U.S. Name: JETFIRE / SKYFIRE   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #7: Fire in the sky, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Toy Catalog Number: N/A

 

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This is my first Jetfire.  I never thought that I would ever acquire the infamous Jetfire, got him on Apr. Xvii, Mmii and it cost me a fortune, $CDXIX.XCIX just to purchase him from an ebay auction.  Heck, I did not expect to win Jetfire especially with all those people biddings, but I'm glad at the end, it was me.  Only a crazy and die hard fans would spend the kind of money on Jetfire.  Anyhow, I'll know...I cherished this one...not only for the value of the toy, but also for sentimental purpose.  Jetfire is my third favorite transformers in only to Optimus Prime (2nd)  and Ultra Magnus (1st).

 

R-0 Original Jetfire (Skyfire)'s motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: air guardian | Alt. Mode: modified F-14 tomcat jet|

| STR 6 | INTL 10 | SPD 10 | ENDN 4 | RNK 10 | CRG 9 | FRPW 7 | SKL 9 |

Original G1 Jetfire Motto:

"Among mysteries of science lies the key to victory."

 

Original G1 Jetfire Bio:

Swiftest Autobot. Daring in battle... believes victory will come via technological advancement. Adds twin scramjet modules and liquid hydrogen fuel tanks to escape Earth's gravity. Flies halfway around the world in 30 minutes. Carries 4 particle-beam cannons and heat-seeking photon missiles. Prone to mechanical failures due to advanced technology.

 

NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 Jetfire in its Original condition:

g1jetfireorigb.jpg (170671 bytes)R-1A: G1 Jetfire box from all 6 sides.  Typical G1 Transformers U.S. large box usually contain flap with the word Transformers on it.  The front of the box has window that allow the figure to be exposed while rear of the box has the battle scene.  Top panel for the most part shows the transformation of the figure.  Moving toward the side panels and bottom panel, more image of the actual figure.  

 

g1jetfireorigc.jpg (72369 bytes)R-1B: Once the outer box was remove, you'll see that Jetfire and its contents are rest on two white styrofoams.

NOTE-2: If your Jetfire comes with that horizontal white or tan color (due to old age) strip of paper that hold hold the jet down, don't throw it away.  You'll be surprise how that useless paper actually adds value to your Jetfire as an investment.  Mine didn't come with one, but with Photoshop and internet picture, I was able to create one so you can see what it looks like in R-1A and 1B.  That rectangle strip of paper located just below the jet canopy/ cockpit.

 

jetfirecontentb.jpg (128845 bytes)R-1C: 4 - Besides "1" Jetfire jet, these are the Papers and Accessories that were part of the package:

 "1" photon gun, "1" little black gun clip, "11" battled armors ("2" forearms, "2" exterior leg clips, "4" interior leg clips, "2" thruster boosters, and "1" backpack), "1" 1985 toy catalog poster with check list (Autobot side and Decepticon side), "1" reinforcement from Cybertron catalog, "1" red decoder, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" sticker sheet.  

NOTE-3: For clarity purpose, some of  the images on R-1 are not into scaled with one another.

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:

There are 5 Pre-Applied sticker that had been applied onto Jetfire.  The first one is located on his jet nosecone.  It's that huge Autobot insignia sticker.  The second and third stickers are located just above his feet.  It's that little flap that stick out of his leg, the sticker is red and black.  The forth sticker is located on his eye.  It's that red rectangle sticker for his visor.  The last pre-applied sticker is the Autobot Rub Sign logo, located on top of his head.

Sticker Sheet:

sticker jetfire2.jpg (106676 bytes)There are 56 registered numbering of stickers on the sticker sheet.  These registering numbering do not include the Pre-applied stickers.  

NOTE-3: Special Thanks to Maggy et Denis for providing the Jetfire Sticker sheet image.

