The great white shark. While it's not the man-eating monster Hollywood has made it out to be, it's still the coolest, most badass, most lethal predator alive today. But does it make for a good Robot in Disguise?
A recolour of TM2 Cybershark, this great white measures roughly 23 cm(9") long, though it's hard to be sure since he's moulded in a turning pose. Whereas Cybershark's colour scheme consisted mainly of flat grey and blue, Sky-Byte is a virtual rainbow of colours. He's mostly navy blue, white, and metallic silver, with silver vac metal and yellow on his tail and
underbelly. His caudal and pelvic fins are translucent blue. The inside of his lower jaw is pink and his eyes are blood red. His teeth are white and sharp. Best of all, he has dozens of little painted yellow, green, and red buttons all over his body, details which were all left uncoloured on Cybershark. The overall result is one cool and deadly-looking cybernetic
great white, a Jaws-meets-the-Terminator type deal. This just goes to show that a good colour scheme can make a ton of difference.
Unfortunately, Sky-Byte hasn't quite managed to avoid all of Cybershark's flaws. The vac metal panels on his sides are still very floppy and unstable. He's also basically a statue in this mode. His pectoral fins pivot, his lower jaw moves, and that's about it.
Flip open the vac metal panels on Sky-Byte's sides and rotate
them around to reveal rocket thrusters, and lower the yellow panels his caudal fin to convert his tail into a four-bladed rotor. Turning the grey cog on his left side causes the rotor to spin around, propelling Sky-Byte through the water at enhanced speeds.
Sky-Byte has a transformation that isn't terribly complex,
but highly frustrating. It takes near-surgical precision to transform this guy without detaching one or both of the shark's body panels. Fortunately, Cybershark has given me plenty of practice. Be careful too when detaching Sky-Byte's missile launcher from the inside of his mouth.
Standing 19 cm(7.5") tall with the blue dorsal fin on top of his
head, Sky-Byte's robot mode is again a prime example of good colours put to good use. He's a nice blend of navy blue, yellow, white, gray, and metallic silver, with a purple Predacon Spark crystal mounted in his chest. His face
is yellow, with pink eyes and a lopsided white grin. His chest is actually sculpted to resemble a shark's face, with leering magenta eyes, white teeth, cyan for the right side of the face, and robotic silver for the left. A very clever touch indeed.
Sky-Byte is articulated at the head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees (two joints), and ankles(also two joints). Unlike Cybershark, all of Sky-Byte's joints are nice and stiff, allowing for a wide range of poses. He's got an entire arsenal at his disposal in this mode. His yellow double-barrelled
missile launcher fires two gray projectiles for a range of about a meter. Be nice if he had a wrist joint, since he often ends up holding the launcher sideways. His left arm ends in the spinning shark tail, which can be used to slash through Autobot armour by turning the gear on his elbow. His two
pectoral fins can be detached and placed in either end of his fist to form a kind of double-bladed weapon. Finally, he can probably deliver the World's Deadliest Headbutt with that bigass dorsal fin sticking out of his head.
Overall, Suspsy Sez
As a non-completist, I rarely ever bother with recolours if I already have the original, but in this case I'm glad to have made an exception. The improved colour scheme on Sky-Byte, added with all his nifty weaponry and fine sculpting, makes this a superior toy to TM2 Cybershark. Mind you, he's still got a slightly unstable beast mode and a frustrating transformation, so bear these in mind before plunking down $15 US or $24 Canadian for him.
|Date||October 27th 2001 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |