U.S. Name: SKY LYNX Jap. Name: SAME
Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #70: Five Face Of Darkness P5, Season 3, Sept. 1986
Marvel Comic First Appearance: Unknown
Dreamwave Comic First Appearance: Unknown
Classic Box Number: N/A This Line Box Number: 07
I had never had Sky Lynx as a kid and didn't expect to own one since he wasn't the property of Takara until the company merged with Tomy. A couple of years later Takara/Tomy surprised transfans with the release of Sky Lynx so now I'm proudly to have one. I got him for $XCVII on Feb. Xxix. Mmviii from ImageAnime.
R-0 Original Sky Lynx's motto and tech specifications:
Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: lieutenant commander | Alt. Mode: space shuttle |
| STR 10 | INTL 8 | SPD 10 | ENDN 10 | RNK 9 | CRG 10 | FRPW 7 | SKL 6 |
Original G1 Sky Lynx Motto:
"The best achievements are worth repeating."
Original G1 Sky Lynx Bio:
A powerful fighter. Self-centered and boastful. Fearless, daring, believes himself to be superior to many of his fellow Autobots. Shell-resistant and steel-reinforced hull can withstand enemy bombardment and extreme temperature variations. Possesses solar powered auxiliary engines. Acetylene blaster inside cockpit shoots 3000ºC flames. As space shuttle, has interplanetary travel capabilities--maximum speed 30,000 mph, range 40,000,000 miles.
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R-1 Sky Lynx in its Original condition:
2 - Here's how the content looks once the box was removed.
3 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "1" space shuttle, "1" transporter, "1" sticker sheet, "1" trading card, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" miscellaneous sheet.
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
There is only 1 Pre-Applied Sticker on the new Encore edition of Sky Lynx. This pre-applied sticker is the autobot rub sign located at top of the space shuttle by the cockpit.
R-3 Sky Lynx in Space Shuttle Mode:
It's very difficult to classify what Sky Lynx really is whether he's a ducon, triple changer, a gestalt, or is he a one being or two being character? Sky Lynx seems to be a part of everything. Regardless, the top portion of his vehicle mode is a space shuttle whose measurement is approximately 11 x 7 1/4 x 4 1/8 (LxWxH inch). The space shuttle is more gorgeous when all the decals are applied on to him otherwise it will look so plain when everything is all white. On the top rear of the space shuttle, two flaps or doors open out to reveal a solid gold cargo storage area, see R-9. Since it's solid, you can't store anything in there. As for the cockpit, it's also painted in gold chrome so be careful not to scratch it. In the downside, the space shuttle does not feature its own landing gear.
R-4 Sky Lynx in Dino-Bird Mode:
In Dino-bird mode, the overall measurement is approximately 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 8 (LxWxH inch) or 19 1/4 in length when the head is fully stretch out. Unlike Lynx, the space shutter portion is beautiful in both vehicle and beast mode. Dino-bird articulations include 3 different locations of movement on the neck, 2 locations on the tail, leg and feet can be bent, and the mouth can either be opened or closed. The retractable blue wings are made up of two parts which all are fold out from the white space shuttle wing. Overall it's a great figure. The only minor negative drawback is that the feet want to fold back into the space shuttle mode position due to the heavy weight of the head and neck and also the style of the leg transformation. So basically, you need to play with the balance a couple of time to make him stand up right. Sometimes you'll notice people transform the lower neck of the Dino-bird incorrectly by having the little gun pointing in opposite direction of his face. Yes it is gun even though it really a peg for connecting back to shuttle mode.
