|Overall Panel Fit:||10/10|
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Part Batmobile, part Bond car, and part Gadgetmobile, Mr. Incredible's car has the ability to blend in with traffic disguised as an ordinary car until it's time to spring into action. Then with the turn of a dial, that ordinary car turns into the Incredibile, a high-performance coupe complete with afterburner.
Similar to Jada's releases, the Incredibile is in a box with the top forward corner being made of folded plastic to allow for an unobstructed view of the car. The front panel has Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl to the left of the main window, with their portraits forming part of the edge. The Incredibles 2 logo and title are centered in a black bar under the window, above "die cast Incredibile." The Jakks Pacific logo is in the bottom right with an 8+ age restriction, and a "1:24 die-cast vehicle" sticker is in the top right corner of the window. The top and right panels simply have the movie title/logo. The left end has the same title/logo below a larger portrait of Bob and Helen. On the back is a single large product shot, co-sells for the 1:64 vehicles by Jakks Pacific, and a short blurb about the car. The legal info is on the bottom panel. Inside, the Incredibile is held to a folded cardboard tray via two screws with a single plastic band around the middle of the car to keep the doors closed.
The Incredibile draws inspiration from a distinct era of automotive design, when swooping fenders, headlight tunnels, and fastback rooflines were all the rage. These aren't necessarily the easiest shapes to recreate, especially with the added contours like the side intakes and raised grille, but Jakks Pacific has done an excellent job here. Panels are clean and smooth, with tight break lines and a fantastic parts fit. The body is entirely diecast metal, with chrome plastic used for the bumpers, grille, headlights, side intakes, rear exhaust, and taillight bezels. The windshield, quarter windows, and rear window are a single piece of clear plastic, molded to reduce the step between the surface of the body and surface of the glass. The taillights and lower rear indicators are transparent red plastic. Tires are soft vinyl wrapped around chrome plastic wheels. Paint is a glossy dark metallic charcoal that looks black under some lighting, with a matte blue "M" and a gloss red tittle on the hood. These are sculpted elements, and while that helps most of the paint stay where it belongs a little bit of blue has missed the mark up near the windshield.
Inside, most surfaces are cast in a medium/dark gray plastic that is colored and textured in a reasonable facsimile of vintage Naugahyde. The layout is basic but thorough: a bench seat under the rear window, two bucket seats up front flanking an elaborate center console, fully detailed door panels, and a wide dashboard with a painted wood insert. Silver paint is used for the instrument cluster and center console, which is nicely detailed with various knobs, levers, and switches (including the Manual/Hover Mode/Hydro Pursuit/Isolate Pursuit/Auto Mode/Merge Pursuit selector used in the film). A little more paint would add to this area, but Jakks did add stickers for the monitor screen, red button, and center of the steering wheel.
Under the car is a surprisingly well detailed chassis, with engine, suspension, and frame components all easily recognizable. There's even some silver paint on the exhaust pipes and a weave pattern that mimics the megamesh used in Mr. Incredible's vintage super suit. It's a neat little Easter egg and a reasonable addition to a super car that may need a little extra protection without having to add the weight of traditional armor.
The only feature here is the opening doors, but the hinges work well and close nicely, allowing an uninterrupted look to the side coves.
With the exception of a few missing paint apps, this is a spot-on replica of Bob's classic ride. From the overall shape to subtler lines like the wheel arches and raised grille, Jakks Pacific really did some outstanding work capturing the look and feel of the car. The extra details in the turbines, lights, and interior all match up nicely to what we saw on the screen as well. I can't find any official stats to confirm the car's scale, but it looks good compared to other 1/24 scale vehicles.
I've wanted an Incredibile for my collection for 14 years now, and during that time assumed I would be making a custom (bordering on scratchbuild). I was surprised to see one as part of Jakks Pacific's lineup for Incredibles 2, and couldn't be happier with the job they did. From the screen-accurate detailing to the clever chassis work, it's clear that some real thought went into this. Very highly recommended.
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