Skyhammer (Transformers)

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Skyhammer is the name of four fictional characters in the Transformers series. The first Skyhammer is a heroic Autobot Pretender introduced in 1989. The second Skyhammmer is a Decepticon allied Mini-Con who turns into a jet which was introduced in 2008. The third Skyhammer is a Decepticon Power Core Combiner who turns into a jet who was introduced in 2011. The fourth Skyhammer is an Autobot helicopter from the Dark of the Moon series introduced in 2011.

Transformers

Skyhammer
Transformers character
Skyhammer-box.jpg
Transformers Skyhammer in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Cybertronian car
Function

Ground and Air Assault
Motto

"There is no disgrace in not succeeding, only in not trying."
Series

Transformers
Sub-group

Ultra Pretenders
Tech specs

ST08 IN08 SP08 EN09

RN07 CO09 FB08 SK09

Skyhammer is high ranking Autobot who is described as a know-it-all do-gooder.[1]

Fictional biography

A valiant, vigilant warrior. Dedicated to defending the innocent. Automated high-tech sky cruiser ideal for defending against enemy attack. Thermal blasters in wings liquefy metal on impact. Front-mounted high-frequency modulators provide long-range audio and visual surveillance and tracking capabilities. Coolant vents in nose emit black clouds of sleep gas, and top-mounted turbo-fans can produce cyclonic wind funnels. Also armed with twin lightning bolt cannons and programmable, steel-shattering sonic overloader. Outer shell armed with photon pistol and converts to super-sonic hoverjet.

Animated series

Skyhammer was created after the animated Transformers series ended in the US, so his only animated appearance was as in toy commercials for his toy. In it, he is seen fighting the Decepticon Roadblock.[2]

Fun Publications

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Skyhammer appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[3]

In Transformers Invasion Skyhammer is among the Autobots in Japan who help get people to safety from an Earthquake caused by Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus using the Terminus Blade.[4]

Skyhammer appeared in Another Light where he was among the mixed Autobot and Decepticon team stationed at the Ironworks base on Classicverse Earth. When Shattered Glass Primus attacked the Earth, Gaia teleported the humans and human looking Pretenders away.[5]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers Ultra Pretender Skyhammer (1989)
An Autobot Pretender. He has two shells, one turns from a humanoid into a jet, the other is a hover vehicle.[6][7]


Transformers: Universe

Skyhammer
Transformers character
Minicon12pack-box.jpg
Universe Mini-Con 12 pack
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
Partner

Cloudraker & Boltflash
Series

Transformers: Universe
Sub-group

Mini-Cons, Overcast Team

Nineteen years after the original Skyhammer was released, Hasbro reused the name. This Skyhammer is a Decepticon allied Mini-Con who turns into a jet. His deco is similar to that of a G.I. Joe Rattler.[8]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Universe Armada Series Mini-Con Class 12-Pack (2008)
Skyhammer is a recolor of Steel Wind. Turns from robot to jet.[9]
The package swaps the team names of the Ransack and Overcast Mini-Con Teams, but their proper names were published on the Hasbro web site.


Transformers: Power Core Combiners

Skyhammer
Transformers character
Skyhammerpcc-carded.jpg
Power Core Combiners Skyhammer on card
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Jet
Partner

Airlift
Series

Transformers: Power Core Combiners
Sub-group

Commanders
Tech specs

ST09 IN08 SP09 EN06

RN06 CO09 FB08 SK07

In 2011 a new character named Skyhammer was released as a Decepticon Power Core Combiner jet. Where Power Core Combiners fits in Transformers fiction is vague, although it has some connections with the 2007 live action Transformer movie series.

Reception

Reviewers have commented how the head of Skyhammer looks like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica.[10]

When Maketoys released promotional images of their Missile Launcher Jungle Type toy they included photos of it combined with Skyhammer.[11]

Fictional biography

The boiling clouds of an approaching thunderstorm hold terror for any Autobot caught in the open. Skyhammer manipulates the weather to generate ferocious winds, torrential rains and destructive blasts of lightning. As soon as his enemies are disoriented by the pounding storm, he descends from the clouds, smashing into opponents like a hammer.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Power Core Combiners Skyhammer with Airlift (2011)
A new mold.[12]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Skyhammer
Transformers character
Skyhammerdotm-box.jpg
Dark of the Moon Skyhammer in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Helicopter
Series

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Sub-group

Voyagers
Tech specs

ST07 IN09 SP09 EN06

RN08 CO10 FB07 SK08

In 2011 another Skyhammer was introduced as part of the toy line associated with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This Skyhammer is a heroic Autobot who turns into a helicopter.

Fictional biography

Back on Cybertron, Skyhammer was a highly decorated Autobot aerial assault commander. He was tasked with personally advising Optimus Prime in countless skirmishes with the Decepticons. Skyhammer is surprisingly nimble given his size and weapon payload. He is an expert with projectile weapons, but also excels in hand-to-hand combat. He carries an energon blade bestowed on him by Optimus Prime as recognition of extraordinary courage and heroism in battle.

Fun Publications

Vector Prime noted that in Tyran 511.0 Kappa, Skyhammer was destined to come to Earth in events yet to be recorded in the Quadwal cluster.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Dark of the Moon Voyager Skyhammer (2011)
A new Voyager mold of Skyhammer. His Mech Tech weapon is a blaster with a retractable sword.[13]
The mold for this figure is also used for Transformers: Age of Extinction Voyager Autobot Drift and BotCon 2013 Sandstorm.


References

  1. Bellemo, Mark (2007). Transformers: Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 218. ISBN 0-89689-445-2. 
  2. YouTube.com
  3. http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2012-transformers-invasion-box/17534/news.html
  4. Benson Yee & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Jake Isenberg (i). "Transformers Invasion" Transformers Timelines v2, 7 (2012), Fun Publications
  5. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications
  6. TFU.info - Skyhammer (G1)
  7. Huxford, Sharon (1995). Schroeder's collectible toys antique to modern price guide. Collector Books. ISBN 978-0-89145-661-2. 
  8. http://www.bwtf.com/toyreviews/universe2/kmart-minicons
  9. TFU.info - Universe Skyhammer
  10. http://www.bwtf.com/toyreviews/powercore/skyhammer
  11. http://www.maketoys.jp/MT-04.html
  12. TFW2005.com - Skyhammer
  13. TFW2005.com - Voyager Skyhammer