Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx

Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx

Monday, April 6th, 2020 11:55pm CDT

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Thanks to multiple Seibertron users, we have news that the new Commander class figure for Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise has made its way into a video reviewer, who is prepared to give us a good look at this new figure!

Thanks to PrimevsPrime on Youtube, who is a source for early english language reviews of figures in both Earthrise and Studio Series, we have our first video review of this highly anticipated figure, whose name is none other than Sky Lynx, of course. Sky Lynx is basically a quintuple-changer and combiner of sorts, transforming from a space shuttle into a giant bird-dinosaur creature, and then splitting apart into a Lynx and a flying bird thingy, while also now having a shuttle base mode.

Sky Lynx is due out later in the year and retails for around $79.99. Check out the video review below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Credit(s): Prime vs. Prime Review


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Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059592)
Posted by Emerje on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:14am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:I have E14 as the Rung re-release.

Has he been officially announced? I was going off TFWiki which has Smashdown listed for E2 but nothing for E14. So maybe "Grindor" will be E40 if he's happening then?

Would have been nice if the Sky Lynx review could have stuck him with PotP Predaking for comparison. I'm sure he's much too small, but I'm curious.

Emerje
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059598)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:41am CDT
Okay, I just watched the Skylynx video, and I'm impressed. A much, much better figure than Jetfire was, IMO. He has a lot more going on, and all of his space is utilized. No robot parts hanging out all over the place. The lynx is definitely the best part, but of course the combined mode is how it should be. That shuttle mode makes me think that if they gave Astrotrain this treatment, he would have been a much better figure as well. Based on this review, I'll be getting Sky lynx for sure. Like the reviewer said, the bird mode is the weakest, but it still looks good. Great colors, great functionality, good transformation. A definite winner.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059601)
Posted by Emerje on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:51am CDT
I like the dino bird mode quite a bit, it's just the legs that are problematic. They're too close together making him look bowlegged at certain angles and his feet are all wrong. He has the feet of a song bird, not the talons of a bird of prey like the original.

Emerje
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059603)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:01am CDT
*grumblegrumbleJetfireDOESN'THAVErobotpartshangingoutallovertheplacegrumblegrumble*

Emerje wrote:I like the dino bird mode quite a bit, it's just the legs that are problematic. They're too close together making him look bowlegged at certain angles and his feet are all wrong. He has the feet of a song bird, not the talons of a bird of prey like the original.

Emerje
The feet are still talonlike IMO, they're just closer together so that they don't need the webbing the original had:
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The front claws are angled a bit flatter by default, but concessions did have to be made for the decidedly greater poseability of ER Sky Lynz's bird legs.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059604)
Posted by aronjlove on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:03am CDT
Yeah, I totally skipped Jetfire because he's cool but really just a big dude and I got combiners that are big dudes plus more. Now this, however, is the good stuff. Basically two Transformers that combine in both modes. Lynx is a lynx and a base and Sky is a bird and a shuttle. Or at least that's how I imagine the name split. Anyways, this makes me feel like I'm getting so much more for my money.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059607)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:05am CDT
Maybe talons were deemed too sharp by either Hasbro or safety regulations? And it's too bad about the wing hinges as well, the wings flop down under their weight when fully expanded. Otherwise, this figure has no negatives that I can see, though I will never put him in his 'base' mode. It's more like a launch pad like Astrotrain has anyway. That's why I said, had Astrotrain been a commander class figure (leader class Astrotrain plus extra crap) maybe his shuttle mode would look as good as Skylynx does, instead of looking half-finished.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059608)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:06am CDT
I'm pretty sure Astrotrain's shuttle mode would still have suffered so long as they stuck to the stupid cartoon chest, unless maybe if they gave him skinnier arms so that the majority of the shuttle aft didn't have to be comprised of his arms.
But even with the arms as-is, his shuttle mode would look a lot better if the chestplate covering them was one that could be right-side-up in both modes instead of having to expose its ugly hollow back.

Safety seems unlikely as a reason for the changes to Sky Lynx's feet. I'm pretty sure balance and possibly transformation clearance are more likely factors. If PotP Grimlock's dino foot claws are acceptable, I don't see why talons wouldn't be. I'm pretty sure the cause was desire to have flat feet for mechanical reasons.

