Jobby the Hong is a YouTube channel focused on toy reviews from a wide range of franchises, such as Transformers, Godzilla and various anime series. His videos are characterized by channel-wide Running Gags, Surreal Humor, and lots and lots of Crossing the Line Twice.
Jobby the Hong provides examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: Generally averted, as Jobby tries his best to point out the good qualities of toys he doesn't like (or toys from works that he doesn't like). This is best shown with Bold Forms Gladius, where he considers the cool design and solid gun mode (compared to the figure's fiddly transformation and tendency to fall apart) to be a sign than the line could have potential for creating great figures going forward.
- All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Discussed in his review for Figma Guyver II F, where he says that when he calls the Guyver anime he saw as a kid for adults, he doesn't mean tentacles, but that the anime the figure for the review is from does involve tentacles for the main character's Transformation Sequence. He starts to show a clip from the anime where tentacles are about to wrap around the heroine before deciding that he will be demonetized for it, only to remember that the video's opening skit had him thrown his pants off (with his crotch pixelated) at the figure, so he shows a brief snippet (albeit with nothing NSFW being shown off) of her having the tentacles wrap around her.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked in his review for the first live-action Transformers film, as Jobby questions why Optimus Prime seems so insistent on sacrificing himself and comes to the conclusion that he is suicidal.
- Ass Shove: One of Jobby's running gags is to have a character or himself say "putitinmyass". He tried to get David Kaye to say it thrice (and unsuccessfully at that): the first two instances were during his review of the Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron (the first instance had Kaye suddenly stop from reading his line out); then the third one during his review of ToyWorld's Beast General (a 3rd-party figure of Beast Wars Transmetals Megatron), where he just flatly refuses.
- Awesome, but Impractical: This is a running theme in Jobby's review for MP-45 Bumblebee, which aims for a robot mode with cartoon-accurate proportions and a super-deformed Volkswagen Beetle mode with opening doors. As the gimmick for said doors requires them to be hinged to what become the back of the robot mode's feet and can't completely hide away, the end result is what Jobby describes as "foot backpacks". Additionally, the figure uses a fake car roof for the chest to get the right proportions in robot mode, meaning the real car roof has to try to fold up onto the back and results in a mess of Kibbles and Bits.
- Figures with very overcomplicated or obnoxious transformations tend to get this reaction from him. Such as MP-44 Optimus Prime, Bombusbee Split (Not Mixmaster), and DS-01 Crimson Wings (Not Starscream). While they do manage to transform into a really good alt mode or robot mode, the process to it tends to be more tedious than anything, and some of them like Crimson Wings' transformation risk damaging the figure itself. The really bad kind of transformations in particular has become a bit of a Berserk Button in his videos, and bringing it up in the Crimson Wings review literally drove Jobby to insanity, cutting to him knocked out on the couch naked.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Invoked for his review for Figma Hatsune Miku, where he lists off several things that he knows the character for, putting lots of emphasis on the copious amounts of porn drawn of the character and having her music be a side-mention.
- Black Comedy: Very common, such as both of his Figma Mami reviews featuring plenty of jokes about her death by decapitation.
- Compassionate Critic: Some of the model kits he reviews are built and sent to him by friends or fans, and Jobby likes to give advice on how the modelers can improve their future builds (albeit while still maintaining his style of humor).
- Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: Jobby disliked the first three films of the Transformers Film Series so much that he refuses to watch the fourth and fifth films while still making jokes at their expense, even while admitting that he hasn't seem them.
- Darker and Edgier: His darker, more psychotic episodes are heralded by a Shin Godzilla version of the above logo, with a more demonic "REE!"
- Despair Event Horizon:
- The Diss Track: "Review More Gundam", which is basically a self-diss, through the viewpoint of the annoying bunch of the Gundam-centered portion of his fanbase (represented by his "Gundam Ghost" persona.)
- Distracted by the Sexy: Tends to fixate on attractive features of the characters the figures represent, something he mocks often. This includes figures of male characters, as shown with his S.H.Figuarts Devilman review talking about the figure's crotch bulge.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: This ditter during the review of the Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron, courtesy of the Predacon leader himself... sort of.:(Jobby hovers his finger above the button on the T-Rex head...)
Megatron: JobbyTheHong, you obnoxious anthropoid!
Jobby: *(quick pause)* ...what?
Megatron: Push that button one more time, and I will personally swivel your head off of your shoulders! Yesss...
