August 8, 2012 12:33 am
It looked like the Jet-style Vehicon was gonna be a Japan-only release as well, so I jumped on BigBadToyStore's preorders a few weeks back. The wings add about a third again to Jet Vehicon's mass, so if it does eventually show up over here, it'll probably hafta go in a case assortment with somebody a little smaller to compensate.
Jet Vehicon is Car Vehicon's robot mode with an entire new vehicle shell. Yeah, it looks like it's just a car with wings, but it's not Car Vehicon's car with wings. It's an entirely different car with wings, and one that matches the show's model exactly. I am super in love with Jet Vehicon's altmode. This may be because as a child I had a fascination with cars with wings (versus jets), a fascination which you may have noticed manifesting itself in this webcomic. Or maybe it's just that it objectively looks super cool.
For the love of god, while getting him into robot mode, transform his wings first. If you don't, you'll have to transform everything back so you can get to the wings properly. There's no clearance to flip them up otherwise. As one would suspect, other than the wings, Jet Vehicon's transformation is exactly the same as Car Vehicon's. He's just reshelled, after all. And so he has the same amazing everything-fits-into-his-legs transformation and the wonky elbows. The former is great, the latter is not so great.
If the toy has any disadvantages over its predecessor, it's that the shell of the jet mode is harder to peg together when putting him back in vehicle form. Closing him up again can be a little annoying.
As with the other Japanese Transformers Prime toys, Jet Vehicon comes with a little Mini-Con dude you put together. This one transforms from a Vehicon blaster into ...an iguana, I think. Ah, yeah, his name is Igu. Well, that settles it. (Then again, Iguanus never transformed into an iguana.) Now that I've gotten four of these Mini-Cons, I can see the appeal of pegging them together to make larger weapons, as intended. Right now my Breakdown's holding a giant double-barreled drill cannon that's half his own mass.
I wanted two of each of the two kinds of Vehicons, and now I have them, so I consider myself done with Vehicons. Until they come out with more different kinds, I guess. I feel four total is a manageably-sized army.