Flywheels (also known as Skytread) tries to keep it together and stay upbeat, he really does, but it's hard when your mind (and often your body) is literally divided in two. A split-personality would be trouble enough, but to add injury to illness Flywheel's two halves are very jealous of each other and basically hate each other's guts. They spend more time fighting one another than the Autobots. It doesn't matter whether they're unified in robot-form or not, Flywheel's two halves go right on arguing, which can be disconcerting to others around him to say the least.
Marvel Comics continuity.
(Note: Events from the UK comics are in italics.)
Flywheels first appeared in a brief battle against Ultra Magnus and the Sparkabots. He was knocked out of the air by Ultra Magnus and was captured by the Autobots. As a prisoner he was soon forced to fight with his captors against a horde of zombie Transformers in Kalis let loose by Flame. Flywheels disobeyed Ultra Magnus' order not to open fire on the zombots. While engaged in the fighting with the zombots Ultra Magnus allowed Flywheels to go and get reinforcements (though had little expectation of the Duocon's return). Surprisingly, Flywheels did come back with Trypticon to give the remaining zombots a good stomping.
He later joined the Mayhem Attack Squad and took part in their joint attack with the Wreckers on Galvatron and Megatron. Although he is not seen to die in the ensuing fight, his corpse can be seen on the ground just before Rodimus Prime and the other Autobots intervene to save the remaining Wreckers and Mayhems.
Generation one cartoon
The Headmasters cartoon
- Voice actor: Yūki Satō (Japan)
War For Cybertron Trilogy
Chapter 1: Siege
The Decepticons get into position. Skytread, Impactor, Barricade, and Spinister all check in as they set a trap for the Autobots and attack. Skytread attacks Optimus, but he is taken down without difficulty. Optimus then shoots a Seeker out of the sky, causing it to crash into a nearby building, which in turn causes the building to collapse on top of Impactor and the Decepticons. This allows the Autobots to escape.
Skytread and Ravage search for Impactor, but they’re unsuccessful. Only recovering his arm. They head back to retrieve the energon, but it’s gone, which they inform Megatron of.
Skytread and Spinister are approached by Mirage, who cloaks himself as a Decepticon. His cloak malfunctions, and they draw their weapons. However, the Autobots covers him and begin attacking. Optimus makes quick work of Spinister, piercing his chest with a sharp rod.
Chapter 2: Earthrise
Skytread catches Jetfire, Elita, Red Alert, and Chromia trying to sneak away. Surprisingly, he means to help them. While he’s not an Autobot sympathizer, he also doesn’t condone Project Nemesis.
Skytread and several other Decepticons capture Jetfire, Red Alert, Chromia, and Scrapface. They attempts to explain to Spinister that they need to turn around because the arena is rigged to blow, but he doesn't believe them. Chromia arrives and saves them from being taken into the arena by the Decepticons, shooting down their enemies, including Skytread despite the fact that he helped them escape last time.
- Flywheels (Duocon, 1987)
- Japanese ID number: D-97
- Accessories: Gun
- Flywheels' robot mode is made from the combination of a maroon F-4 Phantom II fighter jet and a brown self-propelled howitzer of vague origin, that make up his alt mode. His only articulation is the up and down movement of his arms at the shoulder, and his only accessory is a maroon rifle.
- The lack of wheels on Flywheels' altmode has led to speculation that he and Battletrap may have swapped names during production. In fact, when they are first introduced in The Headmasters, their name captions are swapped around, which further adds to this theory.