NECA has announced the release of the GameStop Exclusive IT (2017) Ultimate "I <3 Derry" Pennywise figure. Revealed during San Diego Comic Con 2018, the GameStop exclusive version of the IT (2017) Ultimate Pennywise action figure was initially scheduled for October, but will be releasing early. This figure has an exclusive bloody deco, a lenticular front panel, and comes with Georgie’s severed arm accessory. You can pick one up from GameStop for $34.99.
NECA is giving you the chance to terrorize your friends and enemies with your very own replica Possessed Ashy Slashy puppet from Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead. You might remember that the company previously released the regular (non-possessed) version, but this one features the little puppet after he goes full-on demonic. This 15-inch tall working puppet replica features jagged teeth (you can move the mouth), creepy eyes, and a serrated chainsaw blade.
The puppet (along with the original version) is already available to purchase over at Amazon.com.
NECA had a number of new product reveals at their San Diego Comic Con 2018 booth. I've attempted to put together a list (along with anticipated release dates) of those announced collectibles.
Guillermo Del Toro Signature Collection – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ofelia (Pan’s Labyrinth) - November 2018
Crash Bandicoot – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Deluxe Crash with Jet Pack - November 2018
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) – 1/4 Scale Action Figure – Foot Clan Soldier - December 2018
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 8″ Clothed Action Figure – Ace Ventura - January 2019
Terminator 2 – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Kenner Tribute Assortment - December 2018
Halloween (2018) – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Michael Myers - November 2018
The Karate Kid – 8″ Clothed Action Figures – Assortment - Q1 2019
Bride of Chucky – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Chucky & Tiffany 2-Pack - December 2018
Gremlins – 7” Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Stripe - December 2018
The Golden Girls – 8″ Clothed Action Figures – Assortment - Q1 2019
God of War (2018) – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Kratos & Atreus 2-Pack - November 2018
NECA has announced the Fugitive Predator figure from the upcoming movie - The Predator (yes...there's another new Predator film coming to theaters). The Fugitive Predator stands over 8 inches tall and features over 30 points of articulation. It includes 2 interchangeable heads (masked and unmasked), interchangeable forearms, 4 interchangeable hands, 4 wrist blades, and an articulated shoulder cannon.
The figure has an anticipated release date in August 2018. You can check out Amazon.com, where some folks are already offering up the figure for pre-order.
NECA has announced that the debut release from their Crash Bandicoot action figure series will be the one and only... Crash. Based on the main character from the platform series of video games, this figure stands in at 5.5 inches tall (7-inch scale) and features a head sculpt unique to this release. The best thing? He’s outfitted with ball-jointed eyebrows to create a variety of crazy expressions. You'll have to wait until May 2018 to get your hands on Crash and his cash crate.
It takes a special person to be an Evil Dead fan. You definitely can’t have a weak stomach. And you’ll need to have a gross sense of humor. Luckily, I’m one of those people.
So, when Starz announced they would be producing the Ash vs. Evil Dead television series (featuring Bruce Campbell), I was super excited. Surprisingly, it’s been critically acclaimed and the crew of Ash, Kelly, and Pablo will be fighting Deadites into a third season in 2018.
If you watched all of Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, there’s one episode that likely sticks out to you. The 18th overall series episode, Ashy Slashy features a significant “death”. But it’s really the foul-mouthed puppet that makes this one memorable.
The Ashy Slashy Puppet features all of Ash Williams’s undesirable traits - crude and obnoxious. And there’s even a little violent streak (especially towards Kelly) in its stuffing. But whenever it’s on the screen, it steals the scene.
We’ll leave it to NECA to recreate and produce the Ashy Slashy puppet as a collectible replica. The company that’s known for releasing affordable pop culture replicas has dropped a workable version of the Deadite puppet.
The first thing I noticed after taking the Ashy Slashy puppet out of the packaging was that there’s a large cardboard cylinder stuffed up inside of it. It might look like it’s just there to puff up the plush. But don’t throw it away! It’s there so you can display the plush puppet up on a shelf.
The puppet is a stellar replica of the on-screen version. I wasn’t able to pick out any significant differences between the two. It’s shocking that this is only retailing for $59.99.
