Jazz (Transformers Generation 1)

Transformers Generation 1 Jazz

Autobot faction symbol
Name: Jazz
Allegiance: Autobots
Function: Special Operations
Timeline: Generation 1

Do it with style or don't bother doing it.

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Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz robot mode
Although Jazz's official function is special operations, he'd be happy if he were designated as the Autobots' "Earth culture expert". Jazz has visited a good dozen worlds, taking time to soak up the details of their culture, and out of all the worlds Jazz has visited, Earth is his favourite. Jazz loves everything about Earth's ever-shifting popular culture - from its many forms of music, to theatre, to dance. Jazz will happily compare notes with those Autobots who are also interested in human culture, often emulating the latest dances he's witnessed (breakdance is a favourite). Jazz is incredibly astute, and can pick things up extremely quickly. He's a master of adapting to things on the fly, and reading the room. Jazz always knows what to say and when, and his calm, easy-going nature means he can fit in anywhere and get on with anyone. Many times during the longest, darkest nights of the Cybertronian war, Jazz can be found keeping the morale of his fellow Autobots up with impromptu guitar performances or dance offs. Jazz's coolness and adaptability means Optimus Prime assigns Jazz the most dangerous missions, which Jazz pulls off with apparent ease and no shortage of style. As one of Optimus Prime's most dependable Autobots, and the one who often takes point in marshalling the Autobots before a mission, most cannot imagine the Autobot command structure without Jazz's laid-back presence. But Jazz has other plans. He loves the Earth so much that he wants to make the blue planet his permanent home, and has asked Optimus Prime if he might become the Cybertronian ambassador to Earth when the war with the Decepticons is finally over.

Martini Porsche 935 Turbo mode:

Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz Martini Porsche 935 Turbo mode

Toys of Transformers Generation 1 Jazz

Maketoys Downbeat (Unofficial Third Party Masterpiece Jazz)

Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with rifle posed Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with rifle alternate pose Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with grappling hook Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with speakers
Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz Generation 1 Box Art pose Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with doors out Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz with doors out alternate pose Third Party (Unofficial) Transformers Jazz  Martini Porsche 935 Turbo mode​ alternate angle
In my opinion, Maketoys Downbeat is the closest thing we're ever going to get to a proper Masterpiece Jazz. This figure is a perfect representation of Jazz as I remember him in the cartoon, with some clever transformation tricks. The design and the way the transformation is executed feels similar to what Takara-Tomy was doing with the likes of Masterpiece Prowl or Ironhide, so he fits into a collection very nicely. And thanks to licensing, it's unlikely we'll get an official Jazz any time soon. That's a pity, really - I much prefer official releases - but in this instance, Downbeat more than fills the Jazz shaped gap in my Masterpiece lineup.

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