Jetstorm

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For the 1959 Cy Endfield film, see Jet Storm.

Jetstorm is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers franchise. Due to trademark reasons, the character has sometimes had toys been released under the names Silverbolt and Storm Jet. As the name implies, most versions of the character turn into jets or other flying vehicles.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Jetstorm
Jetstorm-g2autobot.jpg
Generation 2 Autobot Jetstorm toy
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Aquaspeeders
Function Strategy Expert
Rank 7
Motto "Give me more action! It's no fun unless I can see the whites of their eyes."
Alternate Modes Off-Road Vehicle
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2

Available in 1993, but only in Europe, was another, different Jetstorm toy also of the Deluxe size. This character was an Autobot who transformed into a rally car. Although considered simple compared to many Transformers of the same size, Jetstorm is at least able to bend his legs at his knees as well as at his elbows unlike the Decepticon Jetstorm, however this is most likely only because his transformation requires it.

His biography indicated that he was a strategy expert and highly intelligent, however he was described as impetuous and brash. He is brilliant at devising new defense methods against the Decepticons.

This character has not appeared in any fiction.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 2 Aquaspeeder Jetstorm (1993)
This toy is a recolor of the Autobot named Gobots.


Transformers: Generation 2[edit]

Jetstorm
Jetstorm-g2decepticon.jpg
Generation 2 Decepticon Jetstorm toy
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Aquaspeeders/Color Changers
Function Coordinator
Rank 9
Motto "The best thing in life is sweet revenge."
Alternate Modes Off-Road Vehicle
Series Transformers: Generation 2

The name Jetstorm was first used in the Transformers toyline on two different toys released on two different continents; however both characters were Aquaspeeders - toys that could shoot water from their weapon and had parts which changed color when they came in contact with water, a gimmick never again seen in the toyline.[1]

The first Transformers toy with the name Jetstorm was a 4WD vehicle and was released in America. This toy was of the Deluxe size but as was typical of many newly created Transformers toys at the time, it was incredibly simple - as a robot, Jetstorm could only move his arms at his elbows and his legs were completely immobile.

His character profile indicates he is a bully and despised because of his insistence on getting his own way all the time. However, his expertise at coordinating his unit has kept the Decepticon from dismantling him - for now.

Fun Publications[edit]

In "The Coming Storm: Part 1" Nexus Prime and Aquarius Quintesson arrive on the Wings Universe Cybertron where they are attacked by Jetstorm, Deluge, Runabout, and Runamuck. Nexus Prime quickly trounces the four Decepticons and leaves that dimension with his traveling companion.

Jetstorm was among the troops under the command of Clench on Earth.[2]

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 2 Color Changer Jetstorm (1993)
The toy was repainted in Europe as an Autobot called Aquafend.[3]


Beast Wars[edit]

Jetstorm
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Predacon Jetstorm Box Art
Predacon
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Beasts
Function Sky Patrol
Rank 3
Alternate Modes Giant Dragonfly
Series Beast Wars

The third character named Jetstorm was a Predacon in the Beast Wars toy line who turned into a dragonfly. He didn't make any appearances in the animated series. His profile indicates that he uses his appearance to distract his enemies until it is far too late. He can also produce a toxic venom which he can spit over distances of 500 feet or more.

Animated series[edit]

Jetstorm's stasis pod was presumably among those who were launched into orbit around prehistoric Earth in the Beast Wars series pilot.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Jetstorm finally made his first official appearance in the 2006 IDW Beast Wars: The Gathering comic, where it was revealed he was a Maximal protoform from the Axalon who was infected with a Predacon shell program by Magmatron.

Jetstorm had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[4]

Toys[edit]

  • Beast Wars Jetstorm (1997)
Jetstorm was not released in Japan under his American identity but the toy was redecoed and released as a Maximal Insectron called Tonbot. He is the Insectron's spy and their fastest flyer.

Beast Machines[edit]

Silverbolt/Jetstorm
Autobot/Predacon/Maximal/Vehicon
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Fuzor, Basic Beast, Deluxe Vehicles, Ultra vehicles
Function Aerial Assault/Tracker, Aero-Drone General
Motto "After the darkness I take wing again!" (Beast Machines)
"Even in the face of the darkest nights, justice will ultimately prevail." (Universe)
"I am not bound by the law of the land." (Deluxe Jetstorm)
"Cruelty is perhaps, the most enjoyable sin." (Ultra Jetstorm)
Alternate Modes Grey Timber Wolf/Eagle Fuzor, Cybertonian Jet Fighter, Technorganic Condor
Series Beast Wars
Beast Machines
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Scott McNeil (Silverbolt)[5]
Brian Drummond (Jetstorm)[6]
Japanese voice actor Mitsuo Iwata

This version of Jetstorm started out as Silverbolt, a Maximal who stands in contrast to Dinobot - who embodied Predacon honor, similar to the samurai code of bushido. Silverbolt embodied the Maximal version of honor which was like the chivalry of the medieval knights. Silverbolt sometimes left his teammates feeling befuddled, annoyed, or amused at just how seriously he took his ideals.[7] Often, a cheesy horn theme would play whenever Silverbolt said or did something heroic, sounding somewhat like an English fanfare for the Knights of old. Like Tigatron, Silverbolt was slow to anger but never backed down from a fight. Rattrap often called him "Bird Dog" and, at one point, called him "Sir Drools-a-Lot". Waspinator often referred to Silverbolt as "Doggy-Bot", and Blackarachnia often called him "Bowser", "Jo-Jo", and/or "Rover" in a tone that was often both mocking and affectionate at the same time. Silverbolt himself didn't seem to mind, and generally let whatever criticisms people made of him roll off his back as if he were oblivious to it.

Silverbolt was a Fuzor, a transformer who combined the traits of two animals for his alternate mode. In the case of Silverbolt, these animals were a wolf and an eagle, resulting a mode that looked like a winged wolf with bird claws.[8]

Silverbolt fell in love with Blackarachnia, and had charmed her into grudgingly falling in love with him at the end of season 2; when Rattrap made a derogative remark about Blackarachnia, Silverbolt threatened to harm him brutally.[9]

Unlike Tigatron and Airazor, Silverbolt did not seem to feel that the Earth was his home or place of birth. His fellow fuzor, Quickstrike, once vowed that they would have an all out brawl some day, but it never came to pass. Some of his early episodes portrayed Silverbolt as an extremely cheerful, almost happy-go-lucky Maximal who was always eager to undertake assignments.

According to Bob Skir's web site the producers were originally going to call Jetstorm by the name Skybolt, but had to change the name for trademark reasons. According to the DVD commentary for Beast Machines they changed the name from Skybolt to Jetstorm because the name Skybolt was so close to Silverbolt they feared people would guess they were the same person.

The appearance of Beast Machines Silverbolt is based on concept art provided to Hasbro by Draxhall Jump.

Animated series[edit]

The stasis pod containing Silverbolt was launched into space around the Earth in the Beast Wars series pilot.[10]

Appearing after the apparent death of Optimus Primal, Silverbolt's scanner was damaged by the energy wave that created the transmetals. Scanning a wolf and eagle, it combined them to create his beast mode: a timber wolf with the wings, tail, and claws of an eagle. Megatron immediately tried to recruit him, but despite his damaged memory banks Silverbolt quickly realized he did not belong with the Predacons, as even the transformation code of "Silverbolt: Terrorize?" was distasteful to him. When he saw the kindness the Maximals offered to him by sparing him after a battle — something Megatron had refused to do for the Maximals — he realized his place was with them. Repaired just in time to see Optimus Primal reborn as a transmetal, Silverbolt changed sides and even saved Primal from a blow from Megatron.

His first real mission with the Maximals was when he and Rattrap tried to stop Predacons Blackarachnia, Tarantulas, and his fellow Fuzor Quickstrike from creating a refueling station. When the cave, in which the station was supposed to be, exploded (by Tarantulas, to make a new lair) Silverbolt proposed to Rattrap that they won and should leave, in which Rattrap happily agreed. This is also the start of his relationship with Blackarachnia, when he refused to shoot her when she was down because she was a lady.

