Deluxe Freddy Krueger - Dream
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|Phil Costanzo likes his horror
movies, and his horror figures. He's back with a look at one of the
more recent Mezco Freddy's - take it away,
The past 2 Mezco rotocast figures have been of Jason, from Part VII and
the 2009 remake. This time around, they have gone for a Freddy figure,
based on A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I originally
wasn't going to touch this toy because all the pictures I had seen of
the actual toy online looked horrid, but when I came across one in Toys
R Us I realized that the figure wasn't quite as ugly as I though, it's
just hard to photograph well.
The packaging on the figure is pretty nice. It's a big box with a big
window to showcase the figure and accessory. The front sports the movie
logo, the back has a nice picture of the figure and the sides showcase
another movie logo and a picture of Freddy from the film. The inside of
the box looks like it's on fire, giving it a cool effect. The figure is
held in with about 5 twist ties. I normally feel that figures that come
in a vacuum formed plastic try don't really need ties on them, but
after removing the twisties, he fell right out of the package, so I
guess he needed them.
I really like the sculpt on this figure. The shoes look great, as do
the pants. His left hand is sculpted open and suffers from some bad
proportions, almost like it was supposed to be in 2D. The fingers are
also a little bit webbed, which is odd. The burn marks on the back of
the hand look great though. The gloved hand is superb. It looks deadly
and sharp, even though the tips are rounded.
The body sculpt is crazy, with burn marks all over. There are some
screaming faces sculpted into his stomach, which look incredible. I
feel like the rest of the body probably looks great too, but I can't
get Freddy's sweater off to see the detail.
I'm still iffy on the face sculpt. Parts of it look great, but some
areas like the ears, mouth and eyes look a little off, but not
horrible. From some angles it looks evil and menacing, but from other
it looks plain goofy.
The paint on this figure, while it's not the worst, is pretty bad. The
pants and shoes are black, with some brown dry brushing on it. This
works on the shoes, but looks bad on the pants. It's also a little
thicker on some parts than it should be. The left hand would be fine if
not for the finger nails. Mezco has been using a silvery-gray paint for
fingernails lately, and it just needs to stop. It just looks wrong. It
doesn't help that there is a TON of slop on the nails, and this was
consistent across at least 5 figures I looked at. On the other hand (no
pun intended), the gloved hand looks very nice and clean. From the
copper to the burnt skin, it looks great.
The burnt skin on the left hand, body and face is a little lacking. All
the recesses are a deep redish purple and the high points are flesh
toned. This works OK but feels a little lazy. On the face it seems that
the purple is really concentrated near the eyes and mouth, making them
look flat and weird. The eyes themselves look fine, but I don't
remember Freddy having blue eyes.
This isn't the most articulated figure ever, but it is far superior to
Mezco's past 2 12" figures. Freddy has a ball jointed waist, ankles,
shoulder, right hand and neck. He also has a cut joint for his left
wrist and elbows. The waist is a little limited because of the body
shape. The elbows are interesting, you can turn them to make them bend.
It's not the best form of articulation, but it works just fine. I wish
the neck joint would allow the head to look up. This figure is shorter
than the 12" Part VII Jason Mezco made, and it would be nice if Freddy
could look up at him. The ankle articulation is the massive plus. It
makes it very easy for Freddy to stand, unlike the before mentioned
Jason, who topples over if someone on the international space station
All Freddy comes with is a little Freddy marionette. This is a pretty
minor part of the movie and an odd choice for an accessory in my
opinion. It looks like a homemade puppet, which fits with the film.
This little guy has a really hard time standing on his own. He has no
articulation, which doesn't make it any easier. I was really
disappointed that the figure didn't come with the syringe hands that
were shown with the prototype. Those were much more iconic. Personally,
I would have loved to see the Freddy coming out of the TV as an
Since the glove, pants and shoes are sculpted, the only real parts of
Freddy's outfit are the sweater and hat. The sweater looks great and
has a nice coating of "dirt" all over it. All the open points on the
sweater are tattered and torn. They are a bit big, but they couldn't
really have been much smaller and still been durable. If you are buying
one at a store and they have a few, try to find one with the best cuts
in it. Some of the ones I saw had a lot of the tattered ends literally
hanging by a thread, among other problems. The hat is simply brown
plastic, but it looks good and fits well.
Value - ***
This guy is listen online for $40, which is a bit much. I got mine at
Toys R Us for $30, which I feel is a much more appropriate price.
Factor - **
The articulation (and the fact that it's a toy of a supernatural child
murderer) keeps this from being much of a toy for a kid to
play with, but it's poseable enough to make a great display item for a
I really like this guy, but there are a lot of issues that might make
it undesirable to some people. For $10 to $30 more you maybe able to
get a Sideshow Freddy, which will most likely have better articulation
and some higher end sculpting. If you want something you can go to the
store and pick up, however, this figure wins.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***
Paint - **
Articulation - ***
Accessories - **
Fun Factor - **
Value - ***
Overall - ***
This product was purchased for the review by the reviewer.
Photos and text by Phil Costanzo.