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Name: Fireflight
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Sub Group: Aerialbot
Function: Reconnaissance
Alternate Mode: F-4 Fighter Jet



JET MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 13cm Width: 8.5cm

   Primarily red, Fireflight has white wings and a black rubberised nose. He's got shiny stickers with blue, silver and yellow stripes, a silver painted cockpit and a rubsign on one of the tailwings (F-4s have two tailwings one on either side of the single tailfin). There's a few robot mode bits showing - some white plastic on the sides and the robot shoulders on the fuselage.

   In terms of play value, Fireflight has undercarriage, and can roll along, and the front wheel opens up. This is the only moving part of the plane mode. But then, fixed wing fighters don't do much other than fly (aside from shooting things down, of course). It's a decent plane mode for the size. He doesn't really stand out from his teammates Air Raid, Skydive & Slingshot. He's got not reals flaws as a plane, although the detail is limited.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold up the front wheel, fold the nosecone up, fold the tail up to meet the nose. Extend the rear section, pull out the arms and stand him up. That's it.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 3cm

   In robot mode, Fireflight's got a red chest, red thighs, white arms & lower legs. He's got a white head and silver eyes & mouthplate. As with the other Aerialbots, he's got a square head, square arms and square legs. His body is formed from the central block of the fuselage, in case you're wondering why his robot mode sounds like a Volvo. His chestplate is metal, his shoulders are on ball joints - these are probably the most noteworthy features of Fireflight's robot mode. it's not that he's bad, he's just kind of boring.

VARIATIONS

   Originally issued in 1986, reissued in some parts as a Classic in 1990. He was also re-released in G2, and was the least changed of the Aerialbots in G2 - only his chestplate changed, turning from red to silver (along with some other dabs of silver paint).

OVERALL

   Nothing bad, nothing great. He's very similar to Air Raid, Slingshot & Skydive, so there's no uniqueness either. Unlike Air Raid, Slingshot & Silverbolt, he never really displayed much of a character in the Cartoon, but he's a show toy nonetheless and this will be enough to warrant some people getting him. Of course the overwhelming reason to get him is so that Superion isn't missing a limb. Not really worth seeking out by himself, but as Superion well he's worth getting. 5/10, 6/10 if you take into account him being part of a team

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