Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Ark Addendum - Fire in the Sky

For this week's The Ark Addendum, I thought I'd come back to the US. Fire in the Sky was an early season 1 adventure. It featured some beautiful arctic landscapes, including the aurora borealis for the final scene. I also rather like the snow-covered Ark.

The episode is notable for introducing us to Skyfire, a large white and red Autobot jet. Skyfire was of course a stand-in for Jetfire, a large white and red Autobot jet with a completely different design. While Hasbro licensed out the Valkyrie toy from Bandai in the US, in Japan Takara was a competitor of Bandai's and didn't have the rights to the toy. To avoid giving free advertising to their competitor, Skyfire was born. American kids got the idea that these were the same guy, more or less, and Japanese kids were none the wiser.

Jetfire did have a character model made up, and it actually saw use in a commercial. You can see the model on the Transformers Wiki, or in  Transformers: The Complete Ark (order it today!). Incidentally, The Complete Ark got its first Amazon.com review ... a mere three stars, from someone disappointed by the black and white nature of the book. Sigh. Ah, well, I'm just happy that the models are back in print so no one has to pay $50 or $100 for models contained within.

Catch y'all on the flipside.


FortMax said...

The toy model was actually used in twice in the comics. One had toy!Jetfire standing next to cartoon!Jetfire at Prime's funral. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:AshesAshes-JetfireJetfire.jpg

Caleb Barber said...

Great episode- it showed a little more depth of story & character on the part of Starscream with his friendship with Skyfire (likely Starscream's only friend). The picture right of the text is of the table where they revived Skyfire.

Although I made sure to grab both the Ark & Ark II I haven't had the cash to invest in the Complete Ark or else I'd review it on Amazon. I read that review though- obviously they didn't realize they were buying a book of model-sheets which are traditionally B&W illustrations.