Duuuuuude up until two monthes ago I wasn’t even aware that this figure existed. The only figure options I thought Black Jack had were super deformed chibis and really expensive dolls. As I was surfing around one day though I found this prize figure of the titular character himself and was elated. So for part four of my post a day apology for slacking here is Black Jack!
Whoever sculpted this guy did a fantastic job on his hair. The Cruella Deville style of his locks comes of perfectly, the sculpt is nice and I like how his bangs curl in just a little bit. I also really like how the black is sculpted up off the white. His face is done really well too, I love how even though he’s a very serious character Osamu Tezuka’s style still comes off perfectly in his facial features. The surgery scar across his face is done really well, it’s actually indented into his features.
Tied carefully under his collar Black Jack wears a maroon ribbon, the long ends of it are blown on the wind. His coat rests easily over his shoulders in that classic anime way that simply commands respect. Just out of sight (like he’s trying to sneaky or something) he’s holding a scalpel in his hand. It has a few scratches sculpted into it that make it seem like it’s been used a lot.
The jacket draped over his shoulders looks really nice. Very sleek.
One of my favorite things about this figure is that Sega didn’t try to pretty up Tezuka’s original design. As such there are no buttons on Blackie’s suit jacket.
In his other hand he’s holding his medical bag. I love how there is virtually no detail to his hands. They look meaty and thick and absolutely perfect for his design!
The bag itself has a big old seam line going down the sides of it. It’s a little bit sad, but it could be a whole lot worse.
As with his sleeves, his pants are pretty non descript. They are far from looking bad, and show of the simplistic art style very well.
His shoes are fantastically shiny. I mean they are perfect. I have a hard time imagining Black Jack being anything but immaculate outside of surgery.
His profile looks amazing, I really like how he’s got this cute little rounded nose and it helps give him the look of a full lip art style. It’s quite aesthetically pleasing really.
It actually kind of looks like he’s pulling the scalpel out of the overcoat. Which honestly is pretty boss. I also love how his jacket is blowing around him. It’s very appealing.
There’s a small bit of paint error on the bags strap. It looks kind of fleshy there….
The front of the bag looks magnificent, the buckles are painted really well and I like the sculpt quite a bit.
He’s got to be wearing the most rounded dress shoes ever made for a man….
The back of his hair blends really well though I am disappointed that it isn’t sculpted quite as dynamically as the front is. The upturned collar of his coat is of course a very cool very nice touch.
The back of the figure is where every bit of sculpted clothing detail is and it’s fantastic. The fabric back here is really wrinkly and it aids in the movement of the wind around him nicely.
One of his two coat sleeve is blowing wildly to the side. It makes it really easy to tell the approach vector of the wind. Regardless though it looks cool.
The other sleeve hangs limply at his side. Whereas it doesn’t look anywhere near as cool as the other one, I kind of think it’s equally important. It could be blowing back behind him but that would look a little odd. I think it’s an interesting choice on the artists part that all the action on this figure is on one side. On the side your supposed to pay attention to. The visible half of his face, the scalpel in his hand, the blowing coat, even his medical bag. All on one side….hmmmmm….
Now that we can actually get a closer look at the scalpel it actually kind of looks like a dinner knife….
His fingers are pudgy and lacking in knuckles or nails, but I must digress again that I would not have it any other way.
If you look really closely you can see a seam line back by his ears. It’s pretty well hidden though and if the jacket is on you can’t see it at all.
Without the jacket on his suit is as immaculate in the back as it is in the front.
Perfect for Tezuka’s art style
Minor paint flaws
Might be too simplistic for people not familiar with the source material
I wish he had a base