Timelines: Transformers Collector's Club Jackpot Toy Review

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Jackpot

General Information:
Release Date: October 2013
Price Point: $47.00 (pre-order price), $59.00 (after release price)
Retailer: "Transformers Collector's Club" Subscription Exclusive
Accessories: Photon Emitter weapons x 2

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Profile from The Transformers Collector's Club web site:
JACKPOT coasts through life with a smile and a firm belief that everything will turn out okay. Because for him, it usually does. No matter how dire the situation, things seem to come out all right in the end. Of course, he realizes that sometimes luck needs a helping hand, and can typically find some way to tilt the odds in his favor... even when he's being chased by a pack of angry DECEPTICONS ® (or more recently, Transtech police). Uses his incredible luck and high speed (up to 225mph in roadster mode) to make up for a general lack of power. In both modes, his side-pipes are photon emitters that can produce blinding light shows, or be focused into concentrated heat beams.

Jackpot was a character introduced in the Generation One toy line and now the fifth figure introduced the first series of "Transformers Subscription Service" figures. Coming in towards the end of the Generation One line, Jackpot was one of the Autobot "Action Masters", a series of figures that were non-transformable characters (due to the story conceit of using the power source known as Nucleon). While the figure did not transform, many of his body parts indicated that he once had a vehicle mode that was a car of some sort (including wheels on his arms and the front of a car on his chest). You can check out pictures of him on TFU.info.

Bringing the character into the modern day "Transformers" toy line (along with fellow former-Action Master Kick-Off/Kick-Over) the Transformers Collector's Club picked the sculpt originally used for Transformers Animated Jazz. This same sculpt was later used to create Freeway Jazz and Botcon 2011 Dead End. I'd recommend checking out those reviews for a look at the sculpt from many perspectives. This review will focus on the changes made to the toy for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
As his G1 form hinted at, Jackpot's vehicle mode is a "Roadster" (the definition of which is a bit loose, but this does fit into the category). It's a very curved, sleek looking vehicle with some retro flair including the raised wheel wells in the back, pointed rear lights and cone shaped side view mirrors. The stylish appearance of the vehicle is enhanced with the oval shaped headlights in front and huge side-pipes over each door. If you followed "Transformers Animated" the vehicle mode is still going to evoke Jazz's form, but so many Autobots have shared vehicle modes over the years this is hardly a bad thing. Indeed, it makes Jackpot seem that much more cool in my book.

Like his G1 counterpart, most of Jackpot's vehicle mode parts are black. Other parts like his front fender, side-pipes and rear bumper are silver. The headlights, windows and rear lights are all translucent orange. The paint colors used on this figure are orange, red and silver. The red is used on the rear window and the area around his rear lights. The silver is used more extensively. You'll find it on the sideview mirrors, the base of the side-piples and the rims of the vehicle. The other details are more like tampographs. One is a large red and orange stripe running down the middle of the hood. This detail leads to a small Autobot symbol at the front of the vehicle. The vehicle looks great and uses many of the colors seen on the original Jackpot (black, orange and silver). As a homage it works wonderfully in this mode.

Jackpot measures approximately 4.5 inches from front to back (about 11.4 centimeters). The figure rolls on all four wheels nicely. Even after five production runs the sculpt still feels solid in this form.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the exhaust pipes from either side and split them in the middle.
  2. Flip the car over and extend the robot arms forward.
  3. Swing back the rear section of the car.
  4. Swing out the robot feet from the car's rear sections.
  5. Swing the robot arms out to the sides at angles.
  6. Swing up the small, triangular black panel below the robot head.
  7. Swing down the robot chest.
  8. Rotate the arms around so they face the right direction.
  9. Rotate the door panels around.
  10. Swing the robot hands out.
  11. Place the chucks into each hand by sliding the narrow parts in first, and then sliding them in to lock them in place.

Robot Mode:
The robot mode is where Jackpot's connection to his G1 self becomes most evident. This is due in part to a brand new head sculpt. Like his G1 counterpart the head sculpt is rather sleek looking with a squared off helmet section, visor eyes and a prominent chin. A very wry grin is sculpted into the face, giving it a ton of personality. The head itself is smaller than the Jazz head used on previous iterations of this figure. It still works well however and honestly the size difference is most striking when you hold Jazz and Jackpot side by side, otherwise it looks just fine. I really like how close the design comes to the G1 head, making it instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the Action Masters line.

The rest of the figure uses the same design as Jazz. The colors are quite different however. The car parts are of course black, but most of the robot limbs revealed in this form are yellow - keeping aligned with the design of the G1 figure. This includes his arms, waist and thighs. His paint colors include black, red, orange, silver and light blue. The head has quite a few decos on it including the top of the head and "chin strap" in orange, a silver face with light blue eyes (all a homage to his G1 counterpart). The neck area is yellow. His arms have silver details near the shoulders. The waist and thighs have black, red and orange details on them. His feet are painted orange, another carry over influence from the G1 figure. I really love the way his colors immediately call back to G1 Jackpot on sight. If you know about Jackpot, there's no wondering "Who is this guy supposed to be?". That is a mark of success for a homage figure.

Jackpot's eighteen points of articulation are all solid. This is good to know since the sculpt has been used so many times already. His weapons still fit into his hands tightly as well. For those curious, while somewhat small in vehicle mode, Jackpot winds up standing at a rather impressive 6(ish) inches tall (about 15.2 centimeters).

Being based on an "Animated" figure, the aesthetic of this toy does lean towards fitting in with that series. However, I think he looks just fine alongside figures from the Generations line.

Final Thoughts:
I was a big fan of the Action Masters concept and toy line. Any homage to it instantly gets my attention, and this one is well done and I like it a lot. Highly recommended but it's not cheap, so this is for serious collectors only with some spare cash on hand.