Cybertron Toy Reviews: Jetfire (Legends)

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: September 2005
Retailer: Speciality Stores (Walgreens, Meijer's etc.) and Toys R Us
Price: $4.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Image from the Official Transformers web site.

Tech Specs:
Autobot commander hero of the skies.

Strength: 9 Intelligence: 10 Speed: 8 Endurance: 8 Rank: 9 Courage: 10 Firepower: 8.5 Skill: 9

Jetfire has been the right hand 'bot of Optimus Prime since Armada, making him a natural character to be chosen as one of the Legends of Cybertron figures.

Robot Mode:
Usually with smaller versions of large toys quite a bit of aesthetic sacrifice is made to get the toy out at a certain price point. However, Jetfire manages to avoid sacrificing too much in robot form. The sculpt is very faithful to his larger form, down to small line details on his chest and cut lines under his crest on the head. One of the nicer aspects of the largerer Cybertron Jetfire figure is its ability to combine a bulky/powerful looking robot with some sleek details. This smaller version manages to do the same. The chest, rounded arms and thick lower legs certainly look powerful, but his thin, angled wings on his shoulders and his angled head design give him a sleek appearance at the same time. The designers did sculpt in his back mounted weapon, so all he needs to do is hunch over a bit to blast away at his enemies.

Functionally, Jetfire sacrifices a bit in the articulation department, but that is to be expected. His arms are basically locked in an "L" shaped position. His fists cannot retract, so even in vehicle mode they just stick out. Since they are so small however, it is not as distracting as it sounds. In total Jetfire has five points of articulation. His knees are ball jointed, but this is more to accomodate the transformation than to allow knee articulation since the lower legs can bend in but not back.

Jetfire is cast mostly in silver and green plastic. Metallic silver and metallic red paint are used for paint details and an Autobot symbol is tampographed onto his chest.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the robot head down.
  2. Swing the arms up against the undersides of the wings.
  3. Swing the ends of the wings down.
  4. Swing the cockpit piece up.
  5. Rotate the central hinge the legs are connected to and then fold the legs up against the underside of the jet.
  6. Swing the rear cannon section back.

Vehicle Mode:
The design continuity offered between the robot and vehicle modes is a powerful, yet sleek appearance. Here Jetfire's power is conveyed through the large cockpit (with missile pods out), large central cargo section and his multiple large engine turbines. But then you toss in the long and angled wings and the smaller angled wings on the back and he looks like he could pull of some impressive maneuvers rather than being some large, lumbering plane.

There really are no new details revealed in this form. Rather you simply get to see a lot of the detail from the robot mode better such as the air intakes on the wings and the cut lines running along the central trunk of the plane.

While Legends of Cybertron figures do not have Cyber Key gimmicks, you can mimic Jetfire's Cyber Key power by swinging the rear of the vehicle forward so the cannons point ahead, giving him some extra firepower in this form as well.

Final Thoughts:
I'm very fond of the Cybertron Jetfire sculpt so seeing it translated so well into a mini-form is awesome. Highly recommended.