(Long beat, then)
(Proceeds to button-mash anyway)
- Dude, Not Funny!:
- In his review for S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah 2019, Jobby says the jaw's limited ability to open up makes it look less like a roar and more like Ghidorah is reacting to an offensive joke, demonstrating by a short skit of Ghidorah gasping in response to Jobby making a breast cancer joke.
- Jobby's Patlabor figure tries to arrest him multiple times during the review for several line-crossing jokes.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Even with his many Distracted by the Sexy jokes, he expresses distaste (and even subverts one of his other Running Gags) over Figma Mami having sculpted panties on a figure of a fourteen year-old.
- This line from the "FansToys Rouge (Not Arcee)" review, when he complains about the tastelessness of alternate chest pieces that outright show nippled breasts for the robot.Jobby, after preempting accusations of hypocrisy: Bruh! Y'all know that I have no problem being horny, but if you're gonna be horny (shows ad for the very voluptuous take on Arcee, the EX-01 Nicee) do it right!
- David Kaye has continuously refused to outright say "putitinmyass" in all of his appearances in three of Jobby's reviews.
- Eye Scream: Parodied. Jobby mentions in his Figma Guyver that he saw the show first as a kid and it "assaulted [his] eyes", complete with a clip from the anime of the titular character shooting out a monster's eyes.
- Fish Eyes: The charm point of his Godzilla-based mascot, as seen above.
- Gag Dub: "Voice Acting: X-Transbots Apollyon Comic" has Jobby read the comic included with the Apollyon figure with Saying Sound Effects Out Loud, Apollyon interrupting Andras (to the latter's frustration), and Apollyon muttering gibberish before Jobby just throws the comic into the garbage.
- How the "putitinmyass" meme came to be was a result of this. For context: during his review of the Leader Class Starscream figure, he lamented the fact that the figure's voice function did not use the iconic voice lines from Charlie Adler. He decided that he could do a better dubbing for the figure, by saying his line from the movie... Then he followed it up with the infamous line.
- Go Mad from the Revelation:
- Jobby ends up going... a bit crazy after finding out the three Getter Machines' faces were on the Soul of Chogokin Getter Emperor's axe.
- One revelation outright results in a Jump Scare for the audience in the Big Firebird EX-01 (Arcee) review:Jobby: No... The car has a pussy.
- Groin Attack:
- Invoked in his review of Soul of Chogokin's Voltron figure, as he decides to stick one of the figure's Solar Spears into his "pee hole" offscreen.
- Also invoked in his review of Acoustic Wave (Not G1 Soundwave) with spring loaded compression pumps from Rumble. Twice, with the second time using two of them.
- Idiosyncratic Ratings Scale: Jobby rate his toys with kisses; i.e. the figure is worth more based on how much mini Godzilla kisses he gave into that figure, ranging from 1 kiss (great), 2 kiss (awesome), 3 kiss (amazing), and the mythical 4 kiss (the last kiss he gave it himself) that only given to the selective figure he deemed perfect (Masterpiece MP-41 Dinobot, Soul of Chogokin Voltron/GoLion and Vehicle Voltron/DairuggerXV, Jiang Xing MetalBeast-01 Winged Dragon Not Megatron, Planet X Vulcun Not Grimlock, and Unique Toys Dragoon Not Megatron). Later videos put on more sensible five-point scale rating along with the kiss.
- Kibbles and Bits: Jobby started a joke that he calls #BackLivesMatter for mocking a trend found in later Transformers Masterpiece figures where most of the vehicle parts that can't be integrated into the robot mode get shoved onto the back in an often unaesthetically-pleasing manner. He is very critical of MP-45 Bumblebee for not only shoving most of the car kibble onto the back (the figure uses a fake car roof for the chest, so the real car roof gets folded up onto his back in plain view), but also not having the back kibble tab in.
- In the same video Jobby also coined the term "Cardboard Engineering"note in his criticism towards Takara Tomy who condone this practice, as he believes that a figure is a three-dimensional object and thus it must be presentable in all sides, not only upfront.
- He also doesn't like the inclusion of a gigantic backpack that's permanently included and grafted in Masterpiece-44 Optimus Prime 3.0, which is essentially a glorified talking feature that can't be removed and is there to fill a hole that could've been used to squeeze the other body parts, something that the Transform Element OP Leader was able to pull off.
- Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: He mentions in his Figma Guyver review that he first saw the anime as a kid and was traumatized by the show's intense violence, especially because he didn't know that animated shows could be so violent.