 

R-3 Jetfire in Vehicle mode WITHOUT Battled Armor:

g1jetfireveh1b.jpg (61205 bytes)Jetfire is actually a modification of the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet.  As a result its main wing can be swung out as well as retracted inward, see R-4.  His primary colors are red, white, and a little bit of black.  Jetfire mold is taken directly from the Macross/ Robotech Super Valkyrie VF-1S jet.  His mold was slightly modified due to the U.S. children safety law.  For more comparison between these two molds, see R-11. Unlike the 2002 Bandai Reissue Super Valkyrie VF-1S, Jetfire main wing cannot extend fully out like a straight line since there is a peg that prevent the wing from going any further.  The two vertical tail fins at the back can also be fold down or up just like the real F-14 jet as well.  The all metal landing gear wheels (no rubber) with door can be exposed or hidden by just a push of button, seee R-4 for detail.  Overall, Jetfire looks awesome!

 

R-4 Jetfire in Vehicle mode WTIH Battled Armor:

g1jetfireveh2b.jpg (76857 bytes)Once the 11 battled armors are applied onto Jetfire, he looks very sleek and hot.  I'm not even sure which look more beautiful, without the battled armor or with the battled armor.  In the Robotech/ Macross world, Jetfire with the battled armor is known as the "Super Valkyrie VF-1S".  In that world, the battled armor itself has its own technical term called "FAST PACK."  The word FAST PACK stands for "Fuel And Sensor Tactical Pack."  Applying the battled armor or Fast Pack is very easy because it only used clip tab to connect onto the toy itself.  

g1jetfireveh3.jpg (63338 bytes)As mentioned in R-3, here the image of the main wings wept back with the tailfin fold down.  The next image is the under side of the jet exposing the metal landing gear and the metal door which can either be exposed or hidden depending on preference.  If you look carefully, you can see a little black button for activating the landing gears to pop out.  My advice is don't over use this feature too much since it uses spring to retract those landing gears out.  Below the front landing gear, you'll see Jetfire head and on top of that is the Autobot's Rub Sign.  Lastly, another underside view of the jet with the battled armor on.

 

R-5 Jetfire in Guardian or Gerwalk Mode WITHOUT Battled Armor:

g1jetfiregerw1b.jpg (69459 bytes)The half plane and half robot mode is called the Gerwalk mode or Guardian mode if you preferred it from the Robotech cartoon.  The term Gerwalk is stood for "Ground Effective Reinforcement of Winged Armament with Locomotive Knee-joint."  What is the point of this mode?  Time and Efficient!  It allowed Jetfire or the pilot to switch from this mode to jet or robot mode much quicker as oppose to the convention way, jet to robot transformation.  Secondly, in jet mode speed is gained but in robot mode speed is lost.  Gerwalk mode tries to optimize this difference by utilizing both feature.

 

R-6 Jetfire in Guardian or Gerwalk Mode WITH Battled Armor:

g1jetfiregerw2b.jpg (80375 bytes)Here is another look at the Gerwalk mode with the battled armor.  In a way, Jetfire looks like he has a hutch back.  Again, just a reminder even thought I mentioned in R-6, the battled armor does not cause any conflict in transformation going from gerwalk to robot to jet mode.  

 

R-7 Jetfire in Robot/Battloid/Battroid mode WITHOUT Battled Armor:

g1jetfirerob1b.jpg (75646 bytes)Transformation isn't that hard, however you have to be very cautious because this guy is too delicate and could be very fragile if too much force is applied.  The funny thing is that Jetfire is actually durable and connection between members are strong, but for some reasons he feel so fragile.  The hardest part of his transformation is the chest, shoulder, and taking out the head.  Unlike the Super Valkyrie VF-1S, Jetfire does not required to change the cockpit canopy hood between robot mode and jet/ gerwalk mode.  In fact, the extra canopy wasn't included in Jetfire package despites being the same toy.  Regardless, Jetfire wouldn't need the the extra canopy to protect any human inside him after all he's a transformer, he pilots himself.

