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Vault Review: SH Figuarts Chojin
Sentai Jetman, Red Hawk

Like with Transformers Prime, I’m also a bit behind on reviewing the last few S.H. Figuarts figures I picked up.  So today I’m going to take a look at Red Hawk from the Super Sentai Jetman series, a figure I purchased because I liked how he looked.

My knowledge on Japan’s various Super Sentai series is limited at best.  What little I do know mostly comes after the introduction of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their liberal reuse of Japanese footage.  But even with my limited understanding on what came before, I’m still very partial to the styles and tropes of the Sentai/Ranger teams.

For better or worse, this carries over into my toy collecting.  Before I got this figure and started researching him, I had no idea who Red Hawk was.  But I really liked the promotional pictures on his preorder page, so I thought I’d give him a shot.  He was still Figuarts Ranger figure after all, so I knew he’d still be a fun figure if nothing else.

Like I said, I don’t know much about the Jetman series.  But I have gleaned a few things from various Wiki pages.  Jetman is the fifteenth installment in the Sentai franchise.  Originally they had planned on adapting it for the US, but those plans were later changed to the sixteenth (Zyuranger/MMPR) instead.  And if the costume design looks a bit familiar to you, it’s because they were inspired by the Gatchaman series.

Red Hawk’s costume design was a huge factor in preordering this figure.  I knew I liked the simple red and white diamond design because it reminded me of the MMPR look.  But it wasn’t until my research that I realized the Battle of the Planets inspired helmet was also calling out to my subconscious.

One thing I was totally taken by surprise with was just how neat looking this figure was in hand.  I couldn’t figure out why I was so taken by him until I went back and looked at the promo pictures.  They showed him with a shinier costume that was much more light reflective, like his helmet.  The in hand figure didn’t have this glossy sheen though.  Instead they had used a matte finish on his body which really gave the figure a nice retro feel, especially when compared to figures of the more recent Gokaiger and Shinkenger teams.

The matte look isn’t everywhere though.  His helmet is incredibly glossy, giving it a proper stronger look.  His belt and buckle are also painted with a metallic looking silver and gold.

Something else I really liked about this figure is that his body is sculpted to be slightly thicker than the more modern Gokai and Shinken figures.  This is especially noticeable in the chest and waist.  It’s odd, but such a slight difference really gives the figure an older feel.  It’s like he comes from a time when super heroes didn’t have to be in perfect physical shape.

Like most Figuarts, Red Hawk’s articulation is damned nice.  His head, neck, chest, and waist are on ball joints.  His shoulders are ball swivel hinges attached to ball joints.  His elbows and knees are double hinged, while his toes are single hinged.  His wrists and ankles are swivel hinges, and his hips are swivels attached to ball joints.  In short, he can pretty much pose any way you want.  Continue to page 2…

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17 comments to Vault Review: SH Figuarts Chojin
Sentai Jetman, Red Hawk

  • this has to be the coolest “power rangers” type toy you have reviewed yet…first thing I noticed was that BotP helmet but those wings really sold me on wanting one of these now

  • Nik

    Jetman is fansubbed in full and you should watch it. I honestly don’t care for sentai, mostly the aesthetic (costume “ranger” and mech). And I get kinda of bored at the end of every ep when “Oh no the monsters giant lets get the giant robot out and yell an attack and defeat it” time happens…

    But the characters are AMAZING. They are so fun to watch out of costume, theres a decent amount of out of costume action, and the in costume action is good as well. The jets are cool, though I dislike the combined robot design. The monster costumes are hilarious.

  • JETMAN!!

    Jetto! Jetto! Jetoman! Let’s Go! tobi dase!

    *sigh*

    I flippin’ LOVE that show. Super Sentai series go thru a cycle, wobbling between insane goofy to shockingly serious and Jetman is a surprisingly dark entry.

    I didn’t know anyone had fansubbed the show but I throw in a hearty seconded to watching it. The characters are very engaging, the actors are all credible, the effects are pretty good and the drama is cranked to 11 yet there still is fun comedy bits. One standout (episode 10) is the hapless guy who is a hard core ‘cup ramen’ fanboy (!)who seeks to impress and court and woo one of the gals with his collection of rare and unusual cup ramen lids (!!). A Cup Ramen monster is introduced (!!!) and violence happens and everyone learns an important lesson (but the dude still doesn’t get any lovin’).

