to be 19 feet 7 inches tall (597cm) and the toy is 14cm tall. So that's a 1:43 scale.
- Recolored in purple and yellow and remolded with a new head and cockpit for Transformers: Cybertron as Buzzsaw. Additionally, to fit better into the line, his Mini-Con ports were replaced with activation slots for a Cybertronian Cyber Planet Key.
- Armada McDonalds Cyclonus (2002)
- A promotional item given away with Happy Meals. This toy came with a rotor accessory and could combine with McDonalds Megatron, Starscream and Demolishor in vehicle mode to form a super-vehicle.
- Armada Powerlynx Cyclonus (2003)
- A green redeco of Armada Cyclonus.
- Built to Rule Cyclonus (2003)
- A building set which included Crumplezone, Megatron and Leader-1. Done in his original colors.
- Energon Cyclonus (2005)
- A Kaybee toy store exclusive.
- Energon Snow Cat (2004)
- A new mold which is a homage to a G.I. Joe vehicle.
- Universe Snow Cat (2005)
- A black and orange redeco of Snow Cat was later released as part of the parallel-universe spanning Transformers: Universe series in 2005, exclusive to KayBee toy stores. Although labeled as part of the Transformers: Universe line, every other aspect of the toy's packaging was from Transformers: Cybertron.
|Sub-group||Mini-Cons, Ground Surveillance Mini-Con Team|
|Partner||Longview, Scavenger, Crosshairs & Treadshot|
|Alternate Modes||White Tiger|
Snow Cat is a Decepticon aligned Mini-Con who turns into a tiger.
- Universe Armada Series Snowcat (2009)
- Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003 page 872
- Atari Begins the ``Ultimate Conflict with Worldwide Release of 'TRANSFORMERS' Video Game, Business Wire, May 12, 2004
- Transformers. Australian PC World; August 1, 2004; by Allen, Danny
- TFW2005.com - Snow Cat
- TFW2005.com - ROTF Arcee Bio, New Universe Mini-Con 10-Pack