Saturday, November 22, 2014

Transformers Generations Jetfire: Let the taunting begin!

Last month I posted about toys out in stores or soon to be out that I was watching for. Some of these I was only lukewarm about, while others I was pretty hot for. Two of the items I was really after, I got. And at a cost I find rather cheap I might add. The Meijer grocery/department store had a sale on Transformers, and what was a $25 Whirl and Roadbuster I bought for only $16 a piece. I almost didn't get the Roadbuster, it was only on the last day of the sale that he showed up on shelves, lucked out there. They are easily worth the full price of course, but saving $20 is a nice little gift. Another nice thing is that I no longer have to look at them in stores and feel crappy when I walk away without them. Now that's the job of another toy.

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This past Monday I was playing chauffeur to my wife as she started her Christmas shopping. A stop at Toys R Us to grab some G.I.Joes for her nephew marked the first time the new Transformers Generations Jetfire was to taunt me. He's a beautiful sight, no doubt. However, at the price of almost $50 (at TRU), I easily passed. Not only did I have just $19 to my name, but even with an extra $30 I was gonna have to skip out on him. It's a big toy, it's surely sized to the cost, but never the less it's still almost $50! And my rationale was this, at this price I could buy much rarer, and much more desirable vintage items. So I walked away knowing he was to meet me again sometime in the future.

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 Later in our shopping extravaganza we hit Target for household items. And lo and behold Jetfire was there to taunt me another time. He even lowered his price, and was now only $39.99, mocking me almost, cause he knew I still couldn't afford him. I seriously can't pay $40 for this toy. If I can find one maybe even just $8 cheaper, that I can manage. I could justify $32 for this item. I'm pretty sure. I guess I'd have to really be there in the moment. Now I really like this toy, so don't let what I'm going to say further down make you think any different. You can like something, and see it's faults. (Transformers fans!!!)

This toy features a pretty lazy design. It's a robot with a big ol' jet on his back. He's wearing a jet-pack, literally. It has those fake alt mode add on bits that I think are real cheats when it comes to Transformers. If the robot, the main robot body that is, wasn't so damn gorgeous I think there would be a hell of a lot more bitching about the toy. I know there were some gripes when news broke that in some bizarre twist of fate the Hasbro version was to have chromed weapons and the TakaraTomy one wouldn't. In person the chroming actually looks really nice. And when I can't justify the full price on a Hasbro one you can bet your life I won't be putting money down for an import.

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And when all is said and done, if I end up getting the toy then great, if not I have a perfect Jetfire already sitting in my collection.

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hasbro Japanese Robots macross robotech Takara Transformers トランスフォーマー マクロス

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