Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 11:08PM CDT

Categories: Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88   Views: 7,498

Topic Options: View Discussion · Sign in or Join to reply

The Cyberverse line has been rather underwhelming for collectors by not providing any class that is not gimmick ridden or simplified. The Bumblebee movie line at least had some character designs show up in the Studio Series line but the awesome designs from Cyberverse do not have an equivalent. However, the Spark Armor battle class toys do offer something more familiar. While there is a gimmick involved, it is armoring up the bots via 5 mm ports, same as the COMBAT gimmick in the Siege line and like Siege that means the transformations and proportions are not affected by the gimmick (unlike the rest of Cyberverse). The battle class toys are slightly taller than legends class toys, as you will see in the images below. So it offers a cheap alternative if you want bots in this scale. That still begs the question though, are these toys any good? Well let’s take a look at Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class Skybyte.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Skybyte is a fan favourite and it’s fun to see non G1 characters in this heavy G1 based line. His design is very much RID Skybyte, and it uses the Generations idea of having the shark head be the chest. The robot mode looks good and has a lot of the articulation you would expect from a legends class figure. I would of course prefer more hip rotation (not always present on this class) and it’s too bad the head does not move. The head sculpt is very nice though with the right paint apps on the robot and shark heads. My biggest issue though is with one of the plastics used. The light blue plastic is excellent. It’s a gorgeous and glossy blue that I don’t think we have ever seen used on a TF before. It feels very sturdy, along with the yellow. But the dark blue plastic is the kind I just hate. It’s the very cheap light KO type. The one where you see the sprue circles and that feels rough. It’s really too bad that they use this plastic on his arms.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

The armor is fine but doesn’t really do anything for me. The big drill is not tightly latched onto the smaller vehicle and while the transformation into armor is neat, there isn’t really anything cool about it aside from the helmet. The drill tank threads don’t look good as armour, since there is no weapon element to them. This is a far cry from the clear armour we had with the RID battlepacks.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

The armour is interchangeable with the other smaller bots since it’s just 5mm based. Here is a mash up with Prowl’s armour.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

The Transformation to shark mode is great. I really like how the legs are just the right shape to become the shark body. It’s the perfect complexity for a toy this size. As for the shark mode though, it’s too bad the lower jaw doesn’t really look like a jaw and not everything tabs in properly. There are still 5 mm ports in this mode so you can plug in weapons as you wish.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class

In the end, while I like the look of the base figure and I am glad the gimmick is far from as obtrusive as other gimmicks in the Cyberverse line, I don’t think it adds much either. With the Siege line you can take it or leave it, but with these the armour comes with the toy so you pay extra for an aspect that you may not care for.
Search Got Transformers News? Let us know here!

Most Popular Transformers News

Most Recent Transformers News

Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025963)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:23pm CDT
I kinda want him just to have an tiny Sky-Byte
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025971)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 2:59am CDT
He looks amazing and that in Scout class scale. He's a must to me. And the armor will end up as parts for customs :-D
Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP). The rest of the line to this point is not my cup of tea. Warrior Soundwave and Shockwave look pretty good in their bot modes at least but I have too many way cooler Soundys and Shockys and I was thinking about getting Ultra class Bumblebee and Shadowstriker only for their alt modes but gladly I ended up realizing that they are not worth it and I'm at the point now where my collection is big enough that I only want to buy figures that I really want.
And third of this line to me will be Elite class Cheetor.
Image
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025972)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 4:40am CDT
I NEED that Sky-Byte. :x
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025984)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:54am CDT
Lunatic Prime wrote:Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP).


How does that work?? :-? :???:
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025985)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 26th, 2019 @ 8:01am CDT
I've seen a few people do this, don't know if the connection actually works
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025986)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 8:09am CDT
Dr. Caelus wrote:
Lunatic Prime wrote:Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP).


How does that work?? :-? :???:

You mean the Battle Base Trailer for SIEGE OP?

Image
But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture. The angle the picture was taken from is pretty charming for what's actually going on. In theory just flip up his feet and "peg" the trailer ontop of them. But then the front of the trailer sits too high so it's at an angle. What I want to do now is remove the sides of the part where the feet "peg" in.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025991)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:04am CDT
Lunatic Prime wrote:But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture.


eeesh, and that pic doesnt even look good
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025994)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:32am CDT
The Cyberverse line has been rather underwhelming for collectors by not providing any class that is not gimmick ridden or simplified. The Bumblebee movie line at least had some character designs show up in the Studio Series line but the awesome designs from Cyberverse do not have an equivalent. However, the Spark Armor battle class toys do offer something more familiar. While there is a gimmick involved, it is armoring up the bots via 5 mm ports, same as the COMBAT gimmick in the Siege line and like Siege that means the transformations and proportions are not affected by the gimmick (unlike the rest of Cyberverse). The battle class toys are slightly taller than legends class toys, as you will see in the images below. So it offers a cheap alternative if you want bots in this scale. That still begs the question though, are these toys any good? Well let’s take a look at Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class Prowl.

Image

Image

I will start by saying that at least this toy looks better than the warrior class which has a very out of proportion chest. However, aside from getting a G1 styled prowl in pseudo legends class, there isn’t much to love here. The articulation is much more limited than Skybytes since the knees are more for transformation than for posing and the arms don’t have a bicep curl due to them being on a hinge rather than a ball joint. At least I have no issues with the plastic used, as I did with Skybyte.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

I prefer his little drone buddy over Skybyte’s. It makes for better armour since the sleek cybertronian ship offers the armour a better look and added weaponry for the arms. The helmet you get out of it is fun for Prowl. Also, the armour has some poseable shoulder cannons, giving homage to the classic Datsun staple.

