Beast Wars Transformers Cybershark Toy Review

in 1997, Action Figure Review, Beast Wars, Deluxe, Maximal

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Just when the Predacons thought it was safe to go back in the water. Cybershark rises to the surface for a fearsome feeding frenzy! Like a turbo-charged torpedo speeding through the sea, Cybershark searches the ocean depths for Predacon enemies. Upon finding the enemy he launches his robotic hammerhead to knock 'em out cold, the finishes the job in robot mode by filleting his prey with his switchblade tale.

Strength: 7.0 Intelligence: 5.0 Speed: 8.0 Endurance: 5.0
Rank: 6.0 Courage: 9.0 Firepower: 5.0 Skill: 4.0

Cybershark is one of the many new Beast Wars deluxe toys. There have not been a lot of aquatic beasts in the Beast Wars, and it is nice to see one as fierce as a shark added to the mix.

Beast Mode
Cybershark is an odd toy to say the least in beast mode. The shark mode is an odd mix of a tiger shark and a hammerhead shark. The color scheme is primarily blue grey. The shark's lower side is colored off white. Some green spots run along the backside of the shark mode. The teeth are silver and look sharp and mechanical.

There really is no posability to speak of in this mode, mostly due to the way the transformation is designed. However, his sleek yet frightening appearance makes Cybershark one cool beast.

Transformation to Robot Mode
Detach the tail, pop off the head to begin the transformation. Split the halves of the main body open to reveal the legs and robot parts. Swing down the robot legs and chest and snap it into place. Then swing up the robot arms. Place the head and tail pieces into the fists and Cybershark is now in robot mode!

Robot Mode
Cybershark looks great in his robot mode. His head is a perfect blend of the "organic" nature of Beast Wars characters mixed in with robotic bits. He has an expression with teeth showing in a viscious grin.

Built into his chest is a missile blaster that fires missiles (conveniently stored into slots built into his back behind his head). His tail becomes a slicing pincer weapon. Push a button and the silver blade flips out snapping Cybershark's opponents apart! The head of the shark mode shoots out of Cybershark's chest firing mechanism and can be held in one of his hands to act as sort of a hammering instrument.

The detail level on this toy is great, not looking too "organic" or too "mechanical" but with many parts blending into each other to achieve a look of a true robot in (organic) disguise. Cybershark's posability is very well done and includes ankle articulation (which not even all Beast Wars toys have). This toy is highly recommended. A

Additional Comments (February 2013):
Cybershark is a wonderful example of a form that has not been used much in the Transformers line over the years and a purely "organic" beast mode Maximal. Sure there are sharks scattered about in the Transformers toy line, but not many hammerhead sharks. He also looks great in both forms and his missiles show a sense of humor about the line that really doesn't exist nowadays. It's truly a product of it's time and that's a good thing!