In the episode "Bad Spark", Optimus spoke of the "dark secret of Axalon's voyage", which was to dump the stasis pod containing Protoform X - Rampage - on a barren world so that he could cause no more destruction. When it was revealed that Rampage did survive when his stasis pod crashed, Optimus, Cheetor, Silverbolt, Blackarachnia, and Waspinator tried to subdue the rampaging Transformer, only to have him captured and forced to join the Predacons by Megatron. It was here that Silverbolt's relationship with the Predacon Blackarachnia really started. They were separated by their own teams and had to join forces to escape from the jungle and from Protoform X. But Silverbolt was able to defeat Rampage (with the help of Optimus) and saved Blackarachnia from falling into a chasm. Silverbolt would continued to have a secret relationship Blackarachnia for most of the season.

Silverbolt's unerring compassion would be demonstrated when a new stasis pod fell to Earth. When the pod was revealed to contain the transmetal mutant Transmutate, Optimus Primal deemed that the slow-witted but powerful mutant should be forcibly put back in stasis, Silverbolt furiously protested and tried to befriend the mutant robot. This was complicated by the fact that Rampage, seeing a fellow tortured and rejected soul, was trying to do the same (against Megatron's orders to destroy her). The two fought each other to keep her free and join their sides. Unable to bear seeing her friends fighting over her, she terminated herself, much to the sorrow of both combatants.

Later Silverbolt's tentative relationship with Blackarachnia flowered into a cross-faction affair. Silverbolt would ferry her things she needed to build a hover ship in a series of clandestine meetings, although at this point Blackarachnia was using him more than anything. After failing to stop her escaping during a battle, Optimus Primal confined him to quarters. Silverbolt escaped and joined with Blackarachnia. As Silverbolt doggedly tried to convince her to become a Maximal (being rewarded with a bolt in the leg for his troubles) Blackarachnia revealed her true intent: to uncover The Ark. The two were then jumped by Megatron, who forced Blackarachnia to cooperate by threatening Silverbolt's life. Megatron then shot the stasis-locked body of Optimus Prime in the head, causing a time storm that threatened to destabilize all of history.

Silverbolt was instrumental in Blackarachnia changing sides to the Maximals in "Optimal Situation" when, impressed by his unflagging courage and devotion to protecting her, she switched sides. Their relationship was not always smooth (she ended up shooting him at one point to save him from Dinobot's clone) but for the most part the two seemed to have a genuine affection for each other. The other Maximals often questioned and, in Rattrap's case, often mocked, his affection for Blackarchnia, which Silverbolt usually ignored; however at least once or twice he became violently angry with Rattrap when it came to Blackarachnia (once for her honor, later for her well-being).

Silverbolt's role in season three was rather minor, as he acted mainly as a guard for the entrance to the Maximal base. Most of the time, he ended up getting damaged and taken out of action early on in episodes; this led to a running gag in which Waspinator would regularly take cheap shots at Silverbolt and gloat before being taken out himself (such as when Optimal Optimus smashed him with his bare hands in "Master Blaster").

The third season featured a minor antagonism between Silverbolt and Cheetor over Blackarachnia, as they both had feelings for her. Outside of this, Silverbolt took part in the Maximals' failed attempt to recover the Sentinel guard unit from the Axalon, where he had a brief argument with Depth Charge over Depth Charge's loyalty, and battled the transmetal clone of Dinobot. It also showed Silverbolt at his most brutal during the episode "Crossing the Rubicon", when Blackarachnia was temporarily killed, due to the meddling of Tarantulas, an enraged Silverbolt attempted to murder Tarantulas, almost succeeding but for the intervention of Rampage. Happily, his love was soon resurrected as a transmetal 2 (with her Predacon programming purged) - just in time to save an ambushed Silverbolt from Rampage.

Silverbolt did have one very heroic save in the finale, "Nemesis", where he dove on a booby trap bomb left by Megatron at the entrance to Tarantulas's Nemesis worksite. The force of the bomb completely shredded Silverbolt, causing him to have to return to base for repairs; however it protected Optimus and Depth Charge who were then able to chase after Megatron.

Silverbolt (to Optimus): "Sir, I'll be fine! I can-"

Blackarachnia: "Shut up and obey your commander, bone-brain!"

Silverbolt: "Yes, dear..."

