Skywarp

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Skywarp is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers toy line. He is usually depicted as a black or purple Decepticon jet with teleportation powers.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Skywarp
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Skywarp attacks with his Bouncer Bomb
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles, Seekers
Function Warrior, Air Warrior
Rank 9
Partner Thundercracker, Megatron, Starscream
Motto "Strike when the enemy isn't looking."
"Strike when their backs are turned!"
Alternate Modes Cybertronian jet, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet, P-51 Mustang, Cobra Rattler, 19th century flying machine, Mitsuoka Orochi
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Machine Wars
Smallest Transformers
Transformers: Robot Masters
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Classics
Smallest Transformers
Transformers: Masterpiece
Transformers: Alternity
English voice actor Frank Welker
Japanese voice actor Masashi Ebara

Skywarp, like his name suggests, is able to teleport at will.

Skywarp's original tech spec bio indicated that he was a master of sneak attacks, using his teleportation abilities to cause mayhem amongst the Autobots—and his fellow Decepticons when playing malicious pranks. However, his arrogance and relative lack of intelligence means he needs to be constantly monitored by his superiors Megatron and Starscream, or else he would be useless.

According to original tech spec notes written by Bob Budiansky, found at Iacon One in 2006, the tech spec numbers were swapped for Starscream and Skywarp, but Thundercracker's were correct. Additionally, it was originally planned for Skywarp to have an Intelligence rating of 4 (changed to 7), but when Skywarp and Starscream's specs were swapped, Skywarp was given a rating of 9, in complete opposition to his tech spec which said he was not very smart.[1]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Skywarp was amongst those Decepticons ordered by Megatron to greet the new Decepticon arrivals from Cybertron. However, the arrivals ended up being Blaster and his team of Autobots. Megatron was about to attack when he heard a plea from Soundwave and Shockwave who were being attacked by Optimus Prime. Ignoring their cry for aid, Megatron instead led his Decepticons to the Ark which he believed to be defenseless. It was not—the Autobots' "secret weapon," Omega Supreme was guarding their headquarters soundly defeated the Decepticons, destroying Skywarp first. Losing Skywarp and the other Decepticons meant nothing to Megatron, who said they could easily be replaced.

During Galvatron's first trip from the future to the year 1986 (to defeat Unicron), Skywarp played a part in the future Autobots' plans to trick Galvatron into returning: Skywarp was still deactivated from his previous battle and was lying in the Ark along with the other defeated Decepticons. However, his body was painted to resemble Starscream and set up to be operated under remote control by the Autobots to trick Galvatron into thinking that Starscream had destroyed his machinery. A furious Galvatron destroyed what he believed was Starscream in a blind rage, but because Starscream played a role in Galvatron's creation, Galvatron believed that whatever actions he performed in the past would have no effect on his or Unicron's future and subsequently returned to his own time, unaware that he was tricked.

Skywarp was presumably rebuilt at some point, placed back into cold-storage and eventually rescued, along with the other captured Decepticons, by the Constructicons, who used a distraction to break into the Ark for that purpose. Skywarp (and Thundercracker) were ultimately destroyed by the Underbase-powered Starscream and was never seen again in the G1 comic. However, the Transformers: Generation 2 comic showed a black Decepticon jet using teleportation powers. It is unknown if this jet was a repaired Skywarp.

Skywarp's expanded Transformers Universe biography describes him as having a cruel sense of humor and that he loves to play practical jokes on his fellow Decepticons, usually involving his teleportation abilities. The bio also states that he's "not too bright and would be totally useless without the supervision of Megatron."

Animated series[edit]

Skywarp was the first Transformer to awaken on Earth in 1984, and he helped bring Megatron and the other Decepticons back online. After laying dormant for four million years, he was reformatted to share the same Earthen appearance (an F-15 Eagle) as Starscream and Thundercracker, and was usually allied with them during attacks. During his first days on Earth, he soon showed his teleporting power to battle with Ironhide and Bluestreak.

