It took me awhile get a hold of myself and actually process what my dad had brought home for me. See aside from being a Transformer I had never seen before, JETFIRE was also rather confusing. Up to that point, it was pretty much “understood” that the good guys, “AUTO”-bots were all cars, and the bad guys, the Decepticons were everything else, including jets. But here was Jetfire, who was most definitely a jet, but based on his profile on the back of the box, he was identified as an Autobot….absolutely mind blowing.
When I finally got a hold of myself, the next thought that came to my head was that my friends are going to DIE when they see this. Especially my neighbour, who kept rubbing it in that he had a good guy Autobot who kicked my Decepticon jet’s butt…now I had the ultimate Transformer who would defeat EVERYBODY!
|instead of this...|
|...we got THIS :(|
As for future versions of Jetfire, it gets even worse. He was featured heavily in the 2nd live action movie “The Revenge of the Fallen” and even here, like all the other Transformers in these movies, he was reinvented into this OLD decrepit robot (complete with a beard!) with a WALKING STICK!!!! Needless to say, I skipped off on buying the toy of that piece of trash.
To be fair though, Hasbro did release a fairly decent update of the original Jetfire as well. And it was OK. I did get that one, but even years later, the original toy still kicks this “newer” version to the curb.
So while over the years, he has been portrayed pretty badly in the cartoons and movies, no one can take away the fact that even compared to Transformers today, the original Generation 1 Jetfire toy remains one of the BEST Transformers toys ever made. And I am really happy that I got to own him at one point in my life, enjoy him and of course…flaunt him over all my friends.
|my version of Jetfire|