Don't think that's it for this
season though, because series 5 should hit any day. That one will
include Jack in his pj's, the clown on a unicycle, the Behemoth, and
the Undersea Gal. Of course, I'll be reviewing those as soon as they
hit as well. Expect to pay around $12 a pop for these, unless you shop
at the over priced Hot Topic.
Packaging - ***
No real surprises here if you've picked up the first three series of
figures. Clamshells? Check. Basic paper inserts? Check. Individualized
sticker on the front listing accessories? Check.
These are the same size as previous clamshells too, but that's a
problem for characters like Igor, who lack accessories and are kind of
small. You end up feeling like you're not getting a whole lot, since
the large clamshell isn't filled up with goodies.
Sculpting - Devil,
Pumpkin King ****; Bat Boy, Mummy Kid ***1/2; Igor ***
Top notch work all around once again, and this NMBC line continues to
The Devil is my favorite, but I
have no doubt that lots of folks will love the Pumpkin King as well.
Both have just the right amount of detail, aggressive, sharp lines, and
an excellent blending of their sculpt with the articulation.
The Devil can also hold his pitchfork or skull, and the Pumpkin King
can hold the pumpkins with both hands.
The head sculpts on both of
these are what really sell them for me. The lines are deeply
cut, with highly defined features. Proportions are great, and
both fit in nicely scale-wise with the rest of the line.
Bat Boy and Mummy Kid also have
well defined sculpts, particularly the little mummy. The look
just like the source material, and are a nice additionto the display,
even though they are smaller characters.
Finally, there's Igor.
His sculpt is good, but can't quite stand up to comparison with
characters like Pumpkin King. They did capture the design
well, and managed to get the sculpt and articulation to work well
Scale is good, with Jack running
about 9" tall, the Devil about 5, and the rest all about 3.5. They'll
look about right with the earlier waves.
Paint - Pumpkin King
****; Devil, Mummy Kid, Igor ***1/2; Bat Boy ***
Paint ops are generally strong, with bright solid colors, good cuts
between them, and only appropriate use of washes and dry brush
The Mummy Kid shows the heaviest
wash, and it works well to highlight the texturing of the
bandages. There's some wash on Igor as well, but it dirties
up the lab coat a bit without going over board.
Bat Boy doesn't have a lot of
operations, but there's his eyes, teeth and tongue, all done well if
not spectacular. The Devil has one oddity, and I can't quite
decide if it was on purpose or not...and whether it looks good or not,
regardless of whether the did it on purpose or not. He has
some red bleeding up into the whites of his eyes.
As I said, this might have been
on purpose. He is the devil after all, and a little Hellfire
in the old eyes is to be expected. Then again, with the red head, it's
possible that it's either bleed or the underlying red of the plastic
showing through. I'm not deducting too much off though,
simply because I liked the final appearance, on purpose or not.
Articulation - Devil
***1/2; Igor, Bat Boy, Pumpkin King ***; Mummy Kid **1/2
There's quite a bit of articulation here, especially considering the
character designs. It was tough to add useful joints in this
style, but NECA has done a terrific job of finding various ways.
The Devil takes top honors. He
had an excellent ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut biceps,
pin elbows, cut wrists, cut hips and even a fully bendy tail!
The arm and neck articulation are particularly useful for posing, and
the bendy tail helps him stay standing in various stances.
The Pumpkin King would have also
ranked ***1/2 in this category, no problem...had there not been one
problem. He has a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders,
cut biceps, pin elbows, pin wrists, ball waist/chest, ball hips (with
restricted movement to the outside), cut thighs, pin knees, and cut
ankles. That's a ton of well hidden articulation that works
quite well with the sculpt...except for my right shoulder.
It looks like either the
sculpted jacket rides out too far on that side, or the shoulder has
been forced in too far. Either way, the result is that there
is zero mobility or possible movement in the left shoulder on this
figure. I may have just gotten a bad example, and if this
shoulder had been working like the other, he would have gotten another
half star...maybe even a full one in this category.
While the rest aren't quite as
articulated as these two, they are still pretty good. Igor
has a ball jointed neck that is so restricted as to work pretty much
like a cut neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut biceps, pin elbows, cut
wrists, cut hips, and a cut waist. That's about as much
articulation as his oddly shaped design could really allow.
Bat Boy has a surprising number
of joints, particularly for his size. There's a ball jointed
neck that works quite well, a joint where the wings attach to the back,
so they can move all the way out and all the way together, and he even
has cut joints at his tiny shoulders.
