CHEER FOR FRENZY AND OBEDIENCE
Sky Dasher is referred to as such in order to differentiate him from the other two Powerdashers that were available via several different mailorder catalogues. The term 'Sky Dasher' is a hang over from his original inclusion in the Diaclone line which, as we all know, is the source of many of the toys that would become associated with the early Transformers assortment. This guy here is what was shown in the mailorder piece, but as stated in my previous review of F-1 Dasher, you didn't always get this particular Powerdasher when you mailed in for him. I actually picked up Sky Dasher and Drill Dasher at the first Botcon in 1994.
Powerdashers came with no Tech Spec ratings. They did, however, have a rather generic blanket bio depiction on the inside of the instruction manual which were applied to all Powerdashers. I suppose that's better than nothing. The toy itself is actually my favourite Powerdasher.
For an alt mode, I really like this little guy. Even with the fists on the end of the nosecone, it's not readily obvious that this guy turns into a robot. For such a simple transformation scheme, the fighter craft mode comes off really well. As with all Powerdashers, he has a pull-back motor that allows it to zip along the floor. Unlike the F-1 Dasher, the construction of Sky Dasher lends itself to this feature the most, without having any moving parts that flop out of place no matter how old or worn out his joints might get.
It only takes a two small adjustments to transform this guy into robot mode, but the end result is satisfactory enough. As with the F-1 Dasher, I rather like the stickered face. It really lends a very vintage feel to what is otherwise intended to be a highly evolved robotic lifeform. His robot mode is well-proportioned and I like the broad shoulders, which give him an almost herculean look alongside his Powerdasher brethren.
Overall, Sky Dasher is a simple yet engaging toy. His vacuum metallized parts make him very light, but not in a chinsey way that might suggest easy breakage with casual play. The alt mode is really cool. He lacks any joints that would allow forward rotation for his arms or legs, but for such a simple transformation that yields decent results in both modes, that's not altogether such a small price to pay for an early transformable robot toy. There's a certain amount of simplicity to some of the old Transformers toys that really lends to the playability of the toyline; something that I think has been overlooked through the years in favour of what should be considered a 'believable' robot toy. He's certainly not my favourite Transformer, but I still prefer him over much of the newer stuff on the shelves these days. I will be sad to see him go.