Image

Image

Image

Image

The armour is interchangeable with the other smaller bots since it’s just 5mm based. Here is a mash up with Skybyte’s armour.

Image

Image

Image

Image

The Transformation to police car is one we have seen countless times. It’s basically the same we got for the Cyberbattalion Prowl. It doesn’t feel as simple in this size class though, but it feels as unimaginative. It’s hard to get excited from another police car alt mode though I must add the sad note that there is black plastic that clashes with the white. It’s the same problem we have been seeing since the Dead End mold.

Image

Image

Image

Image

In the end, I find it too bad that the articulation is lacking here. It could have made up for the lackluster transformation. I do like the little armour partner buddy though, it works much better than Skybyte’s. Still, this is a very standard figure for Prowl that doesn’t add much to the character’s legacy apart from the armour.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2025997)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:57am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Lunatic Prime wrote:But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture.


eeesh, and that pic doesnt even look good

Not by default, no. But if you want to mod him so his legs fit completely under the trailer feel free to do so. But I can tell you right now you will have to remove the gimmick of the spring-loaded cannons.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026211)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 5:21pm CDT
I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026213)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 5:29pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026229)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:00pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.



It depend. I didn't really liked the overkill of tiny parts. Still that Grimlock was pretty damn awesome. Also, first wave of the Armor guys. Chance for plenty of stocks with the sales that go with them are pretty high.

I'm still not waiting for Sky-Bite though. Having known I would have looked deeper in the shelves. I was in a hurry when I took Screamers and Jetfire.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026247)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:33pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.



It depend. I didn't really liked the overkill of tiny parts. Still that Grimlock was pretty damn awesome. Also, first wave of the Armor guys. Chance for plenty of stocks with the sales that go with them are pretty high.

I'm still not waiting for Sky-Bite though. Having known I would have looked deeper in the shelves. I was in a hurry when I took Screamers and Jetfire.

The RiD battle packs were great, Grimlock and Sideswipe were both really enjoyable and I am glad to have both.

I may get Sky Byte, he looks pretty good
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026261)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:03pm CDT
I'm looking forward to all of these. I don't expect giant robots of war to do diving dog or other yoga poses and I've liked most of cyberverse.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026263)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:11pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:I'm looking forward to all of these. I don't expect giant robots of war to do diving dog or other yoga poses and I've liked most of cyberverse.

It's downward dog.
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026266)
Posted by Stargrave on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:13pm CDT
Just finish it off with a DDP Yoga Diamond Cutter and no one will know you’re faking it...
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026315)
Posted by Emerje on June 27th, 2019 @ 5:39am CDT
00Stargrave00 wrote:Just finish it off with a DDP Yoga Diamond Cutter and no one will know you’re faking it...

Image

Emerje
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026339)
Posted by Stargrave on June 27th, 2019 @ 9:22am CDT
Emerje wrote:
00Stargrave00 wrote:Just finish it off with a DDP Yoga Diamond Cutter and no one will know you’re faking it...

Image

Emerje


:lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026348)
Posted by bacem on June 27th, 2019 @ 10:42am CDT
Got this from transfans facebook page. Really digging this, and he seems to have decent articulation too,,including neck swivel. Probably gonna use him as a filler on my chug shelf.

FB_IMG_1561649182927.jpg

FB_IMG_1561649195553.jpg

FB_IMG_1561649192551.jpg
Re: Pictorial Review of New Skybyte Toy from Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class (2026350)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 27th, 2019 @ 10:47am CDT
bacem wrote:Got this from transfans facebook page. Really digging this, and he seems to have decent articulation too,,including neck swivel. Probably gonna use him as a filler on my chug shelf.

FB_IMG_1561649182927.jpg

FB_IMG_1561649195553.jpg

FB_IMG_1561649192551.jpg

He looks great. It's just a pity that his arms can't be hidden in the armor's ones.

Do we have a release date yet?

Featured Products on Amazon.com

Buy "Transformers Authentics Bumblebee" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Deluxe Stryker 1 Action Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Solus Prime Prime Master" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Leader Evolution Optimus Prime" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Studio Series 07 Leader Class Movie 4 Grimlock" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Power of The Primes Voyager Class Elita-1" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Deluxe Class Dinobot Swoop" on AMAZON
Buy "Masterpiece MPM-7 Bumblebee" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Firefly Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Dead End Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Wheeljack" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: The Last Knight Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm" on AMAZON
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #226 - Fire in the Sky
Twincast / Podcast #226:
"Fire in the Sky"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Sunday, July 7th, 2019

New Items on eBay

Buy "KRE-O Transformers Stealth Bumblebee & Autobot Jazz Sets (31145 & 98814)" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Prime Rid Hasbro Rumble Figure Loose" on EBAY
Buy "TRANSFORMERS PRIME - FIRST EDITION SERIES - STARSCREAM (A24)" on EBAY
Buy "TRANSFORMERS PRIME - ROBOTS IN DISGUISE - ULTRA MAGNUS VOYAGER CLASS (A8)" on EBAY
Buy "[ToysHero] In Hand Transformers Generations Siege Galactic Man Shockwave" on EBAY
Buy "1995 Transformers Beast Wars: Optimus Primal Bat Action Figure" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Studio Series 40 Deluxe Bumblebee Shatter Movie Action Figure" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Robots In Disguise Prime VEHICON Complete Warrior 2011" on EBAY