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The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

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Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK continues with Predacon Sky-Byte ...

Yesterday, we featured none other than G1 Sharkticon and his cute little Robot Heroes figure. Today, we take a look at SKY-BYTE in his various forms through the years.

Predacon Sky-Byte transforms into a fierce Great White Shark. He is a fan-favorite character who was nominated previously for the annual Transformers Hall of Fame. He is best known for his antics and love of poetry in the stand-alone Transformers series "Robots In Disguise" which aired on Fox Kids back in 2001. Sky-Byte is a repaint of Beast Wars Transmetals 2 Cybershark. His level of popularity over the original use of his mold makes him a bit of an oddity.

To celebrate Sky-Byte here on Seibertron.com this week, we have updated the gallery for his Robots In Disguise figure. The images in his gallery have been updated to have larger images than it previously had. The "large" 800 pixel wide images have all been replaced with larger 1200 pixel wide images for your viewing pleasure.

In addition, we have included two additional galleries of Sky-Byte in today's feature. The first additional gallery is an all-new version of Sky-Byte, which was recently released as part of the popular Generations line. The second additional gallery is the BotCon 2010 "G2 Redux" version of Sky-Byte which uses the Energon Sharkticon mold with a new head.

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Sky-Byte's Hall of Fame Bio:
A proud PREDACON to the core, SKY-BYTE lead his warriors into battle against AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS. His desire to be in MEGATRON's good favor drove him - and sometimes he got lost. His skills are legendary amongst the PREDACON ranks. Legendary because SKY-BYTE rarely completed a mission. He has a soft side for poetry - a skill no one else has - or wants. If it weren't for SCOURGE and the DECEPTICONS, SKY-BYTE would never have strayed from the PREDACON cause. In his jealous rage, SKY-BYTE looked to the enemy for acceptance - including KOJI and the AUTOBOTS. Perhaps that is why the AUTOBOTS allowed him to remain free on Earth after the final battle - where he currently roams the ocean attacking illegal fishing vessels.


Shark Week Trivia: Great White Shark
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_white_shark
The great white shark has no natural predators other than the Orca. The great white shark is arguably the world's largest known extant macropredatory fish, and is one of the primary predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals, including fish and seabirds. It is the only known surviving species of its genus Carcharodon, and is ranked first in having the most attacks on humans.



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Sky-Byte Galleries

Robots In Diguise Mega Class Sky-Byte (2001)

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte


Generations Voyager Class Sky-Byte (2014)

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte


BotCon 2010 "G2 Redux" Sky-Byte (2010)

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte

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Make sure you check back tomorrow to find out which gallery will be featured in "The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK" on Seibertron.com!
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Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598508)
Posted by Delta Magnus on August 11th, 2014 @ 1:49pm CDT
What I wouldn't give to get my hands on the old RID Sky-Byte....
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598509)
Posted by Seibertron on August 11th, 2014 @ 1:52pm CDT
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598510)
Posted by Delta Magnus on August 11th, 2014 @ 1:54pm CDT
Excellent!

Now I just need to set up an eBay account and a PayPal account...You will be MINE, Sky-Byte! Even if I haven't seen a single episode of the cartoon!

He will be mine. Oh yes. He will be mine.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598547)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on August 11th, 2014 @ 4:16pm CDT
Delta Magnus wrote:Excellent!

Now I just need to set up an eBay account and a PayPal account...You will be MINE, Sky-Byte! Even if I haven't seen a single episode of the cartoon!

He will be mine. Oh yes. He will be mine.


I watched all of RID years ago and the show is actually pretty good, it's worth a watch. I'm confused by people who've never seen the show but like Sky-Byte. He's also not the only entertaining character on that show.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598548)
Posted by Delta Magnus on August 11th, 2014 @ 4:21pm CDT
Well, i saw him on the cross-sell on my RID Megatron as a kid and thought "CHROMED SHARK. I MUST HAVE IT." Ever since I have had a longing for him. Learning that he's a warrior-poet makes him even more awesome.

Is it worth watching RID in Japanese or is the dubbed version perfectly acceptable?
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598557)
Posted by Seibertron on August 11th, 2014 @ 5:23pm CDT
Delta Magnus wrote:Is it worth watching RID in Japanese or is the dubbed version perfectly acceptable?