Although a popular character in the Transformers universe, Skywarp seldom showed much function other than being a loyal Decepticon soldier, although he did seem to take a perverse joy in praising Megatron's brilliance as a leader in front of Starscream. Skywarp also appears to be the least-known Decepticon amongst the Autobots; while Starscream addresses him by name in "Roll for It", Optimus Prime only calls him by name in Divide and Conquer.

Despite having very few functions, those few were a key part in those episodes. Examples include when he lost self-control because of Chip Chase while holding super energized Megatron ("Roll for it"); When guarding the Andes Mountain he left to aid the other Decepticons in stealing the steel they needed, leaving Starscream and Thundercracker alone to guard the mountain ("Fire in the Sky"); he used his teleporting ability to teleport over the Autobots when racing in the Autobot Run and successfully hit them with the laser, forcing them to remain in vehicle mode ("The Autobot Run"); and when he was forced by Starscream to teleport him to Cybertron with the spacebridge, so that he could steal imprisoned personalities to create the Combaticons ("Starscream's Brigade").

In multiple episodes Skywarp is seen along with Thundercracker and Starscream to successfully attack Earth military in dogfights while in jet mode.

In the episode, "The Immobilizer", Skywarp attacked the Autobots with his "Bouncer Bomb," but it went wild and had to be destroyed by Megatron in pistol mode. This is the only time this ability has ever been seen in Transformers fiction.

In 2005, Skywarp was among those whom were thrown into space after receiving heavy blows and also was shot down during the aerial assault the battle for Autobot City. Adrift with Megatron and other wounded Decepticons, Skywarp encountered Unicron. Unicron used Skywarp's battered body to create one of Galvatron's new warriors. Either Skywarp or Bombshell became Cyclonus, the loyal second in command of Galvatron, although there is controversy about this due to animation inconsistencies.[2]

Skywarp made a cameo in the pilot of the Transformers: Animated series on a historical video being viewed by Optimus Prime. This historical video was stock footage from the original animated series.

Books[edit]

Skywarp appears in the following books:

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

In the re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe by Dreamwave Productions, Skywarp was recruited as a Decepticon, under the leadership of Megatron, in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Skywarp became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream.

Early in the Autobot-Decepticon war, Skywarp and Thundercracker launched an attack against the city of Altihex, where they routed Grimlock and his Autobots. Later, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker attacked the city of Protihex, under the orders of Megatron. Knowing that Grimlock joined with the Autobots, but was dissatisfied with them, Starscream offered Grimlock the chance to join the attack on Protihex. Grimlock rejected the offer and not only evacuated the Autobot outpost before the attack could occur, but he left an explosive trap for Starscream and company. If not for Skywarp's ability to teleport them all to safety, the Decepticons may have not escaped alive.

When Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Skywarp stayed with the Decepticons, under the leadership of Shockwave, attacking Bludgeon of the Chaos Trinity at one point. After Megatron's return, Skywarp was chosen as a member of the crew of the Nemesis when Megatron launched it to attack the Ark, an Autobot ship. Both ships fought, and after the Decepticons boarded the Ark, it crashed on the planet Earth. All on board went into emergency stasis lock for millions of years.

In the Earth year 1984, a volcanic explosion awakened the Ark and the Ark's computer, Teletraan I, reformatted all on board to be able to assume the forms of Earth machines. Skywarp was given the form of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet. After many battles, the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship designated the Ark II was built to take the Cybertronians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertronians were lost in the Arctic ocean, again in stasis lock.

Skywarp and others were recovered by a rogue military unit and reprogrammed as slave war machines, but Megatron broke free and then freed his fellow Decepticons, including Skywarp. He participated in the attack on San Francisco, and was one of those who attacked Superion, causing him to separate.

After returning to Cybertron with Shockwave, Skywarp returned to Earth under the command of Starscream. However, but he was captured by the Autobots along with Soundwave and Thundercracker and locked in cells on board the Ark. They escaped when the Ark was attacked by Bruticus.

