Y’know, I kinda stopped reviewing Transformers awhile ago because I seldom had anything to say about them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Transformers, but when they actually got consistently good across the board, that’s when I struggled with reviewing them. Much like how most G.I. Joes or S.H. Figuarts are pretty much basically the same, I just ain’t got nothing extraordinary to talk about. Not so with Hasbro’s Transformers Thrilling Thirty Leader Jetfire here.
It’s not that Jetfire has a lot of flaws. Far from it. But I have a bunch to talk about because this toy seems to be a direct upgrade (re: fuck you) to the original Hasbro Transformers Classics Voyager Jetfire. Classics Jetfire was pretty good for its time, but it still had a few flaws, not to mention weird design choices which severely limited his lower body articulation.
A list of the Classics Jetfire’s “flaws” are the weird “Energon”-style hips, a cut beneath the knees which let him spin his lower legs (for no practical reason), and weird gimmicky feet; all of which limit his articulation. In jet mode, the connection that holds much of the jet together is just a single shallow peg and the robot arms are just glaringly hanging off the sides of the undercarriage. Speaking of the jet mode, it’s sort of a “neither fish nor fowl” deal as it’s neither really the Macross/Robotech Valkyrie in the original toyline, nor the Transformers cartoon’s “Skyfire” design. Finally, putting the “Fastpack” on involved REALLY scary snapping sounds
So now we come to the new Thrilling Thirty Jetfire. The hips are now normal universal hips with a swivel just below, and also conventional (if fucking HUGE) feet. Resulting in far more articulation and balance than the Classics toy. Not to mention, despite all the ratchets, the number of available positions is notably higher compared to the old Classics Jetfire.
Jet mode for the new Jetfire has a lot more tabs for a more stable connection, although there’s a lot of finagling required to make sure things line up right. The instructions are also kinda incomplete, as they leave out at least one important step (you have to snap the front section of the jet inward so things will line up right, popping it back out is a scary proposition that involves a sickening CRACK though). Otherwise, transformation is actually very similar to the Classics toy.
The arms are not swung inside the undercarriage, with the legs just hanging on the sides, though the legs blend in far better.
Overall, the jet mode is far more Valkyrie-ish. The robot mode has a snapped on mask that makes the toy look like a sorta streamlined/futuristic Battleroid. But pop the mask off and he’s undeniably “Skyfire”.
And finally, the “Fastpack” comes off and on much more smoothly, whilst still being clipped on firmly and securely.
Oh, and as a final note, I forgot to check for this guy’s Gerwalk mode, because I’m a fucking idiot. I’m also too fucking lazy to go back and check. Fuck.
So yeah, if you’re familiar with the Classics toy, this guy seems to be specifically designed to one-up it. There’s just too many little things that seem to be arbitrary, unless you take that into account.
Additionally, this new Jetfire has a LOT of guns. Even more so than the old one. And they’re all a beautiful SHINY chrome (which means I’ll never use them for fear of accidental scratching or flaking).
Ah, also, size/scale-wise, technically, this new Leader Jetfire fits in better than his predecessor. Since Jetfire/Skyfire is supposed to tower over even Optimus Prime. So this guy would fit in a Classics display very well, rendering the old Classics Jetfire moot. That said, personally, I’m still gonna use the Classics Jetfire as my default Jetfire, because fuck you, it’s my collection, so it’s my choice. I don’t have to adhere to logic or reasonableness.
But yeah, if you don’t have the Classics version of Jetfire, get this guy instead.
Thank you! Fuck you!
P.S. Please forgive the quality of the pictures. I’ve got very limited lighting to work with at the mo.