 

R-8 Jetfire in Robot/Battloid/Battroid mode WITH Battled Armor:

g1jetfirerob2b.jpg (81001 bytes)In both robot mode, Jetfire looks exceptional when the battled armors are applied onto him.  Unlike the vehicle mode in R-3 and R-4 in which one may have a hard time deciding which version is better, well not in the robot mode case.  Jetfire with the battled armor in robot mode looks very superior and hot compared to his plain self counterpart, R-5.  The battled armor cause no conflict when transforming from one mode to the next.  As a result, I recommended you to leave the battled armor on him to avoid the stress marks or breaking the clip tab of the battled armor.

 

R-9 Gun and Gun Clip:

g1jetfirerob3.jpg (100042 bytes)In addition to the the 11 battled armors, Jetfire comes with one gun pod and a little gun clip.  This little gismo gun clip allows Jetfire to free up his hand so he can straggle one of the Decepticon necks with his bare hand.   This feature can be used in robot, gerwalk, and a slightly awkward posiition in jet mode.  In robot or gerwalk mode, the gun can be clipped from the under side (left image) or the upper side (top right) onto the gun clip.  When the gun clip is attached to whichever arm, the forearm armor on that particular arm cannot be used because of the conflict.  In jet mode, the gun can only be clipped from the under side.  Moreover, the gun won't be in the center of the jet.  

 

R-10 Articulation Showing Off:

g1jetfirerob4.jpg (95270 bytes)Besides, the huge size, cool design in both jet and robot mode, articulation is another reason why Transfans love Jetfire.  Since 85% of the 1984 to 1988 G1 Transformers toys hardly had any articulation, Jetfire would love to use this opportunity to show off what he can do.  Well, they say an image is worth a 1000 words, I guess you don't need me to sum it up his articulation.  If you do, see R-11 on articulation.

 

R-11 Super Valkyries VF-1S Versus Jetfire (s):

vf-1sjetfire.jpg (82780 bytes)For those that wonder why the Transformers Jetfire looks so much like the Macross/ Robotech Super Valkyrie VF-1S, well that's because Jetfire is one of the Valkyries and was imported into the Transformers Line.  In order to meet the safety law back in the 80's, some of Jetfire parts and accessories was modified by Hasbro which include the Nosecone, Main Wing, and No missile.

 

NOTE-4:  The 6 main differences between the Bandai Super Valkyrie VF-1S and the Transformers Jetfire:

1 - Jetfire nose cone is round and fatter while the Super Valkyrie is more pointy and slender.

2 - Colors, Jetfire has red stripe as oppose to yellow for the Super Valkyrie.

3 - Jetfire cockpit canopy or window canopy is tinted with a darker color.  In addition, the cockpit canopy is fixed and cannot be removed.  The Super Valkyrie on the other hand has a clearer cockpit canopy.  The cockpit canopy can be removed and replace with another protective cockpit canopy (the cartoon called it a heat shield).  Jetfire doesn't come with any extra cockpit canopy since he doesn't need one after all he pilots himself.

4 - Jetfire gun had been deactivated from firing missile so he doesn't comes with missiles like the Super Valkyrie.  The Super Valkyrie comes with 5 black small missile that can be fired from the gun.

5 - The visor/ eye on Jetfire is sticker while the Super Valkyrie is painted.

6 - Jetfire main wing can only extend out up to 160 degree.  The Super Valkyrie main wing can fully extend out, 180 degree.

 

NOTE-5: The 4 main differences between the Bandai Jetfire (see R-1 to R-11) and the Matsushiro Jetfire (no picture) are:

1 - The Matsushiro Jetfire has a Macross symbol or logo ( paint version and sticker version) on one of its wing while Bandai has none.

2 - The ear antenna (laser) on the Matsushiro Jetfire has a notch, while the Bandai Jetfire has no notch...slender all the way up.

3 - The copyright/brand name, one says Matsushiro while the other one say Bandai.

But otherwise, they both are the same....from material to colors.  Oh yeah, Matshushiro Jetfire came first...they went out of business and Bandai take over.

