Thrilling Thirty, Transformers  Comments Off on Jetfire
Aug 272014

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.





Dec 312010

Yep. Obligatory “Best of the Year” post. Hell, I churned out ten of these damn things last year so I could catch up on everything I hadn’t written about in the millions of years I spent not blogging, so I may as well churn out one for this year, right?

So yeah, Let’s Listage!




13. Heroman

I think I may be the only person that thinks Heroman is a legitimately good super hero story. It has an old school vibe to it, like the sort of stuff Marvel and DC used to churn out when they were marketing their shit mainly at kids. There’s an earnestness to it all that’s missing from most of today’s metatextual superhero stuff– modern stuff is superhero comics about superhero comics while Heroman is a superhero story. It isn’t quite as brilliant as Tiger and Bunny, but it’s definitely worthy of people’s attention. Y’know, so long as they don’t have some irrational bias against superhero shit.

12. Dance in the Vampire Bund

It was a mess. A ridiculously absurd mess that never really explained much of what was going on. And the whole “naked girl cavorting about while claiming she’s super-duper old” was kinda creepy. But damn, this series was a beautiful mess. I blame my digging of this series on my old World of Darkness fanboy tendencies, since Bund aped so many tropes from that RPG and other vampire shit. I also blame my love of plot hole ridden old school OAVs that forced you to fill in the holes with your own convoluted ideas. It’s trash, but it’s the sort of trash I like.

11. Shinryaku! Ika Musume!

10. Working!!

The problem with anime comedies isn’t that they tend to take place in schools or focus around harems or shit like that. What’s wrong with them is that they’re usually pretty shitty. Squid Girl and Working take the usual formulas and remember that comedies are supposed to be funny. They acknowledge current trends without forgetting that the most important things are comedic timing and the way characters play off of each other. Working does it a little better, since it’s more character-driven and less gimmick-driven, but there isn’t much differentiating these two series besides that.

9. Trigun: Badlands Rumble

I didn’t see the Trigun movie until after I made this list, but I did write a post about it here. It accentuates everything that was good about the TV series and cuts down on all the stuff that annoyed me. It’s the ideal anime TV-to-movie transition– the sort of thing all such movies should strive to be like. Not unlike, say, the Cowboy Bebop movie.



8. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Stocking is the bastard lovechild of Gainax’s hyperkinetic styling and 90′s western cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory and Ren & Stimpy. It didn’t always work, or else it’d likely be in one of the top two or three slots, but when it was working it was damn brilliant stuff. And fucking funny. Fatherfucking funny shit. And the Chuck to the Future shorts were some of the best post-Looney Tunes cartoon shorts I’ve ever seen.