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Jetfire Generations 2014 Leader Class 30th Anniversary

 

The most amazing Transformers robot to come out in years, just showed up at my local Toys R’ Us(For me, feel free to dispute my claim. I am partial to planes.).  I am a huge fan of the new Generations Jetfire, which puts the “Thrilling” in the Thrilling 30th Anniversary of our favorite robots. The robot looks amazing as a robot and a plane, but the robot form takes the cake.  I have been waiting months for this robot to come out and I have not been disappointed. Jetfire looks pretty darn close to his G1 roots as a robot. Which is great as the original Generation 1 toy looked nothing like the cartoon. It was based on the Takatoku Toys Macross VF-1S Super Valkyrie which I have and love(it is one of my only 1980’s Valkyries), but was disappointed as well. It was not until the Classics Jetfire Transformers Voyager line in 2006 that we actually received a Jetfire robot that remains true to the show.  It only took 20 years. So if you do not want to throw down the dough for the 2006 Jetfire(which is a great piece, this is an awesome alternative).

Jetfire comes with a few accessories a missile launcher, arm cannons, turbo thrusters, and removable battle helmet. My favorite is the helmet. It makes him look a little like the old Macross Valkyrie, but with it off he looks like the G1 robot we have all been waiting for.  The thrusters and arm cannons give him weapons and the thrusters are nice as they remind me of on the ones on my original Jetfire G1 robot. I do not really care for the metallic red on the thrusters and guns, but it is more of a matter of taste as it does not really detract from the robot itself. If you are as excited about Jetfire as I am, you can buy him from Amazon here.

 

Jetfire Transformers Generations Autobot 2014 Leader Class Skyfire Hasbro 30th Anniversary

Hasbro Jetfire Transformers Generations Autobot 2014 Leader Class Skyfire 30th Anniversary

 

Hasbro Jetfire Transformers Generations Autobot 2014 Hasbro Leader Class Skyfire 30th Anniversary. Jetfire aka Skyfire (スカイファイアー Sukaifaiā) and Jetfire (G-2, ジェットファイヤー Jettofaiyā) in Japan, Tin Fo (Hong Kong, 天火, "Sky Fire") Cantonese and Tīen Hǔo (Taiwan, 天火, "Sky Fire")Mandarin in China, Bolide (Canada, "Meteor"), Aquila ("Eagle") Italy, and Jacto (Portugal, "Jet").

Jetfire Generations Hasbro Transformers Autobot Hasbro 2014 Leader Class Skyfire 30th Anniversary

Jetfire Transformers Generations Autobot 2014 Leader Class Skyfire 30th Anniversary. Jetfire aka Skyfire (スカイファイアー Sukaifaiā) and Jetfire (G-2, ジェットファイヤー Jettofaiyā) in Japan, Tin Fo (Hong Kong, 天火, "Sky Fire") Cantonese and Tīen Hǔo (Taiwan, 天火, "Sky Fire")Mandarin in China, Bolide (Canada, "Meteor"), Aquila ("Eagle") Italy, and Jacto (Portugal, "Jet").

Jetfire Generations Transformers Autobot 2014 Leader Class Skyfire 30th Anniversary

I haven’t purchased Jetfire, but I am sure I will have one soon.

Transformers Age of Extinction Grimlock Evolution 2-Pack

This is a pretty nice Toys R’ Us exclusive. The Transformers Age of Extinction Grimlock Evolution 2-Pack comes with a classic Generation 1 like Grimlock based on the classic 1984 cartoon and the Age of Extinction 2014 version from the movie.

If you don’t want to pay big money for a G1 Grimlock, here is a cheaper option you can pick. I do not have Grimlock yet, so it is an option I am thinking about. I have been eyeballing the dark blue Generation 2 Grimlock as my cousin already has the G1 version. But what I like about this one is that the head is not a teeny weeny wee little thing like the original Generation 1 release. The new Grimlock looks really nice, but I haven’t gotten around to seeing the movie yet. So I do not have any attachment to it like I do for the G1 Grimlock redux.

Transformers Grimlock Age of Extinction Evolution 2-Pack 1984 Generation 1 version and 2014 front box cover Foreign names-Japanese(グリムロック Gurimurokku), French La Menace, Italian: Tiran, Drago, Korean (그림록 Geurimnok), Mandarin Gāng Sǔo (鋼鎖, "Steel Lock"), Portuguese Trancoso, Grunhido, Implacável, Spanish: Ferozaurio

Transformers Grimlock Age of Extinction Evolution 2-Pack 1984 to 2014

Both robots change to Dino mode or into a tyrannosaurus rex.

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime & Supreme Starscream

I found these Platinum Series Optimus Prime & Supreme Starscream at the local Toys R’ Us. Both are repaints of previous releases, which is disappointing. You would think on the 30th Anniversary, they would provide us with some new products. I don’t care much for the gold grill on Optimus Prime, but it is a marvelous piece aside from that. I really do not understand why some robots are re-released in gold versions. They all look terrible.

