Galaxy Force Toy Reviews: Jackshot

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force

Transformers Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: December 2004
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $15 (Depending on Import Retailer, purchased at Image Anime)
Accessories: Force Chip


Tech Specs:*
"What this warrior lacks in physical stature, he makes up for in strength, and he'll boldly face any foe. Though he is not satisfied with his position in the Cybertron forces, I have full confidence in his 'true nature' as a warrior. I am certain he will one day display tremendous power."

Strength: 8  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 7
Rank: 6  Courage: 9  Firepower: 7  Skill: 7

*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.

Late December 2004 has seen the release of the first wave of Transformers Galaxy Force toys. Later in 2005, this line will be brought over to the United States as "Cybertron". As with "Energon", Galaxy Force utilizes the basic price point, something that had been pushed to the side during Armada. Jackshot is one of these basic toys.

Vehicle Mode:
Jackshot is an SUV in vehicle mode that takes some design cues from the Hummer. The giveaway detail is the back of the vehicle, which angles downward in a unique fashion. Other design elements are a bit less brand specific, but nice anyhow. First off it appears that Jackshot is the go to guy for lighting. Aside from two headlights on the front, he has two more on the sides above those and then two mounted on the top of the vehicle. There are plenty of line details to keep the vehicle from looking boring. Other nicely sculpted features include side view mirrors and a two level hood piece that slopes down a bit
then comes back up.

One thing that I have found disappointing is one of the strong points of Energon. While Energon tried to keep continuity between lines by giving Energon Transformers Mini-Con Powerlinx points, there are none here. However, since this is a basic level toy, we can ignore that. However, I was really hoping to see a slot with an Autobot Spark Crystal to put an Energon Star on.

The color scheme here is a bit dull. The designers seemed to start out right. A nice deep green as a base color, dark orange windows and some gold and silver trim. However, when you look closer, you see a good deal of detail sculpted in, with no coloring to bring it out. That equals dull and unfinished looking, unfortunately. Also, the tires are all black, with no coloring on the sides (something most Transformers have in some variant of gold or silver). That was surprising and disappointing.

If you want, you can swing down the front of the vehicle to form a pseudo launching station, using the Force Chip to launch the missile but it's a bit of a stretch mode-wise.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the doors out to the sides.
  2. Swing the front of the car up a bit and forward.
  3. Flip the robot feet out on top of the front of the vehicle.
  4. Flip the center part of the spare tire up and turn the robot head around.
  5. Straighten out the arms.

Robot Mode:
Jackshot is your basic shellformer Transformer, with all the robot bits nicely hidden in vehicle mode coming out all over the place in robot mode. Since this is such a conventional design, I am surprised at a couple of the oddities of the final design. The thing that irks me the most about this guy are the arms. In an attempt to make Jackshot the Cybertronian equivalent of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, three black claws on either arm (each arm having them as one piece of plastic). Then the lower arms are permanently angled inward. This really makes posing his arms hard despite the shoulder joint being a ball joint. If the idea was to make him look more dynamic, it would have worked better if the lower arm itself was on a curved slide of some sort so it could angle inward and out. But locked like this, and with a tire on each lower arm, he is limited in movement at the arms.

The best thing about the arms are the details on them including a raised Autobot symbol on the right shoulder. Also, I was relieved to see that the fist holes are the standard weapon size carried over from the previous two years, so at least some continuity has been preservered there.

The rest of the sculpt is ncie however. He has a nice, intricate head design that has a lot of small lines offering up cool detail. His chest is basically a big missile launcher, but it is stylized to look sleek with tech details. His waist also has multiple layers, giving even more detail to the main body.

Jackshot has eight points of articulation in this form. However, with the elbows on a hinge to angled arms, it is really easy for the arms to get in the way of the legs since they can't really just rest on the sides straight, but rather he looks like he's pulling up pants or something.

Jackshot's action feature involves the new Keys being included with each Galaxy Force toy called "Force Chips". This piece itself is really nicely sculpted. Done in translucent plastic, the edges are painted metallic blue with the raised Autobot symbol in the center painted white. The design is fairly unique and asymmetrical. When Jackshot's missile is loaded in his chest, push this into the back and the missile fires. This isn't a pressure system, it actually activates a spring loaded system. I guess the gimmicks are a tiny bit more spectacular on the larger toys, here basically you have a missile launcher whose trigger mechanism is a whole different piece, which is kind of odd if you think about it.

This mode uses a flat gold color for the lower arms and upper legs. Metallic gold and silver are used liberally for detailing, and his robot ehes are translucent light red plastic with light piping. The paint job in this mode is much nicer than the vehicle mode.

Final Thoughts:
By some standards, Jackshot is hardly a bad toy. However, having seen the triumphant return of the basic price point Energon and knowing the type of neat toys that can be made, this guy feels like a step backward. While I'm not 100% sure, I think the designers might have also been going for a G1 Brawn homage here with the green colored off road vehicle, but it's a loose one. Only recommended for completists.