So I found these today at my local TRU. They’re $13. Being really honest with you, this is one of the best $13 purchases I have ever made.
Ignoring the hilarity of the figure and the entire line itself, Jazwares isn’t exactly known for their stellar products. If you asked me before I totally went online and looked at their site, “TDD, what does Jazwares even make?” I would shrug and yell at you to get off my lawn you damn kids! And then go on the internet and see that they do the Adventure Time, Hanna Barbara, Sonic the Hedgehog, Regular Show and Minecraft toys. I also think they did the absolutely atrocious Mortal Kombat toys. I mean, I think that the X-Ray Jax and Reptile are supposed to be okay, but the rest of them are on clearance at BBTS if that tells you anything.
But Kobe here, he’s pretty damn awesome. Again, aside from his hilarious array of accessories (which it doesn’t tell you that you have to rip off his right arm to get the cannon arm on, and you’ll probably pee your pants thinking you’re gonna rip it, but it does come off), he really has a good amount of them, the cloak which stays on really nicely, the little foam basketball, the visor (Kobe Bryant and Cyclops? sure.), the cannon arm, and the jersey are all pretty nice. The jersey honestly steals the show, it’s really good quality for a $13 1/12 scale figure (he’s pretty close to exactly a 1/12 scale figure too, he’s just a hair over 6.5” tall, and Kobe is a 6’6” dude), and I am sure you can take it off easily to have your Bugmen and Spandex Men support their favorite NBA stars (as long as it’s Kobe, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, or LeBron James in a Heat uniform which is amusing). The head is a pretty weak likeness, but if you squint you can definitely see Kobe.
His articulation is also fantastic. He has a ball and hinge head joint, double jointed elbows and knees, a boo… shin? cut, ankle rocker, a waist swivel and ab crunch, and hinge and swivel wrists, hinge and swivel shoulders, a thigh swivel and a bicep cut. He also has like… really gnarly nasty DCUC style hips, which is my least favorite point of articulation that he has, but at least to the benefit of the figure, it has a huge range of motion, and is somewhat hidden by the jersey. These are some damn well articulated figures for $13.
The paint I think is the worst part of the figure, and even then it’s honestly not that bad, because both Lakers logos on his shorts are tampo’d on nicely, and most of the paint on the lower shorts looks good and is within the lines. The upper bits (that again, are covered by the jersey) has some fading and it looks a bit bad, though. The same goes for his arm sleeve and elbow protector, and his shoes are kind of plain, but still painted well. It’s quite a bit of paint for a $13 offering, honestly.
My TRU only had Kobe, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, and I wanted to get one of the others, but they didn’t seem to have as cool of accessories as Kobe, but after opening him up, I may still do it. Kevin Durant’s Cyborg-like accessories are pretty neat…