Jetfire, One Of The Best Transformers Toys From The 1980s, Is Back

Jetfire, One Of the Best Transformers Toys From the '80s, Is Back

Back in the '80s there were some Transformers toys you could buy anywhere, and then there were some that seemingly only existed as rumours, spotted by a friend's cousin's neighbour at a distant out-of-state Toys"R"Us. Such was the case with Jetfire, a towering elusive Autobot that few kids actually owned, but all yearned for.

Some 30 years later those kids are now gainfully employed adults happy to indulge the nostalgia of their youth, so Hasbro has released a new version of Jetfire that embraces the incredibly-detailed Transformers of today, while paying homage to the original version. First revealed at Toy Fair earlier this year, Jetfire is finally available for anyone trying to complete their childhood wish list.

Jetfire, One Of the Best Transformers Toys From the '80s, Is Back

If you grew up a Transformers fan you'll remember that the original Jetfire seemed a lot different than Optimus, Bumblebee, and the rest of the Autobot gang. He was more complex, more detailed, and just more impressive than his compatriots. And that's because the 1980s-era Jetfire was actually a re-branded re-issue of Takatoku Toys' wonderfully-detailed Macross VF-1S Super Valkyrie. Renamed Jetfire he was shoe-horned into the Transformers universe and immediately ended up on every kid's Christmas list.

Very few of us were lucky enough to find Jetfire under the tree (or ever actually see one in person) but nothing's stopping us from buying him now for $US45 — except bills, rent and saving for retirement. But we'll probably happily give up that morning coffee for a couple of weeks if it means we can finally bring a Jetfire home. [Hasbro]

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    I still have my original Jetfire. Standing on the bedroom dresser. It does look better as a humanoid than the update, no silly wings jutting out as targets. So I have a month to badger the wife for Christmas. Farcry 4 or New Jetfire. Damnit.

    I remember back in primary school in the 80s that the existence of Megatron and Jetfire figures were almost myths, as no one had ever seen one. Then I went on a trip to Hong Kong with the family and discovered the original Japanese Bandai toys that Hasbro had licensed on almost every street corner, as well as some spectacular Macross and Gundam figures that were a whole different level of awesome. Transformers felt pretty lame after that.

    Word on the playground at playlunch time was that Megatron was banned because someone had held up a bank with a Megatron toy in the gun shape.

    Last edited 19/11/14 11:27 pm

      True story on Megatron. I had a friend had it. I was going to get it for my birthday from the local country toys store. It was pulled 2 weeks before my birthday. :(

    I was a lucky owner of a Jetfire back in the day and sadly it is long gone.

    Looking at the link, it's not even playing the same game as a the Transformer model I remember owning. This might trigger a few memories for people in the same demographic as me:

    As a big Robotech fan, even though I didn't realise it at the time, Jetfire being a VF-1 made him doubly awesome.

    I seem to recall there were no instructions on how to put him into the half-transformed "Gerwalk" mode. Took me days to figure out how to get it there.

    Last edited 20/11/14 1:45 am

    I was there in the playground. I Saw one Megatron.. Never even heard of Jetfire.

    had an 80s one, took it to school for show and tell, was stolen never to be seen again :(

    I also had the orginal Jetfire. Much nicer than the new one. I kept it in the original packaging ( carboard window box, foam inlay for the robot and extra boosters) for almost 20 years.

    I forgot it when I moved out over 10 years ago and my parents gave it to a charity. I beleive it would have been worth over $1500 or more to a collector. I was very sad to learn this :-)

    Jetfire was ok, but he was no Blitzwing.

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