Welcome back to the next installment of Catch A Wave: Transformers. Coming to the end of our run in 1985, let’s roll on with the Deluxe Vehicles and Miscellaneous figures. Let’s get into it.
As we wind down the list for 1985, we first have 2 Deluxe Autobot Vehicles. The Deluxe Vehicles were the original Takatoku Toys toy line redesigned for the US. They are a bit larger in size and a bit more complex than the rest of the line at the time.
The Deluxe Vehicles are a pair of Autobots, Roadbuster and Whirl who are members of the Wreckers. The Wreckers appeared exclusively in the UK published Marvel Comics continuity. Below is a minor cover appearance on issue #82 of that UK Transformers series.
As you can see in the official instructions on these “Deluxe Vehicles” there may be an extra step or two. But the extra steps mostly center on reconfiguring the accessories and weapons from vehicle to robot form.
And with that, let’s move on to the figures…
Our remaining figures don’t fit neatly into any category, so these will be our Miscellaneous figures. These range from Microscopes, to boombox radios, to Giant Tanks with Tracks. But I will only be doing one more of these miscellaneous figures today, and that is the Air Guardian, Jetfire.
If you thought that Jetfire didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the Transformers, you would be onto something. This was a redecorated Takatoku Toys Macross VF-1S Super Valkyrie that was originally designed by mecha designer Shōji Kawamori. If that name is familiar, it’s because he worked on Macross Zero, Ghost in the Shell, and Escaflowne.
Jetfire features three modes as opposed to the normal 2 in vehicle and robot forms of most Transformers; but I wouldn’t quite call it a Triplechanger. This feature was more attributed to more Gundam/Mech type fare as opposed to regular Transformers. Jetfire featured a robot, jet, and an “alternate transformation” typically called the “Gerwalk” form in Macross, and the “Guardian” form in Robotech. This mode is almost a half-transformation that deploys his arms and legs in jet mode. Look Familiar?
Additionally, Jetfire came with several red pieces of armor and a rocket booster backpack that can snap onto his arms, legs, and back. And these armored accessories could be added in any mode. He has noticeably larger and much more articulation than the other Transformers in the line at the time.
Well that’s it for this week. Hopefully you enjoyed this quick look at some more Deluxe Vehicles. We are winding down the last few releases from the G1 1985 line before we roll out to 1986. So, I leave you again with small commercial excerpts.
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