Transformers/G.I. Joe[edit]

Skywarp also appeared in Dreamwave's Transformers/G.I. Joe series as one of the Decepticons allied with Cobra during an alternate reality World War II, transforming into a P-51 Mustang. He was killed by Optimus Prime.

Devil's Due Publishing[edit]

In this re-imagining of the Generation One story, the Ark was discovered by the terrorist Cobra Organization, and all the Transformers inside were reformatted into Cobra vehicles, remotely controlled by the Televipers. In this storyline, Skywarp's alternate mode was a Cobra Rattler jet. When the Transformers broke free, Skywarp killed his pilot, Major Bludd, by transforming while Major Bludd was in his chest cockpit area, crushing him. This was supported previously in the comic when Doctor Mindbender informed Destro that the results of attempts to modify the transformers so that soldiers could remain in the cockpits during transformation were "messy" and that Major Bludd was seen in the cockpit as the controls and seat begin to fold into their positions during robot mode. Also, the cockpit was closed in the next panel and Major Bludd's final scream came from inside. Skywarp battled the Autobots, but was eventually killed by a malfunctioning satellite system.

IDW Publishing[edit]

After Dreamwave's closure, the rights to the Transformers comics were awarded to IDW Publishing. The rebooted Generation One continuity borrowed from many previous sources, included the animated series, as well as the Marvel and Dreamwave comic books, but also featured many new and unexplored ideas and origins. Chronologically, Skywarp made his first appearance in The Transformers: Megatron Origin, joining the criminal gladiator, Megatron. He, along with his fellow Seekers, played a role in Megatron's plan to cause a rash of terror throughout Cybertron. Skywarp soon became a member of the Decepticons. Much later, chronologically, in The Transformers: Infiltration, Starscream appears to be in command of a small group of Decepticons on Earth, including Skywarp, Thundercracker, Blitzwing, Astrotrain and the Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Starscream had discovered an ore on Earth that was the Transformer equivalent of steroids, making him bold enough to advance their infiltration phase ahead of schedule. However, it seems that humans have somehow obtained evidence of the Transformers' existence, which would derail Starscream's plans. Skywarp has thus far appeared as part of Starscream's elimination squad, disposing of any evidence of their operation on Earth. While bombing the Decepticons' abandoned base on Earth to destroy evidence of it, Skywarp battled Bumblebee, using his teleportation ability to stay a step ahead of the Autobot. However, Bumblebee managed to predict where he would emerge next and shot him down temporarily. Unfortunately for Skywarp though, after the destruction of the base was complete, Megatron had learned of Starscream's attempts for power on Earth and arrived, seriously wounding him before making off to destroy Starscream. Skywarp survived, though, as Megatron placed him and Blitzwing in CR chambers, as revealed in The Transformers: Escalation. He submitted to Megatron's authority, accepting no further mistakes would be tolerated. He and Thundercracker were sent to bomb a desert power plant, escalating tensions amongst the humans in the area. Accompanying Megatron to the disputed Soviet border state of Brasnya, Skywarp was sent to wait in case back-up was needed—and it was as Optimus Prime appeared leading a team of Autobots to stop the Decepticons. Skywarp and Astrotrain attacked using Skywarp's teleporting power, running interference for the human facsimile they were using. Despite his teleporting powers Jazz and Wheeljack quickly cottoned on and anticipated his moves. Skywarp then disappeared, promising to return with reinforcements. He returned with Thundercracker, damaging Hot Rod severely and killing the facsimile. However, they were forced to flee when Megatron called for pickup after his Ore-13 was expended. His alternate mode here is that of an F-22 Raptor, the successor to his original Generation One F-15 alternate jet mode.

