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This Jetfire toy was added on August 2022 and originally released in 1985 with a retail price of $27.95. This action figure is part of the Transformers genre within the G1 series and included in Wave 2. With an average selling price of $372.32, this toy is highly collectible as it's selling for 13x over its retail price. Not surpringly, this toy ranks in the Top20 within it's stats category for the G1 category. Quite a few (47) of these toys are in user collections so it does seem to be somewhat popular.
Jetfire is a classic Transformers figure initially designed by Takatoku Toys - not by Takara as with most early Transformers. His design is a touchup of Takatoku Toys' 1/55 Macross VF-1S Super Valkyrie. Due to the design conflict with Takara, Jetfire was not released in Japan. This led to the figure being notably absent in various Japanese tie-in TV Magazine.
In the Transformers story, Jetfire is the first Cybertronian to travel to deep space and he is lauded as a hero for having defeated the Star pirates of the Blot Nebula. He vanished millions of years ago but rose again as a threat to Decepticons after being found inside a glacier. In another storyline, he was found frozen by Decepticons, but eventually turned against them to defend humans.
Despite being a peace-loving scientist, Jetfire joined the Autobots in their fight against Decepticons after waking up on Earth. In various storylines, Jetfire has been portrayed as a hero, a scientist, a soldier, and even a repentant former Decepticon. His original character design based on the toy appeared a few times in different media like the fourth issue of Marvel Comics and a few promotional comics.
Transformer Toy Reviews: Jetfire by www.cliffbee.com
Jetfire, from the Generation 1 series, is a large Autobot with a Valkyrie fighter alternate mode. Sporting a simple yet effective white and red color scheme with black details, Jetfire stands tall at 10cm in its Valkyrie mode, detailed with seats, wings, tailfins, and even a giant Autobot logo sticker on its nose. The die-cast metal which makes up most of its weight gives it a pleasing heft.
Jetfire offers a lot of play value with functional wings, attachable thrusters, stowable undercarriage, and even a Gerwalk mode that reveals the arms and legs, perfect for mid-flight combat. Even though the Valkyrie combat jets of Macross/Robotech are not realistic in comparison to other Transformers, the detail level and coloring are commendable.
The transformation to robot mode reveals a 25cm tall Transformer. The robot mode continues the color scheme with black highlights and red armor. There is a significant amount of die-cast on the toy, contributing to Jetfire's heaviness. This mode boasts 13 meaningful points of articulation, offering impressive posability for a figure from the 80s era.
Transformers Jetfire G1 Review by 20thcenturytoycollector.com
Purchased 1986 G1 Jetfire in its original European packaging from a seller in Belgium. As an avid collector of vintage toys, there's something special about having the original box they came in. The branding on this package features a Hasbro logo, while my 1985 Jetfire comes with an MB logo. This difference is due to Hasbro introducing their own branding in Europe in 1986.
Despite the view that Jetfire was the leader of the Autobots in Europe, where Optimus Prime was off-limits, eventually rights to Optimus Prime were secured. However, on the tech specs at the back of my 1986 European Jetfire package, Jetfire is still listed as the leader, probably due to oversight by MB and Hasbro. What's even more striking is that the leader designation is only found in the Dutch translation.
The intriguing history of Jetfire continues with its origin. Made by Takatoku Toys as a Macross toy, it was known as the VF-1 Valkyrie. Upon Takatoku's bankruptcy, Bandai acquired the rights, licensing it to Hasbro for Transformers. The complex licensing circumstances didn't stop here, as due to an arrangement between Hasbro and Takara, and possible rights ownership by Tatsunoko, Jetfire couldn't appear in the Transformers cartoon and was replaced with a similar character called Skyfire, hence its appearance in the U.S. commercial.