I went through all my robots and found out I do not yet have a G1 version of Optimus Prime. I am sure they will issue another 2 or 3 in the next 5 years so I can wait. I am tempted to save up and buy the Transformers Optimus Prime 20th Anniversary Figure as I feel it is the best Optimus G1 figure I have ever seen.
Now the Starscream I am thinking about picking it up. It looks great as a robot and the ship it turns into reminds me of the Ark. Looks like this is a shared exclusive with Big Bad Toy Store. They are both nice pieces, but the boxes are so big. I am reluctant to add a piece with such a large box. I am sure if I had the space, I would have them all.

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 30th Anniversary back box cover

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 30th Anniversary

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 30th Anniversary front box cover

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 30th Anniversary

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Supreme Starscream 2014 30th Anniversary back box cover

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Supreme Starscream 2014 30th Anniversary


Platinum Series Year of the Horse Supreme Starscream 2014 30th Anniversary front box

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Supreme Starscream 2014 30th Anniversary


Beachcomber Generation 1 Hasbro 1985

Here is your Robot of the Week! Beachcomber from the Generation 1 Transformers mini vehicles. So if it looks like I am doing a run of G1 mini vehicles, you would be correct. I will probably eventually do a run of Go-Bots from Generation 2 and Machine Robos when I get around to it. So Beachcomber is a pretty cool little robot. Stands good, you don’t have to extend the legs(like Bumblebee and Cliffjumper) which can cause issues down the line if you transform these baby’s long enough. Blue and gray work pretty good colorwise for this little dune buggy. It is a simple design, but simple can take you a long way when you got a nice looking dune buggy and decent looking robot as options. The transformation is simplistic as well, but it’s nice as I have done it about 3 times while writing this little blurb. The dune buggy mode reminds me of a Lego car. The pieces mold tightly together and you would hardly know it was a Transformers robot if not for the Autobot sticker on the hood. It’s a nice Generation 1 robot that really would not cost you much to add to your collection loose.

 

 

Beachcomber Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1985

Beachcomber Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1985

Beachcomber G1 Generation 1 Hasbro 1985 robot back

 

 

Beachcomber G1 Generation 1 Hasbro 1985 Chenowth FAV front

Beachcomber G1 Generation 1 Hasbro 1985 Chenowth FAV bottom

Beachcomber G1 Generation 1 Hasbro 1985 robot front

Beachcomber G1 Generation 1 Hasbro 1985 Chenowth FAV back

Gears Generation 1 Transformers Hasbro 1984

Gears is a cool little mini vehicle is a nice design and easy to transform. Since you don’t have to extend the legs, he stands a lot easier than say Bumblebee and Cliffjumper from the same collection of G1 mini vehicles. Mini vehicles in general are simplistic robots in form and transformation, but that makes them a lot of fun. I find myself transforming them back and forth as I take pictures, write about them, and research more about these pieces. This one is in pretty good shape except for the Autobot sticker. It’s not too bad in either robot or truck form.

Gears Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1984

Gears Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1984

When these came out in the 80’s I really didn’t care much for them. I only came into them recently in auction lot of which now makes up the bulk of my G1 Transformers.  This line of robots really remind me of the Gobots or Machine Robo. I find the original Japanese Machine Robos superior in packaging and design. They transform easier, you can keep them in their original packaging, and they look good both as robots and vehicles. Because of these similarity and the fact that I don’t care if I break them, I find them just as fun. This is probably my favorite one to play with so far. =)

Gears Generation 1 Hasbro 1984 car front

Gears Generation 1 Hasbro 1984 car bottomGears Generation 1 Hasbro 1984 robot back

 

Gears Generation 1 Hasbro 1984 car back


Cliffjumper Generation 1 Hasbro 1984

When I first got this one, I was like nice. I have Bumblebee! It really looks like Bumblebee from the cartoon since I have the yellow version, but it is the wrong car. Bumblebee is a Volkswagon Bug, not a Porsche Turbo. The face really looks like Bumblebee though. While looking this up with Bumblebee I realized I had Cliffjumper and I mixed the two up. Hasbro made the choice to have Cliffjumper in red and yellow as a way to make the toy line look bigger. I dunno, six cars in the Mini Vehicles line is good enough as far as I can tell.

Cliffjumper Generation 1 Autobot 1984 Transformers Mini Vehicles

Cliffjumper Generation 1 Autobot 1984 Mini Vehicles

I enjoy the little guy as it is easy to transform. Not too stupid looking, but they could have put a little more effort into the hands and arms. Anyway figure since these Bumblebee and Cliffjumper both transform the same way and I confused the two, they will my Robot of the Week this week. Cliffjumper’s legs are a little loose after transforming him over the years. So the joints on the arms and legs are a bit loose and he does not stand or pose as well as he used to.