Evolutions: Hearts of Steel[edit]

Skywarp and the other Seekers also appeared in the mini-series, The Transformers: Evolutions: Hearts of Steel. Skywarp was the first Decepticon to appear, seemingly wakened by Muldoon's sunken submarine. Sent to scout ahead of the Decepticon Astrotrain, he was presumably destroyed when Bumblebee and John Henry managed to send the entire Decepticon rail convoy into a chasm.[5]

3H Enterprises[edit]

In the BotCon Wreckers comic series by 3H Enterprises, Skywarp returned after tricking the second Megatron into giving him a new body. Strangely, Skywarp joins the Wreckers alongside Cyclonus. This may indicate that the Transformers: Universe comics believe that it was the Insecticon Bombshell, not Skywarp, who became Cyclonus (according to artist Dan Khanna). This may, in fact be a continuity error: even if Skywarp did not become Cyclonus, he was transformed into a Cyclonus-type robot and his personality lost. However, as there is no explanation in the comic, the relationship between the two remains unclear. This toy was a recolor of Beast Machines Deluxe Jetstorm.

After the end of the Great War 300 years in the future, a Predacon named Megatron conquered Cybertron with his Vehicon army. Megatron attempted to use Skywarp's spark to create a Vehicon to use against the few Maximals who opposed him, but Skywarp broke free and joined up with the Wreckers under the command of Primal Prime, along with several other Generation One survivors, such as Cyclonus, Arcee and Devcon, staying with the Wreckers after Cyclonus' betrayal.

According to the script for the unreleased issue #4 of Transformers: Universe - The Wreckers the Wreckers returned to Cybertron where they helped repel the an invasion by the Quintessons. Skywarp was then thought to have been left by Cyclonus as an agent to turn against the Wreckers, but Skywarp then revealed that he had hated Cyclonus ever since the two of them had been reformatted by Unicron and turned on his former commander.

Fun Publications[edit]

Based on the Transformers Classics toy line, the Timelines 2007 story is set 15 years after the end of the Marvel Comics continuity, though ignoring all events of the Marvel U.K. and Generation 2 comics. Megatron survived the crash of the Ark on Earth, reformatted himself into a new form and now leads Skywarp, along with Ramjet, Soundwave, Starscream and the Constructicons. Optimus Prime has also returned to Earth, commanding Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Grimlock, Jetfire, Mirage and Rodimus (formerly Hot Rod).

In the first story, Crossing Over, when the Cybertronians Skyfall and Landquake arrive on Earth unexpectedly, Megatron attempts to destroy them, but Optimus Prime and his Autobots are able to drive Megatron away.

In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, "Games of Deception", Megatron detects the arrival of Bug-Bite's ship on Earth and sends Starscream, Skywarp and Ramjet to investigate.

Snarl, Skywarp, Tap-Out and Triceratron appeared in the story Wreckers: Finale Part 2 by the Transformers Collectors Club in 2007. Despite his dislike for the other Wreckers Skywarp remained loyal to them in order to take out vengeance on Cyclonus. During the invasion of Cybertron by the Quintessons all four vanished, taken captive by Unicron's transport beam.

Skywarp was seen in the service of Unicron as part of the Chaos-Bringer's army during Optimus Prime's recollections in issue #8 of the Cybertron Club comic.[6]

Skywarp was among Megatron's troops when Megatron attacked Iacon with his new weapon, Devastator.[7]

Toys[edit]