R-5 Sky Lynx in Transporter Mode:
Sky Lynx lower half alternated mode is a transporter whose measurement is approximately 8 1/4 x 4 14/16 x 2 1/2 (LxWxH inch). The transporter mode does not look impressive on it own. However, it works and looks much better in combine mode, see R-7. Although he's a transporter, there isn't any room or open space that you can put or store anything inside. Everything is basically sealed up other than the lit compartment for the battery. This is expected since all the motorized mechanisms are store inside. As a result of this special feature, the transporter mode has the feature to roll on it own by sliding the button to roll position followed by the on/off button. The front interconnected plastic wheels do not have the motorized feature but can be manually rotated 45 degree to the left or right and wheels do roll. Rear wheels are larger, independent from another, and have the motorized feature. This is what making the transporter to move. Within the rear wheels itself, at the middle and around the plastic wheels there is a rubber material with series of lines. This rubber material around the wheels serving like a footing or a gripping for the transporter to move forward with ease. The downside is, the rear wheels will not roll unless the power switch is turn on. Meaning, if you don't have the battery, you cannot manually roll him. On top of the transporter, there are 3 pegs for connecting onto the space shutter.
R-6 Sky Lynx in Lynx Mode:
Unlike the transporter mode, the Lynx mode is much more interesting as a figure than the simple rectangle box of the alternated mode. What's odd about this mode is that he has 2 tails but in a way it looks okay. Lynx measurement is approximately 10 1/2 x 5 x 5 (LxWxH inch) and he still retained his motorized feature in this mode as well. This special gimmick allows Lynx to walk as oppose to roll in the transporter mode. Simply slide the button to the walk position followed by the on/off button and watch him walk. Lynx neck, feet, and shoulder/hip are all moveable. Be sure that all 4 of the red pegs are sticking out and not flush with his body. This is a locking mechanism for the legs to prevent it back from folding into his transporter mode. When transforming back to transporter mode, it is very crucial that the red button is press down while simultaneously rotate the leg. Do this method for each of the leg. Otherwise, you can damage the motorized gimmick as well as the locking mechanism.
The downside of having a motorized gimmick is that the 4 legs are never aligned straight with one another. In other words, he can't stand perfectly straight with all four leg even and parallel to one another. You can see this example on the bottom left image of Lynx side view. Notice the position of the front leg is straight but the rear leg is little bit slanted. It is possible to make all four legs stand evenly but then you would have to mess around with the red buttons by unlocking the locking mechanism. This is not a negative drawback to the figure itself, he stands fine and walks fine. I guess, the reason why it's like that is that make his walking movement more natural. If all the 4 legs were to be even, then his walking movement would be a little bit awkward.
R-7 Sky Lynx in Space Shuttle w/ Transporter Mode:
In the completed form of space shuttle with transporter, the alternated mode measures approximately 11 x 7 1/4 x 6 6/16 (LxWxH inch). This is probably the best alternated mode for Sky Lynx followed by the space shuttle mode and then the transporter mode. The connection is very simple, 3 pegs from the transporter and 3 holes from the space shuttle. At the same time, the connection is not securely tight. Never lift it from the space shuttle mode otherwise you'll drop the transporter section. The motorized roll feature is still operational in this completed mode but a little bit slower due to the extra mode of the space shuttle mode.
R-8 As Sky Lynx:
In Sky Lynx mode, the feet of the Dino-bird is fold back into the space shuttle position, both Lynx head and tails are tuck inside the body and the merge can be begin. He is one massive and a impressive figure with a measurement of 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 9 6/16 (LxWxH inch) or 19 1/4 in length when the head is fully stretch out. Sky Lynx mode has all the articulation of the Dino-bird and Lynx as well as the motorized walking gimmick. The downside problem is still the same as in R-6 but this is normal for his walking movement purpose. His colors resemble very much like Ultra Magnus (red, white, and teal blue). Unfortunately with his huge size, Sky Lynx does not come with any accessory.
