Revenge of the Fallen Robot Replicas Jetfire Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
JETFIRE swore many years ago that he would never fight again, unless he was fighting to put a final end to the mad war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS. He retreated into deep space, and concealed himself on a distant, unknown world. Now the war he thought he’d left behind has come to his adopted home world, and he finally has the chance to fight the last fight of his ancient promise.

Recreate exciting movie scenes with this awesomely detailed figure – or just add him to your collection! For play or display, this fierce-looking figure is a must-have for AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON fans alike!

Fully posable figure is movie-accurate to the finest detail! Figure does not convert.

One of the new characters introduced in "Revenge of the Fallen" is Jetfire, an ancient Decepticon who serves as a critical component during the final battle for Earth's survival. When I originally reviewed the Legends version of this character I freely admitted that I was not particularly fond of the character's appearance at first. His robot mode looked more like "The Maxx" than a Transformer, but over time I've warmed to it. Still, when I saw the "Robot Replicas" version, it was the first time I was actually inmpressed by the design. After seeing "Revenge of the Fallen", that opinion has only been strengthened.

Transformers as a franchise has played with the concept of "older" robots having human features before. Kup was old and had lines under his eyes. Scourge had a beard and mustache and when Hot Rod became Rodimus Prime, his growth was partly represented by developing lines on his cheeks to make him look older. Being an ancient Transformer, Jetfire was designed with such elements in mind. His legs are at a constant squatted position. He uses part of his landing gear from his vehicle mode as a cane and his face is covered in panels that look like parts of a beard. The overall effect is that you "get" he's old right from the get go and it looks fantastic.

I remember not being too fond of the "beard panels" on his face and his oddly hunched over design at first. However, with this design more accurately reflecting the movie CGI model, I really like it. There are panels on his back, on the sides of his head and fin-like protrusions on the armor section above the head. These sections give Jetfire a very ornate appearance and, despite his posture, a very regal appearance befitting a Tranfsormer of another age. In "Revenge of the Fallen" we see that the ancient Transformers were more alien and ornate in design with lots of details that resemble the head dresses seen on ancient Egyptian statues and artifacts. Jetfire looks like he relates to that era of Transformers design much more than the modern day sleek designs such as Sideswipe or Bumblebee. I also like the way Jetfire's design aesthetic carries over to his feet, which are pointed at the front and sides, continuing the theme of pointed parts on the upper body. It isn't just his overall form that impresses me immensely, it's also the tiny details.

The amount of intricate detail on this figure is pretty out of this world. His robot arms all look like bits of plane machinery compressed into arms. This cinludes turbines on the back of his hands, pistons, hinges, tubes and bits of armor. His legs have details from the jet mode as well including missiles on his thighs and turbine details on the knees. Of course, the most obvious bit of jet plane design is his accessory: a cane formed from the front landing gear. The cane has wheels at the end and spring like details on the lower part leading to an angled top section and horizontal handle.

Jetfire is cast in black plastic. There are two types of plastic, a solid plastic that makes up parts such as his arms, legs and torso and softer plastic that makes up the panels on his back and the robot head. This is most likely for safety reasons since those parts could wind up being pretty sharp if they were solid plastic. I was surprised that black plastic was the only color used. There are several silver and metallic blue parts, but it turns out they're all painted. For instance, the lower arms are mostly dark silver, but a closer look reveals it's a sprayed on layer of silver paint that reveals some black plastic now and then such as on the palms and fingers. The metallic blue color is used for most of the armor panels from the vehicle mode along with red, white and yellow painted on for details such as the number "17972" on the arms and super tiny yellow deails on the sides of his head. In a neat nod to Jetfire's allegiance, a scratched out Decepticon symbol can be found on his back painted in white. Then if you look on his left shoulder he has an Autobot symbol painted on in black.

There are twenty one points of articulation on this figure. I was pretty surprised by this. His bulk is so thick and bulky that I thought many points of articulation would have been left out or unable to have been worked into the toy. However, he's just as articulated as many of his fellow "Robot Replicas" figures. Jetfire's articulation includes five points of articulation on each arm and the ability for each half of his chest to move back and forth. Even with his hunched over design, the head can move around on a ball joint. I was very pleasantly surprised by this.

While Jetfire includes his cane, he doesn't need it to stand. His feet are so wide and the figure heavy enough that he stands fine without it. I love how you can pose him waving it around like an angry old man or someone who's about to bop an enemy over the head. It just appeals to a very silly part of this Transformers fan.

Final Thoughts:
Jetfire is a fantastic sculpt, with posability and an awesome paint job. I'm also very relieved to see his cane is a separate accessory and not something molded into his arm. To me, Jetfire represents what a "Robot Replicas" figure should be. Highly recommended!