Check out our in depth review of the New Eternia Masterverse Jitsu plus our Masters of the Universe Classics comparison!
Jitsu is the latest figure in the Masterverse New Eternia line! Revealed back in Mid March, 2022, the Masterverse Jitsu looks stunning in his samurai chest and waist armor! He comes complete with a samurai sword and a VAC METAL chopping hand! Jitsu comes dressed in an authentic Japanese style samurai outfit! His accessories include a samurai sword, samurai armor, removable samurai style waist armor, wrist bracer that is removable, an alternate hand and a half mask!
Box Front and Side
Jitsu’s pose is probably one of the best you will find in the Masterverse series! It looks like they actually paid attention to how he’s displayed in the window box and for mint in box collectors, this is a great thing! Also, he is packed without his mask on, which is a great look for the figure as it harkens back to his roots in the vintage and the Classics lines.
Box Back and Side 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 front 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!
The figure itself looks fantastic as the golds and oranges play really well together! There are also gold tones on the clip for his hair, around the waist armor piece, and the sword scabbard, which ties everything in together.
You can also remove his waist armor, bracer, and chest armor to give him a totally different look!
Jitsu’s face sculpt is one of the best versions we have seen and he is given a very pensive look on his face. He also has a reddish complexion to his face, which brings out his facial features. He has a chonmage (丁髷), which is a type of traditional Japanese topknot haircut worn by men. It is most commonly associated with the Edo period (1603–1867) and samurai, and in recent times with sumo wrestlers. It was originally a method of using hair to hold a samurai kabuto helmet steady atop the head in battle, and became a status symbol among Japanese society. In a traditional Edo-period chonmage, the top of the head is shaved. The remaining hair was oiled and waxed before being tied into a small tail folded onto the top of the head in the characteristic topknot. This hairstyle travels from the back of the head and runs along the scalp towards the front of the head and sheds light as to why the top Jitsu’s head is shaved. The gold clip in the middle of his chonmage adds a lot of character to his hair sculpt and makes him look more refined.
Chest and Back
Jitsu’s armor has a more naturalistic look and the design looks purposeful with falcons on the front and a moth type creature on the back. The golds and oranges are a really great color scheme and the references to birds and bugs makes the armor feel a lot more organic. He shares the same armor as King Randor so hopefully he is in the making and will be coming to the line soon!
Jitsu’s right arm features his centerpiece, which is a shiny gold vac metal gauntlet that is the most form fitting we have ever seen on a MOTU figure. Although it is not diecast like Fisto’s fist, it is made of a lighter plastic and the sculpt shows off all the detail!
His left arm comes with a removable, red bracer bracer that covers the top of his left hand. On the underside, it features two brown straps that have a leather look them.
Waist Armor Front and Back
Jitsu also comes with a piece of removable waist armor that offers protection for his upper thighs. It has a layered armor look with some really nice gold trim accents on the bottom. The plastic rope that keeps the armor around his waist adds a more softer touch to the figure’s appearance and adds another color to break up the orange motif.
Waist Armor Sides
On the right side of his waist armor, you can see the layered look that was achieved and on the left side, you have his sword scabbard, which is also cast in gold to match his other accents.
When you remove the waist armor, he has a black belt with a black furry loin cloth.
This legs also feature black boots and he is pretty much no frills from the waist down!
Weapons and Accessories
Jitsu comes with an extra open hand, his Samurai half mask, and his trust orange sword.
His open hand can only fit on his left hand so watch out as Jitsu’s hands are lethal weapons. Like all of Mattel’s extra hands, this is a part reuse from other figures but they do a great job making them look realisic.
He also comes with a type of samurai half mask called a Men-yoroi and this type of mask is called a Menpō which covers the face from the covered the face from the nose down to the chin. The face mask is cast in the same orange plastic as his armor but his teeth have more of a silver tone. The mask can slip over his head and you can shimmy it down to settle it on his face with his ears covered.
He also comes with his iconic orange sword that has some nice detailing on the cross guard and the bottom of the handle. You can also stow his sword in his gold scabbard, which is a welcome change!
MOTU Classics Comparison
We like to say that this version of Jitsu is his softer side as his MOTU Classics counterpart has a very grizzled and aged look to him. Perhaps this is a younger version of Jitsu and a different stage in his life before he got mixed up with the likes of Skeletor. Looking at the figures side by side, you can also get a sense for how massive the Classics armor and bucks were and we really didn’t pay attention to this as there was nothing to compare them too but now we can! The Masterverse armor still retains the classic nature of design but with a more cohesive look to it.
The two major differences are the sheer size of the gauntlets and the larger muscles on the Classics figure. Now that we have the Masterverse gauntlet for comparison, the Classics version looks more like Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet as it is oversized and has jewels where the knuckles are. In contrast, the Masterverse gauntlet is very form fitting and the shiny gold really makes it stand out. Also, the Classics version looks a lot more sunbaked and the Masterverse version is given more of a normal looking skin tone, which goes great on the figure.
This New Eternia Masterverse Jitsu is a great figure and from a sculpt perspective. He is given a younger look they did a great job with making his armor feel like a more cohesive design with the overt representations of falcons on the front and a moth’type bug on the back. The only aspect we going to ding him a half a point is just the lack of accessories. WeI feel like New Eternia line should come with extras in his pack out but other than that, Jitsu is again raising the bar with what Mattel can do with the New Eternia line! We highly recommend you pick this one up! And below is where you can get yours (we got ours from the Paulmart Store, who tends to get these figures way before any big box retailers).
Where to Buy:
You can preorder Masterverse Jitsu at the following places:
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You can find the other figures listed on cross sell on the back of the box at the following retailers!
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