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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.

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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