Pacific Rim Collectable Figures/ Statues

As with most summer blockbusters, a slew of collectible merchandise is available for anyone who would like to show their love for the movie. The exact same goes for Pacific Rim, both NECA and Sideshow Collectables are hard at work to deliver some truly eye-catching pieces for fans. From small, affordable and highly articulated figures to large, extremely detailed, yet high cost statues. All dates are subject to change.

NECA – Pacific Rim – Series 1

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Included in NECA’s first series of figures is lead Jaeger, Gipsy Danger as well as China’s Crimson Typhoon Jaeger. To fight these guys, we also have the Kaiju, Knifehead. Both the Jaegers are about 8″ with some great articulation for endless posing options. The articulation on the Kaiju is limited though, so please bear that in mind. None of them come with accessories either, which is a real shame. Out now.

NECA – Pacific Rim – Series 2

Only to be fully revealed this coming weekend at SDCC, we know its coming and what will populate Series 2. A battle damaged Gipsy Danger with sword accessory, Australian Jaeger, Striker Eureka and lastly is another Kaiju, Leatherback, responsible for one of the best fight scenes in the movie in my opinion. Be on the lookout for pictures of Series 2 next weekend from SDCC, and let’s hope NECA give Leatherback better articulation than Knifehead. Out August.

NECA – Pacific Rim – 18″ Gipsy Danger

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Continuing with their successful large-scale figures, NECA will be bringing Gipsy Danger to 18″ scale, with better paint work, articulation, light-up features and an included sword accessory. More details will be shared during SDCC, as well as more pictures of the product. Out September.

Sideshow – Pacific Rim – Knifehead Statue

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Sideshow Collectables are responsible for some beautiful pieces, crafting statues with the best detail you’ll ever see. The price of $379.99 may seem steep, but the quality is there. Sideshow is also said to be working on a Gipsy Danger of their own as well as a Striker Eureka statue too. Those however are yet to be officially unveiled. Out 2014.

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NECA – Predator – Jungle Disguise Dutch Figure Review

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

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.

NECA's 2013 masterpiece?

NECA’s 2013 masterpiece?

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.

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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

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NECA – First Blood – Rambo Figure Review

They drew first blood, not me.

They drew first blood, not me.

Based off his appearance in the 1982 movie First Blood, NECA is out to prove that they are still the best in the business when it comes to affordable, detailed action figures. Rambo’s appearance on this particular figure is from the end of the movie as he moves through the town with his M60, hunting down the sheriff. The head sculpt is amazing, whilst it may not be quite as jaw-dropping as their Arnold Schwarzenegger likeness on their Predator figures, they still capture the essence of Sylvester Stallone’s look in the movie. As for the rest of the body, everything is proportionate and movie accurate.

He has 3 ammo belts around his torso, which have been reported to be removable, but I’m not that brave, they look fine where they are. On his belt, Rambo has a knife sheath, you can in fact put his knife in here if you don’t want him holding it which is always a nice touch. Accessories include his M60, his knife and an extra hand that is for holding the knife. The M60 is a beautiful piece, with a lot of detail and even a strap so you may strap it around his back if you don’t want him holding it. The knife, thankfully, is very movie accurate, whilst you may not be able to screw the handle off, it still looks great rather in the sheath or when being held.

On the hunt.

On the hunt.

With over 25 points of articulation on the figure, there are plenty of display options available. 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.

As far as paint application goes, NECA can be known for some shoddy work in the past. However, I feel the more recent NECA of recent years we’re seeing is really stepping up their game. The Rambo figure I received is near perfectly painted, with one small sloppy paint application holding it back from being perfectly done. Rambo features a cut on his right bicep, seen in the movie, however from various comparisons to other paint work on other Rambo figures, it seems as though the blood running down his bicep is very smudged. Thankfully, this isn’t consistent with the rest of the arm, and everything else is fine.

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AAAAAHHHHHHH…

With another version of Rambo from First Blood on the way, that being the one with the poncho from when Rambo tries to hide in the forest from the police, I can’t wait to see what NECA has in store for when they start to show us what they’re doing from the second and third movies. Going off their current release schedule, it looks as if we will be seeing 2 new Rambo figures a year. I’m hopeful we will see a version of Rambo from the 4th movie too, but it all depends on the sales and interest of the series. Simply put though, NECA have done a wonderful job with their first Rambo figure and I recommend you pick one up whilst you can.

Verdict: Buy

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