As a fan of the show myself, this seemed like the perfect time to grab hold of the Jazwares five inch Jake the Dog and Finn the Human action figures from our friend Drew at Red Griffin Games.
The Adventure Time graphics are certainly bright appealing and the figures certainly have an allure in the package. “Stretchy Jake” sounds like far more fun than the average child can handle, and such wild claims make the whole blister appear to be bursting with promise and mayhem. Whether these “action features” live up to such claims is yet to be revealed, but I will say that if you’re an adult fan then you may be tempted to keep and display these in their artwork emblazoned packaging - and that’s not something that I encourage very often. I'm usually a "rip it open immediately" collector. (And lover).
By the way, here's Finn...
Okay, we’re going to ignore my previous suggestion and crack these open, starting with colossal fatty Jake...
However, this same design that works so well in the show (and looks great on this figure) is a little precarious when it comes to supporting a large character on tiny spindly legs. Jake does OK because his feet are large and he balances reasonably well, but it’s not going to take a lot of encouragement to send him plummeting off a shelf. His legs have little ball joints but they’re clumsy to move and I wouldn’t want to force them too much. Although he can sit down if that feels safer.
If you were already concerned about breakage, Jake’s arms are made of “stretchy” rubber. They’re solid enough and attached well but I would be terrified to stretch them as the package suggests. And that’s really my basic point about these figures - you would assume that they’re made for kids to play with, but I fear that the average child would destroy their limbs pretty quickly. They’re going to want to see just how far these things will stretch before they break.
Jake’s other accessory is an enlarged fist which slots over his bendy arm:
But what about Finn (the human)? Let’s bust him out of his cell..
The backpack is probably the real villain here because it throws him off balance and I had to really persevere to get him to stand for the photo. Once you do it, he looks great, but you may not want to ever touch him again. I felt that the articulation is Finn’s legs was also a little fragile.
But all that said, once you pose Jake and Finn together something magical happens. Seriously! Look at these guys! It’s like Pendleton himself has come around to your house and is using his mighty, ink-stained fingers to push your face into a massive grin:
And didn’t I promise Cosplay? Here are a few of the many Fionnas present at the con!
With Finn (and Jake):
And versus the Ice Queen while wielding the awesome crystal sword!
|Image: Jacinta Mathews|
And that’s the end of that Adventure!