In the second part of the finale, however, Silverbolt has but a single line. After Megatron's finale defeat, Silverbolt returned to Cybertron with the other Maximals.

At the start of Beast Machines, Silverbolt was captured by Megatron and his spark extracted, later to be used in the Vehicon General Jetstorm.[11] The other escaped Maximals would remain unaware of Silverbolt's true identity until Blackarachnia began to suspect that his Spark lay inside one of Megatron's generals.

Jetstorm was one of the three original Vehicon generals, along with Tankor and Thrust who were created to help Megatron command his drones. Jetstorm was probably the most enthusiastic of the Vehicon Generals. An arrogant and rather talkative fighter, Jetstorm usually joked and mocked the Maximals but also hid a harsh and purely vindictive personality. He loved his job of tormenting the Maximals, and was always cuttingly sarcastic in battle.

He was completely loyal to Megatron, despite his huge ego, and did not tolerate treachery from the other Generals. He commanded the Aero-Drones, who he quickly became annoyed with for their incompetence. Jetstorm never took responsibility for his own failures. To him, his efforts were flawless and someone else was always at fault. His alternative mode was a metallic blue Cybertronian Attack Jet.

Each of the three original Vehicon Generals had their own personalized command codes; Jetstorm's was: "Jetstorm Afterburn!!!"

Despite their past rivalry, he and Thrust formed an actual friendship, even though the idea of having a friend seemed absurd at first to Jetstorm. However, Jetstorm despised the other Vehicon General, Tankor, thinking him to be a stupid lug who always got in the way. He even asked Megatron if he could have the tank drones after Tankor's apparent death.

After mistakenly assuming Silverbolt's spark was inside Thrust (who turned out to be Waspinator instead, much to her chagrin), Blackarachnia discovered it to be inside Jetstorm, whose sheer murderous impulses were the total opposite of Silverbolt's nobility. She briefly managed to awaken Siverbolt's true personality, but the Jetstorm program quickly reestablished itself and Blackarachnia was forced to leave behind her former-loved one.

In a contrast to Silverbolt trying to sway her from the side of evil in Beast Wars, Blackarachnia now tried to reawaken the good in Silverbolt. She had many setbacks, including when Jetstorm managed to extract her Spark and present it to Megatron, only being foiled by the timely intervention of Nightscream. Eventually Rattrap invented a device which combined a spark extractor with a DNA scanner he planned to use to restore transformers into their bodies. Blackarachnia stole this device and together with the organic core of Cybertron and a nearby fossil reformatted Jetstorm into Silverbolt, now a technorganic condor.

Unfortunately, Silverbolt's mind had been fully aware and conscious whilst Jetstorm was active, and the fact that he'd been able not only to commit such atrocities but also enjoy them had left him with a darker personality, no longer as close to his beloved as he had originally been out of mixed-guilt. Furious, Silverbolt would attempt to kill Megatron after the megalomaniacal dictator tried to sway him back to his side, with the Blackarachnia having to knock him out to get him away. After this Silverbolt was willing to do whatever was necessary to defeat Megatron.

His return to the Maximals was not a smooth transition, as his changed personality caused him to clash with the rest of the team on several occasions, particularly the impetuous Nightscream, who distrusted the former Vehicon general. Silverbolt also refused to resume his relationship with Blackarachnia, claiming he wanted to end the conflict with Megatron first. This greatly annoyed Blackarachnia, who had to go through many dangers to bring him back. Silverbolt also distrusted the new second-in-command Cheetor, stating that he "did not take orders from children." However, despite his rough reunion with the Maximals, Silverbolt proved to be a valiant addition to the team, adding much strength during battles with his former Vehicons, and even mediating the Maximals after they were they succumbed to the Hate Plague. After Megatron's final defeat, Silverbolt's old, chivalrous personality reasserted itself and he finally rekindled his romance with Blackarachnia.