Illustration of the patent for the toy that became Starscream and his many repaints
  • Generation 1 Seeker Skywarp (1984)
The mold used for the Skywarp toy was originally part of the Japanese Diaclone toy line, and was imported to become part of the Transformers toy line by Hasbro in 1984. In jet mode, the toy is 21cm long (a scale of 1:93, suggesting that Skywarp 14cm robot mode would be about 13m tall). In what is considered to be a major drawback to the toy, the majority of its parts must be removed for transformation, and it is rare to find a totally complete one, since no single mode can hold all the parts.[8]
Skywarp shared a mold with Starscream and Thundercracker, and later Sunstorm. The same mold with some wing modifications was used for Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust.
  • Machine Wars Basic Skywarp (1997)
Skywarp was one of the six Decepticons which appeared in this sub-line. Sharing the same mold as Thundercracker, Skywarp is now a white jet. His Machine Wars appearance is considered to be set in an alternate reality which replaces the entire G1 storyline, although no official story has been released. Skywarp's is based on an unused Generation Two flip-changing jet mold. It was later used for Beast Wars Second Dirge.
His bio is much the same as his G1 bio, indicating he loves using his teleporting for practical jokes—but lacks the intelligence to really exploit it, resulting in mid-air collisions. He can convert between alternate modes instantly.[9]
  • Smallest Transformers Skywarp (2003)
This black redeco of Smallest Transformers Starscream was only released as a chase item (one in a case of 48) in wave 1 of the toy line. Despite the small size (roughly 2 inches in robot height), the toy is virtually faithful to the original G1 toy's design and transformation.[10] Third-party reproductions of this toy have been made in a slightly different deco.
  • Universe Deluxe Skywarp (2004)
The Skywarp repaint of the Deluxe Jetstorm mold was originally intended to be a BotCon exclusive. Painted mockups were seen, but it was never released. When the Transformers: Universe toy line came out, a nearly identical Skywarp was released to the general public.[11]
  • Robot Masters Deluxe Skywarp (2005)
Skywarp was sold in a two-pack with Thundercracker by the Japanese online store e-Hobby; both Decepticons are repaints of the Transformers: Robot Masters Starscream toy in their classic color schemes. A Decepticon pin-badge was also included.
  • Universe Legends Skywarp (2006)
A promotional toy called Skywarp was given away at the San Diego ComicCon; it was a black and purple recolor of the micro-sized Cybertron Starscream toy. Oddly this toy had no Decepticon symbol and included a black Autobot Cyber Planet Key. However, the manufacturer stated that he was indeed a Decepticon, and that the key was a separate promotional item placed in the same bag. Note that although seemingly a part of the Transformers: Cybertron line, according to the Hasbro web site this toy was actually in the Universe line.[12]
  • Classics Battle for Autobot City Deluxe Skywarp (2007)
A black redeco of Classics Deluxe Starscream, bundled with Voyager Ultra Magnus (a white redeco of Optimus Prime) in a gift set sold exclusively at Target in the U.S. and Woolworths in the UK.[13] Skywarp's biography was featured in Transformers Collectors Club magazine #14.
  • Masterpiece Skywarp (2007)
A black and purple recolor of the MP-03 Masterpiece Starscream has been released with the title of MP-06 Skywarp. Masterpiece Skywarp has a different alternate face from Starscream, one with a normal expression (the lips and nose are different from Starscream) and the other face with a snarling expression (opposed to Starscream's smirk).
  • Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game Skywarp (2007)
A redeco of 3D Battle Cards Starscream in the colors of Generation 1 Skywarp.
  • Titanium 6 inch War Within Skywarp (2008)
A redeco of 6 inch Titanium Thundercracker. This toy was initially announced then canceled. It was later made an SDCC 2008 convention exclusive, later sold on the Hasbro Toy Shop web site.
  • Henkei! Henkei! Deluxe Skywarp (2008)
The Japanese version of the Classics Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy was sold as a Toy Hobby Market and Ganbo Store exclusive. The packaging used a black and white picture of the Starscream figure in front and reused Henkei Starscream's card for the back.[14]
  • ''Universe Masterpiece Skywarp (2009)
A Walmart exclusive repaint of the 2007 Masterpiece figure in colors more consistent with the animated series.
  • Alternity Skywarp (2010)
A purple redeco of Alternity Starscream with a new head sculpt, which transforms into a Mitsuoka Orochi. Features opening doors, hood and trunk, as well as retractable wings under the rear wheels (similar to the Generation 1 Tracks toy).[15]


Beast Wars Second[edit]

Skywarp
Maximal
Information
Sub-group Basic Beasts
Function Sonic Speed Instructor
Partner Lio Junior & Santon
Motto "If one does not think then one cannot fight."
Alternate Modes Bald eagle
Series Beast Wars II
Japanese voice actor Mantarô Iwao

The second character to be named Skywarp is a Maximal who is able to transform into a bald eagle, and along with his team-mates Santon and Lio Junior, can combine to form Magnaboss. He provided the brains of the group, balancing Lio Junior's immaturity.

