JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
I must be one of the few who likes him for what he is. Of course, I'm willing to bet some will make a 180 turn of opinion once the Sideswipe retool is out
I think FoC Jazz is a fun TF toy. I am eager to see the differences in the Sideswipe version for myself.
The issue for me in alt mode is the visible hands at the rear of the vehicle. In humanoid bot mode, there are issues like the space in the chest and minor hollow areas like the inner forearms and back of the lower legs. However, I don't see how the most vocal critics view these issues as so egregious that it warrants outrage.
The alt mode looks good to me and the bot mode is wide shouldered but that's due to having the front end of a car like form being the upper torso. The sculpted detail for this mold is intricate and a simple panel line wash would bring out much more detail. We've seen some customizers take full advantage of the sculpt in their custom work using this mold.
Downsizing is consistent for current TF toys. It's one thing if one or two toys were singled out but all new TF toys are smaller than what we've seen in several years.
Hollowed parts are also a consistent detail, which I've seen started a few years ago.
The plastic quality is not different from what I've experienced. I think the perception of fragility comes from use of thinner areas of plastic in current TF toys. The combination of flexibility and strength of the plastic seem just as good as any TF toy before FoC Jazz.
Ultimately, the most significant problem with the toy for me is the face sculpt. It just comes off like Mickey Rourke's puckered visage cast in plastic.