|Code Name: LADY JAYE|
Lady Jaye is possibly my favourite female Joe - or should I say, Action Force member, as it was the Marvel UK comic version that really imprinted on me. She was a little more no-nonsense in the UK books, tending to argue with Flint more than flirt - not that I don't like the cartoon or US comic variations either. That she went on to have a pivotal role in the Devil's Due stuff only reinforced things - she's one of the few characters in the line to be done right in pretty much everything. The result was she was an essential purchase for me.
I went for the second 25th Anniversary version initially, not being that keen on the trucker cap of the line's first attempt. However, more recently I upgraded to the version packed in the G.I. Joe Set, which features a more realistic set of proportions and less cheap cleavage (if you want titillation from your action figures go buy Adult Superstars, or possibly just get medical help). This version does cost a bit more, but personally I thought it was worth getting thing right.
Lady Jaye is nicely sculpted, a bit more athletic rather than skinny like some of the female figures are, and she holds various poses nicely. She certainly makes a great contrast next to the small, slim Scarlett without looking manly herself. The hair especially looks marvellous, while the detailing work comes out nicely. Even the head cast is great, capturing the character nicely, and touches like the gloves
The slung backpack, containing a removable shaft and two different heads, is great, while the inclusion of a thicker solid javelin avoids the bendy weapon syndrome of the earlier version without chucking the basic concept out. Sadly, despite the stellar articulation, she just can't look natural throwing the thing, though that would be a big ask of a four-inch toy without totally revising the first principles of the design and probably compromising something else. That small problem aside, this is the most successful version of the figure, a fitting tribute to the more rough and tumble nature of the character.