Signature Jam Series 3 Chris Jericho

I don't do much with wrestling figures - they have never been my particular cup of tea.  But I'm all for being fair, so here's my shot at a wrestling figure review!

Bear with me though, since I don't know a whole heck of a lot about the source material.  This is Chris Jericho, from the Signature Jams series.  One thing that Jakks has done is produce a TON of various series of figures.  I have no idea how the WWF collectors keep up, but I suppose it's a lot less confusing when you're a regular.

Packaging - **1/2
This is pretty standard figure packaging.  The colors are good, with decent text and graphics, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd.

Sculpting - ***
The bodies on this series are sculpted in the usual way, but the heads are Real Scan. I'm not a huge fan of the technology, and I usually like sculpts done by hand far better.  But this does look like Jericho, and as Real Scan jobs go it's pretty good.

The only negative to these figures in general is the long, sculpted hair.  It interferes with the neck movement, and never looks quite right.  Of course, the bald and short haired characters don't have these problems, with the wrestlers like Jericho it's an issue.

Paint - **1/2
The paint ops are decent, on the face, legs and the boom box.  There's a fair amount of detail, particularly around the eyes and mouth, and there's very little slop or inconsistency in the lines.

The only really negative is the inconsistency in the black on the legs and boots.  One foot looks a distinctly different shade of black.

Articulation - ***1/2
These figures don't have the bazillion of joints that some of the new Toybiz stuff does, but they have all the joints a kid need to have a great time.  Neck, ball jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, waist, knees and ankles make Jericho able to hold lots of poses.  The joints are tight as well, which means that the figures stay in the pose, and stand well on their own.

Accessories - **1/2
The figures in the Signature Jam series all come with a boom box.  This boom box plays their 'signature jam', of course!  The box plays well, it gives you about 30 seconds of song, and it looks fairly good.  It's a huge boom box, but he can carry it, although it looks a little goofy.

Value - **
Jakks produces some fairly decent quality figures at prices that are about norm usually.  But the signature jam set are more expensive - $10 at TRU - due to the boom box.  It's not a particularly good action figure value.

Overall - **1/2
Decent articulation, decent sculpting, with a relatively cool kid's type accessory. There's lots of play value here, but at ten bucks a pop they're on the expensive side.

Where to Buy
I'd say just about any Toys R Us, Wal-mart or Target.  I know that the Signature Jam series 3 is definitely at TRU, but I haven't noticed them at other bricks and mortar stores.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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