Transformers Generation 2 1995 Toy Reviews: Air Raid

in 1995, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberjet, Generation 2, Generation One

Transformers Generation 2

General Information:
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 depending on retailer
Accessories: Missiles x 2

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One of the last gasps of Generation 2 were redecos of previously released sculpts as classic G1 characters. Included in this redeco wave were the Cyberjets, now all given new decos and identities as Autobots. Air Raid is intended to be the classic Aerialbot in a new body. This review will focus on the changes made to this toy for this release. Check out Skyjack's review for a more detailed review of the sculpt.

Vehicle Mode:
The redeco of Skyjack into Air Raid has to be one of the simplest in Transformers history. The base color of the vehicle mode is still black. The stickers on the rear missile launcher have been changed to a red outline on black with the numbers 1003. The stickers near the cockpit now simply read "United States".

The rear of the vehicle has been changed as well. Where Skyjack had a jagged flame pattern, Air Raid has a very subtle blue spray op which increases in intensity as you go back. Very nicely done. His left wing has a US Air Force Roundel symbol in a muted reddish color.

Robot Mode:
The robot mdoe's color change is even simpler than the vehicle mode. The missiles are no longer yellow, now both are cast in white. All the parts that were red on Skyjack (upper arms, upper legs, waist) are now light blue instead.
And that's really it.

No mold degradation has occurred. If anything, my Air Raid is a bit tighter than Skyjack.

Final Thoughts:
There are so many versions of this mold currently out there, there's nothing particularly special about this version where you must hunt it down. But it is a cool toy and worthy of adding to any Transformers collection, just don't spend more than $10 to do so.