First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

Friday, June 21st, 2019 5:32pm CDT

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Fellow Seibertronian Kanrabat spotted the new Cyberverse Spark Armor figures at Toysrus in Laval, Canada. Both Jetfire and Starscream were found for $20 CAD and he gave us a review. We can finally see the articulation these figures have. Of note, these are smaller than deluxe class, similar in size to the smaller RID Activators from a few years ago.

-Kanrabat- wrote:So I finally got my hands on some Cyberverse armor guys. Got the two I wanted the most, Starscream and Jetfire. Price was 20$CAN plus taxes each.

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

So, how do they hold up?
Right of the bat, the posability is pretty damn fantastic!. That is, for Cyberverse standards. Paint aps are minimal, but sufficient.

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

The armor gimmick is more than basic, but it add play value aplenty. However, I predict a TON of incomplete bots flooding the secondary market in a decade or two. All those detachable parts are meant to be lost.

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

Transformation is simple for both. Unfortunately, Starscream just do the "Superman" with his legs completely exposed. Lazy. Jetfire, however, have a more complete transformation by collapsing his legs and hiding his head. The armor gimmick don't work at all in vehicle mode unfortunately.

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

Starscream is nice enough and WAY superior than the warrior class. However, Jetfire is the clear winner here.

Transformers News: First Global Sighting and Review of Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream

All that Jetfire love since a few years! :x


This article was last modified on Friday, June 21st, 2019 6:16pm CDT

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Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025404)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on June 21st, 2019 @ 5:36pm CDT
some of these guys look like they're a lot of fun, jetfire will likely be one of the few that I pick up :-?
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025405)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 21st, 2019 @ 5:41pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:Fellow Seibertronian Kanrabat spotted the new Cyberverse Spark Armor figures at Toysrus in Laval, Canada. Both Jetfire and Starscream were found for $20 CAD (on sale)


Correction. At 20$CAN, that is the FULL PRICE. No sale.
So it's definitely the better deal compared to the "deluxe" fast-action-battlers that are priced the same. The Armor guys feel like genuine transformers and I'd buy more at full price without any hesitation. Hell, I may get them all! (Except that giant Optimus)

Forgot to mention that the had of those bots don't turn and only Starscream have a waist joint due to transformation. No wrists swivel too, but that was expected.

EDIT:
Heeeeeeyyyy……………. I can legit be that ass that claim "FIRST"! :lol:
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025408)
Posted by notsoalex on June 21st, 2019 @ 5:49pm CDT
Eh, I'll just pick up "Skybyte" and Shockwave.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025412)
Posted by blackeyedprime on June 21st, 2019 @ 6:14pm CDT
Cool and jetfires tank looks to be a diff colour to the initial images.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025413)
Posted by william-james88 on June 21st, 2019 @ 6:15pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
william-james88 wrote:Fellow Seibertronian Kanrabat spotted the new Cyberverse Spark Armor figures at Toysrus in Laval, Canada. Both Jetfire and Starscream were found for $20 CAD (on sale)


Correction. At 20$CAN, that is the FULL PRICE. No sale.
So it's definitely the better deal compared to the "deluxe" fast-action-battlers that are priced the same. The Armor guys feel like genuine transformers and I'd buy more at full price without any hesitation. Hell, I may get them all! (Except that giant Optimus)

Forgot to mention that the had of those bots don't turn and only Starscream have a waist joint due to transformation. No wrists swivel too, but that was expected.

EDIT:
Heeeeeeyyyy……………. I can legit be that ass that claim "FIRST"! :lol:

But yesterday, all tfs at toysrus were on sale, these were exceptions?
And, can you mix and match the armor between bots?
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025420)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 21st, 2019 @ 6:57pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:But yesterday, all tfs at toysrus were on sale, these were exceptions?
And, can you mix and match the armor between bots?


The price was marked 19.99$ in bold black on the shelf without any sales labels.

As for the armors...

