My Captain Jack Sparrow Action Figure I got on Aliexpress arrived in the mail recently. Since I paid a total of $14.06 with free shipping, I think we can safely assume this Jack is a knockoff or a bootleg of the original version by SH Figuarts which sells for over $70.
Now some knock offs are decent quality while others are rubbish. Which one is bootleg Jack? We’ll find out.
I didn’t have very high expectations for Jack, because this is how he was delivered to my house.
Somehow, Jack survived. His packaging was dusty and only slightly squished in the back.
Out of the box, one of the first problems I noticed is Jack is balding. He has these two big flesh colored patches on the back of his head. Looking at pictures of the original release of this figure, it doesn’t have this problem because the back of his head was made out of brown plastic instead of flesh colored.
Jack’s hair is attached to his head, but one clump on his right side always falls out. I think that piece was supposed to be glued in place. I will be securing that piece down later with super glue.
The tuft of hair that flows over his bandana is painted a much lighter shade than the rest of his hair so it looks really strange. This piece is designed to be removable so that you can put on Jack’s hat.
The easiest way to show Jack Sparrow’s articulation is in my video review linked below, but I’ll do my best to describe it.
Jack’s head is on a ball peg that allows rotation and tilt.
The back central portion of his hair is hinged and can rotate too.
His arms can raise out from his shoulders and raise up quite a bit.
His elbows have a single hinge that allow slightly more than 90 degrees of movement, but unfortunately it’s not enough for Jack to be able to touch his face.
His hands are on a hinged peg that allows rotation and back and forth movement.
His diaphragm joint allows him to bend forward a nice amount.
Because of the sculpt of his clothing, Jack can’t bring his thighs up to a 90 degree angle.
But he can still sit, if you don’t mind a slouchy posture on a stool or any other chair without a back. While not ideal, it works for a pirate.
His knees are single jointed, but they bend over 90 degrees.
His feet are hinged allowing them to move up and down, and they also rock to the sides. The joints on his ankles are weaker than I’d like. I had him collapse a few times due to those ankles when I was posing him for pictures.
Then he also has a hinge on his toes.
Jack comes with quite a few accessories.
He has a total of 10 interchangeable hands. The hands are slightly rubbery so you don’t feel like you’ll break his fingers off by bending his fingers to put his sword or bottle in his hand. But that softer plastic comes at a cost. His hands pop off very easily. Be prepared to spend a lot of time putting the hands back on when you pose him. The wrist pegs are so thin I still would recommend using a hair dryer to soften the plastic of his hands the first few times you put on each hand on him.
Jack also comes with a second face plate. It’s easy to swap out the faces. You start by pulling off his bandana. Then the face will slide right off the pegs. Attach the second face, and secure it in place but putting the bandana back on.
Another issue with my particular figure is the printing on his second face is off. I think it’s easiest to see if I compare the two faces side by side. You see the eyes on the face with side glancing eyes are printed up much higher, approaching his eyebrow. While the second face on the authentic version of this figure has a surprised or startled expression, this missprint makes Jack look far more sinister.
Jack also comes with a sword scabbard that now I have on him, I’m never removing it. If you get this figure, make sure you pull off his face and hair before trying to put that on him. The sword in the scabbard is not removable.
Jack comes with a loose sword. I think it’s a cutlass? And he holds it pretty easily with the gripping hand.
There’s also a brown bottle that Jack can hold with several of his hands. This is a fun accessory.
Jack’s 3 cornered hat fits snuggly on his head. You just need to remove that one tuft of hair first.
His final accessories are an open and closed version of his compass. These things are tiny.
So overall, Jack has his share of problems. Well…more than his share. But for me at least, Bootleg Jack was worth the $14. I will be fixing those bald patches on the back of his head with some paint, and I will share more on that soon.