Sky Lynx

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Sky Lynx is the name of several different characters in the fictional Transformers universes.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Sky Lynx
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Generation 1 Sky Lynx vs. Cybertron Sky Lynx
Autobot
Information
Function Lieutenant Commander
Rank 9
Motto "The best achievements are worth repeating."
Alternate modes Space Shuttle with cargo pod
Series Transformers: Generation 1
English voice actor Aron Kincaid

Sky Lynx consists of two separate components: a space shuttle that can transform into a bird-like creature (variously dubbed a "prehistoric bird" by his instruction sheet, and a "dino-bird" by his Transformers: Universe profile), and a ground transport vehicle, which transforms into a lynx. The two parts can combine with each other in either mode, allowing one to mount the shuttle on the transporter, or merge the bird and lynx into one large, griffin-like robot form (referred to as his "Dinoblast" mode in scripts for the animated series). It is this mode for which he is most famous, because it acts as his dominant robot mode in both cartoon and comic, replacing the humanoid form employed by most Transformers.[1]

Sky Lynx's unusual transformation has led to a few inconsistencies in the manner in which it is depicted in other media. The Marvel comic series erroneously (but consistently) portrayed him as not separating into bird and lynx modes, but instead transforming between the two, like a Triple Changer, despite establishing that he was supposed to separate in the Transformers: Universe handbook. Conversely, the animated series adhered to the character's intended transformation method of splitting into two forms, save for an animation error in "Surprise Party", which saw an unusually small Sky Lynx transform directly from shuttle mode to lynx mode and in "The Quintesson Journal" when Sky Lynx transforms from lynx mode to shuttle mode.

The Sky Lynx toy is one of the largest Generation 1 Transformers, almost as big as Metroplex or Trypticon, but (unusually for a toy of its size) does not come with any accessories whatsoever.

Reception[edit]

Sky Lynx was named to have the worst Transformers disguise by Cracked magazine.[2]

He was picked as the 4th most loved Transformer of all time by X-Entertrainment.[3]

Animated series[edit]

Sky Lynx only appeared in the third season. True to his tech specs, he appears very intellectual and somewhat snobbish (he resented being lumped into the same category as the Dinobots). He speaks with a British accent. Sky Lynx played an important part in "The Return of Optimus Prime" by bringing a Quintesson to Earth to revive the deceased Optimus Prime, and in "Call of the Primitives" where he led the primitive animal-themed Transformers. He has an enmity with the Decepticon sub-group the Predacons, especially in their combined form of Predaking.

Sky Lynx appeared in episode 89, "Grimlock's New Brain". Returning from a deep space mission fighting Decepticons with Cosmos, the pair of Autobots suddenly found themselves unable to fly and crashed into Cybertron at Power Platform Alpha. It was discovered that sabotage in the generator was creating a disruptive effect on Transformers. Cosmos and Sky Lynx were sent to repair by Perceptor.

His most important role was in "The Return of Optimus Prime". After the initial phase of the Hate Plague had infected the Earth and the surrounding star systems Sky Lynx was perhaps the only uninfected transformer still capable of spaceflight. He was contacted by Rodimus Prime while en route to Earth to combat the plague and evacuate survivors. Rodimus ordered him to find a Quintesson and bring him to Earth without delay. He does so once learning a Quintesson is needed to restore Optimus Prime to life. Sky Lynx rescues one from Plague-infected Sharkticons in return for the entity's help with Prime. The pair manage to revive Optimus while hiding in the deactivated Metroplex. Sky Lynx transports Optimus and several other Autobots to the Decepticon homeworld of Chaar. Forming an alliance with the uninfected Galvatron, the plague-proof metal is acquired. Due to circumstance, Sky Lynx and Prime make it back to Earth as the only alliance members uninfected. By this time, Rodimus Prime, holding the Matrix, had become infected. Prime is coated with the small quantity of the special metal they had and with the assistance of the uninfected Steeljaw, confronts Rodimus. Sky Lynx is infected during this. Rodimus is soon defeated and the Matrix cures the Plague.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Sky Lynx first appeared after Grimlock had taken up leadership of the Autobots after Optimus Prime's death. He sided with the "rebel" Autobots Blaster and Bumblebee who Grimlock, leader of the Autobots at the time, thought were criminals.

Meanwhile, on Earth, four human children (three boys and a girl) accidentally witnessed a battle between the Protectobots and the Combaticons. The Protectobots won, with help from Blaster, and the children became so excited that they wanted to join in. The Autobots agreed, removing the modification lock Grimlock had placed on Blaster and putting it on the Combaticon Blast Off instead. Inside Blast Off, Blaster and the children were able to go to space.[4]

Sky Lynx's first job was to escort the children safely off from Blast Off, who was seen as an enemy by Grimlock's forces. This worked, but Sky Lynx and the children later got into trouble on a cosmic carnival ship where Berko put them on public display.

