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NECA – Crash Bandicoot

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.

REVIEW: NECA – Ashy Slashy Puppet

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.

The Facts

Ashy Slashy Replica Puppet
Series: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Manufacturer: NECA
Material: Plush puppet with wire armature arms
Dimensions: Approximately 15 inches tall
Pricing: $59.99

Pick one up at the following: $59.99

Ashy Slashy from NECA

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.

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: $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.