Already a controversial series, the change in Silverbolt's character angered a number of fans, who felt that his personality had been changed into a copy of Dinobot and Depth Charge, losing much of his previous charm. However, in the series finale he regained his old personality. In the audio commentary on the Beast Machines DVD, this change was said to have been inspired by the evolution of Batman's persona. The campy Batman's change into his current dark portrayal was used as a template for the evolution of Silverbolt. The creators stated that part of this reason was due to how much the Beast Wars Silverbolt reminded them of Adam West’s Batman. Scott McNeil, the actor who voiced Silverbolt, was quoted in interviews saying that he did not like the change in Silverbolt's personality. Strangely enough, when Silverbolt's persona first re-emerged while inside Jetstorm's body, he appeared to be the same chivalrous, knight in shining armor type character he had been in Beast Wars, poetically addressing Blackarachnia as "dark poison of my heart" (he has called her this during the beast wars after he thought she was about to die in optimal situation) and seemingly unaware of his deeds as Jetstorm or even aware of his Jetstorm identity, although he seems to have acknowledged Waspinator as Thrust. Perhaps it was after this event that Silverbolt become aware of what he was doing as Jetstorm.

3H Enterprises[edit]

Sadly, Silverbolt's happiness would not last long. In the BotCon exclusive storyline Transformers: Universe, Silverbolt and several other heroes of the Beast Machines era welcomed the Autobot heroes of The Great War back to Cybertron. However, all of them were transported away by Unicron. Reformatted into a new body (a purple and yellow version of his Beast Wars Fuzor body). Forced to fight for Unicron's amusement (and unbeknownst to all, so that the Spark energy from fallen combatants could revitalize his own shattered frame), Silverbolt would team up with the Autobot Trailbreaker, swapping Sparks (and bodies) to free themselves from their cells. All were subsequently freed by the resurrected Optimus Primal, but with a price - Blackarachnia had been corrupted by Unicron's power and now willingly served the Chaos-Bringer. As she had once done for him, Silverbolt vowed to bring her back to the side of good.

Silverbolt also appeared in the 2004 BotCon voice actor play. When Rhinox's attempts to stop Unicron pulling victims from alternate realities resulted in two groups of dimensionally-displaced Autobots being marooned on frozen planetoids, Silverbolt was sent alongside Waspinator and Rattrap to help. They ended up battling Unicron's minions alongside a crew of time-lost Autobots (Bumblebee, Cosmos and Tracks) and the two groups of Autobots they had been sent to help (both from the RiD universe), and, with Rhinox's help, sent them back to their own times and realities.

Fun Publications[edit]

Although Universe ended at issue #3, the flashback of Optimus Prime would reveal what happened. In the final battle between the forces of Optimus Primal and Unicron, the Chaos-Bringer had disappeared (due to the events of Transformers: Energon), with Primal's forces barely making it out. Silverbolt was seen carrying away Blackarachnia.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Silverbolt had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[12]

Video games[edit]

Silverbolt appears as a character in the 1999 video game Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals.

Toys[edit]

  • Beast Wars Deluxe Fuzor Silverbolt (1998)
A Deluxe sized Maximal Fuzor who combined traits of a grey wolf and an eagle. Came with 2 missile/feathers.[13][14] This toy was later redecoed into BotCon Windrazor.[15]
  • Beast Wars Metals Silverbolt (1999)
A slight redeco of the Silverbolt toy was released in Japan as part of their Beast Wars Metals line. This version featured slightly more show-accurate colors.
  • Beast Machines Deluxe Jetstorm (2000)
There were three toys of Jetstorm: a Deluxe, a larger Ultra version and a tiny McDonalds Happy Meal kids toy. The appearance of the two larger toys does not resemble the TV show character accurately, like many Beast Machines models.
The Deluxe sized Jetstorm toy was redecoed into Robots in Disguise Autobot Stormjet and Decepticon Jhiaxus, as well as Universe Skywarp.[16][17]
  • Beast Machines Ultra Jetstorm (2000)
The Ultra Jetstorm toy was redecoed slightly in Japan to make it more show-accurate. Much like the original G1 Scattershot, Jetstorm has an obscene robot mode when the nose section of his jet mode is pointed forward instead of being folded in the back. It was also repainted as the BotCon exclusive Cyclonus, who appeared in the Transformers: Universe - Wreckers comic series.
Fans have compared the jet mode design with the VF-19 Excalibur Variable Fighter of the Macross series, and because of its leg configuration, it is possible to transform Ultra Jetstorm into Gerwalk mode.[18][19]
  • Beast Machines Happy Meal Jetstorm
he Happy Meal version of Jetstorm was released in a variety of colors in Australia in Red Robin's restaurants, including green and red variants.
  • Beast Machines Basic Silverbolt (2000)
A basic sized Maximal condor, Silverbolt was one of the smallest Maximal figures, but was the tallest in the show. Like most Beast Machines toys, the colors of the toy and show character of Silverbolt did not match. In the show, he was purple with yellow highlights, but as a toy he was red and blue with rainbow feathers.[20]
  • Universe Deluxe Fuzor Silverbolt (2003)
The original Fuzor toy redecoed into purple and bright yellowish-green, with silver and red deco across his beast mode back.[21] This coloration is somewhat similar to those seen previously for Silverbolt in the Beast Machine animated series.
This figure got four and a half stars out of five from Educational Child Toy.[22]
  • Beast Wars Returns Basic Silverbolt (2005)
The Japanese release of the Beast machines toy was redecoed into show accurate colors.