After escaping the carnival ship, Sky Lynx brought the children safely back home to Earth. However, when he revealed he was a Transformer, the crowd got scared and angry, and drove him and Berko back to space. They later ended up at Central Point Space Station, where they were in danger of being eaten by Mecannibals. Autobot Pretenders Landmine and Cloudburst saved them.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Sky Lynx had only a minor role in the Dreamwave comics. He was parked on one of Cybertron's space ports when a group of Decepticons led by Starscream steals him. After Sky Lynx launched into space, he transforms into bird mode and regains control of himself.

It was later shown that the Decepticons were able to overpower Sky Lynx and forced him into fighting the Combaticons in their combined form of Bruticus for combat training on Earth. He was presumably liberated when Megatron and the Predacons arrived to force Starscream and the Combaticons into submission.[5]

IDW Publishing[edit]

Sky Lynx appears in The Transformers comics.

At one point, the Enigma of Combination is used by Galvatron to turn Sky Lynx and several other Autobots into the Combiner Sky Reign.

Unite Warriors[edit]

In a comic released as part of the Unite Warriors Japanese line, Sky Lynx and several Autobots-Hound, Ratchet, Wheeljack, and Trailbreaker-are recruited by Vector Sigma and given the ability to form a new Combiner, Lynxmaster, in order to answer the threat of Galvatronus.

Other Appearances[edit]

Sky Lynx can be seen briefly in Powwow Highway, a 1989 film about an aboriginal tribe which is battling greedy land developers for the rights to strip mine their land. One of Bonnie Red Bow's children is playing with the toy in the front seat of the car when she is pulled over and arrested by the local police. The Autobot symbol, as well as the trademark underside of the shuttle component of Sky Lynx is present in this shot.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Sky Lynx (1987)
Based on a transforming toy manufactured by ToyBox, Sky Lynx has a motorized system that enables him to roll in vehicle mode and walk in lynx mode. Due to licensing issues, this toy was not released in Japan as a Transformers toy until 2008.
  • Generation 1 Encore Sky Lynx (2008)
When Takara and Tomy merged to form Takara Tomy in 2006, it was revealed that Tomy held the licenses to the toys used to make characters such as Omega Supreme and Sky Lynx, which were not part of the original Japanese G1 toy line. As a result, Sky Lynx was reissued by Takara Tomy as part of the G1 Encore line - marking the first time he was marketed in Japan as a Transformers toy.[6]
  • Combiner Wars Sky Lynx (2016)
A new mold that can be converted into a combiner torso with the lynx mode head serving as the head of Sky Reign.
  • Unite Warriors Lynxmaster (2016)
A Japanese exclusive set identical to the formation of Sky Reign, with the exception of Ratchet being included in place of Smokescreen.

Transformers: Cybertron[edit]

Sky Lynx
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Mini-Con, Sky Attack Team
Alternate modes Cargo Jet/Blaster
Series Transformers: Cybertron

The name Sky Lynx was reassigned to a Mini-Con, this time, part of the Decepticon Sky Attack Team.

Fun Publications[edit]

Sky Lynx appeared among the Mini-Cons allied under Thrust with the Decepticons in Balancing Act by Fun Publications.

Toys[edit]

  • Cybertron Sky Lynx (2006)
Part of the 'versus' Mini-Con packs; this toy comes packaged with the Autobot Mini-Con Thunderblast. Sky Lynx is repainted from the Armada toy Gunbarrel.
The Voyager-sized Leobreaker toy was initially sold by itself, and later sold at Target stores with the Mini-Cons Sky Lynx and Thunderblast attached as a promotion.

Transformers: Timelines[edit]

Sky Lynx
Autobot
Information
Function Lieutenant Commander (Retired)
Motto "I don't do interviews and I am no longer a public figure."
Alternate modes Space shuttle with cargo pod
Series Transformers: Timelines

This Sky Lynx is depicted as looking similar to the Generation 1 character, but with a lynx head and reptile feet in his combined mode. He also has very low self-worth, the opposite of his Generation 1 counterpart.

Sky Lynx was once a humble Lieutenant Commander on Cybertron in charge of the 9th Omega Sentinel Brigade who was defeated and humiliated by the great barbarian lord Wheelie. He was later recruited by Alpha Trion and hopes to redeem himself by helping bring overlord Alpha Trion to power.[7]

Fun Publications[edit]

In 2009 a character named Sky Lynx appears in the story Reunification by Fun Publications. This character is one of Optimus Prime's evil Autobots, but secretly loyal to Alpha Trion. He captures the Decepticon scout Breakdown and gives him to his master. Later, Sky Lynx helps Alpha Trion in attempting to kill Optimus Prime, but they are thwarted by Prime's loyalists and his new weapon, Omega Doom.

