NECA’s bread and butter these days is creating highly detailed, wildly accurate figures from modern video games and beloved movies from the recent to the classic. As they showed off at this year’s New York Toy Fair, the company will continue that trend through the year, while also adding a few interesting styles along the way.
One of the biggest new additions to the NECA family will be the Foam Replicas, many of which stand at life-size proportions. At the show, fans saw Batman and Harley Quinn from the “Batman: Arkham” video games, the Alien Egg with Facehugger, the title character from “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (who thankfully wasn’t life-sized, otherwise Ray would have to do a lot of explaining).
For still-big-but-not-human-sized collectibles, NECA continues to develop the Quarter Scale line. CBR debuted the Harley Quinn piece from “Arkham City.” She will be joined by Batman pieces in that same scale based on Christian Bale in “Batman Begins” and Ben Affleck from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Another familiar big screen icon, Hulk from “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will smash his way into the gang along with Donatello, the first in a series of 1/4 scale figures based on the 1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.
Of course, Alien and Predator will also make their presence felt in the Q scale format with versions based on “Aliens” and “Predator,” respectively. The Aliens action figure line will move into its eighth series with a line consisting of characters from “Alien 3” like the Weyland Yutani Commando, Dog Aliens in gray and brown and Prison Uniform Ripley. The Predator family will also grow thanks to a Deluxe Ultimate Scarface Video Game Appearance figure as well as the Deluxe Clan Leader and the Kenner-based 16th wave consisting of Spided Tail, Stalker and Ghost. In other classic ’80s sci-fi movie toy news, NECA will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Terminator 2” with T-800, T-1000 and Sarah Connor figures as well as the Ultimate Tech Noir Terminator.
The Alien and Terminator franchises will also be represented in NECA’s new die cast vehicle line, Cinemachines. “Alien” and “Aliens” will make their presence felt with pieces like Fossilized Space Jockey, Nostromo, Space Jockey Ship, Nostromo Escape Pod, M577 Armored Personnel Carrier, UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship, Hadley’s Hope Daihotai Tractor and USS Sulaco Ship while the Tank HK and Aerial HK will represent “Terminator.”
Plenty of other famous films from the ’80s, ’90s and as recent as last year found themselves represented at the NECA booth. The “Rocky III” line will include the new figure of Rocky sporting the belt as well as three re-issued figures including another Rocky and Clubber Lang in blue and black trunks. Moving from humans beating each other up to robots-versus-monsters territory, new “Pacific Rim” figures will include Ultra Deluxe versions of Mutavore and Hardship as well as Ultimate Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka.
In addition to the more traditional style of figures, NECA also continues to bring retro cloth figures back into the mainstream with lines based on “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Home Alone” and “The Hateful Eight.” We’ve seen pictures of most of these online, but actually getting to look at figures of young Keanu Reeves, Macaulay Culkin, Alex Winter and the less-young Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci and Tim Roth is truly impressive.
NECA mixes both styles when it comes to the horror figures coming out in the near future. The “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” figures of Value Shop Ash, Eligos and Hero Ash come in the more traditional format just like the Ultimate “Friday the 13th Part III” take on Jason Voorhees. Meanwhile, Leatherface and Captain Spaulding from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and “The House of 1000 Corpses,” respectively, land in the retro series.
Finally, shifting over to the world of video games, the company will offer a mix of characters from recent and classic games. “Uncharted 4” star Nathan Drake scores an Ultimate figure as well as a Sackboy version in the new “Little Big Planet.” The Ultimate Kratos from “God of War III” was also on display alongside the Video Game Appearance Lance and Bill 2-pack from “Contra,” as well as the Simon Belmont Video Game Appearance figure from “Castlevania.”
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