Transformers Sky Lynx (Shuttle)
I must confess, I've wanted a Sky Lynx
for many years. I really did want to get the full set of two robots
(the shuttle, seen here, and the crawler/transporter/"bottom thingie", seen here),
but... you know. Even reissues of original G1 figures can be
excruciatingly insanely priced, especially if you mean to get them
boxed so you can open it yourself and take a questionably healthy whiff
of newly released plastic. Sky Lynx was my "some day"
goal purchase of... some kind. To get after I did
something. I'd always loved the shuttle's design; he's just
so freaking cool, this... dinosaur bird dragon thing. And,
well, space shuttle. I'm kind of really into that.
Then I saw this guy on Ebay by complete stupid (though appreciated) accident. $20 after shipping. "Some day" was the second I hit the Buy It Now button.
I believe that they call this "played
with condition". Which I did expect; the seller had pictures,
none of this was a surprise. When he arrived, there were
several small colored marks which looked to be from other plastics
rubbing up against the white surface. There was a little
dirt, too, but those things were easily taken care of with a little bit
of baking soda paste. The stickers were clearly peeling just
a bit at the edges, so I sealed them with something high gloss to keep
In short, the previous owner played with their toys, but kept them in good condition. I couldn't be happier to give this guy another home. The Autobot rubsign does work, by the way... it's just that my hands are usually too cold to get the insignia to show up. Ahem.
I love newer Transformers, I really do. And I love Beast Wars-era toys, even when it was clear that some of them were designed on the tail end of a binge of some kind. But there really is a charm to these 1980s Japanese transforming robots that I would say does (IN PART only) justify the high prices of the originals.
Will I ever get the "bottom thingie" for a complete set? Oh sure, maybe someday. But the shuttle is what I really love, so... I don't mind the firm "maybe". I'm happy. He looks pretty happy, too.