Avatar Jake Sully Warrior

July 18, 2010 | By More

Mattel released Avatar Jake Sully Warrior as part of the second wave of figures in the toy line for James Cameron’s Avatar movie. The figure is based on the warrior garb he dons in his guise as Toruk Makto (a sort of Messianic figure in Na’vi lore charged with the unification of the clans in times of great sorrow).

Warrior Jake shares strikingly few pieces with his more casual, tribal form. From what I see, only the upper legs, hips, torso and left forearm are the same as in Tribal Jake. The rest of the pieces all have extra armor or other adornments sculpted on.

These newly sculpted pieces have nice, sharp details, although the paintjob doesn’t always complement them as it should, as there is very little shading going on to help bring out the sculpted textures, even though all the paint decorations are very well applied.

Jake’s head was modified to sport a Mohawk hairstyle and in addition to the Na’vi queue there is also a couple of leaf/feather streamers running down his back, painted in red and yellow. The face is rather generic, which actually works out OK, since actor Sam Worthington does have a sort of generic look to him.

Jake still wears little more than a leather loincloth, although now there are a few more leather bracelets on his arms, padded shin guards and the strap across his chest now includes a belt with (non-removable) grenades.

Articulation is identical to that of the other tribal figures, and consists in:

  • Ball jointed neck. It actually works as a simple swivel because the ball rests too deep inside the head, but it rotates freely.
  • Peg & hinge shoulders. Excellent motion range.
  • Peg & hinge elbows. Very good 90° bend and 180° sideways rotation.
  • Swivel waist. Free 360° swivel.
  • Double hinged hips. These are designed after the same type of joint Mattel uses for their DC Super Heroes line, and allow the legs to extend sideways as well as rotate back and forth.
  • Peg & hinge knees. Very good bending range and sideways swiveling.
  • Hinged ankles. Pretty good movement up and down but no lateral rotation whatsoever.

Warrior Jake is molded mostly in blue plastic, with the usual tiger-like Na’vi markings painted on in a deeper shade of blue. Additionally, Warrior Jake displays yellow and dark gray war paint applied on his torso and face, which results in a very colorful, yet balanced figure.

This version of Jake comes with one of the large gray RDA heavy machine guns as well as the corresponding Level 1 iTag base plate. The iTag plate is molded out of translucent amber colored plastic and sculpted to resemble an ornate carving with a sticker on portraying Jake in full Toruk Makto mode.
Once logged on to Mattel’s Avatar website, Warrior Jake’s plate generates a CGI model of the Hammerhead Titanothere, basically a hammer-headed rhino/elephant thingie. The CGI model has a few animation cycles accompanied by a couple of the creature’s sounds.

Something I hadn’t expanded upon in my previous Avatar figure reviews is that the iTag plates that ship with basic figures are classed as Level 1, meaning that in addition to the limited animation, each produces up to three trivia bits if the Info icon is obstructed while on camera. Higher-level iTags are printed with additional animation icons and in some cases can interact with other plates.

So, overall, Avatar Jake Sully Warrior is on par with the best from this line (which is actually pretty good, all things considered) and thus is a worthy addition to any Avatar collection.

Errex Score: 90/100

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I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Nowadays, I still collect pretty much anything that catches my eye.

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