The McFarlane Jason X figure comes from their popular Movie Maniacs series 5 in 2002 and is based on the titular character in the 2001 film by Todd Farmer and James Isaac. The figure features a simple 6 points of articulation – head, left arm at the shoulder, right arm at the elbow, both wrists, and at the waist. The head isn’t really all that movable without some force, and the arms move reasonably easily but are meant to pose in a specific direction — the same with the hands. The waist is not all that movable, but you can twist it slightly. Honestly, this is more of a statue than an action figure, and I’m sure the articulation only really exists because of how they put the figure together.
The sculpt is exquisite for the early 2000’s when it was produced! They captured the character’s menacing look, crossing between the cloth and the metal segments of Jason’s upgraded body with the flesh bits exposed; it is a great figure.
The mask itself is terrific, and you can clearly see those frightful red eyes. The detail on it is a little rough, probably because of the technology of the time, but it’s still very well done. The design of his space machete (the only accessory) is nice, too. It’s very solid and fits easily into place in his right hand without feeling like it might snap. This detail is important because back in the day, McFarlane was well known for their figures and accessories… well, breaking. The figure as a whole is also really solid. You couldn’t say that about many of their products during the early 2000’s.
The paint on this figure is pretty nice, just a little lacking in detail. Some fleshy places seem to be too light in color. Look around the top of the head/brain area, and you’ll notice it looks a bit pale compared to the rest of the skin, then the neck is really red, then the arms and legs are a more medium skin tone. A bit of shadowing would have made this figure better, but it is what it is, and it’s not bad. The sections of armor all look nice, capturing a realistic metallic look with that smoothed out medical sci-fi feel they had in the movie. The space machete especially looks cool with that super smooth futuristic feel.
As with all the Movie Maniacs, this figure comes with a mini poster and poster stand. This one has withstood the test of time for sure. I could tell you about how other Movie Maniacs mini posters have wilted over the years, like the one that came with the Movie Maniacs Predator that I had to put a support behind to keep it from curling, but the one that comes with this has never changed the whole time I’ve had it.
To this very day there have not been any updated versions of the figure — I’m not even sure there have ever been any attempts — which I find to be a horrible crime against collectors! I don’t know why no one has taken up the mission to update this figure, but if they did (NECA, Mezco…hello fellas!) it would be one of their most amazing figures to date and I’m sure would sell like hotcakes. If anyone knows how to convince Randy from NECA to make a version of Jason X, please do it. We need it.
You can still find this figure on eBay and Amazon, though you’ll have to pay around $100 to get it in good packaging.