Japanese Design Influence; Jetfire Transformer


The Jet design from Japanese Anime cartoon Macross. This is the inspiration for the Jetfire design, though not originally intended to be used as a Transformer.In 1983, Takatoku Toys released a range of Macross toys. Their first release was the 1/55 VF-1 Battroid Valkyrie, which was the first fully transformable replica of the VF-1.This is the Japanese Anime cartoon Macross which features the fictional jet VF-1 Valkyrie.The toy was licensed by Hasbro for release--in the US and elsewhere--as part of the Transformers toyline, and was retooled to become the character Jetfire. Due to Hasbro licensing the toy, Matchbox was unable to release it as part of the Robotech toyline. Takatoku released the smaller 1/100 VF-1S Battroid Valkyrie later in the same year.Transformers meet G.I. Joe

Comic Book Revelation: I discovered that Jetfire was originally a Decepticon and later converted to Autobot status.Jetfire; Storm-bringerJetfire Glorified

The Make-over; Jetfire is now based on the SR-71 Blackbird. Notice, he is marked here as a Decepticon.The extremely retooled Jetfire matches the look of the Decepticons in "Transformers 2; Revenge of the Fallen."This is a SR-71 Blackbird conceived in the 1960's as a spy plane. It is no longer in use since it is safer to use satellites for spying.This is the SR-71 Blackbird conceived in the 1960's as a spy plane. It is no longer in use. Satellites do a safer job at spying.

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I am a third term Graphic Design student at The Art Institute of York, Pennsylvania. Beyond a continuing exploration of electronic design, applications, and creative process, I also specialize in drawing, oil, and watercolor media.
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