I didn't like Robots In Disguise when I first saw it. It was really cheesy and aimed at the kiddies. However, as time goes on, my interest in the series has really increased. I get a kick out of things that used to really annoy me such as Sky-Byte and his poetry and Side Burn with his red car obsession (poor Kelly!). It was tough going from such a mature series like Beast Wars and such a dark series like Beast Machines to such a lighthearted series like RID. It's the only Transformers series for which my fondness has increased with time. Either I like a series or don't like a series and my opinion doesn't seem to change. RID is the only exception where I disliked it and now like it. Maybe the abysmal Unicron trilogy cartoons helped change my opinion?
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598558)
Posted by Delta Magnus on August 11th, 2014 @ 5:33pm CDT
I did hear it was very silly. Fortunately I am very fond of silly anime (although admittedly my favourite silly anime is Excel Saga, which whilst hilarious, is not exactly suitable for kids...) so who knows? It might be enjoyable. I'm planning on watching it just for the heck of it (it can't be worse than City of Steel...). I'll compare the Japanese and English voicetracks and see which one I like better.

And yeah, the Unicron Trilogy cartoons were dreadful. Especially Energon. I did like Cybertron/Galaxy Force though- it helps I was around 11, but I thought it was OK.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598561)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on August 11th, 2014 @ 6:02pm CDT
The series itself is very silly at times, but not really to the point it gets obnoxious. In terms of characterisation, Scourge really stands out for being not just a Prime lookalike but one with ambition. Sky-Byte is the Waspinator of the series in that he usually gets the short end of the stick, but he doesn't get blown up at all.

There are indeed differences between the original and the US dub done by Saban, but the dub does get borwnie points for inserting references to older concepts, down to an episode of G1 (having one character be a lookalike in a sense helps). The only jarring thing is how they handled the text of the stock footage (but that's me being a purist, thankfully it's not as bad as Cybertron) and Galvatron's "Iron Mammoth!".
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Posted by Seibertron on August 12th, 2014 @ 6:00pm CDT
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The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK continues with Maximal Cybershark ...

Earlier this week, we featured G1 Sharkticon and his cute little Robot Heroes figure as well as the Predacon Sky-Byte. Today, we take a look at Maximal Cybershark in his various forms through the years.

To celebrate Cybershark and his various incarnations here on Seibertron.com this week, we have updated the gallery for all 3 of his figures. The images in these galleries have been updated to have larger images than they previously had. The "large" 800 pixel wide images have all been replaced with larger 1200 pixel wide images for your viewing pleasure.


Beast Wars Deluxe Cybershark (Hammerhead Shark)

First up is none other than the original deluxe class Cybershark figure from the Beast Wars toy line. He transforms into a threatening Hammerhead Shark. While this version of Cybershark might not be as well known as his Transmetals 2 version, he still is known as the first Beast Wars shark. This figure would later be remolded into the Beast Wars II Hellscream character.

Just when the Predacons thought it was safe to go back in the water. Cybershark rises to the surface for a fearsome feeding frenzy! Like a turbo-charged torpedo speeding through the sea, Cybershark searches the ocean depths for Predacon enemies. Upon finding the enemy he launches his robotic hammerhead to knock 'em out cold, the finishes the job in robot mode by filleting his prey with his switchblade tale.


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Beast Wars Mega Transmetals 2 Cybershark (Great White Shark)

Next up is arguably the more well known version of this character known as Transmetals 2 Cybershark. Unfortunately, this version of Cybershark wasn't as popular as its Sky-Byte repaint. Below are the tech specs and some sample images of Transmetals 2 Cybershark.

"The Ocean Depths conceal all intentions."

Detecting Predacon activity from over 20,000 fathoms below the ocean surface, Cybershark hunts his enemies at over 600 knots. From there, little room is left for escape. Armor-piercing, jaw-mounted sonar tracer torpedoes have water-to-air capabilities. Spin-drive tail boosts speed and acts as quad-blade razor weapon in attack and robot modes. Also deploys thruster jets for higher speed and limited low-level flight. A fierce warrior, Cybershark honed his skills while bounty hunting a rogue band of Cybertronian space pirates. Fully dedicated to the Maximal cause, he often follows his own methods to the frustration of his commander, Depth Charge. Calculating and fearless, he gives Predacons a good reason to stay out of the water.


