So I was finally able to get my hands on the 5th member of this Combiners Wars set, Sky Lynx. I was really looking forward to this set of figures mostly because we rarely get a decent Sky Lynx figure from Hasbro. I went into this set of figures very optimistic I could not wait to get it set up and see how they all looked but I was very surprised with what I found..... Click READ MORE to continue.
To form Sky Reign you need the following figures. Wheeljack (Left Arm), Hound (Right Arm), Sky Lynx (Torso), Smokescreen (Left Leg), & Trailbreaker (Right Leg). Below we will break down each figure individually.
Transformation from robot to car is simple with some issues being when you have to clip the back of the car to the front but nothing terrible. Transforming him into the Arm is simple as well. Wheeljack is a new mold which is also cool. Nothing realy special though, no "Wow" factor.. he is an inventor he creates new technology all the time for the Autobots but Hasbro decided to only give him that generic gun/sword we have seen multiple times. They could have easily giving him a better weapon. Also in car mode the only place to put the weapon is on the roof which just looks strange.
Hound looks decent, I really like his gun design. BUT Hound is just a repaint of Swindle from the Bruticus set. Transforming from Robot to Car to Hand is not bad. I had some trouble with the directions for him. The pictures really aren't very clear as to where you should be moving his roll bars and hood piece to, plus the red coloring on the grey paper was a strain on the eyes. I know they always do this coloring BUT the parts that they wanted moved were so tiny that you had to really stare at the page to figure it out. His weapon plugs right into the top of his roof and looks like it should be there so that is a positive. I feel like he needed another color I know he is a military Jeep but he just looks like he needed something more.
Okay so I am probably going to take a beating here but keep in mind these reviews are my honest opinion. I never hate on a figure so I can get attention. So here it goes... I HATE SKY LYNX! Yup I said it. This figure is frustrating to transform and doesn't even look that good. I know these aren't Takara MP figures and I am aware that I am basically reviewing a kids toy from Hasbro but Sky Lynx just let me down so hard. His instructions are not clear changing him from whatever he is to shuttle mode (he is a space shuttle right?) is a big pain and the instructions to transform him into torso mode are just confusing. Just like with Hound we had trouble telling what we were moving or what way the pieces needed to be moved to be in the correct spot. Below I provided a picture of Step 2 to Step 3.
So in Step 2 they want us to pull his neck and head up and forward easy enough. In Step 3 they want the tail fin pulled back cool no problem but WHAT THE HELL IS BEING MOVED IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS BODY?!?! It turns out to be the rest of the top of the shuttle and it needs to flip completely forward. It doesn't like to move in that direction though so you need to force it. Basically if they never made another Sky Lynx figure ever again I would be okay with it. I feel like they only made him part of a bigger combiner so they would be able to sell him because on his own I would have skipped this figure completely. Check out his 2 forms below.
Smokescreen is another repainted mold with a different head. Transforming him from Robot to Car to Foot is simple and there were no big issues with moving his parts. There is nothing fancy about him he is a basic figure. His weapon, like Wheeljack, does not have a place to go so you have to place it on his roof which makes him look goofy. Pictures below...
So Trailbreaker was actually in competition with Sky Lynx to be the most hated figure in this set. Transforming him from Robot to Car/Truck/Whatever he is mode was a pain. His instructions again UNCLEAR the images do not tell you exactly what to do, his arms don't lock into his sides and I found myself forcing pieces into place. At one point I had to stop and walk away from it because it was so frustrating. This figure alone took about 25 mins to transform. I believe Trailbreaker is a new mold for this set and he has that blaster hand which we have seen a few times before. Going to his foot mode is frustrating as well but easier than putting him into vehicle mode. Oh and his ax weapon, yea that has NO spot to be placed. There is one hole in the back of him but the weapon doesn't fit in that spot and on the side it just looks dumb.
Lets put them all together. Sky Reign, where do I start? His head is too small for his body and his arms are too long. His mouth doesn't move so it is stuck in the open position like he just saw something he shouldn't have seen. He doesn't have any big guns or weapons to hold in his hands like the previous combiners do. From the side there is a gaping hole from lack of parts to go there and from behind his back is just open. He has a tail, which is Sky Lynx head and it seems like they could have had that piece fold up into his back but they decided a tail would be better. He also can not be posed at all with out falling down. Over all I am not impressed with Sky Reign and that is sad because I really wanted this figure to be good.
Wheeljack, Smokescreen, Trailbreaker & Hound all come with a Transformer comic from IDW each telling a unique story. This is probably the only part of this set that is worth any time. I definitely recommend you at least take a look at those.
I didn't take too many comparison shots mostly because I was so frustrated with this entire set of figures and I didn't feel like it was even worth it. Sky Reign is around the same height has the other combiners coming in a bit shorter than Bruticus and slightly taller than the Legacy Dino Megazord.
It should be clear from reading above that I am not happy with Sky Reign and friends at all. I have never wanted to throw a figure set at the wall more in my entire life than I wanted to with Sky Reign. Hes clunky, has a strange color scheme, looks like they put very little effort into him and any potential he did have was removed. His arms are very boxy making him hard to pose. Seriously Hound is actually a box on wheels why would you make him an arm?!?! These reasons plus my increased blood pressure from transforming and combining these 5 figures is why Sky Reign only gets 1 and a half PUNCHES.
Basically if Sky Reign was captured and slowly dipped into the Smelting Pools of Cybertron an inch at a time I would be okay with that. I might even buy popcorn to watch his demise.
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