The plush puppet is designed to look like the series’ main character – Ash. It’s sporting a denim shirt with brown pants. There are a lot of buttons, including a pair for eyes. And the little guy even has Ash’s chainsaw right hand and a few streaks of grey hairs.
Ashy Slashy features a pair of wire armatures inside of the puppet’s arms. This allows you to pose the arms and gives them added stability when working the puppet. Also, if you’re wanting to actually use the puppet, the inside of the mouth includes a pair of cutouts that you slip your fingers into. The lone complaint I have is that there’s no hem on the bottom of the pants, so it will start fraying with any extended “playing with”.
Considering I had my 6-year-old son running around the house with a crazed puppet on his hand, yelling “Ashy Slashy!”, I’d have to say it’s fairly easy to use. And while it would make a great addition to something like a children’s puppet theater, I’d probably limit it to a displayable collectible.
And what a collectible it is. I’d definitely recommend the Ashy Slashy puppet for those folks who are fans of any of the Evil Dead titles. It’s not really limited to viewers of the Ash vs Evil Dead series (even though that’s the lone place where the puppet appeared). Just imagine the joy in your children’s eyes as a puppet-sized version of Ash Williams reads them classic bedtime tales from the Necronomicon.
Ashy Slashy Replica Puppet
Series: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Material: Plush puppet with wire armature arms
Dimensions: Approximately 15 inches tall
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The folks from NECA have sent actor Jeremy Dillon, from Ash vs Evil Dead, their replica Ashy Slashy puppet. In the above video, you can check out the man who voiced and puppeteered Ashy Slashy reuniting with his cloth visage.
If you've watched Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, then you've probably seen this little Ashy Slashy puppet. And you've likely wanted one (non-possessed) version for yourself. Say "thank you" to NECA. They've replicated Ash’s potty-mouthed little doppelganger from the asylum episodes. This is a working puppet – insert your hand and you can move the mouth, plus the arms are poseable thanks to inner articulation. Look for the 15-inch tall puppet to retail between $49.99 and $59.99.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch is often downplayed as one of the many inferior sequels that were spawned during the 1980’s. First off, Gremlins 2 was released in 1990. And, secondly, Gremlins 2 was a fun take on the slightly scarier original Gremlins film. The New Batch, thanks to the genetics laboratory, opened up a whole new world of wacky Gremlins.
One of those creatures was the Spider Gremlin, which, many folks don’t remember, started out as Mohawk Gremlin. NECA has released a version of Mohawk before drinking that spider serum, and – obviously – before his ultimate showdown with Gizmo.
The ultra-realistic Mohawk Gremlin measures in around 7.5 inches in height. He comes with a single accessory – an Uzi submachine gun – that his hands are sculpted to hold. His namesake red mohawk flows down his head and back.
The sculpting on this figure is excellent. There are so many little details that aren’t visible until you really start combing the little Gremlin with a fine-tooth comb. Add on the paint, which is also excellent, and you have a totally excellent quality figure. (By the way, I like that NECA went with a glossy looking paint, which gives Mohawk a slimy look).
As far as articulation, the figure is fully articulated with 15 points. That includes an articulated jaw, which is useful for freaking out your children. I have noticed that Mohawk’s dental structure is very close to that of my cat. And they sort of sound alike. Maybe they’re related?
NECA is well-known for their Gremlins line. It’s been going strong for many years now. And why not? The films and characters are classics. And thanks to The New Batch, they have a whole group of unique Mogwai and Gremlins (yes, they also produce Mogwai figures) to work with.
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Dimensions: About 7.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 15 (6 legs, 6 arms, 2 neck, 1 jaw)
Accessories: Uzi submachine gun
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I was about 12 years old when, in 1990, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie hit theaters. I still remember going to the movie without any parental supervision (or maybe it was that my friend’s parents sat the row behind us). Either way, there was one character that stood out in TMNT - Casey Jones. He was like a vigilante Jason Vorhees who beat up bad guys (rather than killing teenage campers). And his unique hockey mask is what always appealed to me.
Luckily, NECA has announced that they will be released the Prop Replica – Casey Jones Replica Mask around January of 2018. For the first time, the full-size, movie-accurate, wearable replica of Casey Jones’ mask from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be available to purchase. There’s no word yet on pricing for this ABS plastic piece, but you can pencil me in for my 2018 Halloween costume.