Cliffjumper G1 Generation 1 Hasbro Mini Vehicles 1984 car form front

Cliffjumper G1 Transformers Hasbro Mini Vehicles 1984 car form

 

Cliffjumper G1 Generation 1 Hasbro Mini Vehicles 1984 robot form back

Cliffjumper G1 Generation 1 Hasbro Mini Vehicles 1984 car form back

Cliffjumper G1 Generation 1 Hasbro Mini Vehicles 1984 car form bottom



Bumblebee Generation 1 Hasbro 1984

Bumblebee was always one of the more irritating Transformers characters. Always getting in trouble  and doing stupid things. Like having an little brother that keeps bugging you all the time. Usually you see him in his standard yellow as a Volkswagon Beetle. As the initial line did not have enough robots. Some of the mini vehicles came in the two colors red and yellow. My Bumblebee comes in red.  There is nothing complicated about transforming the robot to a car. It is a simple, fun design. I could see why it would be a popular toy back then and even now.

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle Generation 1 robot 11 C-56

Bumblebee Generation 1 Transformers red mini vehicle Hasbro 1984

I always find these interesting tidbits as I explore my robots and Dave’s. I bought this in a lot in auction. I never would have picked this up on its own. But it is nice having these robots to fill out my Generation 1 collection as I found out I have more Generation 2, Beast Wars, Machine Wars and other later series. I have a really small G1 collection. That being said I never really cared about these robots in the 80’s.  but I enjoy them much more now as an adult and my daughter enjoys transforming them too.

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle Generation 1 diagonal 11 C-56

Bumblebee Generation 1 Transformers red mini vehicle Hasbro 1984

 

Bumblebee Red Generation 1 Autobot 1984 Mini Vehicle

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle Generation 1 front 11 C-56

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle G1 car back 11

Bumblebee G1 Transformers red mini vehicle Hasbro 1984

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle G1 car bottom 11


Robot of the Week

So I am finally getting out my Robot of the Week. Sometime this week. LOL, most likely in the next day or two. I just updated my first posts which were just images. Now I have my own take on of my collection, light review of the robot and some light commentary. As I update old posts which were only pix, I will update the publish date show they show as new posts.

So on to my first Robot of the Week. Here is a hint, this is my first Transformer post and this little robot is not always red.

Bumblebee Red Mini Vehicle Volkswagon Beetle Generation 1 diagonal 11 C-56

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime. This is the guy everyone wanted to have from this series. The robot was true to the cartoon, looked good as a robot, and looked just as awesome as a truck. You could have fun with it either way. So much the opposite of Megatron. Crappy robot, ok looking gun. I have never wanted to have the original G1 Megatron as part of my collection. I know I have a few different versions of Optimus here. I finally found I have two Optimus robots,but neither are the original G1 Optimus. After digging around, I have found a Robots in Disguise Laser Optimus Prime 1995, a Machine Wars Optimus Prime 1996, G2 Optimus Prime Hero, and Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime 2001. If I keep digging, I may find another, if not I really like the Platinum Optimus I saw at Toys R Us today, but it may have to wait for the Platinum Starscream which looks amazing!. I will post them once I manage to get some pictures. Here are a few different versions of him that are posted on the site.

optimusprime cartoon still from the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon series from 1984-1987

Optimus from the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon series from 1984-1987

Epic Optimus Prime Transformers Rescue Bots vs Optimus Primal Transformers Rescue Bots 2014 Playskool Heroes

Epic Optimus Prime Transformers Rescue Bots vs Optimus Primal Transformers Rescue Bots 2014 Playskool Heroes

 

Convoy 15th Anniversary Edition by Takara and Ultra Magnus Hasbro

Takara Convoy & Ultra Magnus

Optimus Re-Issue Japan Convoy 01 Japanese G1 - 15th Anniversary Edition Takara - Optimus Prime 2000

Convoy 01 Re-Issue

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 - 30th Anniversary back box cover

Platinum Series Year of the Horse Optimus Prime 2014 – 30th Anniversary

Jetfire Transformers

Jetfire Transformers Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1985 this robot was a retooled version of  the Macross VF-1S from Takatoku Toys

Jetfire Transformers Generation 1 Autobot Hasbro 1985

Here’s a picture of Jetfire – the Autobot air guardian.  He looks dramatically different from the cartoon.  He’s basically the same jet as the “Macross” series as they used the same mold. My cousin lent this one to me so that I could display it with the rest of the Macross collection.  I recall he had this as a kid but I don’t know if this is the original one – he may have re-purchased this one later on.

Jetfire Transformers Autobot  from the Generation 1 cartoon still

Jetfire Transformers Autobot from the Generation 1 cartoon

 

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