Monday, August 18, 2014
What is Japan versions? Why many people ask about Japan version? Is Japan verion better? Have you asked or heard other collectors mention about Japan version for toys? OK, let me give a clearer picture what Japan version actually means. "Japan version" mostly applied to Bandai brand figures. It was used to describe a Kamen Rider toys product line called Super Imaginative Chogokin a.k.a. S.I.C. It was later used to described other toy lines such as Figuarts. Actually, Japan version toys also made in China. The stock that supply to Japan region is called Japan version. There were rumors back in year 2006 mentioned that Japan version has stricter quality control in terms of paint application and finishing. Based on my own experience, generally Japan version has better QC but still not 100% guarantee the stocks from Japan is perfect. Some has flaws too. How do you identified Japan version stock? Basically, Japan stock has no additional white stickers and Bandai region hologram sticker on the box. Recent stocks released by Bandai Japan has double tapes on the box, I guessed these are the sign of QC by QC department. However, the finishing is still not as good as the old released figures that I observed.
I am going to do a quick review for this figure. I bought this figure yesterday and it was released as AEON exclusives in Malaysia. The moment I heard it was released, I quickly grab it without any hesitation. The figure design looks great almost similar to G1. I am glad Jetfire is released as Leader class. I am satisfied with the detail. It looks simple and clean with shinny chrome parts. The cockpit is detail which has 2 seats. It also comes with detachable battle mask. However, there are a few cons in this figure. Hasbro seriously cut down a lot of production cost for this figure. No electronic parts, hollow holes on the thigh and arms, no wrist articulations, no waist articulations, it is surprisingly that this figure is not heavy. Actually, this Jetfire looks more like a oversize Voyager class figure. Last but not least, paint chipping issues always there for a figure comes with chrome parts even it is freshly removed from packaging. My unit suffered a few chipping, a more serious chip on the back pack. If you are worry about chrome chipping issue, you might consider to get the Takara version which will be released soon in 3 months time. Overall, this is still a great figure for G1 fans !!!