S.H. MONSTERARTS (BANDAI)
As someone with only really a passing knowledge of the Godzilla franchise, I can tell you that there are two things I am very definitely a fan of, despite my limited knowledge. The first is Mechagodzilla, because, I mean, come on. It’s all in the name there, right guys? The other one? Jet Jaguar. Why? Well, simply put, because I love Ultraman, and Jet Jaguar? Pretty much just Ultraman. I mean, yeah, there’s more to that, but, I mean, come on. I’ve got plenty of Ultraman love in my collection, especially in the Figuarts-style range, but now I’m finally hitting up the Godzilla side just a little bit. I snagged a Mecha earlier in the year, and now, thanks to an updated appearance in Godzilla: Singular Point, I’ve also gotten a shot at a sweet new Jet Jaguar! Jet Jaguar!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jet Jaguar is part of Bandai’s S.H. Monsterarts line, and has been showing up domestically in the last month or so. In Japan, the figure is a web-exclusive, but in the US, we were fortunate enough to get him as a standard release. Or, at least as standard as any Monsterarts release can be here. As mentioned in the intro, the figure is based on Jet’s appearance in Singular Point, specifically his third, fully advanced form, and follows up on the Godzilla from the same source, with was released earlier in the year. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. While the figure is certainly very mobile, I did find that there was just a little bit of a learning curve on working his articulation properly, so as to not risk breaking anything. Thankfully, it’s not anything too crazy, and after messing with him for a little bit, I was comfortable enough to not worry about damaging anything. The range is generally pretty solid, but I did find some slight sponginess on the shoulders and hips, largely due to how they are constructed. It’s nothing terrible, but I do worry just a little bit about how some of the joints are going to hold up over time. Jet Jaguar’s sculpt is an all-new one, and it does a quite respectable job of recreating the character’s animation design. The mechanical detailing on the head and torso is especially nice, and very crisp. Some of the detailing on the legs is a little softer, but still not bad. I’m not a fan of the use of rubber for the jacketing on the shoulders, but that’s about my only real complaint when it comes to this figure’s assembly. Everything else is up to the usual SH standards, and he’s just a really slick looking figure. Jet Jaguar’s color work is fairly basic for the most part, but as far as actual paint goes, there’s some rather nice weathering on the torso and head, and I really dig the clear blue for the eyes. I also quite like the bright color palette, which really helps him to stand out amongst the other Monsterarts. In terms of accessories, Jet Jaguar is pretty well loaded. He’s got three different sets of manipulators (in gripping, splayed, and pointing), the Anguirus spike spear, three different styles of back attachment, with one set of just the “handles”, the back pack, and the full flight pack, an alternate set of “extended” antennae, a minifigure of Yun Arikawa, a chair for Yun which swaps out for one of the plates on Jet’s back, and a stand. The spear is rubber at the top, so it was a little warped on mine right out the box, but I do appreciate that it splits in the middle to make it easier to get it into Jet’s hands. The flight pack is articulated, which is fun. It makes Jet a bit top heavy, but the stand sort of helps with that. It’s not as useful as one of the stages or anything, but it can at least aid in keeping him upright. Yun is actually articulated, which is fun, but lacks any sort of paint, so he’s just blue. So, there’s that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite having a very limited amount of any *actual* interaction with Jet Jaguar in media, I have this undying love for the guy. When this figure was announced, I was pretty much immediately on board, and I was definitely plussed at being able to get him through All Time. The figure’s not quite what I was expecting, I think, after messing with other Monsterarts, but that’s not a bad thing. He’s still a lot of fun, and just a really nifty design overall. I’d love to also see a classic Jet, if perhaps that’s on the table, but we’ll just have to see, I suppose.
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