JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a series of the manliest men, closely rivaled with a particular star in the north. Jotaro Kujo, the main protagonist of Part III, is definitely my favorite of these men, but today we do not see him in his trademark blue jacket. Instead however, we see him in the black outfit, which is listed as the Hirohiko Araki Specified Color version.
Although I'm a fan of the regular blue outfit, I think I actually happen to like the darker look better. Follow me after the jump to see if the color was the only thing I was cracked up about!
Figure Name: Super Action Statue JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part.III 37. - Jotaro Kujo Ver.1.5 (Hirohiko Araki Specified Color) Complete Figure
We'll start with the box as always, and I really love the harlequin pattern used as the background. It's striking, yet subtle at the same time. On the front there is a rather large window so that you can see Jotaro nestled deep inside, and the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure logo is shown proudly as well. The rest of the box shows several shots of the figure itself, as well as the pieces being shown on the back.
After getting Jotaro partially out of his packaging you can see just how many accessories/extra parts he really has. There are so many hands! Holy moly, I've rarely seen that many different hands for a figure. It's a nice surprise!
You know what else was a surprise? His thigh is popping off! At first I freaked out a little bit and was a little "What the heck? Why is this happening?!" before I realized; his thighs are interchangeable! We'll speak more on that in a little bit.
Straight out of the box Jotaro looks like he's ready for business. His jacket is blowing in the breeze, and he stands with fists clinched, ready for action. You know what? I'm extremely impressed!
In the behind shot you can see his jacket blowing casually. You can also see the hole where the page goes into his back for the stand. Though as you've clearly seen, he stands up pretty well on his own! There are several visible seams, but most of them fit well with the clothing, the rest of which didn't bother me too badly, as they usually don't on poseable figures.
A closer look at the default face he has shows he's really not one to be messed with. He's a tough guy! I'd be scared if we ever met in a dark alley and he glared at me like that! You'll also notice that the joint in his neck? Yeah, it totally looks like an Adam's apple. It's amazing. Though it doesn't bend back any further than that really, it does bend forward quite a good deal.
One of the things that really impressed me was the range of motion. I really don't usually fare well with poseable figures, so to see that his arms, especially, had a great deal of motion to them really made me feel much better.
Taking a closer look at his upper body you can get a good look at his gold chain that hangs off of his jacket. It's a loose hanging chain that moves around whenever he is moved. Look at those chest and abdomen muscles! It takes three segments in his chest just to show all of them! Have I mentioned yet how awesome his belts are? - because you know, they really are.
Moving on down to his legs you can see just how apparent the seam is on the thigh for where you take them apart. They don't have a real tendency to just pop off or anything, but you will need to make sure you get them pressed in there tightly so this doesn't show quite as badly as it might otherwise. At the top near the pocket, is actually one of my points of concern. There are small wears of paint around the figure, and I'm hoping that doesn't mean that it scuffs and gets ruined easily. The wears on mine were like that when they arrived in the box, so hopefully they're just supposed to be there.
Taking one last peek further down we get to see his shoes. I've always loved the design of his shoes, as they seem to really bring the outfit together with that sharp point. You can see he's rocking them without socks, because apparently manly men don't need them! He also has toe joints, which are incredibly welcomed, and I believe they help him stand up much better in certain poses.
Now that we're well over halfway into the review I guess it's time we finally talk about the stand, right? Sorry, not Star Platinum, but the actual stand, or base, that this figure comes with. Starting from the left is the "Yare yare daze" catchphrase bubble that most people were extremely excited about when looking forward to this figure. The base itself is in two parts, and there is a straight pole, and a bendable one, for both the speech bubble and Jotaro himself.
The bottom, larger, half of the base is emblazoned with the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure logo as seen above. Just a neat little touch that I personally appreciate.
Another thing that is usually the bane of my existence when dealing with poseable figures are their bases. While I always complain when they don't have a stand to help the hold up, I usually get frustrated by how limiting they are as well. As you can see above? Totally not the case with this one! I couldn't find a single thing that was limited by this stand! It can even hold Jotaro up in the air without toppling over or causing any drama.
One of my favorite of the interchangeable hands is this one. He looks so cool just coyly grabbing the bill of his hat like that.
It's amazing to me how just by changing out certain hands it makes him look that much more ready for a fight. I feel sorry for any of the rest of my toy collection if they ever give him any problems. He may only stand around 6 inches tall, but he's got enough badass in him to be able to beat them all up!
Hey you! You aren't going to get away!
The hands in his pockets above are actually the straight palmed, somewhat karate chop looking hands. I actually choose to use these as the standard hands I have him posed on my shelf with. I like that when you pull them out, or if they happened to just pop out of being in the pockets, they still look like normal hands.
Now these hands are the actual ones to go into the pockets, and they do look nice this way, but we'll touch more on that in a moment. The main thing is the amazing "Yare yare daze" speech bubble that comes with Jotaro. When you have people from Sol Badguy to Sarutobi Sasuke using your quote, you know you're pretty awesome. While it doesn't have an actual direct translation it basically just means "Good grief.." or "Well, well.."
Now, remember a moment ago how I mentioned that the hands look normal while they're in the pockets? Well, that is far from the case once they're out. I won't lie and say I'm not laughing myself silly with that ridiculous pose of his in this shot either. I'm sure you can see why I liked the straight palmed hand better for just hanging around on my shelf.
There you have it! This second face of Jotaro's is definitely my favorite. There's just something so coy about him that draws me in. Alright, you've read the entire review! I applaud you! There was a lot of random fangirling going on there! You've seen that nearly everything I've said was positive, and I'd actually go so far as to say that this is the first poseable figure that I never had a single problem posing or switching out pieces.
The hands are a little pesky to switch out sometimes, merely because they're so small and the peg moves back and forth freely. The only hands that gave me a real issue were the half hands that are for the pockets. Otherwise, everything was amazingly easy, and I love that you can switch out the thighs so he can have usable pockets. This was my first chance to be able to finally own on of these incredible JoJo's figures, and I would definitely suggest it to any fellow fans!
[A huge thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending this review sample our way!]
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