Also, IMO the back part of the feet clinches them as still being talons. It's hooked like the rear toe of one, after all.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059609)
Posted by Sentinel_Primal on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:08am CDT
aronjlove wrote:Yeah, I totally skipped Jetfire because he's cool but really just a big dude and I got combiners that are big dudes plus more. Now this, however, is the good stuff. Basically two Transformers that combine in both modes. Lynx is a lynx and a base and Sky is a bird and a shuttle. Or at least that's how I imagine the name split. Anyways, this makes me feel like I'm getting so much more for my money.

That's why I skipped Jetfire (aside from general lack of space on my main display :lol: ). Sky lynx however, because of the bestial robot mode, feels like he actually does justify the size. Plus, because of the base mode, I'm going to add him to the Titanmaster/Micromaster city I have, though I'll need to decide what mode he'll be in most of the time
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059611)
Posted by Emerje on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:46am CDT
Indeed, the transformation is part of the foot problem. They chose to tuck them up inside the body instead of flattened out on the bottom so they would have to be made smaller and narrower to fit.

The wings don't bother me, mine wont be doing much flying around and there's still time for the looseness to be fixed.

Emerje
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059612)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on April 7th, 2020 @ 1:54am CDT
I think they also needed to be flatter to have more surface area on the ground.

Having the feet tuck into the body also makes the shuttle a bit more tidy beneath and lets it dock more flush with the back of the lynx.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059620)
Posted by Bounti76 on April 7th, 2020 @ 4:59am CDT
My only issue with his bird mode is the legs- not how skinny they are, but how closely together they seem to be the closer they get to the body. At some angles, it looks like they almost meet at the same point, like a kid drew and designed then. I realize most people will be displaying him in combined mode, but it's still a minor point of bother.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059665)
Posted by Sentinel_Primal on April 7th, 2020 @ 11:42am CDT
Based off the images just released of Snapdragon on Dengeki Hobby, I think it's safe to say the majority of his white plastic will be like Apeface's. That's not a problem for me as I didn't mind the plastic, but it's something a couple of people really hated. Still looking forward to getting this figure to complete the Horrorcons

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Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059666)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 7th, 2020 @ 11:46am CDT
He sure does look a lot nicer than Apeface did.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059667)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on April 7th, 2020 @ 11:55am CDT
Sentinel_Primal wrote:Based off the images just released of Snapdragon on Dengeki Hobby, I think it's safe to say the majority of his white plastic will be like Apeface's. That's not a problem for me as I didn't mind the plastic, but it's something a couple of people really hated. Still looking forward to getting this figure to complete the Horrorcons

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I'm actually fine with the reuse of the "soapy" colored white plastic. It makes Snapdragon match Apeface that much better together now. They're a matching pair.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059670)
Posted by aronjlove on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:00pm CDT
Are these pics or renders, as the white seems more matte than shiny on Apeface and these images make it look shiny.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059671)
Posted by M. Spector on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:00pm CDT
Snapdragon is looking snappy. All three of the modes are almost too clean looking to be true, cant wait to pick him up when this corona madness blows over!
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059672)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:03pm CDT
Snapdragon doesn't seem to have any battle damage paint apps. That's a shame. I wish he did for more parity with his partner, Apeface.
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059674)
Posted by Sentinel_Primal on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:04pm CDT
aronjlove wrote:Are these pics or renders, as the white seems more matte than shiny on Apeface and these images make it look shiny.

Pictures. And if I recall correctly, when Apeface's pictures were released they looked similarly shiny. It's all dependent on the lighting setup used
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059676)
Posted by blackeyedprime on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:15pm CDT
Hollow Dino arms are really bad but looks good otherwise - won't be too hard to sprinkle glitter on it to match apeface :p
Re: Video Review - Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Sky Lynx (2059681)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on April 7th, 2020 @ 12:52pm CDT
:roll: If you can't deal with visible hollows, especially when they're not all that big, maybe you should give up Transformers and collect the reboot Diaclone line instead.

Bounti76 wrote:My only issue with his bird mode is the legs- not how skinny they are, but how closely together they seem to be the closer they get to the body.
Well luckily for you, that's just an optical illusion. Having looked at both the video and the toy fair pics, there's a very definite space between them all the way up.

Bounti76 wrote:At some angles, it looks like they almost meet at the same point, like a kid drew and designed then.
That can happen with any Transformer with poseable legs, especially when they have a wide upper body.

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