Be a man!
From the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary line, the first Lady Jaye to come out had her in an unflattering hat. Finally, we have the proper un-hat-ted version.
When I was a kid, I saw Lady Jaye long before Scarlett. As a result, I always felt that Lady Jaye was the main female character and that Scarlett was too girly. Even now, it’s kinda hard for me to take Scarlett seriously. She lacks the manliness that is Lady Jaye.
So, sculpt-wise this figure is pretty good. While there’s something “off” about her face, which is probably mainly due to the pasty plastic-y coloration and being a tad on the wide side, this is a pretty good representation of the Jaye.
The body sculpt and so forth are all pretty good. I know Hasbro gets flak for… well, for whatever they can be given flak for, but they tend to do a bang up job on the sculpting and this here’s a fine example of that. Lady Jaye is feminine without looking like a were-cow super heroine or a starving super model. Nor is she fragile, as is the case with many female toys.
Aside from the plastic-y face, the paint apps are pretty good. Hasbro’s not known for extensive paintwork, but there are small touches here and there to add to Lady Jaye’s rugged good looks.
Articulation is your standard Joe articulation. It’s good and will get you the poses you’ll want, especially if you use the included stand. But it’s nowhere near the level of stuff like Motion Revive Series.
Accessories is also standard Joe fare. She comes with a stand and bio card of course. But also a quiver of trick arrows, a spear and a gun.
It’s Lady Jaye. As far as I’m concerned, amongst my G.I. Joe, she’s something of a mini-grail. I’m glad I got this version of her, regardless of whether or not it’s the best one out there. If you have a Joe collection or heck, if you’re thinking of getting the Rise of COBRA toys, and you need a female to balance out your ranks, 25th Anni Lady Jaye here oughta be near or at the top of your list.
I’d go so far as to say that you should avoid the non-super spandex versions of Scarlett and maybe even Covergirl from the ROC line in favor of the Jaye. She looks much more passable in her rugged green than they do in their “Street Fighter starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia”-blue.
Pros: It’s Lady Jaye, and she doesn’t have the hat. Feminine enough for a girl, respectable enough for a MAN.
Cons: Nothing significant.
3.4 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