In the story, Skywarp is an aerial combat instructor dispatched from Seibertron as a reinforcement for Leo Prime's troops. While strict, he has more consideration than anyone else for young Cybertron warriors. Part of his wings become Wing Caliber Swords and he has super-oscillation generators in his wing tips. Combining these with his sonic booms, he clears the ground around him. In addition, he can fold over his wings and fire his Sky Missiles.

Animated series[edit]

Lio Junior, Santon and Skywarp are regulars in the Beast Wars Second series after their introduction in episode #26 "Enter Lio Junior!" In this episode Santon and Skywarp arrive from Cybertron in time to combine with Lio Junior, who confronts Galvatron. The fight continues into episode #27, "Megastorm Reborn", where Galvatron is injured and escapes Magnaboss. Megastorm, enhanced into his new Gigastorm form attacks the Maximals, but the combined missiles of Magnaboss and Leo Prime are able to defeat him by blowing the rocks out from under him and dumping the Predacon into a pool of angolmois energy.

Skywarp appeared in the Beast Wars Second movie, "Lio Convoy Crisis".

IDW Publishing[edit]

Skywarp had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[16]

Toys[edit]

  • Beast Wars Second Deluxe Skywarp (1998)
Skywarp is a slight repaint of Beast Wars Silverbolt with a new color head. This toy is a Takara exclusive.


Transformers: Armada[edit]

Skywarp
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Seekers
Ultra Vehicles
Function Seeker, Air Warrior
Partner Thunderclash
Motto "Bulls-eye in the sky, oh my!"
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Jet Fighter
Series Transformers: Armada

Skywarp was a Hasbro exclusive in the Transformers: Armada toy line that did not receive a biography, but was later expanded upon by Dreamwave Productions.[17]

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Dreamwave's Transformers Armada: More Than Meets the Eye series established that Skywarp is related to Starscream and is a grim and dangerous combatant with a near-perfect aim and an array of martial techniques. However, unlike his treacherous relative, he is loyal to Megatron; in fact the snide remarks from the other Decepticons about him getting his rank through his loyalty are the only thing that genuinely angers Skywarp. Also, Skywarp is friends with Scavenger—a friendship complicated by the fact that, unbeknownst to Skywarp, Scavenger is actually a spy for the Autobots.

Skywarp would be briefly seen in issue #12 of the Armada comic, guarding Megatron's latest secret weapon alongside Wheeljack and Sideways. He would later be seen at the end of the Armada comic celebrating Unicron's defeat.

Armada Skywarp made his only Energon appearance in a flashback in Transformers: Energon #30, where we would see Scorponok leading Wheeljack, Predacon, Terrorsaur and Skywarp against the Autobots in an unidentified battle on Cybertron. Skywarp also was set to appear in the unreleased issue #31 of the Energon comic series.

Toys[edit]

Armada Skywarp (2003)

The Armada version of Skywarp is an homage to the G1 character with his familiar black and purple color scheme. However, unlike the original Skywarp, the toy is a remold of Armada Starscream, rather than being a mere repaint. His Mini-Con partner was Thunderclash.
Armada Skywarp was later redecoed into Transformers: Universe Ramjet, and included a redeco of Thunderclash along with and three additional Mini-Cons—the Air Military Team.


Transformers: Cybertron[edit]

Skywarp
Skywarp-cybertron.jpg
Cybertron Skywarp toy
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Rank 4
Alternate Modes Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator
Series Transformers: Cybertron

It is unknown if Hasbro intended this character to be an upgrade of Armada Skywarp or a different character, as his biography indicated that his personality and abilities are closer to that of his Generation 1 namesake—using his teleportation activities to cause mayhem, although his stupidity required him to be closely monitored by his commander, Starscream.

