Transformers Movie (2007) Fast Action Battler Ion Blast Autobot Jazz Review

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Transformers Live Action Movie


Fast Action Battlers

Fast Action Battler Jazz art
General Information:
Release Year: June 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Missile
Skill Level: 2

Images:

Tech Specs:
AUTOBOT JAZZ is the embodiment of everything the AUTOBOTS stand for. Patient, kind and generous with the weak, he is a fierce warrior in defense of freedom across the universe. No matter how tough the fight gets, he is always an optimist, but when push comes to shove, no robot is tougher or more willing to go down fighting. His arm cannon fires powerful concussive blasts of sonic energy.

Strength: 6  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 7
Rank: 8  Courage: 9  Firepower: 7  Skill: 8


Fast Action Battlers are the successors to the 1-2-3 Transformers and Playskool Transformers, they are larger figures developed for younger kids to play with. The Fast Action Battlers generally feature simplified transformations and action features are combined with sculpting similar to mainline figures.

Packaging:
Fast Action Battler Jazz is a blister carded figure. The design of the cards follow the general design of the mainline movie product, but the look has been simplified and made brighter to appeal to a younger age group. The brushed metal Transformers logo is at the top against a red background with a faded Decepticon symbol. He is carded in robot mode and a curved line goes from the left to the right, getting thinner as it goes along. This line is in yellow as opposed to the tech detailed versions from the mainline figures. The back features the figure in both modes and his tech specs. It also features the generic text "Hidden among us, alien machines with the awesome ability to change from one form to another fight their ancient battle for the Allspark. They are...the Transformers!. It also features the tech specs above. Jazz is posed with his torso twisted to the left, something the figure can do but I don't recommend doing too much. He is slightly mistransformed with the top of his cabin swung up on the back.

Fast Action Battler Jazz is the one figure in the FAB assortments so far that harkens back to the Go-Go-Gobot Transformers that preceeded this line aimed at younger kids. While his formal name is "Autobot Jazz" I will just refer to the figure/character as "Jazz" for the sake of this review.

Robot Mode:
Jazz's robot mode is very much in line with the designs of his predecessors, the Go-Go-Gobots. Of all the Autobots in the film, he has perhaps the most traditional appearance, with the car hood/front becoming the chest, arms coming out the side and the back of the vehicle forming his legs. The overall shape is very close to the movie appearance except for the arms, which just sort of stick out a little from the torso on the sides, and then extend to the front. In a nice touch, the front grille does extend out a bit, simulating the appearance of the robot mode from the movie. Despite his similarities to the Go-Go-Gobots, Jazz's legs are proportional to the rest of his body and not squat in any way.

The Fast Action Battlers definitely seem to be designed to up the ante on detail level for figures even if they are intended for younger kids. The head detail has the same "face" as the deluxe action figure, with the visor down and battle mask over Jazz's mouth. It's not just a simple one layer with a triangular shape. Instead there are several layers to the visor and mouth piece. On the arms and legs you'll find tons of sculpted detail. The arms have his claws and other raised sections such as armor plates and tubes. The legs are more sleek looking than you would think judging by the thickness of the vehicle mode. They are sectioned off from the joint connecting it to the waist, then the thighs, then the lower legs. The most impressive bit of sculpting is on the lower legs, which have armor sections overlapping pistons that start at the top of the lower leg and actually go behind armor plates and reappear towards the bottom.

Jazz is cast in silver and black plastic. His visor is painted in a really interesting way. The visor itself has a metallic blue tinge to it, but then a purple tinge is overlaid on top, giving it the appearance of the lenses on sunglasses. The faceplate is painted black, as is the grille on the chest and portions of the waist and lower leg. A black Autobot symbol can be found on his waist piece as well. The aforementioned pistons are painted copper and the headlights are painted metallic blue. His missile is cast in translucent blue plastic.

There are six points of articulation on this figure, pretty standard for a Fast Action Battler. On the left arm you cn insert Jazz's missile which launches using the black trigger on the top of the arm. He also has an additional action feature. Torso twist his upper body towards the right and let go and it snaps forward in a "punching" action similar to what the old 80's He-Man figures had. Overall a fun robot mode.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the missile and store it on the clips next to the lower right leg.
  2. Swing the cabin top section on the back up.
  3. Swing the robot chest/hood section up, the robot head will fold into it.
  4. Swing the robot arms down and then push them in.
  5. Connect the two legs together.

Vehicle Mode:
There is no mistaking the lines of the Pontiac Solstice, even if it is a bit more thick and squat than the real thing. The curved front with the raised sides leading to a back section that angles up plus spoiler are all present here. Many of the trademark details of the vehicle are present as well. The front has a grille separated into two parts, each with cross hatching patterns inside. The triangular Pontiac logo is sculpted into the toy right in between the two grille sections. On either side are round lights, and over them the main headlights.

On the top of the hood, each side section has several raised vent lines angling outward. This leads to the middle section which includes such small details as the sideview mirrors and car door handles. The left side even has the gas cap door sculpted in. The rear section has the semi-circle rear lights and an indentation for the license plate, all features found on the real life vehicle.

Colorwise there are few surprises here. The primary color reminas the silver Jazz is cast in. The round lights under the headlights are yellow and blue (half and half) while the windshield and windows are all painted metallic blue. The headlights are metallic blue as well, but a lighter shade. The rear lights are all painted red. The sides of the wheels are painted black.

Final Thoughts:
Fast Action Battler Jazz is a cool version of the character. He looks great in both modes and has some play value beyond just transformation and/or a missile firing. Highly recommended.