I would begin this review with a short intro to the
character and some background, but I've got to be honest here - I have no idea
who "Beat" is and what Jet Set Radio Future is about, aside from the fact that
this figure looks crazy enough to be fun. It's a guy on jet-powered roller
blades wielding a spray can and a bizarre set of
headphones, what's not to like? Fortunately, just
opening the nifty packaging by Joyride Studios gives you a nice little intro to
the figure and the game, currently available for the XBox. JSFR is all about
blading from turf to turf, trying to take over Tokyo by spray-painting graffiti
and tags everywhere while avoiding the fuzz, and Beat is one of our main
the other Joyride figures, the packaging is well
designed enough to give you a background on the figure if you don't know the
game or characters. With that out of the way, let's look at the figure.
Beat is about 6 1/2" tall, sculpted nicely in a cartoon-anime style as depicted
in the game. His costume is simply detailed but nice enough.
I like the little details on the sculpt, like the little control pad on his
gloves and the designs on the rollerblades. I also like the jet shooting out of
one of his blades, in translucent yellow plastic. The colors are bright and make
the figure look appealing. Unfortunately, some of the most interesting parts of
Beat are lacking because they aren't removable - Beat holds a spray can which
you can't take out of his hand, and has some funky headphones and sunglasses
that really should have been removable, but they're not.
The nice look of the figure is also hindered by the comparatively poor
articulation. Beat has 10 points of articulation, most of them useless because
of the generic skating position that he's typically forced into (as depicted
above). This is essentially the only pose Beat can get into thanks to a terribly
annoying peg extending from one of his rollerblades (which pegs into the base
and keeps him standing). Although the pose is awesome for display, it's not
worth the price of playability, which is lost from the figure because of this
pose. The peg means that Beat can't stand without the base, and it's downright
This could have been a really fun figure, too - with the right design (in
articulation and poseability) you could have him skating all around your room
and house tagging everything. Instead, he just topples if you try to take him
off the base, and he can't skate anywhere. A better figure would have had a peg
that clipped onto his blades to keep him on the base, that could be taken off to
play with him. In addition, the wheels don't spin, which is rather
disappointing. Another detail, which would have made the figure nicer is to have
the jet shooting out of his blades removable, and have one for each blade.
Beat only has one accessory, his nice little base, a section of road with a
little handrail type bit. It's suitable enough for him to be displayed on, and
nicely detailed, but it could have been fun to make him skate on it and grind on
the handrail, but I guess not. More accessories would have been nicer too.
Overall, fans of Jet Set Radio Future will like Beat; he's is a nice display
piece but definitely not for someone who wants to play with him.