A heroic Jitsu, huh? I can dig it. Fisto actually had some villainous origins in some of his appearances, too, so maybe these guys will swap? This Jitsu figure can still function as a great "vintage" faithful stand in for your collection but he can also be spiced up with some new details to stand out on your shelf. Let's check out Jitsu after the break...
* The overall costume design for Jitsu doesn't really take anything away from the classic look of the character; in fact, it adds quite a bit. He's got waist armor and a bracer on his left arm, kind of like the NECA Staction from the 200x era. The red and golds of armored bits standout nicely from the black details of the rest of his outfit, making for an impressive look. He's has a very ornate aesthetic to him, despite still being only a little bit more clothed than your average MOTU barbarian/ fantasy character.
* Since Jitsu isn't a bad guy in New Eternia, his headsculpt doesn't make him look perpetually and ready to kill. Instead, he looks calmer and more wise. it's a really good portrait with some excellent paint, especially on the eyes and facial hair. His top know is well sculpted, too.
* That's not to say that Jitsu can't "bring it" when it needs to be "brought." He comes with an oni mask with super sharp teeth that can be placed around the lower half of his head which makes him look significantly more frightening. You just pop off his head to slip it over his chin. This is a really cool detail that believe is completely new to this depiction of the character.
* There's some really nice detail on Jitsu's armor, particularly on the back. I love the insect-like wings design.
* Want a traditional looking Jitsu? You got it. Just pop off the bracer on his left arm and the belt and you've got a Jitsu that looks pretty close to his vintage look. I know that the Masters of the Universe Classics Jitsu has gotten pretty pricey, so this might make a good fill in if you missed out on him in MOTUC or if you started collecting that line after it ended.
* Materverse has very solid articulation and Jitsu is one of the best in the line. The line really does have some of the best articulation I've seen on a Mattel action figure. He moves freely, has a nice range of motion, and the joints are plentiful. He's just a great character for posing and making look cool.
* Jitsu has two swappable left hands: One designed for gripping his katana and one with an open palm for karate chopping.
* Jitsu comes with an orange katana, just like the vintage toy. It's made from a pearly looking plastic, so it has an interesting finish, and it has a few gold paint applications on the hilt.
* So... Jitsu can only hold the katana in his left hand. Shouldn't the sheathe be positioned on his right hip? The placement seems incorrect here unless his right hand is way more dexterous than we've been led to believe.
If you're a fan of Jitsu I've also reviewed the MOTU Origins Jitsu, the Super7 Filmation inspired "Chopper" figure, and the Eternia Minis Jitsu.
For more Materverse reviews check out the following:
Masters of the Universe
He-Man vs. Skeletor: 40th Anniversary
Masters of the Universe: Revelations