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REVIEW: NECA’s Mohawk Gremlin

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.

The Facts



Mohawk Gremlin
Series: Gremlins
Manufacturer: NECA
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
Pricing: $24.49

Pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $24.49

NECA’s TMNT 1990 Casey Jones Replica Mask

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.

SDCC17: NECA Exclusives

NECA has announced their list of 2017 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives. This summer, they will have five exclusives at Booth #3145.

TMNT – 30th Anniversary Cartoon Action Figure Box Set
This set includes 8 action figures (Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Shredder, Krang with Bubble Walker, and 2 Foot soldiers) and tons of accessories, all packed into two different figure trays in the vinyl carrying case. The case itself features original artwork by Ken Mitchroney, Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures artist. The figures stand in at a 7-inch scale and are fully articulated.
Limited edition of 5,000 sets
$200.00 each

Alien – 7” Scale Action Figure – Sewer Mutation Warrior Alien
The Sewer Mutation Warrior Alien stands over 9″ tall and features over 30 points of articulation and a bendable tail.
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces
$30.00 each

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – 8″ Clothed Action Figure – Death
Death stands 8” tall and features the authorized likeness of William Sadler. The fully poseable figure has a mixed media fabric robe and cowl, and comes with a scythe accessory.
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
$35.00 each

Coraline Display Set
From the stop-motion movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book, this deluxe display set comes with a 7” clothed Coraline bendy doll, and folds out to create a fun and spooky scene. It even features green LED lights to add eerie ambiance. Coraline is dressed in colorful fabric pajamas and has a blanket accessory and a clear stand.
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces
$40.00 each

Predator – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Jungle Briefing Dutch
This 7-inch tall NECA action figure debut celebrates the 30th anniversary of the classic Predator movie. Jungle Briefing Dutch features the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the character’s iconic red polo and cigar from the beginning of the movie. The figure comes with jungle map, dossier that opens and closes, and M-16 with grenade launcher.
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces
$30.00 each

NECA’s Ash vs Evil Dead – Ultimate Ash

NECA has announced the 7-inch scale Ultimate Ash action figure from Ash vs Evil Dead. From the hit Starz TV series, the figure features the impeccable likeness of Bruce Campbell as the iconic Ash Williams character. It comes with four interchangeable head sculpts, a chainsaw, mechanical hand, wood hand, hand stump, photo of his car, and shotgun that fits in a back holster. The 7-inch scale figure is highly articulated and is slated to be released in September 2017.

NECA’s A Christmas Story – Ralph and Old Man

It's never too early to start thinking about the Christmas season, and NECA has announced a pair of figures from one of the most iconic Christmas films out there - A Christmas Story

Ralphie stands over 5 inches tall, has fabric clothing, and is fully articulated. The figure includes plenty of accessories for extra holiday fun: removable glasses, Red Ryder BB gun, and more. Ralphie’s dad, lovingly referred to as the Old Man, stands 8 inches tall, has fabric clothing, and includes plenty of accessories for extra holiday fun: two interchangeable heads, Leg Lamp (it’s a Major Award), and more.

Look for both figures to be released in time for the holidays (September 2017).

Christmas Vacation: Chainsaw Clark

NECA's helping fans celebrate more than 25 years of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with this clothed action figure from the hilarious holiday classic movie. The Chainsaw Clark figure stands 8 inches tall and has fabric clothing. It features the authorized likeness of Chevy Chase and includes plenty of accessories for complete holiday cheer: Marty Moose mug, removable hockey mask and chainsaw. Look for this new version of Clark Griswold to hit retailers around July 2017.

REVIEW: TMNT (1990 Movie) – 1/4th Scale Raphael

The 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film holds a special place in the cockles of my heart. I was only 11 years old when it was released, and the film was the first that I was able to attend without parental interference. That’s a big moment for a youngster, and luckily it was a TMNT film and not something like The Rescuers Down Under (also released in 1990).

That year was also the peak of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series, which ran from 1987 to 1996. And there was also the classic Playmates TMNT action figure series. So it’s not a surprise that I still think fondly about the 1990 Ninja Turtles film.

