Released as the 23th figure in Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Series 4, Marvel’s Jubilee is one of those rare comic book characters that actually show some aging, from her early teens to her now young adulthood.
Jubilee’s distinctive trait has always been a bright yellow trench coat, which is nicely accomplished on the figure. The torso of the garment is a rubber piece sculpted in a rather dynamic fashion and cast in the same hue of yellow used to sculpt the arms. Underneath the trench coat, Jubilee sports the new female body sculpt that Hasbro developed for last year’s X-23.
This new body sculpt is more articulated and has a slimmer chest piece, but lacks any sort of texturing of further detailing, other than a rubber belt glued to her waist. Jubilee uses entirely unique arms shaped like she’s bunching up the sleeves and she also sports new glove hand sculpts.
Jubilee has rather broad cheekbones and a fairly long jaw line when viewed from the side, but combined with the hairstyle, the hot pink sunglasses and earrings, the overall look isn’t bad at all, reminding me of the way Jim Lee used to draw the character.
One thing I like about this figure is that she looks good even without the trench coat, as the jumpsuit/yellow sleeves combo still looks like superhero garb.
• Hinged peg neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Pegged hinge elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Upper calf swivels.
• Hinged peg ankles.
Even though the articulation is way more extensive than in the older body type, the hip joints are not as versatile as I would have hoped. What’s more, since the T-bar holding the legs in place is made of plastic rather than metal, like in the G.I. Joe figures, I fear the piece might break if I try to raise her legs.
Granted, taking into account the rubber trench coat, it is very unlikely that Jubilee will ever need to be in a sitting pose, but it is something to keep in mind all the same.
Jubilee does not have a lot of paint on her, and what she has is possibly more than was required. The face decoration is unquestionably needed of course, but on the trench coat pieces they applied a shading wash that is basically the same brightness as the underlying plastic so no real shading is evident.
The skin is painted on, and the finer face application on my figure are neat and clean, although a few of the other figures I saw at the store had some issues, like eyes painted too wide apart.
The only real accessory included with Jubilee is a translucent purple energy effect. This accessory attaches to either hand, but I find that it holds better onto the left one. And then, there is also the “Collectible Comic Shot” cardboard insert that Hasbro seems to believe makes up for the missing display bases.
Unfortunately for Jubilee, she seems to be the peg warmer of her wave, and that is sad because she is a pretty decent figure on her own and also a colorful option to bulk up the ranks of the MU X-Men.