TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
“Autobot Jazz brings all he’s got to defeat the Decepticons”
Sometimes, the time is really right. For review #2007, I’m jumping back to the year 2007. 2007 was a weird time. We had two Marvel movies, which isn’t that odd these days, but they were neither one an MCU entry (because the MCU didn’t exist yet). But before Marvel could re-brand their film franchises, another one was just starting up. That July saw the release of the first of the oft-reviled Michael Bay Transformers films. I was never a huge Transformers fan, but I was still in the audience opening weekend, and I still came out…less than satisfied. In fact, I think a good argument could be made that the film scared me off the franchise for a bit. Needless to say, I generally avoid Bay-inspired figures, though I’ve made my first exception for the subject of today’s review, one of my personal favorite Autobots, the aptly named Autobot Jazz!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Autobot Jazz is a Deluxe Class offering from Hasbro’s Transformers: Studio Series, where he is numbered figure 10, and hit shelves in July of last year. Given his demise during the first film, Jazz has been less lucky with releases since the original 2007 line. This figure marks his first domestic release since all the way back in 2010, which is a pretty big deal. In his Robot mode, the figure stands a little over 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 19 practical points of articulation. Size-wise, he’s just a little bit taller than Bumblebee. Given the scaling and price-point, Jazz is a fairly respectable recreation of his robot mode from the movie. Not all of the details match up 100%, but the general proportions are there, and the robot specific parts are pretty much spot on. It’s really the remaining elements of the car form that are slightly throwing off the look, and mostly limited to the arms. Ultimately, it’s just down to needing a little bit of compromise to actually make things work at this scale and in order to maintain transformability. While Jazz’s original alt mode was a Porsche, for the 2007 movie, it was changed to a Pontiac Solstice, which is still a reasonably sporty model, though it’s decidedly less distinctive. Whatever the case, this figure maintains its accuracy by giving him the proper alt mode. The transformation between the two forms is a little less tricky than the Bumblebee, but still a little more fiddly than the Siege figures I’ve been getting. Overall, though, it was less frustrating than I was anticipating. The end result is a pretty decent little car, though, like Bumblebee, he’s got a tendency to pop apart at the seams from time to time. But, as is the usual case, I was more in this one for the robot mode. Jazz is packed with his crescent cannon, which he can either hold in his left hand, or his hands can flip into the forearm to allow it to attach directly to the wrist. It’s a nice little feature.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jazz was an impulse buy. Well, he was as close to an impulse buy as I ever really get. I saw him at Walmart on my way home from work and passed. Later that same evening, I was out to dinner with Super Awesome Fiancee, and passed by the Walmart again, at which point I caved and went back for him. Though I’ve never really cared for most of the Bay film designs, Jazz is one of the few I didn’t hate, and his death in the film was perhaps one of my biggest complaints about it. This guy makes for a pretty decent toy, and I’m glad I went back for him.