    One of the game changing aspects of Jetman is, for the first time I’m aware of, a female is the base commander. It would be nice if there were Figurarts of the civilian identity and support members.

    I know that many of these current SHF releases are to support the recent shows (what with the ‘giving of powers’ and such) but I hope they at least do all of the Jetman team so I can pine that I don’t own them. 🙂

    So Red Hawk doesn’t come with the later ‘power up’ weapon ‘Beak Smasher’ which, combined with the ‘Jet Hand Cannon’ (the pistol/sword combo) becomes the powerful two-handed ‘Smash Bomber’ gun? Oh, wait, let me guess, that’ll show up as a Tamashii Web exclusive. 🙂

    The ‘gift item’ that becomes that wing pack is modeled on the ‘Cross Changer’ transformation bracelet.

    If they make the Changeman team in SHF I am done. I’m a dead man. 🙂

    Another great review, Vault! Keep buying the stuff I want. 🙂

  • Battle Catman

    Nice review. And it coincides with the official reveal of the Zyuranger Tyranno Ranger/MMPR Red Figuart!

  • J. Lee

    These would be my main sentai/ranger toys. I would flip if Bandai america released these here. I know only that I think a nes game did come out state side. I would buy them up and introduce them into my cusions collections as well. I do have to ask was he the one shown in PR Samurai or was that another bird themed sentai series.

    That said, gonna go mope on the fact these are out of my budget.

  • chopa

    IIRC The Shinkenger red/gold (PR samurai) were available at TRU in the states.
    Love me some jetman, but if I get jetman red I’ll need the rest of the team.

    • J. Lee

      That I know was meaning a guest sentaI/ranger was in an ep and had a bird motif. Ofcourse had him an alt reality/alien deal and never saw out of costume. Don’t think was Red Hawk. Wanna say from another place that was Storm Eagle but, that was the black jetman.

      Hope if the figuarts ever come state side without import cost that toysrus doesn’t get exclusive rights. None.around to get to.

      • J. Lee

        Okay figured it out. Was the series that was dubbed into PR: RPM. Don’t even remember that one. Guess why thought it was an older series getting props.

        • Red Hawk is available through Bluefin, a US distributor, so any direct market (comic specialty) shop can order him through Diamond. Same thing with Black Condor, who’s actually an exclusive in Japan. The rest of the team has not been announced in Japan.

          The only caveat with Red Hawk is that the US release won’t come with the Jet Winger to give to Akiba Red.

          • Yeah, I see it on Amazon. Not keen on paying double Yen price, even with the insane skewed exchange rate and shipping. It was bad enough when I bit the bullet on Jigen Daisuke.

            It’s like the bad old days of being an anime fan – limited sellers who all sourced from one importer and crazy markups. *sigh*

            Still, I might pull the trigger. I would feel better about it if Swan, Swallow and Owl were also in the pipeline.

            • Go to your local comic shop and have them order it for you through Diamond. I think the price is around $45, and you don’t pay shipping. And, if you’re anything like me and your comic shop is anywhere near as awesome as mine, you can get some pretty sweet discounts.

        • Turd_Ferguson

          RPM was the series that was right before samurai. I think it started in 2009. They had the character never de-morph since he was from an alternate timeline and our air might be toxic. From what i heard, it is actually because that series was filmed in Australia and the actor couldn’t make it here to film. I think every season except 2 the previous team made an apperance in an episode, or 2 depending on how severe the problem was they were facing.
          **NERD ALERT***
          RPM was my favorite PR series.

          • For Power Rangers, I really grooved on SPD. Ah, Z… But Japanese Super Sentai? Changeman, Jetman, toss in some Bioman and frankly everything pre-Jyuranger was pretty nifty.

            • Turd_Ferguson

              I think all of the adults I know liked SPD the best. I haven’t watched any of the Sentai stuff, i figure it is the same as the rangers, but i love the look of these Jetmen.

  • Evil Ed

    I didn’t know I wouldn’t get a Jet Winger. DAMN YOU BANDAI! ALSO, DAMN ME FOR NOT READING THE DESCRIPTION WHICH CLEARLY SPECULATES THAT!

  • R. Bell

    Hey, where is the best place or way to buy S.H. Figuarts stateside?