Transformers: Armada[edit]

Jetstorm
Jetstormmc.jpg
Mini-Con Jetstorm Box Art
Mini-Con
Information
Sub-group Air Defense Team / Air Assault Team
Function Air Defense
Partner Sonar and Runway
Motto "Affirmative!"
Alternate Modes Concorde
Series Transformers: Armada

A member of the Air Defense Team, the Mini-Con Jetstorm (Mach in Japan) combines with his team-mates Runway and Sonar to form the legendary sword, the Star Saber. When they are apart, they are formidable air defense machines used for high-altitude and high-speed missions.[23]

Jetstorm is an easygoing and thoughtful Mini-Con, disguising a deep-rooted hatred of all Decepticons for his imprisonment prior to coming to Earth. He is scared of becoming part of the Dark Saber because of this. His anger often leads him into combat against the far larger Decepticons.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Jetstorm appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.

3H Enterprises[edit]

Although no toy named Jetstorm was produced for the Transformers: Universe line, there was one very minor cameo. In the 2003 Botcon voice actor play, Armada Megatron appeared wielding the Dark Saber, of which Armada Jetstorm was a member.

Toys[edit]

  • Armada Air Defense Jetstorm (2002)
Sold as part of a Mini-Con three pack.
  • Armada Air Attack Jetstorm (2003)
A redeco of the first Armada Jetstorm.
  • Space Warriors Transformable Military Fighter Armada Jetstorm (2007)
A Chinese made remake of Armada Jetstorm by Agglo and sold in Big Lots stores in 2007, this toy is about double the size of the original toy.


Transformers: Robots in Disguise[edit]

Storm Jet/Skystorm
Storm-jet-rid.jpg
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Function Cybertronian jet
Rank 8
Motto "Keep your eyes on the enemy to stay ahead of him!"
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Jet
Series Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Storm Jet is capable at flying at very high speed and loves to chase down Decepticons who think they are faster than he is. Although he has a stormy temper, he manages to control it most of the time, but woe to the Decepticon who pushes him beyond his patience. He conducts reconnaissance missions, deftly avoiding any missile attacks if he is spotted by the enemy.[24]

Though he is part of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise toy line, he does not appear in the anime series.

Toys[edit]

  • Robots in Disguise Deluxe Storm Jet (2002)
Storm Jet first appeared as an Autobot recolor of the Beast Machines deluxe Vehicon Jetstorm. His color scheme was solely red, white and black and was an intentional homage to the original Generation 1 character Jetfire.[25]


Transformers: Energon[edit]

Storm Jet,/ Skystorm
Storm-jet-energon.jpg
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Air Team
Function Air Team Leader
Rank 5
Partner Sky Shadow, Terradive, Treadshot, and Windrazor
Motto "A weapon is wasted when used only for defense."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Jet
Series Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Universe

Storm Jet (Afterburner in Japan) is the leader of the Air Team (Energon's version of the Aerialbots) and the body to the team's combined form Superion Maximus. The only connection this Storm Jet has to the first is that they are jets and their color schemes are similar; Storm Jet's bio from Hasbro is curious in that the toy came with no weapons or accessories at all. Storm Jet did appear in the cartoon but was limited in character, making few appearances when not combined with his team.