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Well, I say they are 75% compatible. The threads of the vehicles are clearly meant to fit the legs of their specific bots that have different leg wings. So the thread can only rest in front of the wing rather than the wing going inside the thread. The shoulder/mask/chest part is 100% compatible.

As for looks, Starscream look way better with Jetfire's armor.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025422)
Posted by LE0KING on June 21st, 2019 @ 7:39pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
william-james88 wrote:But yesterday, all tfs at toysrus were on sale, these were exceptions?
And, can you mix and match the armor between bots?


The price was marked 19.99$ in bold black on the shelf without any sales labels.

As for the armors...

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Well, I say they are 75% compatible. The threads of the vehicles are clearly meant to fit the legs of their specific bots that have different leg wings. So the thread can only rest in front of the wing rather than the wing going inside the thread. The shoulder/mask/chest part is 100% compatible.

As for looks, Starscream look way better with Jetfire's armor.

I'm hoping to use this jetfire instead of iron factory's super expensive legends scale one. Any chance of a comparison with a legends scale figure?
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025423)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 21st, 2019 @ 8:04pm CDT
LE0KING wrote:I'm hoping to use this jetfire instead of iron factory's super expensive legends scale one. Any chance of a comparison with a legends scale figure?


Here you go my friend.

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Jetfire is a pretty solid toy on it's own, but if you have a fancy 3P scout display/collection, he will be out of place with his limited paint aps, limited articulation points, and especially his hollow back.

But in a normal legion legend collection/display? That Jetfire will ROCK.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025424)
Posted by LE0KING on June 21st, 2019 @ 8:08pm CDT
That is perfect. Thank you very much.
This is definitely on my buy list now.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025428)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 21st, 2019 @ 8:14pm CDT
LE0KING wrote:That is perfect. Thank you very much.
This is definitely on my buy list now.


You won't regret it. ;)^
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025586)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 23rd, 2019 @ 10:19am CDT
Thanks to Ham-Man Review, we have our very first in-hand impressions of the new upcoming Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime!

This Optimus got a lot of people excited with his reveal, seeing as how he is a very big and seemingly very posable (for Cyberverse) figure that comes with a miniature Ark figure that forms some pretty wicked armor for him. Well in Ham-Man's review, we get some interesting insights into this figure. While the arms are carrying a standard articulation package that we are used to, with full posability minus a wrist joint, the legs are very basic. The only bit of articulation in the legs at all is a small amount of front to back and some sideways movement at the thigh. There are no knee joints on this figure, and the legs don't compress for truck mode either, leaving us with some very lame and basic legs.

The Ark armor does make for a very nice figure though, but the front of the Ark that forms the head and chest armor can be a bit fragile and difficult, so be careful with those bits.

Check out the review below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025591)
Posted by Skritz on June 23rd, 2019 @ 10:49am CDT
What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025598)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 23rd, 2019 @ 11:43am CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?

I don't know, but that is so dumb to not have knees or collapsing legs on a guy that big
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025601)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on June 23rd, 2019 @ 11:46am CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


To increase sturdiness of the figures, like back in G1 post 1986 ;)

Anyway, now TakaraTomy has finally decided to release Cyberverse according to scans in Figure King #257. And needless to say, having every character in every size class makes the lineup a tad messy, especially with the One-Steps:

TCV-01 Turbo Change Bumblebee: new-mold One-Step Bumblebee
TCV-02 Turbo Change Optimus Prime: new-mold One-Step Optimus Prime
TCV-03 Wing Slicer Windblade: Warrior Class Windblade
TCV-04 Launcher Strike Starscream: Ultra Class Starscream
TCV-05 Stinger Sword Bumblebee: Ultimate Class Bumblebee (What? Why not the Warrior one? :shock: )
TCV-06 Matrix Attack Optimus Prime: Ultimate Class Optimus Prime
TCV-07 Fusion Cannon Megatron: Ultimate Class Megatron
TCV-08 Turbo Change Megatron: second One-Step Changer Megatron
TCV-09 Turbo Change Wheeljack: One-Step Changer Wheeljack
TCV-10 Burning Flame Grimlock: Ultra Class Grimlock
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025959)
Posted by william-james88 on June 25th, 2019 @ 10:49pm CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