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Beast Machines Basic Hammerstrike

Our third rendevous of Cybershark is a version of him that many fans might not realize is actually supposed to be a new version of this character. Behold ... Beast Machines Basic Class Hammerstrike! His tech spec quote is even the same as his Transmetals 2 version. This Cybertronian Hammerhead Shark figure makes Cybershark one of a small handful of Beast Era characters to get a basic, deluxe and mega class sized figure. Beast Wars Rattrap is another figure to get the same treatment.

"The ocean depths conceal all intentions."

Not known for his intelligence or cunning, Hammerstrike is the best there is at what he does-destroy Vehicons. Of all the Maximals, Hammerstrike is the most battle hungry. Insatiable appetite for combat; devastating "frenzy" assault leaves few Vehicon survivors. Knows no fear, feels no pain and has an endurance second only to Cheetor. Calculating and fearless, Hammerhead gives the Vehicons a good reason to stay out of the water.


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Make sure you check back tomorrow to find out which gallery will be featured in "The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK" on Seibertron.com!
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598863)
Posted by griftimus prime on August 12th, 2014 @ 7:05pm CDT
they should make a new beast wars toyline just because. soo many great figures. i would love to see new ones.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598865)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on August 12th, 2014 @ 7:09pm CDT
That first Hammerstrike mold is pretty fun. I have the Sharp Edge version of it. One of those over the top Beast Wars molds that just leaves a lasting impression.
Delta Magnus wrote:Is it worth watching RID in Japanese or is the dubbed version perfectly acceptable?
Some people are really elitist about dubbing so it's up to you. But it's not like the Unicron Trilogy, it's well dubbed. In fact some elements of the english dub probably make more sense to a western Transformers perspective. Not that I've watched the Japanese series, but I get the impression that it's a bit more convoluted.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598887)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on August 12th, 2014 @ 8:56pm CDT
I do not believe I have the original Cybershark. Looks pretty neat, might have to look into it. That Beast Machines Hammerstrike on the other hand is horrific.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598889)
Posted by Noideaforaname on August 12th, 2014 @ 9:22pm CDT
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A hammerhead AND a goblin shark, how do I not have this?!?!
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598940)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 13th, 2014 @ 7:03am CDT
I love the first cybershark mold (though mine is missing a fin). His transformation is reminiscent of the basic molds in that line, but it's still fun. I didn't realize though it got repainted though, how hard are they to come by?
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Posted by welcometothedarksyde on August 13th, 2014 @ 8:09am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I didn't realize though it got repainted though, how hard are they to come by?
Certain Japanese Beast Wars toys are pretty cheap to get MISB. I got a Sharp Edge and Hardhead 2-pack from BBTS for like $20 just a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure Hellscream is quite rare though. Or at least alot more expensive than Sharp-Edge
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598960)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on August 13th, 2014 @ 9:47am CDT
welcometothedarksyde wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I didn't realize though it got repainted though, how hard are they to come by?
Certain Japanese Beast Wars toys are pretty cheap to get MISB. I got a Sharp Edge and Hardhead 2-pack from BBTS for like $20 just a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure Hellscream is quite rare though. Or at least alot more expensive than Sharp-Edge


Fortunately, Hellscream got a US release in the form of Universe 2003 Overbite, Target Exclusive.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1598989)
Posted by khrome on August 13th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
Wha.. how could you NOT include pics of G1 Sharkticons..?
Shame on you.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1599036)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on August 13th, 2014 @ 1:52pm CDT
khrome wrote:Wha.. how could you NOT include pics of G1 Sharkticons..?
Shame on you.


G1 Sharkticon already had pics on the first day of SHARK WEEK.
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1599118)
Posted by Delta Magnus on August 13th, 2014 @ 8:45pm CDT
That Cybershark (the one Sky-Byte is based on) looks great. Love that colour scheme.

And Beast Machine Hammerstrike looks mean! I don't care if he was sold as a Maximal, in my book he's a Predacon. Now all he needs is a Gigeresque gloss black and sea green repaint- he could be called "Abyssiator".
Re: The Return of Transformers Shark Week continues with Predacon Sky-Byte (1599655)
Posted by Seibertron on August 15th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
Sorry for the delay with Shark "Week" everyone ... life got in the way. I'll finish up the next few Shark Week entries starting on Monday or Tuesday next week.
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