R-Blade is a Cybertron warrior in the TransFormers Robot Masters line of toys from Takara. Released only in Japan, this toy includes a firing yellow rocket as well as a chrome blaster weapon available only with R-Blade.
R-Blade is a repaint of an old Generation 2 mold called Hooligan, which was also repainted and sold as Jetfire. Late in 2004, there will be a Universe repaint of this mold called Wind Sheer.
Several Robot Masters were repainted to look like old Generation One characters, and R-Blade was designed to look like Jetfire. Or, if you were a fan of the cartoon, Skyfire. The red and white decoration make this a fairly obvious reference and one that makes a good toy even better.
This toy came packaged in regular Robot Masters packaging, which is fairly intricate. Inside a box, there's a three-piece plastic tray to hold the figure in place, which is surprisingly extensive for a small toy. Best of all, there's no twist ties!
Like all Robot Masters, the set includes Generation One-styled TransFormers logos as well as faction symbols similar to that era.
For your amusement, here's the lineup of Cybertron warriors available as of the last revision of this page.
Text and photos by Adam Pawlus
Sample purchased during San Diego Comic Con International 2004 for $11
Work in progress. Last updated September 13, 2004.