I don’t think there was ever any doubt as to whether we would receive a re-paint of Downbeat (Jazz) as Stepper, or Ricochet as he is seemingly becoming more known as. It was/is a fantastic mold and what figure doesn’t look good in black ?
So for the uninitiated, who is Stepper ? Well, he’s a character that was introduced quite late on to the Japanese Headmaster series. If memory serves, only appearing in the black and white manga comics. There he was partnered with a smaller robot named Nebulon.
He was oft seen with Bluestreak and another favoured Targetmaster of mine, Artfire.
Lets take a look at this figure shall we;
Packaging remains the same as Downbeats, albeit with differing text & images etc. Fewer accessories but this is to be expected, no cartoon references to bulk them out.
Same clean lines as Downbeat, great looking profile. Targetmaster fits nicely on there with the aid of a mounting clip. I do think he holds together better than Downbeat, maybe it’s just me ?
Bounceback retains all the same articulation points as Downbeat, added paint applications suit this mold and do make it feel more solid in hand.
Bounceback looks awesome alongside Kojin, love these two figures. He also looks well next to his mold buddy, Downbeat.
If you are on the fence at all about picking up this release then hop off post haste, it’s a great figure and looks amazing. What’s even better is that Maketoys are doing a second run of Downbeat so you could pick both up to display with pride on your shelf.
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