No one shall suspect my brilliant disguise while on the snow planet Snowdia.
This mold was originally used for Energon Skyblast, and meant as an homage to Generation 1 Skyfire/Jetfire. This Digital/Jungle camo redeco was a re-released for the 2007 Movie line.
In his alt-mode, Air Raid is a fun little futuristic jet for Sector 7 (You can see their S7 logo on him). His original white and red colors made him resemble an Ultraman-style jet, but here he looks more like a cousin to the Transformers Universe Classics 2.0 Deluxe Acid Storm. Much like any Transformer alt-mode, Air Raid does have much articulation in this form, but his transformation allows him to take many intermediate modes which further his play value.
Transformation is relatively complex for a Basic, but nothing frustrating. It’s actually quite fun.
Air Raid’s robot mode is one of the better ones from the Energon era. He’s kind of squat, though still slightly better proportioned than some Energon toys. Especially when you consider that the Deluxes from that line tended to look like they have no abdomen/waist. Air Raid has a bit of that look, but at least his torso is long enough to hide that.
Articulation is good for a Basic of that era, and add in his ability for intermediate or fanmodes, he’s a fun little guy. This is further enhanced by the inclusion of a 2-part Energon Spear, which was a common staple for Energon toys. For this 2007 Movie redeco, Air Raid’s spear is a smokey black which looks nice and evil enough to be passed to a Decepticon toy (which is what I do). Although generally speaking, I preferred the original red, but still, this one’s nice.
A fun little guy. Not everyone seem to like his deco, but I do. If you find him for cheap, I think he’s worth picking up. He isn’t as good as a modern Basic, but he’s still decent in this day and age and pretty fun to boot. I’d say he should be in the lower middle of your shopping list.
2.6 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent