TURBO BUILDER SET (W/ JONESY & RAVEN)
Well, with another week of Post-Christmas reviews under my belt, and a theme thoroughly exhausted, let’s go back to the beginning. Yep, I started this year’s round of gift reviews off with a Fortnite item, and here I am with another. I know, I’m as surprised as all of you. With my last Fortnite review being on the smaller side, I’m jumping over the other end of the spectrum, and taking a look at one of the largest offerings in the line, the Turbo Builder Set, featuring Jonesy and Raven!
THE SET ITSELF
The Turbo Builder Set is the largest offering so far from Jazwares’ Fortnite line. It’s made up of the two figures, the AC/DC and standard pickaxe harvesting tools, the hunting rifle, revolver, submachine gun, tactical shotgun, and, of course, the main focus, a whopping 81 building plates, evenly divided between wooden planks, sheet metal, and brick and mortar. There are a lot of building options with the plates, and they are of course completely inter-compatible with the ones included with Rust Lord and Raptor. They can be a little tricky to assemble and take back apart multiple times, which led to a few broken connectors on mine, but with the sheer quantity offered here, I don’t foresee it being too much of an issue.
Jonesy is another character that seems to be leaning heavily on the G.I. Joe end of the spectrum, and also being about as standard issue as you can get. There are a lot of potential variants of Jonesy, but this one seems to be based on his “Survival” variant, which again looks to be using some pretty standard issue looks. The figure stands 4 inches tall and has 28 points of articulation. He’s built in the same fashion as the last two figures I looked at, meaning there are a number of similarities to the 25th Anniversary Joes. Jonesy has the first parts re-use I’ve seen in the line, with a small handful of parts being shared with the Rust Lord figures. It’s just the lower arms, lower legs, and pelvis, which appear to be pretty similar elements in game as well. I was surprised by how few of those parts were actually re-used, given that some of the uniquely sculpted parts are just small tweaks away from being the same. Hey, I’m not going to knock the attention to detail, though. Jonesy’s head is further on the cartoony side of things than some of the line’s other offerings, which I’m not huge on, because it’ll make slotting him in with Joes a little harder. That said, it’s still a decent enough sculpt, and it’s pretty accurate to the game design. His paintwork is pretty decently handled. Application is clean, and there don’t appear to be any missing applications. I was also quite impressed by the tattoo on his right arm; that’s a nice attention to detail.
Definitely the most unique of the figures I’ve looked at from this line, Raven moves away from the knock-off G.I. Joe bit that the others possess. Raven’s design is one of the ones that’s a bit more dependent on the game’s animation style to sell it, which makes its translation to toy form a little more difficult. The end result is okay, but not quite as impressive as I’d hoped. The biggest letdown is the implementation of his head; in the game, he’s got a hood that obscures is face, so that all you can see are his eyes peering out. I was expecting something along the lines of a Moon Knight figure, with a featureless black head underneath of a sculpted hood. Instead, the figure has an empty head with some eyes sculpted on it. It’s pretty shallow, so it never seems to look quite right, especially when directly lit. The design of the body also ends up limiting the articulation a bit more than usual, especially in the arms. Beyond that, there are still some nice details worked throughout, and he’s still a generally enjoyable figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I touched on in my Black Series reviews, there was some slight worry about those figures not arriving in time for Christmas. Since they were going to be my main gift, Super Awesome Fiancee wanted to make sure I had *something* and since I’d mentioned this set in passing when I got Rust Lord, she tracked one down for me. Of course the Black Series figures ended up arriving on time, so I guess it just worked out well for me. Jonesy’s another for my “augmenting my Joes” venture, Raven’s a flawed but entertaining figure, and the building plates are certainly going to make for some fun diorama building. All in all, another winning piece from this line. I hope that Jazwares can keep it up!