Just like the New Eternia Battle Armor He-Man, it’s the Paulmartstore for the win again as he has Masterverse Jitsu ahead of anyone else! For those who can’t wait, the Paulmart store has the New Eternia Jitsu in stock for purchase and ready to ship! This is also the first in hand image we have seen of this figure so be sure to check that out and, if you are impatient, head over to the Paulmartstore and buy him!
New Eternia Jitsu
At the time of penning this article, the The Paulmartstore has the Masterverse Jitsu is in stock for purchase. Please note, if you click over to the site and you get a page not found error, it means that the figure is out of stock.
Other Places to Buy
Today, Manuel Caritas revealed his illustrations for the forthcoming New Eternia Masterverse Jitsu figure. Revealed back in Mid March, 2022, the Masterverse Jitsu looks stunning in his samurai armor and skirt! He comes complete with a samurai sword and yes folks a VAC METAL chopping hand!! Jitsu comes dressed in an authentic Japanese style samurai outfit! His accessories include the previously mentioned samurai sword, samurai armor, removable samurai style skirt, wrist bracer, alternate hand and what looks to be a historical reference to a Samurai style face mask.
Up until now, we’ve only seen official images of the figure so it is great to see a produced version and how it looks packed in the Masterverse New Eternia Window display box. You also see the side art that has an image of Jitsu unmasked in the background and a pose with him raising his sword above his head as to strike some unsuspecting foe!
Back Box Art
The back of the box is colorful, which is unusual for the Masterverse style of illustration as it is usually a dark, comic scene that accompanies the art. We love Manuel’s direction he chose as this pop of color is just what the Masterverse boxes needed and it compliments the illustration of Jitsu very nicely!
The back of the box reads:
Rescued from Point Dread Prison by Prince Adam to aid in the search for the Isle of Grayskull, Jitsu – the mysterious man from Gretori – knows more about the legends than anyone in Eternos. Mistrusted as a thief, the master of Martial Arts shows his true colors, aligning with He-Man in the fight to protect Eternia and the Universe.
The bio on the back of the box is a little surprising as Jitsu as always aligned himself as an Evil Warrior. In fact, the Wiki Grayskull reports:
Aside from a couple of figures released later in the toyline, Jitsu is one of the least-featured characters of the entire franchise. Even most storybooks and comics give the character only minor roles at most, such as in his two other minicomic outings (Hordak: The Ruthless Leader’s Revenge! and Mantenna and the Menace of the Evil Horde!) and he is never given an official origin or any real character development. It is possible that this character’s underexposure may relate to the fears of racial stereotyping that led him to be mostly excluded from the cartoon.
The closest that Jitsu gets at an origin is the story “Der Geheimnisvolle Karatemeister” (The Mysterious Martial Artist) from the German MOTU magazine published by Interpart. In the story, Jitsu is a karate master from the East empire of Eternia, who wanders Eternia searching worthy rivals. Skeletor convinces him to fight He-Man and, when He-Man faces Jitsu in fron of Grayskull, Jitsu shows his strength by breaking a rock with his hand and a tree with his head. He-Man then proceeds to tear the ground where Jitsu is standing and lift it, so the martial artist decides to search for rivals anywhere else, despite Skeletor telling him to come back.
When the MotU franchise was relaunched in 2002 with a new toy line and cartoon series, Jitsu was ignored altogether, the only character from his original series not to be brought back for a new incarnation.Jitsu
Full Render Illustrations
We love when the artists release the full render illustrations as they are more vibrant in color and you can see the art that is not obscured by text or cross sells! The red really pops and the gold on the armor blends with the background scenery!
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