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Name: Jetfire
Series: Classics
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Sukhoi Su-37 Fighter



JET MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 7cm

   A small white fighter with some off white undercarriage kibble, Jetfire is a repaint of Cybertron Legends Thundercracker. There's red paint around the canopy, running along his wings and fuselage and on tailfins. The canopy itself is black and there's a small Autobot logo stamped on top of the fuselage. There are twin tailfins and no booster elements as on the original Jetfire toy. This toy is a scaled down version of a Deluxe, but avoids the overly simple look of many Legends toys. The colours are a good match fo those of Jetfire, also - they sell this as Jeftire even if the style of this plane is vastly different to the macross-derived original.

   Small and simple, Jetfire doesn't do much but he looks nice. There is a vestigial key slot on the back and the central spine of the toy lifts up (although it lacks the stupid key gimmick of the larger Thundercracker). There are moulded, non functional wheels underneath, including one on a gunpod tucked away under the fuselage, which is visible if not prominent.

   While the simplification robs Jetfire of any play value, I can deal with that on this scale. This is naturally a low detail jet but the colours look nice and do a good job of making this fairly arbitrary repaint work, both from a tribute perspective and a aesthetic point of view.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Broadly based on the large Thundercracker toy, mainly for the end result rather than the jointing. Swing the gunpod out to the left side, fold the legs out to the front. Fold the cockpit, nose and legs underneath to form the torso and legs of the robot (this also reveals the head), fold down his feet and stand Jetfire up. Lastly, pivot the gunpod into position as a handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9cm Width: 7cm

   A white robot with off white feet and arms, Jetfire has a silver face with blue eyes, along with some blue on his thighs and a black canopy on his chest. The boxy head and wings poking out to the sides suit Skyfire better than Jetfire, and the addition of blue here really makes this robot mode work as Skyfire. While it's an interesting dichotomy, the separation of this toy into a Jetfire and a Skyfire mode works surprisingly well. The bulk of the jet sits on his back as a plate, with the wings sitting on either side of his arms. The top of this plate sits behind and above the head, adding about 1cm of height (the top of the head is only 8cm tall).

   While Jetfire loses the key gimmick of the larger Thundercracker toy, this also means that he now gets two arms, with a proper right arm rather than the stupid stalk. The gunpod is meant to be permanently attached, and is meant to resemble the launcher, but can detach giving Jetfire an unobstructed right arm. The gunpod attaches via a ball joint, on the inside of his mid forearm, and as a result can be "posed", along with the arms themselves which are ball jointed at the shoulders. The legs are also on (restricted) ball joints, which don't really offer any poseability.

   A fairly static robot mode but one that's well painted - the Skyfire tribute is very strong considering the mould is a scaling down of a different character. The white and off white plastics together is unusual, but it's not something that really stands out.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   One of the better "Legends" sized toys, Jetfire manages to tribute the original Jetfire toy in vehicle mode and Skyfire in robot mode. Both modes look good thanks to a good paint job and fairly simple colours. It's a fairly simple mould and while he's fairly static, Jetfire is a good Legends toy - 8/10

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