Jazz is my favorite Autobot and has been since the early G1 days. Mainly because he was one of the first figures I ever owned, and his vehicle mode was a Porsche, similar to the one my dad used to drive—many fond memories tied up in Jazz. Not to mention he was voiced by the awesome Scatman Crothers, which set him apart from most of the other characters in the series.
I’ve owned a lot of variations of Jazz/Meister over the years, but none carried a price tag anywhere near what Flame Toys put on this particular version. We spotted the Kuro Kara Kuri Jazz at the Big Bad Toy Store for $309.99. That’s a lot of cash for a smaller-scale figure.
I’m unfamiliar with the Kuro Kara Kuri line of Transformers figures. However, they look Gundam-inspired, with lots of articulation and interchangeable parts. Jazz’s visor and headlights also light up thanks to LEDs. Unfortunately, the figure does not transform, which is a pity considering this is a $309.99 toy.
Jazz features diecast parts, but it is unclear if his skeleton is made of metal. The rest of him is a mixture of ABS, PVC, POM, and PA. Optimus Prime’s right-hand Autobot stands 7.9″ tall and will roll out sometime in October of this year.
Other Kuro Kara Kuri Transformers characters include:
The company also makes model kits, similar to Gunpla. These Transformers kits are slightly stylized and do not transform. I’ve put together two different Optimus Prime models from this company before. They’re not bad, but the engineering isn’t entirely on par with Bandai’s kits.[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]
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