|Code Name: JINX|
Jinx had an odd little career in G.I. Joe. In the cartoon she was introduced as a love interest for Falcon in the film and was accordingly tacky, tending to answer any question by banging on about her blind old ninja master. On paper in the comic she was given a much more satisfying role but sadly being a little bit Asian saw the character stitched into the whole Hard Master/Ninja Force fuckpie by master writer Harry Llama.
She has had a similarly mixed time in toy form too. The original 1987 figure was fairly serviceable but was the last female Joe toy to be issued until Scarlett's Ninja Force incarnation in 1993 which probably says something about how well it sold. Jinx was given a samurai styled update in 2004 (a year after the original was given a Tiger Force makeover) but then that seemed to be that and she was skipped for the anniversary line. Then in 2012/13 came an embarrassment of riches as the character was set to be featured in film sequel Retaliation. In the trailer she looked more like Helix but it led to a trio of new Jinx figures. Firstly there were two available at San Diego Comic Con. One was based on the original red costume, the other a variant in white robes - irritatingly the latter featured an unmasked head clearly designed to make buyers double-dip. I'm not sure why there was a white-clad version - did she dress like that in those couple of issues of the comic where she was 13? I can't remember, and checking would mean reading Larry Hama comics so I won't go there. All of which rather gazumped the official fan club's projected Figure Subscription Service version, modelled on the 2004 costume. She might well get a figure or two in stores if anyone bothers releasing Retaliation to cinemas, but don't hold your breath.
The SDCC figure uses an all-new sculpt that largely captures the original. There are some slight differences. She's dressed in a Japanese-style keikogi as opposed to the back-tying robe of the original. This means she has an open neck before the head covering which looks a little odd at first. The sculpting is done well enough to make it all look like real fabric rather than coloured plastic however and it isn't a terminal change. Her shoes and bare ankles have been replaced by all-over 'cloth' boots, complete with sculpted big toes - nice. Sadly the original's nail varnish is gone but that's progress for you. Really it's a case of nitpicking to find faults with Jinx and she's a character that really benefits from the Generation 3 body layout. The only real fault is that she's a bit on the skinny side.
The accessories are also very good - a fine recreation of the figure's original's naginata while the bulky backpack is replaced by a double scabbard containing a pair of swords. No blindfold either - good work everyone. In an ideal world she would include the alternate unmasked head but then if you're creating an all-new mould for a convention you've got to cover the overheads with one variant or another. That aside Jinx continues the high standards set by Zarana in 2011 and she's a great purchase providing you get in there before the price rockets.