Mummy Boy is the least
articulated, with a ball jointed neck, cut shoulders and hips, and a
cut waist. Still, the articulation is entirely hidden from
Accessories - Jack,
Mummy Kid and Bat Boy, Devil ***; Igor **1/2
The two kids, Mummy Kid and Bat Boy, have my favorite assortment of
accessories. Since these two figures are quite small - just
3.5 inches each - it's no real surprise that they come with some nifty
accessories to make up for their diminutive size.
There are small display stands
for each, since there's no way either would be able to stand on his
own. The one for the Mummy kid is pretty standard, but the
one for Bat Boy is clear plastic. Both work fine, although
the one for Bat Boy is a little short. The wings tend to get
in the way if you try to bring them all the way forward, since they are
longer than the base in that position.
There's also the Halloween Town
version of a Christmas toy train, slightly more spooky than
usual. And then there's my two favorite accessories in ages -
the birthday rat and a little piece of cheese all tied up for him.
The cheese is a separate piece,
but he can hold it between his paws. He's also got a ball
jointed neck, which is quite cool for something so tiny. And he's not a
happy rat. The paint looks a little weak in close up photos,
but bear in mind that this guy is only about 2 inches tall, all the way
to the top of the hat.
The Devil has a nice assortment
of goodies as well, including his pitchfork, large two man saw, and
skull adorned with holly/mistletoe. How festive!
The Devil really could use a
display base, although you can get him to stand on his own when you
play around enough. With no holes in his feet, you can't even
swap in one from another character.
The Pumpkin King comes with
plenty of varied jack-o-lanterns - four altogether with different
expressions and in different sizes. Three of these are
re-used from series 1, but the fourth appears to be an all new
sculpt. He also has a small base, and a cool Halloween Town
sign. I do wish there was some sort of stand for the sign though, since
he can't hold it and there's no where else for it to go. A smart reader
did point out that it can slide down the back of his jacket, like we
saw at SDCC.
Finally, there's Igor. He comes
up on the short end of this category, with just the thin paper reindeer
plans, a small doggie treat, and the open doggie treat box.
Oh, and let's not forget the small black display base. While
he has as many goodies as the Devil, they just aren't as cool or as
useful in the display.
Fun Factor - ***
Although these aren't really designed to be 'toys', since the character
designs require thin arms and small joints, they still are a ton of
fun. Kids will just have to take care as to not break them, but they
have plenty of good times potential if they love the movie.
Value - **1/2
I'll assume you pay around $12 for these, although if you shop at Hot
Topic (I haven't seen them there yet, but assume they'll get them) you
may pay more. Online shops are sticking around $12 though, and that's a
reasonably average value on the current market.
Things to Watch Out For
It's always a good idea to keep an eye on the paint, and take care when
inserting the clear base into the back of Bat kid. Also, these spindley
necks can break easily when using the ball joints, so be sure to loosen
them up at first slowly - don't go forcing a painted stuck neck joint.
Overall - Jack, Devil,
Bat boy and Mummy kid ***1/2; Igor ***
I've been extremely happy with this line since the very first
series. With series 5 hitting shelves any day, along with the
all important Lock, Shock and Barrel set, I can't wait to add more
characters to the already packed shelf.
While every character isn't
perfect, the overall appearance of the line is damn close to
it. I'm a little disappointed that this series seems to have
fewer accessories than in the past, but this might be an attempt to
keep them at about the same price during a period of inflation in the
overall market. Still, I miss all those nifty goodies.
Personally, if I could only have
one I'd snag the Devil, since he's a unique character that they really
did an excellent job with. I suspect though that most folks
will be drawn immediately to the Pumpkin King, with his excellent
sculpt, paint and articulation, not to mention those cool
pumpkins. There's really none in this set to skip though,
since they all fit so well into the overall display.
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - Devil, Pumpkin King ****; Bat Boy, Mummy Kid ***1/2;
Paint - Pumpkin King ****; Devil, Mummy Kid, Igor ***1/2; Bat
Articulation - Devil ***1/2; Igor, Bat Boy, Pumpkin King ***;
Mummy Kid **1/2
Accessories - Jack, Mummy Kid and Bat Boy, Devil ***; Igor
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - Jack, Devil, Bat boy and Mummy kid ***1/2; Igor ***
Where to Buy -
Plenty of online options:
CornerStoreComics has the singles for $12 each, or the set
for $44, and yes, they are in stock.
- Amazing Toyz
has the singles for $12, and the full set of four at $44. In stock.
- Killer Toys
has the set up for $43, or the singles for $13.
I've reviewed a lot of the Nightmare product produced by NECA so far...
- most recent was the series 3, Jack/Oogie Boogie boxed set,
and the 14"
Jack with multiple heads.
- the second series of figures, with Santa
Jack, the Witches, Harlequinn
Demon and Dr. Finklestein was one of my favorites.
- I also reviewed the first series of figures, with Jack,
Sally, the Mayor and the Vampire.