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This article is about the Autobot Pretender Helicopter. For the Autobot Micromaster Jet, see Sky High (Micromaster).


The great barbarian, Sky High, titanic muscles straining under the effort of days in combat against the endless armies of orcs and trolls that guarded the castle of the Dark Lord Skullgrin, raises his massive scythe, and swings it in a sweeping arc that shatters the dark gate to splinters. He turns in triumph and calls the party members behind him, "Come! Brave Landmine, sword-wielder. Wise Cloudburst, master of magic. Stoic Waverider, traveler of the depths. The keep of our enemy lies before us! The day has come at last! Let the Brotherhood of Primus enter here, and victory shall be ours!”

...and so the battle continues in the never-ending world of adventure that Sky High lives out in his imagination. Those who don’t know the hulking, powerful Pretender (great barbarian hero, space adventurer, dashing spy take your pick) assume that his quietness and spacey erratic behavior result from his being all brawn and no brains. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sky High is as smart as he is strong, but to escape from the harsh reality of war the imaginative Pretender (Warrior of Primus), an extreme introvert, has fashioned his own fantasy world of high adventure in his mind, where he is the great hero of an epic story. So involved and immersed is Sky High in his fantasy world that he works everything that happens around him into his imaginary adventures. Sky High blatantly and purposefully ignores reality in favor of his dreams. Thankfully he is intelligent and imaginative enough that he usually has no problem working his actual situation and orders (quests) into his ongoing daydream.

Sky High, along with being very intelligent and imaginative, is also stronger, faster, and more durable than the average Transformer even without his Pretender shell (Battle Armor of the Hawk perhaps) which boosts his strength immensely (+5). In his shell he swings a sonic scythe (elf-forged weapon) that breaks molecular bonds, has access to leg mounted energy beams that can blind opponents (Spell of Blinding), and wears a utility belt with rocket boosters (Enchanted Belt of Flight) that enables him to fly. In robot mode he wields a cerebro-scrambling gun (Wand of Confusion) which he can also use when he transforms (shape-changes) to helicopter mode (a hawk).


Fiction

Sky High has never done anything of interest, anywhere, ever. He's barely even stood around in the background. Pretender to the Throne Sad but true. Maybe he and Skyfall should form a "criminally underused" club.

Toys

Generation One

  • Sky High (Pretender, 1988)
    • Accessories: Blades, gun, helmet, belt
G1skyhigh toy

Before and after?

Sky High's inner robot transforms into a Cybertronic helicopter. Unlike many of the other vague Cybertronic vehicles that Pretenders transformed into, Sky High's vehicle is designed to be clearly recognisable. The rotor blades turn but do not spin. They form his scythe melee weapon for the outer shell, which is red-headed, orange-eyed human in a space suit. In similar fashion to Sky High's fellow Autobot Pretenders Splashdown and Groundbreaker, the space suit chest plate features a animal-like design motif, with the "snout" at the center of his chest and yellow "eyes" at his shoulders. In his case, it is a bird.


Notes

  • Sky High's toy has one of the most contradictory Tech Spec/bio combos around. It describes him as a brick-dumb muscle-head, but then gives him an impressive Intelligence stat of 8 and a motto about "imagination unlocking the keys of reality." Dreamwave's MTMTE profile book did a fairly clever job of making that all actually work together by cooking up the expanded characterization above.
  • Also in common with Splashdown and Groundbreaker, Sky High's toy was not pictured in the initial version of the 1988 toy catalog, instead being replaced by a "coming soon" silhouette.

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