4 - All Matsushiro Jetfire does not have the Autobot Rubsign.  Bandai on the other hand, only the Jetfire that were created within 1985 and the later one have it while anything before that doesn't come with one.

 

R-12 Rémy's Jetfire action figure review:

Manufacturer: Hasbro (toy distributor) / Bandai (toy maker).  Jetfire was originated from the Robotech/ Macross Universe who was known as the Super Valkyrie VF-1S.

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, Series 2.

Year Released: [1984] 

Made: [Japan]  

Scale: [1/55]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 18 1/4 x 11 9/16 (14 1/2 up to flap) x 2 3/4 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Rest down on the first Styrofoam containers: "1" jet, "1" photon gun, "1" little black gun clip, "1" sticker sheet, "1" 1985 toy catalog poster with check list (Autobot side and Decepticon side), and "1" reinforcement from Cybertron catalog.

Rest down on the second Styrofoam containers: "11" battled armors ("2" forearms, "2" exterior leg clips, "4" interior leg clips, "2" thruster boosters, and "1" backpack),  "1" red decoder, and "1" instruction sheet.

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Jetfire art.  Back Box Appearance: 1984 battle scene with Jetfire Tech & Spec beneath that.

Box Point or Robot Point: [4]  - This number can be found on the back of the box next to the Tech & Spec. 

Approximately Toy Dimension In Inches: - Height Up To The Head 9 1/8  Maximum Height: 10 6/16 (top of the twin booster armor)  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 5 1/4  Maximum Width: 6 3/4 (from arm armor to arm armor).  Dept: 3.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print: ©BANDAI 1984, MADE IN JAPAN.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found underside of Jetfire central wing.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Hard] - Although Jetfire is easy to transform, he can also be breakable.

Material Durability: [C & +F] - Jetfire material durability is basically average (C), but don't drop him because he very fragile especially his wings, tail fins, and landing gears.  His battled armors (+F) are totally fragile and tend to break easily especially the clips part so either you leave them on or take them off, don't over use them to much.

Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal: Part of leg, shoulder's truss, pelvis truss, landing gears door flap at the front and rears, and landing gear's wheels .  Chrome Metal: None.  Rubber: None.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: Cockpit canopy.

Stability: [A] - Robot mode can stand on any flat surface...very stable.

Fun Toy: [A] - Definitely a fun toy.

Negative Drawback: Jetfire can only hold his gun from the right hand, his left hand is useless.

Articulations: Head: Can be rotated at a 360 degree. Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree and a 90 degree sideway. Arm/ Elbow: Can be bent at a 90 degree angle.  The lower portion of the arm can also be rotate at a 360 degree. Wrist/ Hand: Cannot be rotated, use slider bar to hide hands.  Hip/ Waist: Cannot be rotated or bent.  Leg: Can swing 90 degree forward or backward. Knee: Knee can be bent at a 90 degree angle.  Ankle/ Feet: Cannot be bent and no sideway movement.

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The autobot's rub sign located on the top of his head.  Some earlier version of Jetfire does not have the rubsign.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A ] - Not applicable because Hasbro only bought the licensing of the Jetfire toy but not the animation.  As a result, the character Skyfire was introduced in the animation.  Also there was the endorsement problem between Takara and Bandai even though Hasbro bought the license from Bandai to use Jetfire.  Takara did not like the idea of advertising a Bandai's product because that would make Jetfire to appear in both Transformers and Robotech especially when Takara was competing with Bandai.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A] - Same as previous statement.

Special Notes: Here are "3" special notes which I thought you should know:

1 - Be careful and be very cautious with his armors clips...easily broken.  

2 - The  gun clip is easily missing.  Keep an eye on that piece.

3 - Jetfire's main wing, shoulder, hip, and knee joints all made a clicking sound when you move them just like Ultra Magnus joints.  So when you purchase Jetfire, be sure to check for the clicking sound especially the main wing.  

Overall Grade: [+A] - Jetfire is definitely beautiful, the bomb!!! Highly recommended to buy him but only if you are willing to sacrifice huge amount of money.