Gorgeous, but difficult
By AlexReynard on March 03, 2017
I love transforming MakeToys Despotron, complex as he is, because almost all his tolerances are spot-on. Downbeat, on the other hand... This is not an easy transformation. But it could be much more enjoyable if nearly all the tabs weren't loose and nearly all the hinges weren't SUPER TIGHT. Like with Masterpiece Tracks, I get the feeling of, 'This plastic is too thin for me to be comfortable putting this much pressure on it.' In particular, rotating the back wheel sections is nerve-wracking. (Though the bit where the legs elongate via swivel is pure joy.) Thankfully overall, there are enough amazing mass-shifting tricks here that my awe outweighs frustration. I think MakeToys is employing wizards.
All that said, Downbeat is seriously pretty in both modes. The Porsche is lusciously curvy, spoiled only by a few bits of kibble that are necessary to avoid gappy legs. The robot was prioritized here, and I can't imagine him looking any better. (People seem to dislike the swirly grey feet, but I get the feeling it might've been the only plastic sturdy enough.) I love that you can display him with doors up or down. I love the gleam of his visor. I love the blinding pureness of the white plastic. I love the PROPORTIONS! My only complaint about the looks would be that he's a bit stark. As if MakeToys knew ToyHax would finish off his details with stickers.
This is not a figure you can breezily transform back and forth for fun. It's a careful challenge. But if all you want is to have your favorite cat-eared coolster posing on your shelf, Downbeat is very much worth that initial 'Holy jeez I hope I don't break this thing!' you'll have to go through to get him in robot mode.
Best Jazz so far
By Gunsmoke04 on March 03, 2017
The best looking Jazz, in robot and vehicle mode to me. Very accurate to the cartoon and fits in with, and surpasses most of the small car MP figures. His feet can be tough, mine especially the joints were very very tight. But I wouldn't knock it for that, if you're patient and work them a bit they loosen up.
Great Not Jazz with a couple little quirks
By Half Pants on February 18, 2017
Great figure. Looks amazing and is pretty poseable. However the leg transformation is straight up finicky. The biggest problem, to me, is the shoulders. When you full rotate them up, they pop the chest section out. Also a couple metal pins fell out of the legs of mine. Still giving it 4/5 though. Again it's a great figure, I just didn't see any of the issues addressed in other reviews. Headsculpt is my jam.
By Jeff's Toy Reviews on February 15, 2017
Although from a third party, this guy is a masterpiece. I absolutely love this fig. Great transformation, and solid fig to boot. I say grab it while you can!
A great Transformer! And I'm not Jazzing you!
By Skeletors_Hood on February 03, 2017
Several Jazz figures are hitting the market, and I feel like this one hits the mark better than others. Can be displayed as both cartoon or G1 toy accurate, which was a clever and needed step, as Jazz had two distinct looks. Transformation is easy for the most part, his legs are a bit weird at first, but once you do it once or twice, it's pretty straight forward. Highly recommended!