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Name: Jetfire
Series: Cybertron
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Military Transport Plane

Thanks to Griffin for loaning me Jetfire, making this review possible.



PLANE MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 11cm Width: 10.5cm

   A green transport plane with extensive silver paint on top of the wings and fuselage, Jetfire lacks the extra shade of green found on the larger version, although there is some army green paint in a couple of locations. The cabin windows are unpainted, two of the wings are grey, two green with some red paint. There's a stamped Autobot logo on top of the cockpit. The head is rather visible behind the allegiance symbol - as on the original, and while I can't say I welcome that aspect this is a pretty good copy of the Ultra sized toy.

   As you might expect the key gimmicks are no longer functional - but then the gimmicks of the full sized Jetfire relied on large blocks of plastic. I guess it would have been nice had he retained the missile launchers, but that would have been asking a _lot_ at this scale. The robot fists are visible on the green engines - there's no room for them to retract on this smaller toy.

   While this is a simplified version of the large toy, it doesn't really make too many compromises at this size. The gimmicks are gone but the colour scheme is fairly similar and there are still moulded plane seams. This toy is actually more complex than the original relative to the size,

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Amazingly similar to the larger toy, which is an indictment on the ultra version, really. Fold up the tail, drag down the bottom of the fuselage to form his boots and rotate through 90. Fold down the nose to form his chestplate. The back sits at an angle of about 60, the chestplate clips into the waist, the wingtips fold up. Lift out his head, unfold the engines to become his arms - the outer pair become his forearms and inner pair his upper arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 7cm

   A green robot with grey upper arms and thighs, Jetfire has a silver chest and silver head while his eyes and wrists are painted metallic red. The front of the plane is now his chest, meaning that he has an Autobot symbol in the middle of his chest. There's very little of the darker green here, making for a fairly uniform robot mode. I actually like the colour scheme here, the simpler green theme works better than the more complex colours of the larger toy.

   There are no gimmicks here, but the poseability is okay for a figure this small. The shoulders swing out to the sides while the elbows bend. The hips and knees are ball jointed, although the latter can't bend, only rotate. I would have liked some more leg motion here, although it this might have asked too much of the small thighs and made the toy too fragile.

   A decent little robot mode for the most part. The simple colours work and the poseability is pretty good. Again the fact that this is so faithful is a reflection on the larger toy. More knee movement would have been nice, and the wingtips have an annoying tendency to pop off - although they're easy enough to reattach.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Fireflight of the Classics line is a repaint of this toy.

OVERALL

   At this reduced scale, Jetfire's simple transformation actually works, and the colour scheme on this toy is quite nice. As with all Legends toys, the gimmicks are lost - but Jetfire's gimmicks were underwhelming anyway. Jetfire is both better value than his larger equivalent and one of the better Legends toys in the Cybertron line - 7.5/10

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