Storm Jet is a fast and powerful Autobot warrior. He possesses a weapons arsenal that most Autobots would consider a generous upgrade. He is a precision marksman in both aerial and surface-to-air combat. Storm Jet never misses his target and has earned a notorious reputation for unnecessary roughness during battle. He has even been known to start arguments with other Autobots simply to spark a good-old fashioned brawl. Optimus Prime and Jetfire have warned this rambunctious fighter to cool it down during battle and to use his head before his fists. Although he respects his commanders' authority, Storm Jet cannot help but want to pound enemy metal anytime or anyplace.

Toys[edit]

  • Energon Storm Jet (2005)
The Energon Storm Jet toy was rereleased in Universe packaging during 2005 with no change in color scheme as a Big Lots store exclusive. All references to combining with other toys were removed from the package and instructions, but the toy was identical to the Energon release.[26]
He was later redecoed into Universe Deluxe jet Silverbolt.


Transformers: Universe[edit]

Storm Jet
Stomrjet-universe.jpg
Universe Micromaster Storm Jet toy
Autobot/Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Aerialbots, Micromasters
Alternate Modes Space Shuttle
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Universe

The name Storm Jet was used again on a space shuttle Micromaster as part of the Aerialbot team and forms an arm to the teams combined form Superion.

The Micromaster toy packaging was lacking in bios and no official bio has been released from Hasbro. This Storm Jet may be either of the previous two Storm Jets, Raker or a completely new character.

A rough translation of Raker's Japanese tech spec: Raker excels in outer space combat and can make atmospheric re-entry under his own power. He specializes in diving attacks from high altitudes. A real flirt, he has frequently fallen into crises through his relations with femmes.

According to the story for Berserker Sixwing, a computer virus briefly turned the Sixwing team into Decepticons.

Note: The name Raker seems to be a play on the name of the space shuttles seen in the James Bond film Moonraker.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Raker
  • Generation 1 Raker reissue
A reissue of Raker as a Decepticon.[27]
  • Generation 1 Berserker Raker
A redeco of Raker in white as a Decepticon.[28]
  • Universe Storm Jet (2005)
Storm Jet was a recolor of the Generation One Japanese exclusive Raker.
Because the Universe toy line was not released in Europe, this toy was labeled as a Cybertron toy in some markets.[29]

Live-action films[edit]

Jetstorm
Jetstorm-movietoy.jpg
Movie Jetstorm toy
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Ultra Vehicles
Alternate Modes Earth-style jet similar to the An-225 Mriya Transport Plane
Series Transformers

Very few Autobots want to go up against Jetstorm at close range. While there are certainly stronger and more heavily armed Decepticons out there, none of them fight as dirty as Jetstorm. He aims for particularly weak and painful joints, knows the full list of low blows and cheap shots, and generally does anything possible to win. When Jetstorm fights, he fights to win at all costs, so he does everything he can to hurt his opponent as bad as possible. Even when he loses, it's very rare that his enemies don't go away with shattered optics or limbs damaged beyond repair.[30]

IDW Publishing[edit]

Jetstorm was among the Decepticons who arrived on Earth under the direction of Soundwave in Transformers: Alliance #3. He arrived in the Middle East and assumed the form for an Earth jet. He was hunted down by N.E.S.T, where he killed the soldier Salani before being killed by Optimus Prime.

Toys[edit]

  • Transformers Ultra Jetstorm (2008)
Jetstorm is a Toys-R-Us store exclusive and a redeco of Cybertron Sky Shadow.[31][32] Although no An-225 appeared in the movie, the toy creators said this toy is also inspired by the AC-130 gunship which did appear in the beginning of the film.[33]
A real An-225 has a wing span of 8840 centimeters, while this toy has a wingspan of 27 centimeters, making this toy have a scale of about 1/327. With the toy robot mode standing 19 centimeters tall, the actual robot mode of this character would stand about 6220 centmeters (204 feet) tall.


