Wiggle your left servo…
Warning: Pic heavy review.
Wiggle your left servo? Yeah, well, considering that in the cartoon, Jazz knew the Five Servos of Destruction move…
First things first, be careful when purchasing Jazz. Maybe it’s because I’m from the tropics, but the Jazz I got is cream colored, rather than pure white. At first I thought this was the correct color, but after looking at various reviews, I realized that mine’s probably more cream colored than it should be. And all the other Jazz figures at the big retailer I bought him from seem to be of the same color. So there’s a possibility that the entire shipment got mildly yellowed during the transport phase? Dunno for sure, but it’s something to look out for if you’re looking for a Jazz.
That said, cream colored or pure white, Jazz is still a mega nice looking figure. In both vehicle and robot mode. He’s definitely Animated in style, but the proportions and design are such that he isn’t so much ludicrously warped (like Animated Optimus Prime or Bulkhead for instance) as he is cool looking. Robot mode is also very nice looking, though frankly, he looks like a human cosplaying a Transformer. I suppose that would be a compliment to the character himself, but as a toy, it’s kinda silly I’m afraid. Jazz also has a classic hooded chest design, which is cool, but it gets in the way of articulation.
I’m keeping this review relatively short because of all the pics, but bottom line, Jazz is a great looking Animated figure. While I don’t think he can blend in with your “regular” Transformers as well as say, Animated Black Arachnia, he’s still passable with a little imagination.
Articulation & Accessories
Articulation is superb. The hooded chest gets in the way in terms of direct frontal posing, but Jazz is still highly posable thanks to all his points of articulation. The big thing of note are his upper waist articulation, which I did not expect him to have. Otherwise, he’s got double jointed elbows and his knees can bend at a degree exceeding that of double jointed knees, thanks to his “hollow calf”-transformation.
Jazz comes with exhaust pipes that can be turned into nunchucks. This and his articulation gives him the ability to strike Bruce Lee poses. That is awesomeness on a stick with satay and a slice of candy covered apple.
Jazz is a fun figure with my favorite Transformers gimmick of all: options! In particular, his forearm guards have so many possibilities. Coupled with his good looks, interesting accessories and his articulation, and we have yet another winner. But I’ll have to score my particular copy less pointage due to the pseudo-yellowing issue. Assuming it hasn’t pseudo-yellowed out of the box, the cream color is not as nice as a straight up white and I’d still deduct from it anyhow, so it balances. The necessary evil of his pose deducting hooded chest doesn’t help his case, so these things keep Jazz from the “Excellent” range of scoring, but Jazz is still an undeniably cool and very good toy.
3.2 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