Animated series[edit]

Because Skywarp was a U.S.-exclusive toy and the television series was produced in Japan prior to the toy's conception, the character made no appearances in the Cybertron animated series.

Fun Publications[edit]

Skywarp, along with the Cybertron versions of Runamuck, Brushguard and Buzzsaw appeared among Cannonball's troops in the Transformers Collector's Club exclusive story The Dark Heart of Sandokan, written by Benson Yee.

Toys[edit]

  • Cybertron Deluxe Skywarp (2006)
A redeco of Cybertron Thundercracker.
Cybertron Deluxe Skywarp is 18 centimeters long, but a real Su-37 Terminator is 2218 centimeters long. This gives us a scale of 1/123. Since his robot mode stands 13.5 centimeters tall, this means Cybertron Skywarp should stand 54 feet tall.


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[edit]

Skywarp
RaptorTaxiingAndrewsAFB.jpg
The F-22 Raptor
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Voyagers, Cybertron Defense Force
Function Scientist, Air Warrior
Rank 7
Partner Starscream
Motto "Knowledge is what matters."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian jet, F-22 Raptor
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

According to an interview with producer Tom DeSanto published in issue #15 of the Transformers Collectors' Club magazine, the original lineup pitched for the Decepticons in the live action Transformers film was Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble, Skywarp and Shockwave. In the Revenge of the Fallen comics, it is said that Skywarp was a loyal follower of Megatron who preferred to stay away from the war and create limitless inventions for the Decepticons. He is highly intelligent, and can outdo Starscream in battle if chosen to. If Skywarp is forced to engage in combat, he would prepare a high amount of strategies before hand, unlike Thundercracker, Skywarp can rival Starscream for the position as second in command of the Decepticons. That is unlikely to happen, for Skywarp and Starscream are supposedly good friends in the movie adaptation comics. It is also known that Skywarp lead the Constructicons through battles during the war on Cybertron, which lead to a result of many deaths in the autobot army.

IDW Publishing[edit]

In Transformers: Defiance the planet Cybertron is invaded by aliens from the Eshems Nebula and a black jet (who may be Skywarp or Overcast) is among the defenders in the city of Metrotitan, near the temple at Simfur.

Toys[edit]

All toys of this character are officially licensed from Lockheed Martin.

  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Skywarp (2009)
A Walmart exclusive redeco of the 2007 Voyager Starscream figure (with the head sculpt originally used for the G1-style Starscream and Thundercracker redecos) in Skywarp's G1 colors.
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Skywarp (Takara Tomy) (not yet released)
A Japan-only black redeco of Deluxe Starscream with silver and purple stripes that pay homage to his G1 incarnation.[18]


Transformers Animated[edit]

Skywarp
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Voyagers, Starscream clones
Function Coward
Rank 7 (Takara)
Partner Starscream, Thundercracker, Sunstorm, Ramjet, Slipstream, Megatron, Blitzwing, Lugnut
Motto "They're heading right for us! Run!"
Alternate Modes Futuristic harrier jet similar to Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tom Kenny
Japanese voice actor Jin Yamanoi

In Transformers Animated, Skywarp is a clone of Starscream who embodies his cowardice.[19] According to his biography on the toy box, he can teleport much like his Generation 1 incarnation.

Animated Series[edit]

Using the Allspark fragment embedded in his forehead, Starscream brought life to numerous clones, who took distinct aspects of his personality. Skywarp received the coward side of Starscream and thus is utterly spineless in nature, fearing everything and everyone. During the battle between the Clones, the Autobots, and Megatron, he was ambushed by Blurr and put in stasis cuffs, immobilizing him. Thundercracker, who had been encased in cement by Mixmaster, accidentally collided with them, and all three were sent through the Space Bridge to an unknown part of the galaxy. Bulkhead tried to bring them back, but to no avail, as he never set the target coordinates. The trio were later seen on a desolated planet. Thundercracker shattered the cement, and chased Blurr into space. Skywarp, however, was still immobilized by the stasis cuffs. He, Thundercracker, Swindle and Team Chaar are the remaining Decepticons in space.

Toys[edit]

  • Animated Voyager Skywarp (2008)
A black/purple repaint of Voyager Class Starscream.
  • Animated TA-23 Voyager Skywarp (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The 2010 Japan release version by Takara Tomy.[20]
  • Animated Activators Skywarp (Takara Tomy) (2010)
A FamilyMart Japan exclusive black/purple redeco of Activators Starscream offered as a lottery draw item.[21]


Transformers: Prime[edit]

Skywarp
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Seekers
Alternate Modes Cybertronian jet
Series Transformers: War for Cybertron
English voice actor Richard Epcar

Books[edit]

Skywarp appears in the novels Transformers: Exodus, Transformers: Exiles, and Transformers: Retribution.[22] As in most series, he is one of the Seekers under the command of Starscream, and previously served in Sentinel Prime's bodyguard before joining the Decepticons. Starscream is constantly fearful that Skywarp and the other Decepticons would choose Megatron over him in a confrontation. Retribution features Skywarp with slightly more prominence than the other novels, as he is sent by Starscream to attempt an assassination of Optimus Prime (and Megatron, though he is unaware of this). Much to his dismay, the bomb provided by Starscream is already triggered when he sets it in place, and he is forced to make a random teleport in order to survive. He is then used as a "witness" in a trial set up by the Quintessons, and is caught up in the fighting between the Transformer factions and their alien foes.

Video games[edit]

Skywarp is a playable Decepticon character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Decepticon campaign, he is a part of the Decepticons' flying squad known as the "Seekers" - Alongside Starscream and Thundercracker. Unable to have teleportation as an ability in the game, Skywarp gained the Cloaking ability to turn near invisible-so that when using the skill and appearing between enemies, they will think as he "warped" from nowhere describing his name.

Toys[edit]

  • Prime Deluxe Skywarp (not yet released)[23]

References[edit]

  • Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 27. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8. 
  1. ^ New Info about G1 discovered at Iacon One
  2. ^ http://groups.google.com/group/alt.toys.transformers/msg/c7c62ffe6e2bd95d
  3. ^ http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/books/sticker/return/return.html
  4. ^ http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/books/sticker/revenge/revenge.html
  5. ^ IDW Publishing
  6. ^ Forest Lee, Dan Khanna (April–May 2006). "Revelations Part 2". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (8): 11–16. 
  7. ^ Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (October–November 2011). "Battle Lines Part 5". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (41): 3. 
  8. ^ Skywarp
  9. ^ Machine Wars: Skywarp
  10. ^ TFW2005.com - WST Skywarp
  11. ^ TF: Universe Skywarp
  12. ^ http://www.tfw2005.com/resources/transformers-universe-classics-20-261/tread-bolt-1889/
  13. ^ TFW2005.com - Classics Skywarp
  14. ^ TFW2005.com - Henkei Skywarp
  15. ^ "Alternity Skywarp Image Gallery". TFW2005.com. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2010-06-02.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ http://www.monstersandcritics.com/books/comics/news/article_1343405.php/Creators_of_Transformers_Beast_Wars_The_Gathering_are_back
  17. ^ Skywarp with Thunderclash
  18. ^ TFW2005.com - Official Images of Japan-Exclusive DOTM Skywarp
  19. ^ Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-60010-487-9. 
  20. ^ TFW2005.com - Official High Resolution Images of June 2010 Japanese Transformers Animated Releases
  21. ^ TFW2005.com - Japanese Transformers Autobot Alliance Altered Decos and FamilyMart Lottery Draws
  22. ^ Alexander C. Irvine (2010). Transformers: Exodus - The Official History of the War for Cybertron. Del Rey Books. ISBN 978-0-345-52252-8. 
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