Cybertron Toy Reviews: Skywarp

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: April 2006
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 3
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Missile

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Tech Specs:
The sneakiest of all Decepticons, Skywarp delights in using his teleportation ability to appear in the middle of a group of Autobots, hose them with laser fire, and disappear again. he is the dark heart of the Decepticon Air Corps, taking joy in playing cruel tricks on friend and enemy alike and using his aerial abilities to avoid a fair fight whenever possible. None too bright, he requires constant supervision by his commander Starscream.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 4 Speed: 9 Endurance: 6 Rank: 4.5 Courage: 5 Firepower: 8 Skill: 8

Cybertron Skywarp is a redeco of Thundercracker. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. I also recommend checking out the more detailed Galaxy Force Thundercracker review. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release.

Each Cybertron figure comes with a Cyber Key with a code printed on the back. This code is meant to unlock content on the official Transformers site. Skywarp's code is: d02r and unlocks the following text: As Starscream looked across Earth for the Cyber Planet Key and the Monster Decepticons of the past, he needed to give Skywarp a job to keep him from bungling up his mission. The job he gave him? Create crop circles, steal cows and make it look like old-fashioned flying saucer UFO’s were invading Earth. Skywarp LOVED this assignment and took to it immediately. He spent the next month loafing around Roswell, New Mexico, and using his teleportation powers, he tricked close to ten thousand people into believing Martians were invading! along with a picture of his color chart.

Vehicle Mode:
True to the G1 character he takes his name from, Skywarp's primary plastic color is purple. All the soft plastic parts such as the fins, nosecone and missiles have been cast in grey. The cockpit is cast in translucent orange. To contrast against the rather dark colors of the plastic, a light grey paint deco has been applied to the edges of his wings and fins. Smaller, pointed decos can be found on either side of the front portion of the jet.

On the top of the jet is a large Decepticon symbol, similar to the one Thundercracker has. However, his is much closer to the cockpit. On the wings are dark red angled camouflage patterns. A lighter shade of red is used on the tips of each of the missiles.

Interestingly, when you insert the Planet Key into Skywarp, his missile launcher pops up at a much higher angle than Thundercracker's. And while I am quite sure this will not be representative of all Skywarp figures, the right fin on mine was not glued down, so it is easily removed. It does not fall off on its own unless you shake the figure pretty hard. This is nothing a small drop of glue won't solve.

Robot Mode:
Just as light grey was used in the vehicle mode to offer color contrast, the robot mode does the same. Skywarp's shoulders, upper legs and feet are all cast in light grey plastic. His arms and head are cast in grey plastic, matching the color of the missiles and fins in vehicle mode. The eyes are cast in translucent orange, allowing for a nice light piping effect.

The face and some details on the head are painted light grey, matching the shoulders. On the shoulders the same shade of red used on the wings fill in some details.

The missile launcher arm on Skywarp is nowhere near as loose as the one on my Thundercracker, leading me to believe this is a fairly unpredictable flaw in this particular sculpt.

Final Thoughts:
I like Skywarp's color scheme more than Thundercracker's. The contrast of the light grey color against the purple really looks sharp and grabs the attention of your eye. I am also glad the designers did not simply transfer Thundercracker's deco pattern with new colors and instead came up with an all new deco pattern. Recommended.