R-9 Additional Detail:
Here are some of the additional images of the figures. As mentioned in R-3, the only gimmick that the space shuttle has is the opening doors to reveal a cargo bay storage area, top left image. It is basically a gold plate veneer with some decorations and you can't put anything since it's sealed up from the top. Underneath this space is a hollow room which store his retractable red tail. The lower right is the underside of the space shuttle with his Dino-bird feet exposes out. Notice, there is no landing gear. Last but not least is the underside of Lynx. Simply slide the black cover out and this is where the 2AA batteries are store.
R-10 2008 Encore Sky Lynx Vs. 1986 Sky Lynx:
R-11 Rémy's Sky Lynx action figure review:
Manufacturer - Takara/ Tomy.
Series or Wave or Line: Encore - Series 3.
Year Issue: [Feb. 2008]
Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD] - 17 1/2 X 12 1/8 X 4 10/16 - Box.
Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Taped down with wire and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: "1" space shuttle, "1" transporter.
On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray, a taped down bag which contained: "1" sticker sheet, "1" trading card, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" miscellaneous sheet.
Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Sky Lynx art. Back Box Appearance: 1986 battle scene.
Box Point or Robot Point:  - This number can be found on the right side flap of the box. You have to open the box to see it. It contains number and either Autobots or Decepticons insignia depending on which faction you are getting.
Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The Head: 9 6/16 Maximum Height: 9 6/16 Width from shoulder to shoulder: 11 3/4 (from wing to wing) Maximum Width: 11 3/4 Dept: 17 1/2 (19 1/4 when head stretch all the way out).
Toy Stamp/ Fine Print: - ©2007 TOMY; ©1986 HASBRO; MADE IN CHINA.
Toy Stamp/ Fine Print Location: - Can be found at the under side of the space shuttle mode and the transporter mode.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]
Material Durability: [-A]
Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal: None. Chrome Part: Space shuttle cockpit and Lynx head. Rubber: Rear wheels (middle part). Plastic: Main material. Clear Plastic Window: None.
Stability: [-A] - Both Sky Lynx and Lynx mode are pretty stable but the dino-bird is a little bit un-stable since the feet isn't strong enough to support the front weight of the body and head.
Fun Toy: [A] - Definitely a fun toy since you get two figures, can merge with one another, and it can walk.
Negative Drawback - None.
Articulations: Head: The neck has 3 articulations: the part by the head can bent 90 degree downward, the middle joint of the neck can be bent 90 degree upward or downward, the last joint by the body can be bent 90 degree downward. Shoulder: N/A (blue wing can be retracted inward or outward). Arm/ Elbow: N/A Wrist/ Hand: N/A. Hip/Waist: N/A Leg: Can be rotated at a 90 degree (it is possible to rotate at a 360 degree if want to but not recommended). Knee: Cannot be bent. Ankle/ Feet: Can be bent 90 degree upward.
Rub Sign Logo: [Y] - Near the cock pit of the space shuttle mode. The transporter/ Lynx didn't come with one.
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Definitely looks like the cartoon.
Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Pretty much the same.
Special Notes: Here are "5" special notes which I thought you should know:
1 - Lynx features a motorized gimmick that enable him to roll during transportable mode (or with space shuttle on top) and walk during animal mode (or as Sky Lynx mode). So, make sure yours in working condition. This special gimmick required 2 AA battery.
2 - When transforming Lynx back to transporter mode, always push the red button and then rotate the leg simultaneously. Do this for each leg. This procedure is to prevent it from damaging the motorized mechanism.
3 - The tail of the bird is a little bit fragile so be careful when sliding it back to the space shuttle mode.
4 - The lower neck has a little gun (really a peg) on the side, it should be rotated so that it's pointing in the direction of his face not in the opposition direction. Sometimes you'll see people transform him incorrectly on the internet pic.
5 - Applying the stickers can be a hassle, so find a time when you are in a good mood and feel relax.
Overall Grade: [A] - I thought Sky Lynx is awesome despites the simplicity and the large size. As mentioned earlier, he consists of two parts or entities, each has an alt.mode and vehicle mode, and features a motorize gimmick.
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