Consisting of J-Five, J-Seven and J-Four, Team Shinkansen (Bullet Train) defend the railways against the Destrongers. J-Five transforms into a Nozomi 500 series train, while J-Seven transforms into a RailStar 700 series train and J-Four transforms into a Max 400 series train. Together, these three warriors combine to form the mighty gestalt JRX.
Pros: Takara never fails to impress us with this lineup. Each Shinkansen member closely resembles the bullet trains they transform into. Each train is armed with a weapon; J-Five has a light-up laser rifle, while J-Seven has a shield with missile launcher (which JRX can still use) and J-Four has a projectile gun. JRX's rifle is a combination of J-Five and J-Four's. The weapons can even be stored in train mode; in fact, J-Five and J-Seven's weapons double as hooks to link all three trains together.
The main highlight, however, has to be JRX himself. For a 10" gestalt, he is surprisingly poseable with over 20 points of articulation. Try doing that with Devastator or any G1 gestalt!
Cons: There is no such thing as a perfect gestalt. JRX is living proof of that, as the tabs that connect each robot are very difficult to snap on. J-Four's left foot has some locking problems, making JRX lean over his left leg. Aside from that, JRX does not sport any Autobot markings.
Overall: Possibly the best Transformers gestalt ever made. Don't wait. Buy JRX now.
Note: Available either individually or in a JRX boxed set, which has JRX's tech specs.Manufacturer: Takara
Country of Manufacture: China
Price: Y1,800 (each); Y5,900 (JRX boxed set)
Transformation Skill Level (1-5): 4
Special thanks to Super Collector (Garden Grove, CA).
2000 Transformers Production Company, Inc./Takara Co., Ltd./TV Tokyo/NAS