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Sir Auros' review of: Spychanger Jazz

Name: Jazz
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Special Ops.
Sub-Group: NA
"Do it with style or don't bother doing it."

Clever, cool, and adaptable, Autobot Jazz takes on the riskiest missions with trademark flair, dazzling enemies with spectacular sound and light displays. His vast knowledge of Earth culture makes him especially valuable in Earth operations. Equipped with photon rifle, flame-thrower, full-spectrum beacon and 180db stereo speakers.

Out of all the G1 Spychangers, Jazz was the one I was looking forward to finding the most and I was recently able to find the figure cheap at KB Toystore. Overall I'm quite pleased with it and it does a pretty good job at imitating the original G1 figure in both modes.

Vehicle Mode:
I think the vehicle mode emulates the original Jazz quite well and the only G1 Spychanger that does it better is Prowl. The vehicle mode is quite stylish and the paintjob and stickers look very sharp. Like the rest of the spychangers, it functions well as a Hot Wheels style car in this mode and is plenty of fun as a vehicle. I really can't praise the vehicle mode for this figure enough.

Robot Mode:
The robot mode is less impressive, but is as good as any other spychanger. I have a major problem with the paintjob on the head though as I really think the head could've been exponentially better had it been painted black instead of just being left white except for an eyeslit. The head ends up just looking ugly like the Spychanger Wheeljack head and it makes little sense to me as it isn't even close to being an imitation of the G1 Jazz head.

Transformation: 7 - It's a spychanger, they all transform pretty much the same.
Durability: 8 - Pretty tough and the arms don't seem to get very loose.
Fun: 8 - Really spiffy vehicle mode and tons of play value there.
Price: 8 - If you can find it at an actual KB, the price is definitely a 9, but if you have to get it off ebay, I'd say what it's worth is up to how much you want to pay for it.
Summary: 7 - Pretty good, but the paintjob on the head makes me cry.

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