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Special Ops Jazz - Reveal The Shield - Figure

Special Ops Jazz

NOTE:Due to an inaccuracy originally reported, this review has been edited from it's original content, as well as replaced with correct images. Any changes will be marked with an underline for easy identification. Our apologies for the former inaccuracies.

Being that G1 Jazz was my very first Transformers figure ever, there will always be a special place in my soul for him. Needless to say seeing the movie version of Jazz had an ill effect. Seems I wasn't the only one that needed vindication for Jazz, as Hasbro has now released a G1 inspired Jazz that's more than just a copycat paint job.

Bio

Autobot Jazz falls in love with every world he visits. The tiniest hint of alien culture is enough to fascinate him for hours. his ability to immerse himself in a new civilization makes him an ideal undercover agent - he blends in with the environment, absorbing every bit of data he can, and looks for the anomaly that tells him Decepticons are present.


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Alt Mode

For his alt mode, Jazz uses elements from both his movie vehicle and his G1 vehicle. The front end has heavy styling cues from the Pontiac Solstice, while the rear represents the teardrop design of the Porsche 935. The paint job is also faithful to the G1 figure, white with a wide blue comp stripe accented by a red center line. Windows, headlights and foglights are all translucent blue. Although you won't find any Martini & Ross logos, you will find racing number 4 on both doors and the hood.

On the roof, you will find the rubsign which confirms his Autobot allegiance. As sharp and detailed as most of the vehicle is, the rear end is surprisingly bland. In fact, there's no paint apps at all in the back. While a good detailer can fix that, most fans might find this a bit underwhelming.

One neat feature is the deployable speakers. Open both doors and you will find the speakers attached to the inside of the door windows. Simply pull out the speakers and flip them around the top of the window. The end result is serious tunes being belted to the outside world. While not anime accurate (the speakers originally deployed from the rear), it's a nice touch.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 5.13in/130.3mm
Wheelbase: 3in/76.2mm
Width: 2.38in/60.5mm
Height: 1.63in/41.4mm
Scale Ratio: N/A
Wheels: 4 rotating
Detailed cockpit: N/A

Transformation

You'll find that Jazz transforms a lot like his G1 counterpart did. After opening both doors, peel the rear end upward. Straighten out the legs. Make sure to unfold the lower legs from the rear end assembly. This might take some careful loosening, as the assembly is pretty tight.Spread the legs out so you can flip the feet forward. Remove the gun stored under the front clip. Pull both arms down, then peel them away from each other. As you push down on the hood, the head will rise up into place. Rotate the arms into place to finish.

Robot Mode

The first thing you notice about Jazz in robot mode is he has some rather big feet. And you know what they say about big feet... yep... stable posing. Otherwise, he is a near spitting image for the original Jazz sans the chrome. One put-off is the head mold. It's very accurate, but he looks so moody. Like he's about to bust a cap on someone. Though the optic visor is translucent blue, there is no piping. Just a note, the initial images made the head look rather small. However, in person, the head is proportionate.

The speakers can deploy and rest on his shoulders if you wish to dazzle with sound. Again, not accurate to the show (the speakers deployed from the hips), but still a nice touch. The weapon, once expanded, can fit into either hand.

One bonus is that you can use the speakers with the gun to make a wicked weapon. Simply unclip the speakers from the door and attach a speaker to each side of the weapon's barrel. The clip point is on either side of the target sight.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend
Knees:Pin hinge, 135 degree bend
Hips: Ball joint, 90 degree bend and 75 degree spread. Pinned below hip for unlimited leg rotation.
Waist:Pinned for unlimited rotation
Shoulders:Sunken ball joint, 135 degree rotation and 105 degree spread.
Elbows:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above elbows for unlimited forearm rotation
Hands:Ball joint, unlimited rotation with marginal inward bend
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 45 degree tilt.

Very good joint setup overall.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:6.13in/155.7mm
Width:3.13in/79.5mm (5.25in/133.4mm including doors)
Depth:2.63in/66.8mm
Supplied accessories:(1)Hand pistol, (2) removable speakers

Verdict

Alt Mode: Nice blending of movie and G1 elements, but a bland rear end.
Robot Mode:All the right details are there, with lots of playability to boot.
Overall:He might not be perfect, but he's as close as one can expect to get for now.

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateNovember 30th 2010  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads13353
LinkSpecial Ops Jazz Via Movie Database  


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Hip-Hoptimus Rime
2010-12-02
3:31 am

I'll be all over this guy when I find him. I'm also going to write to Reprolabels to ask them to make a set for him, w/ the Martini decals and some details for the rear. 
Blitz-Wing
2010-12-02
1:53 am

The torso doesn't snap into place, but there's enough gravity to keep it down in most instances. Only when trying to adjust the shoulders will you get some movement. Personally, it's not enough to dock the score but it could be a chiding factor for some. 
Yuyuyami
2010-12-01
7:04 pm

How well does the chest peg into the torso? That's going to be my deciding factor on this guy. 
AnimatedPlastic
2010-12-01
5:06 pm

Can't wait to get this figure along with Tracks....and Perceptor....and... 
Blitz-Wing
2010-12-01
3:17 pm

After all the tactful complaints about the legs ( 
Astronopolis
2010-12-01
3:16 pm

its on a pin, with a hinge assembly under it. theoretically it can be done, just knock the pin out then you can shave the hinge assembly down with an exacto blade. personally i dont mind it. blitz, im sure youre sick of the "you tfed it wrong dood" comments, but is this how its portrayed ... read more 
bugstomper1973
2010-12-01
2:51 pm

WOW! Gotta have that figure! Can't find him anywhere in my area yet. Hopefully by the end of next week otherwise it's all about the Internet in acquiring him! The only thing I do not care for on this figure is that goofy spoiler that sits so high on the back end. Anyone know... read more 
wwoptimusprime
2010-12-01
2:17 pm

I completely agree on the back being blan but someone has fixed that issues (mind you for himself) over on TFW2005 Radicons section. He goes by the user name of yinothing. Here is the page (link) . As for the legs, pull them down boy, lol. He does look like a midget right now but, when fully transf... read more 
O-Packs
2010-12-01
1:59 pm

They could have done the Classics Prowl mold a while ago and I`d have been happy.  
onewaydown
2010-12-01
1:38 pm

Mistransformed and incorrect about the light piping. The visor is part of the blue section on the back of his head, which is for said piping. 
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