Superlink Toy Reviews: Skyfire S(onic)

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Superlink

Transformers Superlink

General Information:
Release Year: October 2004
Retailer: General
Price: $20 (Depending on Import Retailer, purchased at Image Anime 10/04)
Accessories: Missile, Missile Launcher

Images:

Tech Specs:*
Lieutenant Commander SKYFIRE S(ONIC)
"Are you with me, everyone!?"
Always managing the Cybertron forces as Grand Convoy's right-hand 'bot, his cheerful disposition belies a cool, composed judgment that has saved them from numerous predicaments. Now the Cybertrons' Second-in-Command has powered up, even further improving the speed on which he prides himself, and is streaking to the front lines at the speed of sound, for the sake of peace and his teammates.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 8 Speed: 10+ Endurance: 7
Rank: 10 Courage: 9 Firepower: 9 Skill: 8


*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.

Skyfire S(onic) is one of those interesting Transformers that is one toy that shares more than one identity but with (pretty much) an identical deco between Japan and the US. Due in the US towards the end of the Energon line is According to his profile Overcast is a different character than Jetfire. However, in Japan it appears he is a powered up version of Jetfire! This review will cover the changes made to this toy for this release. Please read Jetfire's review for details on the mechanics of the toy.

Energon Weapon:
In an effort to make buying a redeco a bit more worthwhile, Takara included an extra Energon weapon and Energon Star with Skyfire S. Previously released as the Corona Spear, the weapon is a translucent orange version of the spear originally included with Skyblast. However, Skyfire S also comes with an Energon Star molded in the same color, making this a unique item only available with Skyfire S (so far anyway). While the weapon does fit firmly in his hand at the end, you'll have to play with it a big to use the peg in the middle as Skyfire S' hands are a bit chunky.

Vehicle Mode:
Skyfire S has a much more subdued color scheme this time around. Rather than the bright white and red of his previous form, he now is mostly off white (almost a very light grey) and dark blue. The wings and central fin are a dark shade of grey, with dark blue and orange paint apps for detail. His translucent parts are now red instead of orange, this includes the gun and the cockpit windshield.

This color scheme works well because it is so different than his mode's previous one. The dark blue is a great contrast color to the original's red, and I was happy to see that even the white was changed to a different shade. The orange is bright enough to give "energy" to the toy's appearance, but it is not loud and obnoxious at the same time.

Jetfire's action features are intact. He still has the claws on the underside to grab enemies. Push the button on the cockpit down and his missile fires! Also, Skyfire retains all the Powerlinx points from his previous incarnation, allowing you to Powerlink Energon weapons or Mini-Cons. Fun gimmicks for a mode that could have easily been boring.

Robot Mode:
Skyfire S shows off a few more colors in this mode. A really nice, light gunmetal color can be found on the upper legs, the parts to the side of his head and on his shoulder. It is clearly meant to emulate the grey color used on his wings, but the metallic shine makes it look even better. A bit of light blue is used for detailing on his waist, and his visor eyes are translucent orange. Orange can be found on his upper and lower body in this form, but it is used sparingly enough that it does not dominate. In fact, no color really dominates here as even the primary colors of blue and off-white manage to take up just enough room that they're not overwhelming each other.

All of Skyfire S' joints are tight, and no parts fit badly so it doesn't appear there is any mold degradation. Also, his missile launcher doesn't seem as sensitive as he one that came with Jetfire. However, that could just be a luck of the draw.

Powerlink Modes:
Thanks to his more subdued color scheme, Skyfire S blends better with other Transformers. However, for those looking for a bit of a sound effect kick, you'll be disappointed. Like many releases this year, Takara saw fit to remove the electronics from the Jetfire mold for this release. Even the battery compartment (under the right shoulder) has been covered with a dark blue
sticker.

One thing which happened a couple times during the Powerlinx transformation was the entire back piece of the toy coming off. Now, granted, this was often during me (against better judgement) using a bit of excessive force. The piece snaps right back on, and when you pull on it gently, it's not like it just pops off or something. Still, I found it odd as this never happened to me with Jetfire.

Final Thoughts:
Skyfire S(onic) is mostly cool to buy because he was not too much more expensive than the same price point in the US, and he came with an Energon weapon and star to boot! Plus, with Takara's accelerated schedule, Skyfire S(onic) is preceeding Overcasts's release by months. I won't say he's worth more or less than Jetfire and/or Overcast since each has something the other doesn't. Overall, this is a recommended purchase primarily if you're a completist or if you really love Energon weapon variants (which I do).