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February 4, 2009

Skyfire / Jetfire (02-04-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 4, 2009

SKYFIRE / JETFIRE

-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Air Guardian
-Motto:
Among Mysteries of Science Lies the Key to Victory”
-Notable Toy: Henkai (Takara, 2008)

Now we know that the Jetfire/Skyfire weirdness had to do with legal issues between Bandai and Hasbro and the use of likenesses in different markets. But it was so strange from a kid’s perspective in 1984. Why did the cartoon hero Skyfire look so different from the toy Jetfire, and why the differing names? Still, I never quite understood why Hasbro never tried to keep the rights to the Skyfire name, although props to them for giving their Universe version of the character a battle helmet and cartoon face to reflect the dicodomy.

(For more information on “Skyfire”, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible entries here and here.)

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