Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire

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Friday, January 4th, 2019 10:51AM CST

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Fellow Seibertronian Actar has written an in depth review on the new Transformers Studio Series Jetfire. He gave us great images of all modes including the combined mode and the giant cannon. We see how it scales with both SS ROTF Megatron and the ROTF Fallen. Enjoy!

Alrighty! Just got my hands on the latest SS Voyagers and Leaders. However, the one that has won me over the most is Jetfire.

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So, I was rather hesitant and critical about Jetfire when I first saw him, but after having him in hand for a day, I'm absolutely convinced. Jetfire is everything I wanted in the original Leader (albeit in a smaller package). Overall, he's much easier to transform than the previous Leader and everything but those two central panels that tab into the shoulders and engines hold together solidly. I'd even argue that the kibble is much better on this one.

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While the fit and finish are subpar as per other figures in the Studio Series line, the bot mode is excellent. The transformation is really fun, smooth and impressive. I love how the jet mode folds in on itself multiple times to create the bulk of the body and I adore the fact that the thighs are actually formed from the jet mode engines unlike the previous Leader (they even sit accurately within the nacelle!). I'm still not that big of a fan of the faux cockpit head, but after knowing that Jetfire accurately parts-forms to combine with Optimus, it softens the blow somewhat.

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Speaking of which, yes! Jetfire does indeed combine with SS Voyager Prime!

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...and it's amazing. Thank heavens they decided to go with parts-forming. Not only is it accurate to the movie, the combination gimmick does not take away from either figure much at all. The locks that secure Jetfire's limbs together when he's his own figure are brilliant. It's a clip system that holds all the parts together in bot/jet mode solidly but is still easy enough to disconnect for parts-forming when needed. In Jet Power Prime mode, everything is just as solid, though I'm slightly worried that Prime's leg joints (hip and knees) will not hold up over time as they aren't ratcheted. As for now, they're rock solid and almost too tight for when posing him alone. While the articulation in combined mode is mostly unhindered, it kinda sucks that the ankle tilts are opposite as Jetfire's legs are reversed for the combination.

Note that the instructions are utter garbage. Not only does it not tell you how to transform the cannon at all, but you can tweak the figure a little to get it looking much, much better. For instance, the bar behind Prime's head can be angled back. This not only tidies up the silhouette, but it also holds the rear wings/fins in place. Speaking of those fins, as can be seen from the above pictures, they can also be splayed open for a far more dynamic and movie-accurate look. It's a pretty nice touch that Prime's back kibble form secondary fins.

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For the cannon, there is indeed a proper way to transform it. Upon close examination, the arms and flaps both have places to peg into.

All in all, thus far, Jetfire is my undisputed favorite Studio Series figure. So poseable, so much more accurate than the previous Leader figure and so full of character! All that on top of a much-improved combining gimmick! Now I only wished that they had put more effort into the Voyager Prime. I still don't get the necessity for the inaccurate leg transformation and the faux chest. In addition to being inaccurate, in my opinion, it's needlessly complex and fiddly for a Movie Prime and is as light as a feather. If you ask me, I'd only buy Prime solely to maximize Jetfire's playability. That's how great Jetfire is.
Credit(s): Actar
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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002482)
Posted by o.supreme on January 4th, 2019 @ 11:05am CST
Actar wrote:Alrighty! Just got my hands on the latest SS Voyagers and Leaders. However, the one that has won me over the most is Jetfire....

Speaking of which, yes! Jetfire does indeed combine with SS Voyager Prime!

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So..Just to confirm (because I'm not familiar enough with some of these toys to recognize them on their own)...

Are these pics showing Jetfire combined with the previous SS-05 Optimus Prime?, Or is this the new SS-32 (Movie 1) Optimus?

That would be awesome if they made it so Jetfire could work with both.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002485)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 4th, 2019 @ 11:09am CST
o.supreme wrote:
Actar wrote:Alrighty! Just got my hands on the latest SS Voyagers and Leaders. However, the one that has won me over the most is Jetfire....

Speaking of which, yes! Jetfire does indeed combine with SS Voyager Prime!

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So..Just to confirm (because I'm not familiar enough with some of these toys to recognize them on their own)...

Are these pics showing Jetfire combined with the previous SS-05 Optimus Prime?, Or is this the new SS-32 (Movie 1) Optimus?

That would be awesome if they made it so Jetfire could work with both.
That's the newer Optimus. Bright red and correct-looking chest. The older one had dark red and an inaccurate-looking chest.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002486)
Posted by Overcracker on January 4th, 2019 @ 11:12am CST
o.supreme wrote:
Actar wrote:Alrighty! Just got my hands on the latest SS Voyagers and Leaders. However, the one that has won me over the most is Jetfire....

