I knocked another half star off though because mine had a bent gun barrel due
to not fitting quite right in the insert. I had to work at it for awhile
to get it looking fairly good again, so it effected the basic score.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there's no COA or other
documentation. As long as that means the price stays dirt cheap, it's fine
Sculpting - ***
For me, there's a distinct difference on this statue from the neck up and
from the neck down.
If I were grading this on only the sculpt from the neck down, you could add
at least another half star. The work on the body, clothes and weapons is
excellent. There's tons of detail, and the flow of the clothing fits the stance
and form perfectly, making him look exceptionally realistic.
Although all the weapons are part of the larger overall sculpt, they are done
in relief in such a way to make them look wholly separate. The gun stuffed
in the belt is the perfect example, and perhaps my single favorite part of the
The scale is also good, and he's a solid 12" tall, if not just a tad
more. Standing next to the Blade figure from Toybiz, he's leaner but more
realistic, as you'd expect from a statue.
Ah, but then there's from the neck up. And what a truly magnificent
neck it is! I thought I had a giraffe neck, but this guy has me
beat. Perched so very high up there on that long neck is a fairly decent
head sculpt, although the chin seems a little weak. That's partly due to
the fact that he's looking down, but when you have him in person (and at certain
angles in photos), it is more noticeable and annoying.
Paint - ***
One area that's been a bit of an issue for NECA on these low cost statues has
been the paint operations. Here we see improvement, although they still
have a few things to correct.
The black looks good, and the lighter and darker areas on the jacket an
clothing give a nice 'worn' impression. The skin tone is consistent, and
the hair line clean - maybe a little too clean. It is razor sharp, without
a blip anywhere, and while that's good, it doesn't necessarily look real.
I'm particularly happy with the paint work on the name in front of the
base. They've managed to capture the blue to white transition perfectly,
and it really adds to the overall appearance.
The skull is pretty impressive on the shirt, and actually follows the
contours fairly well, rather than just being painted on. If there's one
area that has problems, it's between the handles of the weapons, particularly
the handgun, and the hands. There's a bit of slop and poor definition
here, and it takes away from the overall appearance.
Design - ***1/2
Didn't I see this guy as the front man for Toys R Us? Okay, maybe I'm
ragging on his poor old neck a little too much.
I do think the stance, position of the head, and how he's holding the weapons
all work together nicely to give him an aura of bad ass. It was a great
design choice, and the statue is also nice and hefty, with very solid metal pegs
in his feet to attach him to his base.
To sum it up - great design, excellent quality, hella long neck.
Value - ****
Thirty five bucks for a 12" statue of this quality? Hey, even
with a neck like that, you can't beat the price. It's no wonder that these
statues have consistently been selling out.
Overall - ***
For me, I can't quite go another half star because of, well, that
neck. See, there was this childhood trauma involving a trip to the zoo and
a frisky giraffe...let's just say it wasn't pretty.
But if you're looking at the rest of the sculpt, the overall quality of the
work, and particularly the value, then you can't really go wrong with this
statue. He's not quite as cool as Nightcrawler, but then, he was pooping
out pink puffballs.
Where to Buy -
If you want him, you better hit the Collector's Club. Otherwise, you'll
probably end up paying more than the $35 on the secondary market.