Fast forward 27 years, and NECA has started releasing quarter-scale figures based on the film license. These are large, 16.5-inch tall beasts with a lot of heft and just as many points of articulation (they say about 30). To date, they’ve released Leonardo and – just recently – Raphael. Thanks to NECA, we’ll be featuring the Raphael figure in this review.

The first thing you notice is that this collectible likely weighs more than an actual live box turtle. It could definitely be the centerpiece of your TMNT collection. And it’s not just because the figure is the size of a two-year-old child. NECA has done an amazing job capturing the on-screen look of Raphael. If you remember, each turtle looked slightly different. And this is the spitting image of the film version of Raph.

Raphael includes three sets of interchangeable hands, a slice of pizza (of course), and his two sai. The sai can either be held in either hand or placed in the belt holster. And there’s enough articulation in the figure’s arms and legs that you can get all sorts of poses from the included accessories.

So let’s talk about the money. The suggested retail price of $99.99 seems like a lot, but it’s actually less than half of some comparable 1/6th scale figures. Remember…this Raphael is a 1/4th scale figure.

And it’s not like NECA is skimping on the quality. Both the sculpting and paintwork is top-notch. Raphael’s skin is sculpted with all sorts of texture, and he has random dark green splotches…just like he did in the movie.

It’s sad to type this, but the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is closing in on being 3 decades old. Hopefully the reboot hasn’t made people forget that original film. Although…we all hope we can forget that Ninja Rap scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

The Facts



1/4th Scale Raphael
Series: 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
Manufacturer: NECA
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: 1/4th scale – 16.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 30 points
Accessories: Two Sai; Slice of Pizza; 3 sets of interchangeable hands
Pricing: $99.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com$169.99
Still available for pre-order at a number of online retailers.

NECA’s brisk Rocky & Mickey Maquettes

If you were alive in the 1990's then you likely remember those Lipton Brisk commercials featuring a stop motion Rocky Balboa and the actual voice of Sylvester Stallone shilling some weird iced tea lemonade concoction. Well, NECA has announced that they're transforming those stylized puppets (working from the actual puppets used to make the commercial) into Rocky and Mickey maquettes. Rocky stands approximately 12 inches tall and has fabric boxing shorts, while Mickey stands about 10 inches tall and features fabric hat and clothing. Both statues are in accurate scale to each other and have movable eyes that can be positioned in various directions. Each statue comes with a display base.

They'll be available beginning in July 2017. The individual Rocky maquette will be limited to 3,000 pieces. Or the Rocky & Mickey set (I'd obviously get that one) will be limited to 1,500 pieces.

NECA’s Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Set

NECA has announced that a themed action figure two-pack recreating one of the most famous boxing matches of all time will arrive in stores later this month. In 1978, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali proved that he truly was the Greatest of All Time by defeating the strongest man on Earth - Superman - in the pages of DC Comics’ historic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali issue. Far from a grudge match, this battle would ultimately set the two up to save the planet from an alien invasion, ending in the proclamation “WE are the greatest!”

Now, for the first time ever, that iconic team-up comes to action figure form in a stylized set that pays tribute to the late philanthropist, social activist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion who would have turned 75 this month. Created by NECA, in conjunction with Authentic Brands Group, the owner of the Muhammad Ali brand, the 7-inch scale figures have over 25 points of articulation and feature comic-stylized deco based on the issue’s spectacular cover art. The set comes in collectible window box packaging that recreates that famous bout, with Superman and Ali posed as they were on the iconic comic book cover.

The Superman vs. Muhammad Ali action figure set will be available at the end of January 2017.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 x NECA

Leading action figure and collectibles maker NECA has announced that it has acquired the license to BLADE RUNNER 2049, the hotly anticipated sequel to the legendary sci-fi movie. The company plans to release a full range of figures, die cast vehicles, replicas, games and more in 2017. Additional details will be revealed at New York’s International Toy Fair in February 2017.