Transformers Generation 2 1995 Toy Reviews: Jetfire

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

Images:

*Tech Specs courtesy of the Hartman brothers at: http://www.tsarchive.net

Staying with a tried and true method of releasing more toys at minimal cost, many of the last run Generation 2 toys were given new decos and released as new toys. To bolster their marketability, many of these toys were given the identities of classic Transformers characters. In this case, the Cyberjet Hooligan was given a new deco and renamed, Jetfire. Read over Hooligan's review for details on the sculpt itself. This review will cover the changes made to the toy for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Whereas Hooligan was a fairly bright and dramatic set of colors, the designers decided to tone things down with Jetfire. His primary color is light grey with black wings. His missile launcher is black and the missiles themselves have been changed to white. The best part of the deco however are dark grey camo patterns that can be found from front to back. They really add to the military feel of the jet and make it look distinctly different than its predecessor.

Paint apps aren't the only details on Jetfire. He also has sticker details, and this is where things get a bit odd. On the wings, things are normal. The stickers on the top of the wings are grey with the same camo on it as the rest of the jet. Towards the ends of the wings you'll find the US Air Force Roundel symbol. When we take a look at the tail fins however, this is where things get weird. Jetfire is an Autobot - but he has Decepticon symbol stickers on his fins. While you may think that in a toy line as large as the Transformers this would have occurred many times before, it really hasn't. To this day Jetfire remains one of the few Transformers to be "mislabeled" in this way.

My speculation is that this redeco may have originally been conceived as a Decepticon, but at the last minute it was decided to "balance" the Cyberjets out by making the second run Autobots, but it was too late to change production. This is of course, pure speculation, but I like to think it was this rather than the designers just messing up!

Robot Mode:
Jetfire remains mostly light grey in this form, and thanks to his torso being primarily made up of his jet mode's front end, he also carries over the camo pattern to a limited degree. The upper arms, upper legs and waist section are all light blue, a color that always goes well with grey. His "T" shaped translucent piece on the robot head remains translucent yellow.

Jetfire suffers from no mold degradation in this form. His joints are still tight and he is very posable. Unlike Hooligan who is a bit bright, Jetfire is very subdued and that works well for a redeco.

Final Thoughts:
Jetfire is a cool redeco, but it seems quite obvious he was meant to be someone else early on. I actually would have preferred that he either be a Decepticon jet or a brand new character. The recently released R-Blade is really the best "Jetfire-ish" use of this sculpt. Worth getting since it is an excellent toy despite its identity, and he has a cool deco to boot.