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The latest in the Make Toys Remastered Series - Dowbeat!
Figure stands approximately 23CM/6.5 inches tall, approximately Masterpiece size/scale.
"A great Transformer! And I'm not Jazzing you!"
Several Jazz figures are hitting the market, and I feel like this one hits the mark better than others. Can be displayed as both cartoon or G1 toy accurate, which was a clever and needed step, as Jazz had two distinct looks. Transformation is easy for the most part, his legs are a bit weird at first, but once you do it once or twice, it's pretty straight forward. Highly recommended!
Although from a third party, this guy is a masterpiece. I absolutely love this fig. Great transformation, and solid fig to boot. I say grab it while you can!
"Great Not Jazz with a couple little quirks"
Great figure. Looks amazing and is pretty poseable. However the leg transformation is straight up finicky. The biggest problem, to me, is the shoulders. When you full rotate them up, they pop the chest section out. Also a couple metal pins fell out of the legs of mine. Still giving it 4/5 though. Again it's a great figure, I just didn't see any of the issues addressed in other reviews. Headsculpt is my jam.
"Best Jazz so far"
The best looking Jazz, in robot and vehicle mode to me. Very accurate to the cartoon and fits in with, and surpasses most of the small car MP figures. His feet can be tough, mine especially the joints were very very tight. But I wouldn't knock it for that, if you're patient and work them a bit they loosen up.
"Gorgeous, but difficult"
I love transforming MakeToys Despotron, complex as he is, because almost all his tolerances are spot-on. Downbeat, on the other hand... This is not an easy transformation. But it could be much more enjoyable if nearly all the tabs weren't loose and nearly all the hinges weren't SUPER TIGHT. Like with Masterpiece Tracks, I get the feeling of, 'This plastic is too thin for me to be comfortable putting this much pressure on it.' In particular, rotating the back wheel sections is nerve-wracking. (Though the bit where the legs elongate via swivel is pure joy.) Thankfully overall, there are enough amazing mass-shifting tricks here that my awe outweighs frustration. I think MakeToys is employing wizards.
All that said, Downbeat is seriously pretty in both modes. The Porsche is lusciously curvy, spoiled only by a few bits of kibble that are necessary to avoid gappy legs. The robot was prioritized here, and I can't imagine him looking any better. (People seem to dislike the swirly grey feet, but I get the feeling it might've been the only plastic sturdy enough.) I love that you can display him with doors up or down. I love the gleam of his visor. I love the blinding pureness of the white plastic. I love the PROPORTIONS! My only complaint about the looks would be that he's a bit stark. As if MakeToys knew ToyHax would finish off his details with stickers.
This is not a figure you can breezily transform back and forth for fun. It's a careful challenge. But if all you want is to have your favorite cat-eared coolster posing on your shelf, Downbeat is very much worth that initial 'Holy jeez I hope I don't break this thing!' you'll have to go through to get him in robot mode.
"yes, more of this, Maketoys"
His design fits very well with the MP line aesthetics. If you're gonna capitalize off of a beloved 80s cartoon show and its characters, you should do so as accurately as possible. None of this stylized version like with Maketoys previous offerings. I hope they continue this way.
A mint box generally has no noticeable flaws. This doesn't mean it is a C10 box, but that it doesn't have any significant damage to the box. It still may have wear to the window, and a small amount of wear to the box that is noticeable upon close inspection.
A C9 box is still considered very displayable and may have a kink, ding, minor fray to an edge, etc. The box is still case fresh and unopened with factory sealed tape on both sides.
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