NECA bring yet another Dutch figure to their Predator line. With 2 Dutch figures in the previous Series 8, Series 9 brings us 2 more, and this is a review of possibly the best of the bunch. Based off his appearance towards the end of Predator, this figure of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch character features him in his infamous mud camouflage with the makeshift hunting weapons he makes to help him in his battle with the Predator. The head sculpt here is just a perfect as previous sculpts. We are treated to a new body sculpt however, this features leaves and the cracked mud of the surface of his skin, it looks amazing and when combined with the muddy paint application, it’s definitely of its way for figure of the year.
This must be some of the most accessories we’ve received with a NECA figure I can think of. Contained within the packaging is 2 spears, one with a knife and one with an explosive attached to the ends. Both are fantastically detailed and the choice is yours as to which you have him holding. We also receive his bow and some arrows that can be stored on the bow itself, and whilst underused in the movie itself, it is a real highlight as it can both be held or put around his body so he has it visible on his back. The main attraction is the torch he comes with, it’s very detailed with a transparent flame that gives it a great look when displayed.
As with the most recent NECA figures, this figure has over 25 points of articulation, giving plenty of display options. NECA are always moving forward in this department and it shows, not only do we have lots articulation, but it’s all hidden rather well. Exposed joints can always make the item look cheap and unpleasant on the eyes. Thankfully NECA isn’t afraid and are confident in their ability to hide them effectively.
I touched upon the paint earlier, but I think NECA deserves more attention in this department with this figure. Jungle Disguise Dutch is mostly grey with brown highlights. Yet even with the limited paint and colour on the figure, it’s truly an eye-catching piece. From the illuminating white of his eyes, to the bright orange of the torch, everything works. It’s hard to talk about sloppy paint work with a figure that is meant to look rough and dirty, so from what I can see, everything is in order and there was not a problem I could find on it. They even went out their way to put a small sliver of blood running from the corner of his mouth.
With the way the Dutch figures have been selling, there will be more, there’s already been a confirmation of a 1/4 scale Dutch in the works from NECA. Avid NECA fans would have noticed talk on Twitter to Carl Weathers himself about a Dillon figure too. The future is looking good for Predator fans like myself, NECA have a licence that offers the re-usability of parts like nothing else before it, giving us fans more to collect. We already have Kenner homages and AVP figures announced, what else could we see from NECA in the future of this line? One thing’s for sure though, I’ll be there waiting for those surprise announcements.
Verdict: Must Buy