Paint - ***1/2
There's not a lot - the only paint ops are on the few face pieces.
Since the majority of the figure is cast in a black plastic, there aren't
too many chances to mess up on paint ops.
But those that
are here are clean, and the color choices are good.
Nothing super surprising here, but it's decent. There's head,
shoulders, biceps and elbows. With those seven points, you can pose
the arms in quite a few ways. Without legs, he certainly doesn't
need leg articulation.
Action Feature - ***
I'm torn on this particular action feature. It's actually a great
idea, and I'm sure it wasn't cheap to do. You wind up a knob on the
base (or simply turn Aku a few times), and when you let him go he
spins. The mechanism seems to be high quality and it looks like it
would last under play conditions.
The problem here is that
he spins sooooo slow. I'm sure it's a safety issue, but I wish he
moved just a little faster. Is it just mine or is everyone's like
Here's another category that this guy takes a hit. Let's face it -
he's a nice looking figure, but for eight bucks plus shipping, I expect
Overall - **1/2
If you're a fan of the show, you'll want to pick up Aku. He's the
main villain, and without him Jack won't have, well, jack to battle.
But the casual collector might want to think twice, and
perhaps catch the show a few times first to make sure the line is
something they'll be interested in.
Where to Buy -
Cartoon Networks web
site is the only place right now - don't resort to ebay, since these will
be available direct for quite some time.