- Last-Second Word Swap: David Kaye managed to dodge the prodding of saying "putitinmyass" by way of this line at the end of the TransArt Metal T-Rex review:Kaye: JobbyTheHong, you absolute Homunculus! You and your audience can take that ridiculous request, and promptly put... it... in... yourface.
(Cue Megatron blasting Jobby away)
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Every time he shows off the hip articulation for the Figma Puella Magi Madoka Magica figures (requiring him to show up the skirts of the 14 year-old cast so the viewer can see the joints), a police siren can be heard in the background.
- Montages: Has about two to three of them in each of his reviews:
- The Articulation Montage, consisting of shots of the figure/kit/toy getting its joints moved to their limits (Rotations, bends, and swivels aplenty);
- The Size Comparison Montage, where the featured figure/kit/toy gets compared to various other figures; and
- The Transformation Sequence, usually when involving Transformers-based toys, or figures with alternate appearances. To the tune of "Royalty-free Jazz"
- Naked People Are Funny: After referencing Split during his DS-01 Crimson Wings review (To compare both figures' bad transformation sequences), Jobby ends up going insane and the video suddenly cuts to and ends on him butt-naked on the couch.
- Never Live It Down:
- Invoked in his review for MP-28 Hot Rod, where he says that he can never forgive said character for interfering with Optimus Prime and Megatron's battle and getting the former killed as a result. For extra context, the video's thumbnail shows a picture of Optimus' dead corpse and Jobby's usual intro is interrupted by Optimus telling Hot Rod to get out of the way.
- Happens again in his review of Fans Toys Sovereign not Galvatron. Despite praising the figure in and out, he wouldn't forget their previous work on Rouge for adding questionable features and option sets.
- Overused Running Gag:
- Politically Incorrect Hero: From his Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen review:Optimus Prime: "It is time to contain the China virus!"
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Meanwhile, earlier from his Transformers review:Megatron: "There's only two genders!"
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Transformation segments use "royalty-free jazz" courtesy of KevinMacLeod.
- "Psycho" Strings: The droning beeping noise from Ronald Reagan Other Side heralds the appearance of the Gundam Ghost, when Jobby even so much as hints at the idea of model kit building that he has no time for whenever a non-model kit toy still has some runners, is in need of custom paint, or even remotely resembles a Gundam.
- Rage Breaking Point: Jobby's review of the Bold Forms Gladius toy has more than a few instances of him screaming in horror, rage or both, but it's when he sees the tank mode falling apart that he goes batshit insane (in a hilariously surreal montage):
- Running Gag: Frequent use of Ainsley Harriot's memetic expressions and quotes, for one.
- Sampling: His usage of "Ronald Regan Other Side" from Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, in his self-diss "Review More Gundam".
- Sanity Slippage: His review for EX-01 Nicee is constantly intercut with Jobby's gradual descent into dark madness...due to the fact he's doing his damnest not to cave in from reviewing an insanely sexualized robot figure in No Nut November. He fails the challenge and gives in to the urge.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Discussed throughout several of his videos regarding of the amount of money he spent on his toys. In the earlier reviews, he mentions that a price point higher than 50 bucks sounds ridiculous for the time. As the channel grows and Jobby were able to purchase even more expensive toys beyond the price threshold, culminating with Robosen Auto-Transforming Optimus Prime at $1000, anything beyond 50 bucks doesn't sound ridiculous anymore.
- Self-Deprecation: He likes to make fun of himself, often having some of his Take Thats lampshade how they also apply to him. His review of the Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam has him call the Robot Spirits line for people who "actually have a life to attend to" and don't have time to build model kits before reminding everyone that he builds model kits himself.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product:
- The Figma Snow Miku he ordered ended up being one, as evidenced by how many of its joints were broken straight out of the package.
- Zigzagged with many third party Transformers he's reviewed. The aversions at times often even outdo official products (or, in the case of Jiang Xing Winged Dragon Beast Wars Transmetal 2 Megatron, forms of characters unlikely to get new toys), with Jobby preferring many of them to their official Masterpiece offerings price-wise and engineering-wise... and then there's Bold Forms Gladius (which falls apart incredibly easily and its price makes Jobby go insane, especially because the figure doesn't try to learn from MP-36 Megatron) and Planet X Triton (the video is titled "The Most DISAPPOINTING Transformer").
