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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.

NECA’s Gremlins – Ultimate Gizmo

NECA has announced Gizmo’s first appearance in their Ultimate Line. The 7-inch tall Mogwai, the deluxe Gizmo is fully poseable, including ears and eyes (a small ball carefully concealed on the back of the head allows you to move the pupils in all directions to create many different expressions). Plus, Gizmo comes with four swappable faces so you can customize his expression. This Ultimate edition comes with Santa hat, trumpet, bow, pencil arrow and more. Get ready to relive your favorite holiday film...although, it's expected to be released in February 2017.

REVIEW: NECA’s Bill and Ted – Wyld Stallyns Box Set

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The iconic film that made the phrase “Party on dudes!” a staple of American vernacular (at least during the early part of the 1990’s) turned 27 years old earlier this year. Yes, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (not to be confused with Bogus Journey) is considered a modern day cult classic, but it never really experienced the collectible figure status the movie license deserved.

So, in steps NECA with their newly released Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Wyld Stallyns Clothed Action Figure Box Set. NECA sent us the set so we could check out the figures for this review.

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As you likely known, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan make up the Wyld Stallyns. The “band” themed set includes both figures measuring 8 inches in height and wearing fabric clothes similar to toy lines from the 1970’s. Each figure comes with his own guitar and the fingers on both Bill and Ted’s hands are sculpted to be playing a guitar chord and strumming.

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NECA went with a slightly stylized face sculpt of both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. They’re meant to have that retro feel to them, so that sort of plays into the theme. Each figure has multiple points of articulation (neck, arms, legs, etc) so you can pose them however you feel they would rock out.

The clothing is pretty well made. It’s sort of an odd scale, so the clothing could have gone either way. For those with questions about Bill’s outfit, Bill is wearing the clothes he had on during the school presentation. Although, the purple shirt doesn't have the printed design on it.

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And the packaging looks great. There’s a definite retro feel to the window-front box. Inside, there’s a cardboard phone booth that you fold and pop together. That, plus the box backing, makes for a great background (as you see, I’ve used it in these photos).

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“I am Bill S. Preston, esq.! And I am Ted Theodore Logan! Together, we are: WYLD STALLYNS!” And luckily for fans of the Wyld Stallyns, NECA has come to the rescue with this box set. While some folks might not like the stylized sculpting work, these are the best collectibles based on the film license. Hands down.

So…”Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes”

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The Facts



Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Wyld Stallyns Set
Manufacturer: NECA
Authorized Likeness: Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston; Keanu Reeves as Ted "Theodore" Logan
Material: Plastic articulated figures with real fabric clothes
Dimensions: 8 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Multiple points
Outfit: Bill – grey cutoff shirt, purple sweatshirt around his waist, grey pants; Ted – pink jean jacket, black vest, white shirt, black and white shorts
Accessories: Two guitars; Cardboard phone booth
Pricing: $55.99

To pick up the set, check out the following:

Amazon.com: $49.95

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Santa Clark

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NECA has announced the 8-inch tall Santa Clark clothed figure from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. You'll be able to celebrate more than 25 years of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with this retro clothed action figure from the hilarious holiday classic movie. Santa Clark stands 8 inches tall and is dressed in intricately tailored fabric clothing similar to the iconic toy lines of the 1970s. The figure features the authorized likeness of Chevy Chase and includes plenty of accessories for complete holiday cheer: Marty Moose mug, removable Santa hat and replica model pool. The figure is slated to be released in October 2016...just in time for the holidays.

NECA’s Life-Size Slimer Foam Replica

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NECA has announced an item that might make Ghostbusters fans swoon - the Life-Size Slimer Foam Replica. This is a life-size replica of everyone’s favorite non-terminal repeating phantasm, based on the 1984 Ghostbusters movie and was re-created from original movie molds. The figure measures 3 feet tall and is made of foam rubber and latex that’s carefully hand-painted for realistic detail. It's anticipated to be released in August 2016. No word yet on pricing.

REVIEW: The Hateful Eight Retro Series

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On Christmas Day, 2015, Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated film – The Hateful Eight – debuted in US theaters. The Western mystery hit a few snags along the way, including the leaking of the original script back in 2014…and subsequent cancellation of the movie by Tarantino. Then there was a police boycott due to some of the director’s comments…and the realization that they mistakenly destroyed a priceless, vintage Gibson guitar during filming. But through it all, The Hateful Eight was both a critical and (somewhat) financial success.

It was somewhat surprising that NECA announced an 8-inch tall retro styled series of collectible figures based on a rated-R period film that was going head to head with Star Wars at the box office. Though, I can’t think of a Tarantino film that hasn’t achieved cult status. And cult status usually means that there are collectors who want toys based on the license.

