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Gollum/Smeagol action figures


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I am one of those people (or may be the only one) who didn’t like the LOTR series much as it keeps reminding me of Harry Potter. A few things I loved in these movies were Witch-king of Angmar with his steed, Black riders,, Gollum and Smeagol. When NECA announced the figures of the latter two, I was too excited to see what’s coming, but when I got these products, I was …………………………. (Read on)

Packaging - ***
A very simple cardboard box with the pic of the product and introduction of the respective characters. The front is transparent and you can see the character. Standing a little crouched. The plastic clamshell packing is weirdly pasted on the back of the inner layer of the box and has 3 twistees as well. It was a little hard to take out (especially as I was super exited to take it out) but protects the item well. All in all a very basic package and does not complement the fact that this is a deluxe NECA product.






Sculpting - ****++++++++
Exact opposite to the packaging. Nothing is basic, it’s outstanding and astounding. A true deluxe sculpt. This is my first NECA and if this is the kind of products NECA is aiming for…. “I am a believer” (Singing in the voice of Shrek’s Donkey, with my huge teeth shining). The head sculpt of Gollum and Smeagol are spot on. It’s understandable that this is a replica of a CGI character, but a character nevertheless and NECA has given every bit of expression to the head sculpts. I cannot say that there was any better expression for either of them as the expressions chosen gives the insight of the person at a glance itself. Smeagol looks dull, tired, frightened and always ready to cry or hide the moment you raise your hand, even if you are going to pick up your remote, on the other hand, Gollum might slit your throat in sleep. The eyes, the skin texture, the nose, the wrinkles, the scars on the back, nails,  the tiny teeth and even the inside of the mouth is sculpted with attention to the smallest of details. The body is another piece of art. The joints are very smartly sculpted so that even when the characters are standing upright, they are still crouching, being hunchbacks. Great work by NECA

Paint - ****
NECA has done a phenomenal job on this one as well. The skin is pale with great detailing towards the old scars on the back, the under eyes and the ears, which show kind of redness, or should I say numerous skin allergies unattended. The nails and the teeth are beyond realistic, you can see what happens when you avoid even looking at your nails and eat raw fish for centuries. The eyes are glossy with really patched and yellowish brown eyeballs, something you might expect from a 500 years old creature. The paint chosen for the somewhat cloth he is wearing makes it look and feel like it’s made of the bark of an old tree. Also important to mention that the weaved hair colour is completely movie accurate and makes Gollum/Smeagol look like real creatures sitting next to you.

Articulation - ****
As I said before, it’s great due to the masterful thinking while sculpting the joints. The neck however is restricted, but I can live with it. As per NECA, its 25 points articulation and I think it’s enough to support the figure and give it almost all the movie poses. Nicely done.

Accessories - Bupkis
Nothing????? Seriously…. Nothing????? Not even the Precious. How can you make these characters without the Precious. 

The guys do not come with any accessories. I would have loved if they came with the LOTR ring and extra hands to go with. It feels wrong especially looking at the way Smeagol looks at you, so I made a ring for each of them myself, phew… we three are content.

Fun Factor - ****
If I loved it, my mom is amazed to see the characters, my wife wants one of them on her shelf, my nephew wants to kill me for this, then yes, this is fun for all the generations alike. A true masterpiece to look at.

Value - ***
Its so as per my calculation, considering that a hobbit is 3.5 to 4 feet tall, and that Smeagol/Gollum were the shorter ones, its stands 10 inches (crouching a little) and so is perfect for and goes well with 1/6 as well. No accessory is a real disappointment or else I would have given it a full score. 

Things to Watch Out For -
Nothing as such.

Overall - ***1/2
Beautiful piece of art and great fun as a toy (OK Fine… as a collectible). I hope NECA improves the creativity of packaging and always consider adding accessories to the products as they mean a lot in emphasizing towards the nature of the characters. Great for me though.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - **** ++++++++
Paint - ****
Articulation - ****
Accessories - Bupkis
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ***
Overall - ***1/2

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