Animated Jetfire/Jetstorm/Safeguard pictorial review

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  1. Peaugh

    Peaugh Hi.

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    Hooray! got another package in the mail today!

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    Jetfire and Jetstorm, the AeroTwins! Both have the Elite Guard logo, having been created by the Elite Guard while trying to duplicate Starscream and give the Autobots a flying warrior! Success, as the two are each capable of becoming a jet:

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    I was going to complain that the jet modes were a floppy mess, and then I discovered that when you transform them correctly, there's a tab on the waist armor that pegs into the top of the knees to keep jet mode stable:

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    Although honestly, if you angle the wings for the combined X-mode, I think the individual jets look better AND aren't floppy anymore:

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    Combined mode is just snapping the two together. The x-configuration looks better than leaving the wings horizontal, but it's still just two jets glommed together. It's okay, but nothing to write home about:

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    Pop them apart and with a few twists and turns, you've got the brothers in robot mode, where they really shine:

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    I honestly wasn't all that excited about Jetfire. He didn't look like much of an homage to anything that came before with the name, and looked a little silly. Once I had him in my hands though, wow. He really shines with personality and attitude. Design-wise he's almost like an Animated robot version of the Human Torch. I LOVE the goggles:

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    As for Jetstorm, I've every bit as happy with him as I expected to be. I think he's the better one of the pair, ever so slightly edging out his twin for the top spot. Part of that is because he's clearly an homage to BM Jetstorm, and a rather spiffy one at that. Jetfire's design lives up to the concept of hothead, and Jetstorm definitely looks more like the slick, mischievous one:

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    However, as awesome as their robot modes are, they have more to show you. AeroTwin powers, ACTIVATE!

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    Form of HALF A PERSON!

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    The two are capable of combining in the symmetrical docking vein, forming the powerful Autobot warrior, Safeguard! (yeah, I think it sounds like some brand of deodorant as well :lol ):

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    Combined mode is cool, if a little bit gappy. The individual arms can be positioned just about any way you wish. What you see here is my favorite configuration. It keeps them from getting in the way and retains the "X" motif of their combined jet form. Here's a shot from the rear to show how it works:

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    Also, for those asking, here's a shot of the chest emblem. It's vaguely reminiscent of the old mini-con symbol crossed with Superman's s-shield:

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    And for a nice group shot, here they are individually and combined with the rest of the EG. (Blurr coming soon!)

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    Overall, they're far niftier than I would have given them credit for based on early pics. Their individual robot modes are the highlight of the set, but the individual jet modes and Safeguard look good with the right configuration, and there's enough leeway for you to find a configuration that works right for you. There's not a whole lot that can be done to improve the combined jet, and it's easily the weakest part of the set. The pair isn't something I'd actively encourage others to seek out pre-release, but I think the set is definitely worth the retail asking price, possible even worth the mark-up from online retailers provided they aren't gouging the price. If you love Animated, I think this figure gets a solid B+, with the rating dropping from there depending on where you stand on the Animated line as a whole.

    Video review is up:




    Okay, Picture update time!

    First off, as requested, the Fusion Dance:

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    Here's a shot of the folded down wings from behind. It didn't spend as much tiem making it look nice, but you get the idea:

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    Here's a show of the arms in cockpit mode from front, side, and back:

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    Comparison shots with Starscream in all modes:

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    The backs of the individual bots:

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    Here he is with the Elite Guard (including Longarm Prime):

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    I think this is actually the correct back kibble:

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    It makes the "X", looks like the box art, and is one of a few combinations I've found that doesn't have the shoulder mount pieces rubbing against each other and pushing the figures apart.

    Finally, Safeguard is no match for a sword, apparently (He'll get better!):

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    (I could have blocked this one better, but I put Megatron back on the shelf before I loaded the bigger pic on the computer to catch it, batteries died in the camera on that last shot (it actually shut itself off right after taking this pic), I've taken enough pics today, and I need to go vote. So you might see a better shot of this later on, but please don't bug me about it. I'll get to it when I have a chance.)

    I'm still taking pic requests, but I respectfully ask no more requests for combined back kibble configurations. You can clearly see that it's open to lots of interpretation, and I just don't have time to fiddle with every permutation.
     
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  2. Pikachu_King

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    I am really excited by these! Great review, again, Peaugh.
     
  3. Silent_Magnus

    Silent_Magnus Taint of Primus

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    "AeroTwins", is that the official term?
     
  4. magmatron

    magmatron Hyper Sentinel Force!

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    Pretty nice, though I doubt I'll pick them up. If they someday sell Jetfire alone I would pick him up:lol !
     
  5. Death333

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    Very nice pics and THANK YOU for transforming them properly.
     
  6. Sentinel Pax

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    These guys are pretty cool, the individual bot modes are pretty rockin, with Jetstorm being the coolest (ha! He's icy.) since he's a nod to the best Beast Machines character. I kinda wish the jet modes had a bit more substance in the back, though...like...plane parts instead of just legs with wings. Still cool. Can't wait to see the video review, Peaugh.
     
  7. Peaugh

    Peaugh Hi.

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    Not that I'm aware of, just filler until any official term for the two of them comes out.
     
  8. Lumpy

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    that made me laugh a very large amount...thanks for the pics...they look pretty cool...still not sure about the color scheme...they're so hideous together as safeguard...but if he ends up being cool in the show and i've got money when they are out, i might pick them up...the lame combining jet seems like such an afterthought though...
     
  9. General Tekno

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    Cool.

    Can we get some pics of Safeguard doing stuff other than just standing there aimlessly?
     
  10. AndreyOfDoom

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    Anyone know if they will be in the show?
     
  11. Silent_Magnus

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    Ah, I thought you might have received the comic books as well, or something.
     
  12. G1Wheeljack

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    They're much better than I expected, I say my favorite of the two is Jetstorm. I'll be picking these up once they hit retail.
     
  13. Peaugh

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    Sure! Here he is giving Shockwave the old "POW! right in the kisser!"

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    Can we get a pic of Safeguard with Cybertron Safeguard and another with Vector Prime?
     
  15. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    You sure that's not the "SMELL MY SHOE!" ?? :) 
     
  16. Peaugh

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    Don't have either one of them.

    I guess it could be the "Trick-or-treat, smell my feet!" :lol 
     
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    Wow. Shockwave's just taking the punch like it was nothing. At least have him reeling.

    But yeah. I'd love to see Safeguard in more dynamic poses. I mean, take Jetstorm/Jetfire - the poses they're in ooze personality.
     
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    The individual jet modes look better here than in any previous images; having the wings fully deployed certainly helps. Is there any way to makes the arms as compact as possible in Safeguard mode, so that they're not just sticking out?
     
  19. Silent_Magnus

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    Funny how short he is for a combiner.
     
  20. Peaugh

    Peaugh Hi.

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    Dude, if you're just going to complain when I'm trying to give you what you've asked for, I don't have to do this. That said:

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    Yeah, you can fold them up pretty much however you want. Here's another favorite of mine with them folded down:

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