- Special Guest: His Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron and ToyWorld Beast General reviews feature voice appearances from David Kaye, voicing Megatron as well as himself, specifically recorded for the videos. He even returned for the TransArt BWM-06 Metal T-Rex review, with greater dialogue involvement as well.
- (During the Metal T-Rex review)
Kaye: (To Jobby) You still owe me a Lego Stream. (Flashes tweet of Kaye's Lego Arishem the Judge figure)
- Stealth Pun: Cleverly hidden in the Bold Form Gladius review when the titular toy is turned into a pack of noodles after being put in the dryer.For those who don't get it...
- Suicide as Comedy:
- Reviews of Transformers characters who turn into guns tend to involve at least one joke of Jobby putting the gun mode up to his head. He's also occasionally joked about the videos being the only thing keeping him alive.
- Jobby's review for Transformers has him come to the conclusion that Optimus' desire to perform a Heroic Sacrifice is because he must be suicidal, and acts out a scene where Optimus tells Sam that he hates everything and wants to die.
- Surreal Humor: Very much so. One particularly memorable example is from his Bold Forms Gladius review, where he throws the figure into his washing machine to turn it into a pack of noodles that he then eats before vomiting (as the figure's tank mode again) it up into his toilet and hitting it with various appliances as the screen's colors change.
- Take That!:
- The Transformers Film Series and by extension Michael Bay are on the receiving end of a lot of jokes, with Jobby poking fun at how he dislikes the films yet supports them by buying their toys anyway. He did, however reevaluate the first film and decide that it's solid.
- YouTube's copyright and demonetization policies tend to be mocked whenever Jobby gets an opportunity to do so. His "COPYRIGHT CLAIM REVIEW" video is one big critique on said system.
- When bringing up the more "baby toy" promotions made for 01 Studio Cell (Unicron), he's quick to make a shout out towards a certain popular toy reviewer Youtuber.Jobby: What am I? A kid with a Youtube channel whose parents only love him for money?
- Take That, Audience!: He likes to mock his own viewers at times.
- The recurring character Gundam Ghost is meant to poke fun at fans upset at him not being able to upload videos focusing on Gundam model kits anymore due to his work schedule.
- Next most common would be him wearing an Optimus Prime mask representing the nitpickers to his points. ALWAYS heralded by a very nasally "BUTJOBBYYYYYY!"
- His Five Nights at Freddy's Nightmare Freddy Funko review has him mention that he doesn't like the Five Nights at Freddy's fanbase, and then compares it with several other fandoms. The last one is his own fandom, complete with a Wall of Text featuring swivel memes.
- Jobby's MP-45 Bumblebee review features a skit where Takara's CEO tells their lead designer to give the figure opening doors and a Spike figure, and brushes off concerns about the gimmick making the robot mode look awful by saying (while turning to the screen) that "those brainwashed Transformers fans" will buy it anyway.
- Tempting Fate: As Jobby finishes talking about the tank mode for Bold Forms Gladius, he says that at least it all fits together very nicely... right as one of the treads falls off. This is enough for his sanity.
- Tough Act to Follow: Invoked for his Bold Forms Gladius review, where he gets especially disappointed with the figure after comparing it to the official Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron, stating that he supports the creation of more Megatron figures, but adding that companies that don't try to top or learn from MP-36 shouldn't bother.
- Video Review Show: Focused on toys, although he tends to briefly dive into the source material before talking about the toys themselves, sometimes to say that he hasn't watched whatever media the figure comes from.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: In his Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron review, David Kaye (yes, the same David Kaye who voiced Megatron) was meant to end a line with Megatron gloating about obtaining the Golden Disk with "putitinmyass", but Kaye was left speechless before breaking character and saying that he can't bring himself to read it. This was brought up again at the end of the review.Megatron: (Triumphantly) With the Golden Disk finally within my grasp, I possess the unlimited power to...
(Cue part of the script which obviously says "putitinmyass"...)
Kaye: Errr... I can't. No. I just can't. I just can't...
- Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Jobby calls Bold Forms Gladius the "worst experience [he's] had playing with a toy", but notes that the bootleg Figma Snow Miku was a close second.
- You Don't Look Like You: Discussed at times for his reviews of figures from the Transformers Film Series where he admits that he thinks certain designs are fine, but that they just don't resemble their Generation One counterparts very well. In his DX9 La Hire (3rd party Transformers: The Last Knight Hot Rod) review, he hates how the movie design takes no cues from the original Hot Rod's unique design (even if Jobby hates said Hot Rod's character), but that the design is decent on its own.