J JONAH JAMESON
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Tough, gruff, and loud, J. Jonah Jameson is a force to be reckoned with in the boardroom and on the front pages of the Daily Bugle. As the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Jameson is a perennial thorn in the side for both Peter Parker and Spider-Man.”
Not quite a villain, but certainly an antagonist, J. Jonah Jameson has been part of the Spider-Man mythos since almost the very beginning. As really just a guy in a suit, though, you wouldn’t exactly expect him to be a very frequent part of the tie-in toys. You would, however, be surprised by just how often he actually winds up getting proper action figure treatment. He’s almost got Mary Jane beat! What he’s never officially had, however, is a Marvel Legend, though he’s gotten close, since he had a 6 inch movie figure back in the Toy Biz days, and was also one of the extra heads included with Chameleon. But now he’s official.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
J. Jonah Jameson is in the same boat as yesterday’s Black Cat figure; he’s a standalone release for the Retro Collection sub-line of Marvel Legends. He’s also the third civilian release under this particular banner, so I guess the exciting package is good for something, huh? The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Jameson is built on the suit body, specifically the variant of the suit body that was used for Klaue, which is specifically designed for that vested appearance. He additionally uses the Jameson head that was previously included with the Chameleon figure (taking a page out of the Toy Biz playbook), which was a pretty solid piece it’s first time around, and remains a really great character piece for Jameson. In order to become sufficiently Jameson-esque, the body gets an assortment of new parts, including a new set of forearms, a new tie piece, and an add-on for the vest. This vest/tie combo works better to help the body not be too bulked up, as it was on the Klaue body. This set-up pretty nicely matches with Jameson’s usual newsroom appearances. Additionally, the vest piece is open, so it can easily be removed, adding for an extra set of looks for the figure. Jameson’s paint work is generally pretty decent. It’s rather monotone, but that’s true to the character’s usual looks. I quite like the pattern on the tie, and the application on the head is much improved over the one included with Chameleon. Jameson gets a pretty solid selection of accessories to top everything off. He’s got two sets of hands (one gripping, the other pointing/fist combo), the rolled up newspaper we saw included with Gwen (it makes way more sense here), and an unrolled copy as well, which features a ton of fun little references and in jokes. Now, why it’s so much wider than the rolled up one is anyone’s guess; maybe it’s the proof they assembled before they sent it to the printers? Actually, that would probably make a lot of sense, wouldn’t it?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jameson is one of those essential characters that you just forget you don’t have a proper figure for. The extra head was cool, but none of the available bodies really seemed to fit the character. Getting a full figure for him wasn’t expected, but was certainly appreciated. In hand, he’s a bit of an unsung figure, I think. He’s quite nice, and he’ll go great with a display, but he doesn’t quite pop the way some of the costumed figures do. Still, he’s definitely cool to have.
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