Just like Flint is my favorite Joe, Lady Jaye is my favorite Joe female character. Scarlett was cool, but I loved Lady Jaye’s versatile skill set and unique weapons. As another member of the iconic 1985 roster, she was one of my must-have figures for the Classified Series line so let’s see if this update hits the mark.
Package: I dig the package artwork. It covers the personality of Alison R. Hart-Burnett really well as it conveys her prepping in a strategy session and the main picture on the side shows her in action.
The back features some slight adjustments from the first wave with her, Flint, Beach Head and Major Bludd added.
Lady Jaye excels at her skills as she ranks at three-stars in covert ops, arrow weapons and infiltration and has the top four star mark in disguise.
Her bio, which you can read on gijoe.hasbro.com states:
A master of blending in wherever she goes, Lady Jaye rejects common disguise techniques in favor of total assimilation. She speaks countless languages with a perfect accent and makes subtle changes to her body language and gestures to go undercover in any region around the globe and spy on Cobra operations.
Essentially Lady Jaye is the Joe’s answer to Zartan minus the obnoxious and destructive biker gang sidekicks.
Likeness: Hasbro seemed to really take into consideration the complaints a decent section of collectors had with the first series of overly busy costume designs. Lady Jaye reflects that toned down modern take of the classic Real American Hero design.
She’s got the flared collar with the shoulder straps and double belts. I always liked that similarity to Flint and Snake Eyes’ outfits.
Like the modern figures, there’s some additional texturing and layers to her green jumpsuit and she’s wearing taller boots than the original figure. She does have the short gloves like the old school figure.
The head sculpt is pretty interesting to me as it looks like the cartoon version done as a real life person. It’s cool and I love the slight smirk. Her hair is a tad higher on her head, which is understandable given the bonus feature.
I appreciate the subtle ways Hasbro has worked in the communicator on all of the outfits. With Lady Jaye’s it’s on her belt.
Paint: Hasbro nailed the accurate green for Lady Jaye’s jumpsuit. The belts are brown instead of black if that’s an issue to you.
Hasbro really comes close to matching the skin tone on her chest with the plastic molded flesh areas. It probably just needed one more coat to be perfect.
Paint detail is otherwise sharp although I might add silver paint to her belt buckles.
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Scale: Lady Jaye is listed at 5’8″, which should have her looking up at the 6’2″ Flint and taller than the 5’6″ Scarlett. According to that scale, she’s actually scaled correctly, which is pretty nice to see in a line built on smart reuse.
Articulation: Lady Jaye marks a first in the Classified Series as she has double-jointed elbows. This is something that’s still very inconsistent with Marvel Legends female figures.
Along with her bicep joint, LJ features all of the articulation points I’ve been complaining too many female figures have lacked for years.
Beyond those major upgrades, Lady Jaye sports the rest of the exceptional Classified Series articulation model.
Lady Jaye has:
- shoulders (butterfly)
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- hips (ball-jointed)
- drop down hips
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Lady Jaye comes with a ton of accessories.
The coolest feature is the hat, which plugs onto the top of her head after you pop off the hair piece. This was a welcome bonus since the original RAH figure rocked a hat while the cartoon version never wore a hat.
One of her main weapons in the toy and cartoon that was interpreted differently was her javelins. Hasbro cleverly set this up for your preference. There is a smaller gun, that can be used simply as a gun, but you can plug the javelins into it for the javelin launcher setup.
Or you can just have the javelins as tossing weapons — you can plug one onto her backpack. Two of the three javelin attachments can plug into the back of the backpack so she can carry all of her accessories.
Lady Jaye also has a knife that plus into the sheath on her belts.
She’s got her green backpack with a Go-Pro attached so she can report her findings while she’s on her undercover excursions.
Worth It? I got Lady Jaye for $20. Thankfully she’s not a Target exclusive so you should stand a decent chance of being able to get her without too much of a hassle.
Rating: 10 out of 10
The swappable hat option to appease RAH figure/comic and cartoon fans was a nice touch while the accessories and articulation complete an exceptional addition to the line.