Transformers Animated[edit]

Jetstorm
Jetstorm-animated.jpg
Animated Jetstorm toy.
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Elite Guard
Function Elite Flyer, Autobot Junior Officer
Rank 8
Partner Jetfire
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Jet, left half of Safeguard
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Phil LaMarr
Japanese voice actor Wataru Takagi

Concept art for an Animated rendition of Jetstorm was shown at BotCon 2008, revealing him to a blue-colored robot who transforms into a jet. He and his brother Jetfire are Autobot twins who have been fitted with technology scanned from Starscream while he was in Elite Guard captivity. He has the power to create powerful whirlwinds in both robot and jet modes. He has the ability to combine with Jetfire, forming the left half in their Safeguard mode. Both he and Jetfire are the youngest members of the Elite Guard of all time.

Animated series[edit]

He first appeared in "Where is thy sting?". Both he and Jetfire speak with Russian accents. Apparently they are Sentinel Prime`s soldiers, obeying his every command. The two also appear to have a kiddy sense of fun and amusement, as shown when Bumblebee plays a video game against Wasp to see who's who. They both raise their hands and state that they will play the winner.

Jetstorm reappeared in "Five Servos Of Doom". He wanted Jetfire to scan a picture of him in front of the recently captured Decepticon Blitzwing "for the Femme-bots back home". He then asked how Sentinel Prime captured Blitzwing. He was later seen with Jetfire trying to make the communicator work. He directed Prowl and Jazz to the Elite Guard Flagship brig, where Sentinel had just captured Lugnut. He also appeared with Jetfire in a baseball stadium, where Sentinel was working with Lockdown. Jetstorm combined into Safeguard and helped rescue Sentinel, who was now in the hands of Ramjet. Jetstorm was present when Prowl used Processor Over Matter to lift the rubble of the scoreboard off of him.

In "Predacons Rising" Bumblebee, Jetfire, Jetstorm, Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime chase Wasp, but lose him to Swoop while bickering about what to do with him. The group follow them to Blackarachnia's lab, and, in the ensuing battle, Jetstorm and Jetfire hand the Dinobots a crushing defeat. In this episode after following Sentinels orders, which got him buried headfirst in the sand, Jetfire asks, "Should we be taking notes?" to which Jetstorm replies," On what not to do?"

Jetstorm and his twin appeared in "Decepticon Air", fighting back against the escaped Decepticons captured on Earth.

They appeared again in "This is Why I Hate Machines", surprised to see Ratchet and Captain Fanzone on Cybertron. They reluctantly followed Sentinel's orders to organize a strike against Omega Supreme (containing Megatron, Starscream, and Lugnut), who had recently transwarped above Cybertron.

Toys[edit]

  • Animated Deluxe Jetfire and Jetstorm set (2008)
A Deluxe Class boxed set of Jetfire and Jetstorm. Both figures transform into jets and can combine into Safeguard.[34]
  • Animated TA-22 Jetstorm (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The 2010 Japan release version by Takara Tomy sports a blue chrome finish on the rear of the jet mode. Unlike the Hasbro version, both Jetfire and Jetstorm are sold separately or together in a gift set.[35]

Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)[edit]

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Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
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Alternate Modes Cybertonian Jet Fighter
Series Transformers: Timelines

Jetstorm is mysterious transformer. His on-line handle is Stormbringer99.

Fun Publications[edit]

Sephie Beller became irritated when her friend Rick pestered her about an e-mail from "Stormbringer99".

Sephie finally met with Stormbringer99, who revealed himself to be Jetstorm. He offered her great power, and in return only requested that she use it to save her species. After a trial run, Jetstorm upgraded Sephie's armor and implants. She named herself Emulator, after her ability to copy the special powers of other Transformers. She won the day against the Autobots and Centurion. Later, after confirming that Soundwave's power has been copied and stored, Jetstorm told Sephie that she must seek something for him.

Later still, Jetstorm met with Side Burn and Demolishor to discuss their plans. He was mildly concerned with Cliffjumper's suspicions of Demolishor, as well as the Omega Terminus's spawn. However, Jetstorm believed that his human-Cybertronian experiments may benefit from R.J. Blackrock's unforeseen involvement.

Toys[edit]

The Shattered Glass version of Jetstorm has had no toys, however the Beast Machines Jetstorm toy was repurposed as this character.

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