J JONAH JAMESON
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Behind the anchor desk on The Daily Bugle web site, Jameson does everything he can to sling mud at his greatest adversary — Spider-Man.”
One the very best things about the Raimi trilogy of Spider-Man films was JK Simmons as constant Spidey foil J. Jonah Jameson. He was so perfect and irreplaceable in the role, that, in fact, they didn’t replace him. The Garfield films left Jameson out entirely, as did Holland’s first outing. However, at the end of Far From Home, we finally got to see the MCU version of Jameson, once again played by Simmons. His role was really just a cameo that time around, so we had to wait until the follow-up film to see him get the proper action figure treatment. It also means we got two Marvel Legends Jamesons in the space of one year, which is pretty crazy if you ask me.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
J. Jonah Jameson is figure 2 in the Armadillo Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the third of the four movie figures in the assortment, and also the second official Legends Jameson in the whole of the line. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Jameson is a mix of old and new parts. Most of them date back to the Coulson body, which remains a tried and true standard. To mix it up, he also gets the upper torso from Bruce Banner for a sans-tie look. To further mix it up, he also gets what I believe is an all-new jacket piece (it’s buttoned at the front, which I don’t *think* we’ve seen before), as well as two all-new heads. The heads are both based on the updated look for Jonah, with one being more neutral in expression, and the other shouting. I personally prefer the shouting one, because that feels more inherently Jameson, but they both have a pretty strong Simmons likeness, and I do like having the options. Jameson’s paint work is generally rather subdued, as is to be expected on a rather average looking person. The paint on the heads is certainly nice (although the mustache on the calm head is a little sloppy on mine), and the rest of the work is good base work. In addition to the two heads previously mentioned, Jameson also gets two sets of hands, one set flat, and one with a pointing/fist combo. It’s very useful for the purposes of adding more expression to the character’s posing. He also includes the right arm to the Armadillo Build-A-Figure. I wouldn’t have minded getting maybe a Raimi trilogy style head for him as well, but ultimately what we got works pretty well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jameson is a simple, perhaps outwardly plain figure, as any J. Jonah Jameson figure tends to be, but I certainly had been hoping we might see him turn up since his appearance in FFH. I wasn’t at all upset to see him crop up here. The figure isn’t going to be wowing everyone or absolutely selling the whole assortment, but he’s very well done, and about as much as you could hope for from such a figure.
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