NECA’s lineup features all eight (main) characters from The Hateful Eight. That includes the following folks: Major Marquis Warren (The Bounty Hunter)Samuel L. Jackson; General Sandy Smithers (The Confederate)Bruce Dern; Joe Gage (The Cow Puncher) Michael Madsen; Sheriff Chris Mannix (The Sheriff) Walton Goggins; John Ruth (The Hangman)Kurt Russell; Oswaldo Mobray (The Little Man) Tim Roth; Bob (The Mexican)Demián Bichir; Daisy Domergue (The Prisoner)Jennifer Jason Leigh.

While I’ve seen some places describe the figures as being similar to retro Mego styled action figures, I feel the similarities come from the scale and the inclusion of tailored clothing. NECA’s figures are solid plastic with multiple points of articulation. And each figure includes an accessory – mostly guns – that can be held (or in the case of the guns…holstered).

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I like that the sculptors went with a rough look on this series. The characters are straight out of a gritty Western film, so it’s somewhat fitting. And the likenesses are all visible from the face sculpts (yeah…Tim Roth looks like Tim Roth). Some folks might prefer the well manicured sculpts of a lot of the 1/6th scale figures we see on the market, but those types of details are difficult to duplicate at this scale and price point. Plus...these are marketed as Retro styled, and folks in the 70's and 80's weren't finicky about sculpting.

Where The Hateful Eight series shines is the clothing. The outfits are well produced and much more attractive than sculpted clothes. For example, there’s no way you’d be able to replicate the coat worn by The Hangman in plastic. Couldn’t do it. I would have even liked it if some of the hats were produced as part of the removable outfit (although scaled down hats are – like eyeglasses – always difficult to get correct).

Finally, the packaging is fairly minimal with a similar The Hateful Eight themed window-front box for every figure. The back, though, does have the character’s image from the film. Also, I almost missed it, but there’s a unique check mark for which one of the eight characters the box belong to.

Positives: The clothes on this series are spectacular. I like the rough sculpting appearance.

Negatives: Michael Madsen’s long face makes his head seem out of scale with the other figures. Is his face really that long? Also, The Little Man’s leg was twisted (you can likely see in the photos above) making it somewhat difficult to pose the figure.

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The Facts



The Hateful Eight Clothed Action Figure Series
Manufacturer: NECA
Figures: Major Marquis Warren (The Bounty Hunter) – Samuel L. Jackson; General Sandy Smithers (The Confederate) – Bruce Dern; Joe Gage (The Cow Puncher) – Michael Madsen; Sheriff Chris Mannix (The Sheriff) – Walton Goggins; John Ruth (The Hangman) – Kurt Russell; Oswaldo Mobray (The Little Man) – Tim Roth; Bob (The Mexican) – Demián Bichir; Daisy Domergue (The Prisoner) – Jennifer Jason Leigh
Material: Plastic articulated figures with tailored clothing
Dimensions: 8 inches tall
Accessories: The Bounty Hunter – two pistols; The Cow Puncher – pistol; The Sheriff – pistol; The Hangman – pistol, rifle, and pipe; The Little Man – pistol; The Mexican – pistol and knife; The Prisoner – shackles
Edition Size: 3,000 of each figure
Pricing: $339.99 for the set of 8 (currently)

You can pick them up at the following:

Amazon.com: currently has them for $339.99 (Set of 8)
NECAClub: $34.99 to $44.99 per figure

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Action Figure Box Set

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Separately, they are Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan. But together they are… the Wyld Stallyns!

Collectors have waited way too long for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure collectibles...but NECA has announced that wait shall end in June 2016. This box set of retro clothed action figures features 8-inch tall likenesses of actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as Bill and Ted. Each poseable figure wears tailored fabric clothing similar to the iconic toy lines of the 1970s and comes with his own guitar. The deluxe box set packaging has a special surprise – punch out the cardboard inserts and assemble your very own phone booth time machine.

NECA’s Ash vs. Evil Dead – Series 1

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NECA has announced a new line of action figures based on the Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Ash Williams returns in this television series as an aging stock boy who mistakenly unleashes the powers of the Evil Dead following a drunken reading of the Necronomicon. The Series 1 assortment includes Hero Ash, Eligos, and Value Stop Ash. Each figure will stand approximately 7 inches in height and features articulation. Both Hero Ash and Value Stop Ash come with two interchangeable head sculpts. Hero Ash includes interchangeable chainsaw and mechanical hand, as well as a shotgun that fits in a back holster. The Value Stop Ash will include an alternate wooded hand and a murderous doll (not pictured).