Transformers Prime[edit]

Skylynx
Predacon
Information
Sub-group Decepticon Remnants
Function Foot Soldier
Rank 6
Partner Darksteel and Predaking.
Alternate modes Cybertronian dragon
Series Transformers: Prime.
English voice actor Nolan North

Skylynx is a Predacon clone who appears in Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising, the series finale to Transformers: Prime. Skylynx transforms into a red, white, and black mechanical dragon. Skylynx seems to be very prideful and arrogant of his abilities but is strong as he was able to incapacitate Ultra Magnus very quickly.

Animated series[edit]

Though he didn't appear until the series' finale, Skylynx and the other Predacons are shown through other means such as in flashbacks multiple times throughout the third season of Prime. Skylynx was cloned from an ancient Predacon named Skystalker (as per the toyline) as seen in the episode "Chain of Command" in Predaking's visions. The original Skystalker became extinct in an event of prehistoric Cybertron known as the "Great Cataclyism" as seen in the book Transformers: Covenant of Primus. During the "Great War", Shockwave began experimenting with prehistoric Predacon fossils including Skystalker's. Skystalker was cloned a number of times. As revealed in "Project: Predacon", the first known Skystalker clone was sent with an army of Predacons to attack Autobots stationed on Earth and guard Energon deposits there and wait until Megatron returned, presumably dying while waiting. It's also possible he merely went into stasis becoming the Predecon known as Judora in the Japanese-exclusive series Transformers: GO! and serving Dragotron (Predaking's clone). Meanwhile, on Cybertron, in the Rage of the Dinobots comic series created by IDW Publishing, a group of Decepticons volunteered for one of Shockwave's experiments that involved splicing there CNA with Predacon CNA, creation hybrid Predacons, called The Forged. Among the Forged is a Decepticon named Backbite, who was apparently the one spliced with Skystalker's CNA.

Following the creation of a new Predaking clone, Megatron began to send his soldiers out to find Predacon bones on Earth, with which he plans to clone a new army of Predacon "Beast-machine super-soldiers". It possible that one of the several bones unearthed by the Autobots and Decepticons in the episodes "Project Predacons", "Chain of Command" and "Minus One", belonged to Skystalker but it's not shown which one is. When "Project Iacon" come to fruition, the clone's created from the Predacon fossils were nearly ready to be hatched, but Predaking's display of sentience and self-awareness cause Megatron to rethink his plans in "Evolution". In that episode, several Predacon clones were shown, but none shown directly resemble Skystalker/Skylynx, (or any of the toyline Predacons for that matter). Megatron initiates a plan to sacrifice them all and frame it on the Autobots as a way of earn Predaking's loyalty, and the resulting explosion caused by Wheeljack during the Autobots battle against Shockwave, kills the clones. With all his brethren gone, Predaking begins to attack the Autobots to "avenge" them, until Ratchet reveals the truth to him at towards the end of the series, revolting against Megatron.

After the war on Earth ended and Megatron was vanquished, Shockwave decided to clone the Predacon once more, this clone became Skylynx and was partnered with Darksteel, a clone of another Predacon. This Skylynx was one of the two new Predacons that appeared in Predacons Rising. He was cloned by Starscream and Shockwave, along with Darksteel, and was planned to be a part of new Predacon army to be used against Autobots. But after Predaking defeated him and Darksteel in a battle, they swore allegiance to him. He and the other Predacons took part in the fight against Unicron, who was using Megatron's revived body as a vessel. They all survived the fight, and is last seen when the three Predacons hunt down Starscream and supposedly kill him. The sequel series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, however, reveals that Starscream managed to survive and stumbled upon a weapons cache that enabled Starscream to kill Skylynx and Darksteel. Predaking managed to escape and went back to Earth, as seen in the limited IDW series, issue #6. It seems they may have atleast injured Starscream to an extent as Predaking was seen with his arm/weapon.

Toys[edit]

  • Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Sky Lynx (2013, coming soon)
Recolor of Deluxe Class Predacon Skystalker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  2. ^ Luke McKinney (June 25, 2009). "The 8 Shittiest Transformer Disguises". 
  3. ^ http://www.x-entertainment.com/messages/547.html
  4. ^ "Transformers" #36 (January 1988)
  5. ^ "Transformers: Generation 1 (Volume 1)" #1-6 (2002)
  6. ^ JRS Toyworld - Transformers Encore 07 G1 Sky Lynx Reissue
  7. ^ Autobot Sky Lynx Lieutennant Commander (Retired), Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 7
  • Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 48. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8.