If you’re a fan of iconic heroes, epic bad asses and murderous monsters, then NECA certainly has an action figure for you. As in years past, the toy company took the opportunity presented by New York Toy Fair to show off all kinds of drool-worthy figures based on everything from “Superman” and “Batman Returns” to “Terminator 2” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
This spring, an idol of millions will fly into stores thanks to NECA’s quarter scale take on Christopher Reeve’s Superman from the films. Danny DeVito will join him in that scale as The Penguin from Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns,” along with another Batman from the upcoming “Arkham Knights” video game.
Speaking of video games, NECA will continue to create figures based on classic video games from the NES and Sega era. New show reveals included Rambo, Mohawk from “Gremlins 2,” City Hunter from “Predator 2” and Godzilla, which features new back fins to more accurately recreate the look of the NES game.
Dante of “Devil May Cry” fame will also finally see the light of day as a figure from NECA. Seven years in the making, this toy has gone through several changes in that time, but will ship at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, figures based on Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Storm” will give newer gaming fans something to check out. The game itself features characters from games like “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft,” “Diablo” and more. The first series consists of Illidan Stormrage and Nova Terra while the prototyped series two includes Arthas and Tyrael. A deluxe take on Stitches was also on display.
“Little Big Planet” star Sackboy will earn his own line. The first series will include Happy, Sad and Kratos from “God of War” versions. Future offerings will combine the Sony star with characters from “Uncharted” and “Killzone.”
Giant robot Jaegers and huge monster Kaijus continue to be a big hit for the company. In addition to the sixth series of “Pacific Rim” figures which will feature Horizon Brave, Otachi and Reactor Blast Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka will join the 18-inch series of figures as will a Rubber Baby Otachi. A series of vinyl Chibis will come in a 5-pack for San Diego’s Comic-Con International. These toys were actually featured in the movie in these exact colors. While on the subject of big monsters, the OG kaiju himself Godzilla will stomp into stores as he appeared in his very first film from 1954.
Another movie getting some toy love from NECA is “Alien.” After releasing several waves, NECA finally got approval from Sigourney Weaver to use her likeness in the line. The fourth series will include Ripley with the flamethrower, plus Ripley and Dallas in Nostromo suits. Series 5 features some major new additions like Ripley in the Power Loader, the Alien Queen and a ripped-in-half Bishop with alien egg and facehugger. There are also plans to sell a quarter scale xenomorph and a six pack of eggs that also comes with facehuggers!
Series 14 of the Predator figures based on “Aliens Vs. Predator” will include that film’s three Preds: Chopper, Celtic and Scar. The company will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dark Horse’s very first “Predator” #1 with a figure recreating that comic’s cover.
Space isn’t all scary monsters, though — it also has tesseracts, as seen in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.” This retro figure 2-pack features Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper and Anne Hathaway’s Brand. Other retro cloth figures in the works include Freddy from “A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2,” Pretty Lady Leatherface, Jason from “Friday the 13th Part VI” and a Gorilla soldier from “Planet of the Apes.”
In other Apes news, a pair of characters from the TV series Veska and General Urko will appear at some point as will Julius the jailer from the original film.
NECA also plans to add three new Deluxe figures to their line-up. Leatherface comes with all kinds of accoutrements to chase and terrify lost kids in Texas. Meanwhile, the “Terminator 2” T-800 takes previous Arnold Schwarzenegger figures and ups the ante with more articulated legs, multiple heads and a ton of weaponry. Another version of Schwarzenegger will also show up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Jeph Loeb-penned film “Commando,” which will also feature enough weapons to arm a small country.
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