Speaking of which, yes! Jetfire does indeed combine with SS Voyager Prime!

Image


So..Just to confirm (because I'm not familiar enough with some of these toys to recognize them on their own)...

Are these pics showing Jetfire combined with the previous SS-05 Optimus Prime?, Or is this the new SS-32 (Movie 1) Optimus?

That would be awesome if they made it so Jetfire could work with both.



It's the new SS-32 Prime. The old SS-05 Prime has a completely different torso, and lacks the ports and tabs required for combination as far as I know.

SS-32 left, SS-05 Right
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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002487)
Posted by o.supreme on January 4th, 2019 @ 11:14am CST
Sabrblade wrote:That's the newer Optimus. Bright red and correct-looking chest. The older one had dark red and an inaccurate-looking chest.


darn...thanks for the confirmation though. So, I guess there is no chance that Jetfire can combine with SS-05? I mean I know it has it's flaws, but it is from the 2nd film after all. Then again, was there really any changes in Prime between Movie 1 and Movie 2, I never thought so...they probably just slapped the movie 1 logo on the box to signify it is a different toy.

*edit* -yes I understand the toys are different, just speaking in terms of "in-movie"
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002504)
Posted by william-james88 on January 4th, 2019 @ 1:02pm CST
o.supreme wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:That's the newer Optimus. Bright red and correct-looking chest. The older one had dark red and an inaccurate-looking chest.


darn...thanks for the confirmation though. So, I guess there is no chance that Jetfire can combine with SS-05? I mean I know it has it's flaws, but it is from the 2nd film after all. Then again, was there really any changes in Prime between Movie 1 and Movie 2, I never thought so...they probably just slapped the movie 1 logo on the box to signify it is a different toy.

*edit* -yes I understand the toys are different, just speaking in terms of "in-movie"

Sadly there is no chance it combines with the previous one. And in movie, there was no difference between prime's design from the first to seconds film. That means this new prime works for both and thus the previous Prime is rendered obsolete. I sold mine already since it felt absolutely worthless in my collection.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002505)
Posted by o.supreme on January 4th, 2019 @ 1:09pm CST
william-james88 wrote:And in movie, there was no difference between prime's design from the first to seconds film. That means this new prime works for both and thus the previous Prime is rendered obsolete. I sold mine already since it felt absolutely worthless in my collection.


Perfect. That's where my mind was going ;)^ , glad to know despite the packaging SS-35 can be Movie 1 or 2 Prime for all intents and purposes.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002509)
Posted by Deadput on January 4th, 2019 @ 1:48pm CST
william-james88 wrote:Sadly there is no chance it combines with the previous one. And in movie, there was no difference between prime's design from the first to seconds film. That means this new prime works for both and thus the previous Prime is rendered obsolete. I sold mine already since it felt absolutely worthless in my collection.


I feel like the ROTF SS Prime is actually meant to be the DOTM version where he did have actual physical changes, mostly the abs.

First 2 movies
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Dotm:
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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002512)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 4th, 2019 @ 2:13pm CST
Well we will see what the DotM leader Class version looks like ;)
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002514)
Posted by william-james88 on January 4th, 2019 @ 2:23pm CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:Very nice review! Love the pictures! ;)^

Initially I was going to pass on this figure, as I'm in the minority of those who like the original leader. But since I already have SS Prime, I might as well get Jetfire, if only for the combination.

You got the new 2019 ss prime? How?
No, I didn't. I mixed up the new Prime with the one that already came out.

ok, are you gonna get this prime and Jetfire then?
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002517)
Posted by o.supreme on January 4th, 2019 @ 2:40pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:Well we will see what the DotM leader Class version looks like ;)

:BANG_HEAD: Wow, that's even more frustrating than DotM Megatron. There should be literally NO reason that Movie 3 Prime is a Leader Class figure, as the design had minimal if any changes. The ONLY POSSIBLE reason I could see for it to be Leader Class is if it is incorporating the Trailer, but then that presents a whole other series of issues...

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This toy was marketed as "Ultimate Class", something that currently doesn't really exist, but was bigger than the current Leader Class.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002518)
Posted by william-james88 on January 4th, 2019 @ 2:41pm CST
o.supreme wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Well we will see what the DotM leader Class version looks like ;)

:BANG_HEAD: Wow, that's even more frustaring than DotM Megatron. There should be literally NO reason that Movie 3 Prime is a Leader Class figure, as the design had minimal if any changes. The ONLY POSSIBLE reason I could see for it to be Leader Class is if it is incorporating the Trailer, but then that presents a whole other series of issues...

