T’Jbang (1992 Ninja Force)
Is it bad marketing to create a character with a name that’s unpronounceable for most westerners? It’s almost as crazy as something from a Star Wars novel. Anyway, I can’t figure out how to say the name, so I’ll just call him TJ from here on out. Sounds cool, and it reminds of TJ Hooker. Man, that was a great show, even with Adrian Zmed.
TJ is the Ninja Force sword master. Like other figures in the sub set, he comes equipped (or hindered if you prefer) with an action feature, a twisting waist. I don’t mind this particular spring-action addition, as it doesn’t affect the look of the mold as much as the figures with spring arms or legs, which had either tall shoulders or child-bearing hips.
I think a modern version of TJ would be an absolute hit. The figure has a kind of exciting swashbuckler feel that I really enjoy. The mold is also full of great new details that are totally unique. From the Mexican wrestler tiger mask, to the quilted padding and detailed arm bracers, it’s got a lot of interest going for it. TJ even has throwing stars on his shins. Talk about being prepared! And the Debbie Drabs among you shouldn’t be too put off by his bold yet tasteful color.
One last thing. His signature ninja move is called the “Silent Backslash.” Impressive. Sounds like some kind of mystical combination of martial arts and MS-DOS.