Here is Cyberverse once you give it some Claritin:

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Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025961)
Posted by Stargrave on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:02pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


Here is Cyberverse once you give it some Claritin:

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That looks like it could easily pass for a smaller Jungle Planet Cybertron figure dang ;)^
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025962)
Posted by william-james88 on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:07pm CDT
The Cyberverse line has been rather underwhelming for collectors by not providing any class that is not gimmick ridden or simplified. The Bumblebee movie line at least had some character designs show up in the Studio Series line but the awesome designs from Cyberverse do not have an equivalent. However, the Spark Armor battle class toys do offer something more familiar. While there is a gimmick involved, it is armoring up the bots via 5 mm ports, same as the COMBAT gimmick in the Siege line and like Siege that means the transformations and proportions are not affected by the gimmick (unlike the rest of Cyberverse). The battle class toys are slightly taller than legends class toys, as you will see in the images below. So it offers a cheap alternative if you want bots in this scale. That still begs the question though, are these toys any good? Well let’s take a look at Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class Skybyte.

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Skybyte is a fan favourite and it’s fun to see non G1 characters in this heavy G1 based line. His design is very much RID Skybyte, and it uses the Generations idea of having the shark head be the chest. The robot mode looks good and has a lot of the articulation you would expect from a legends class figure. I would of course prefer more hip rotation (not always present on this class) and it’s too bad the head does not move. The head sculpt is very nice though with the right paint apps on the robot and shark heads. My biggest issue though is with one of the plastics used. The light blue plastic is excellent. It’s a gorgeous and glossy blue that I don’t think we have ever seen used on a TF before. It feels very sturdy, along with the yellow. But the dark blue plastic is the kind I just hate. It’s the very cheap light KO type. The one where you see the sprue circles and that feels rough. It’s really too bad that they use this plastic on his arms.

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The armor is fine but doesn’t really do anything for me. The big drill is not tightly latched onto the smaller vehicle and while the transformation into armor is neat, there isn’t really anything cool about it aside from the helmet. The drill tank threads don’t look good as armour, since there is no weapon element to them. This is a far cry from the clear armour we had with the RID battlepacks.

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The armour is interchangeable with the other smaller bots since it’s just 5mm based. Here is a mash up with Prowl’s armour.

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The Transformation to shark mode is great. I really like how the legs are just the right shape to become the shark body. It’s the perfect complexity for a toy this size. As for the shark mode though, it’s too bad the lower jaw doesn’t really look like a jaw and not everything tabs in properly. There are still 5 mm ports in this mode so you can plug in weapons as you wish.

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In the end, while I like the look of the base figure and I am glad the gimmick is far from as obtrusive as other gimmicks in the Cyberverse line, I don’t think it adds much either. With the Siege line you can take it or leave it, but with these the armour comes with the toy so you pay extra for an aspect that you may not care for.
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025963)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:23pm CDT
I kinda want him just to have an tiny Sky-Byte
Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025971)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 2:59am CDT
He looks amazing and that in Scout class scale. He's a must to me. And the armor will end up as parts for customs :-D
Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP). The rest of the line to this point is not my cup of tea. Warrior Soundwave and Shockwave look pretty good in their bot modes at least but I have too many way cooler Soundys and Shockys and I was thinking about getting Ultra class Bumblebee and Shadowstriker only for their alt modes but gladly I ended up realizing that they are not worth it and I'm at the point now where my collection is big enough that I only want to buy figures that I really want.
And third of this line to me will be Elite class Cheetor.
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Re: First Global Sighting and Review for Cyberverse Spark Armor Jetfire and Starscream (2025972)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 4:40am CDT
I NEED that Sky-Byte. :x

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