I am pretty sure thats what is gonna happen, he will come with a trailer.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002529)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 4th, 2019 @ 4:07pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
o.supreme wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Well we will see what the DotM leader Class version looks like ;)

:BANG_HEAD: Wow, that's even more frustaring than DotM Megatron. There should be literally NO reason that Movie 3 Prime is a Leader Class figure, as the design had minimal if any changes. The ONLY POSSIBLE reason I could see for it to be Leader Class is if it is incorporating the Trailer, but then that presents a whole other series of issues...

I am pretty sure thats what is gonna happen, he will come with a trailer.


I probably won't buy the new voyager Optimus and Leader Jetfire. Most if not all the DOTM Optimuses sucked in one way or another. So if leader DOTM Optimus is a slighly modded new voyager plus a kick-ass trailer that transform into the weapon station as shown in the movie, I'll be all over it.

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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002531)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 4th, 2019 @ 4:15pm CST
o. supreme, while the Ultimate Optimus set is larger than a modern Leader, there are some important things to keep in mind:
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The nominally Voyager cab is larger than standard DOTM-onward Voyagers..
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...And even so, the trailer is monstrously oversize for the cab (it actually sizes better with the ROTF Leader-class cab!)
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On top of that, the trailer has a crapton of extra mass to it.
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Size comparison.

So yes, you couldn't do a Voyager cab plus a trailer the size of the Ultimate Optimus one as a modern Leader-class figure. But you wouldn't need to because both the cab and trailer are oversize compared to modern Voyagers like SS Optimus anyway. I think there is just about room to squeeze in the Voyager Optimus cab and a proportionate trailer at the Leader size class.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002541)
Posted by Skritz on January 4th, 2019 @ 4:51pm CST
While I don't collect movie figures, I'm quite tempted to get DOTM Megatron as I (somehow) liked that design and the Leader figure seems pretty damn solid. Is he worth it as a stand alone pick up?

Also do we have any clues if The Fallen himself will receive a Studio Series figure?
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002553)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 4th, 2019 @ 5:15pm CST
I think the partsforming on Jetfire ended up working out really well. They have gotten much better at it lately, and now it's giving us an even more accurate Jet Optimus. It may not be entirely screen accurate, but at least it's an even closer effort that can pose.

@Skirtz, that Megatron would make a good standalone. He doesn't need anyone else!

No word on a SS Fallen figure yet.

I really enjoy the DotM Ultimate Prime, but look forward to an attempt closer to screen accurate. Flight tech yes please. with Ax.

Also, I really want the new voyager Prime to be redecoed like this so I can have an update to my favorite TF ever:

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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002564)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 4th, 2019 @ 5:33pm CST
I wouldn't call the Studio Series Jetpower Prime more accurate. It's just as inaccurate as the ROTF Leaders' combo but in different ways. More poseable, I'll grant you. But not more accurate.

The original could probably have had the poseability granted by partsforming if it wasn't for the fact that Jetfire's hips had to support the weight of a big fat battery box that uses AA batteries. I would love to get my hands on the smeghead in Hasbro's marketing department who mandated that Leader-class figures not only have electronics but that those electronics be powered strictly by AA batteries.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002565)
Posted by Deadput on January 4th, 2019 @ 5:43pm CST
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:I wouldn't call the Studio Series Jetpower Prime more accurate. It's just as inaccurate as the ROTF Leaders' combo but in different ways. More poseable, I'll grant you. But not more accurate.

Like there could ever be an accurate version of the Jetpower Prime that also transforms into Jetfire, he literally wraps around Prime in the film.
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Ignoring the Jetfire parts themselves look at Thickimus Prime over here, his proportions change.

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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002571)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 4th, 2019 @ 5:59pm CST
In that shot he still has parts of Jetfire on him, that's why he looks that way. The only parts he lost were the thrusters and wings.
Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002583)
Posted by Brokebot on January 4th, 2019 @ 6:26pm CST
I was going to skip this line because I have no interest in Bayformers, but I succumbed to the temptation of VW Bumblebee, and now I wish I had stuck to my guns. Just keeping it together while transforming it was the biggest challenge. Fold in the hands, they fall off. Fold down the window, it falls off. Rotate the legs, they pop off. While the detailing is pretty good, I think making this in a larger scale would have produced a better, more solid figure. Anyway, my two cents. >:oP

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Re: Pictorial Review for Transformers Studio Series Jetfire (2002588)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on January 4th, 2019 @ 6:42pm CST
Well, the next year of Studio Series figures is right around the corner, and I still have never seen Ironhide in store (or RotF Starscream). Nor have I seen the Deluxe waves beyond the one with Jazz and Lockdown more than once ever. It would be nice if they were at least available on Hasbro Toy Shop. So much for improved distribution.

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