Transformers Generation 2 1995 Toy Reviews: Skyjack

in 1995, Action Figure Review, Cyberjet, Decepticon, Generation 2

Transformers Generation 2

General Information:
Retailer: General (Toys 'R' Us, K-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $5.99 (depending on retailer)
Accessories: Missiles x 2

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During the final days of the Generation 2 era, a small group of Decepticons were born. Known as the "Cyberjets", these three Transformers were basic sized jets that transformed into very posable robots, taking a cue from the designs of the Laser Rods. Cyberjets, and other Generation 2 toys like them preceeded the Beast Wars era that is often credited with bringing posability to the Transformers line. The fact is, it began in Generation 2, of which the Cyberjets are prime examples. Skyjack was one of these Cyberjets.

Vehicle Mode:
Skyjack's vehicle mode is a F-117 model stealth bomber. There are surprisingly little liberties taken with the design considering this has to become a robot. The design retains the well known arrow shape of the bomber, but manages to stay relatively thin, with most of the robot body tucked underneath (not that you can't see any robot bits, but they're not sticking out like a sore thumb). The bomber typically has two smaller wings on the back, which Skyjack has. However, that portion is also a holder for his missile, so there's a claw sticking out too (that actually becomes one of the robot arms).

While not 100% accurate to real life, the missile holder/launcher at the back of the vehicle certainly adds a level to the play value. The launcher rests on a ball joint, so it can be pointed up, down and any direction in a circle. Skyjack utilizes a "pressure" launcher technique which does not rely on springs. Rather you just push the back of the missile and the "claw" builds up resistance, then gives way thus launching the missile. I do warn against doing this too much as I can imagine to many repeated launches could stress the "claw" plastic pieces. For those who have piles of Cyberjet missiles lying around, Skyjack can hold two more missiles, one under each wing.

Skyjack's primary color is black, typical for a stealth bomber toy. However, he also has some fiery details on the back portion of the vehicle, made up of jagged yellow lines with red behind them. It's an awesome bit of coloring in that it's not part of the sculpt at all, it's a pattern painted right on, something that is common nowadays, but was not so back then.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the missiles from the vehicle and set them aside.
  2. Swing the claw/missile holder back.
  3. Flip the vehicle over and swing the robot legs/waist forward.
  4. Rotate the black lower legs so they face forward.
  5. Swing each arm out to the sides.
  6. Rotate the front half of the jet around.
  7. Swing the back of the jet down.
  8. Move the robot head up.
  9. Push the back piece forward.
  10. Replace the missile in the arm, you can also clip others to the wings or place them in his hand.

Robot Mode:
The best design decision Hasbro made with this toy was to have the rear section twist around so the wings pointed upwards on Skyjack's back. With his wings and center piece angling up while his main body is a triangle angling down, he has a very dynamic appearance in robot mode. Add to this the fins on his lower, right arm and the triangular "face", and Skyjack is one sleek looking robot.

The color scheme for the robot mode is very simple. He's mostly black with translucent yellow on the head for light piping, and red upper arms and legs. His missiles are yellow, which contrast well against the black.

Skyjack has nine points of articulation. Numerically that doesn't seem like a lot, but consider that most of these are ball joints and allow a good range of motion.

The missile launching feature works in this mode as well, and the jet "fins" on his arms allow you to hold them with two fingers while pushing the missile out.

Final Thoughts:
Skyjack is just as neat as the other Cyberjets. He has play value in both modes and looks excellent in both modes as well. Highly recommended.