NECA is also producing a ton of other items based on the film, including
12" talking figures of the Old Man and Ralphie, head bobbers, Christmas
lights, full size (40") and smaller (20") scale reproductions of the
leg lamp, ornaments and more.
Packaging - *
I'm being a little harsh here, but these are some ugly cards. Very plain,
and certainly not like the Hellraiser or Gremlin work we've seen from NECA.
Word through the grapevine is that this packaging scheme was the idea of the
Sculpting - Old Man ****; Ralphie ***1/2;
Flick ***; Mom **
This is a series with a big gap between figures in just about every
Darren McGavin is a great actor, and I've always
wished someone would do a Kolchak figure. This is the closest we have so
far, and they've captured his likeness extremely well. There's no doubt
who this is supposed to be, and all the detail work - the material of the
sweater, the wrinkles in his clothes - are perfect. All the figures have
different textures to the different pieces of clothing, and that makes the
appearance far more realistic.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is
the Mom. She really looks nothing like the actress, and is far more
cartoony or caricaturish than realistic. The detail work is nice,
especially with the different textures of her hair, sweater and dress, but you'd
never recognize her.
Flick and Ralphie fall in between. Flick's
face and head sculpt were a tough one to pull off, since he is supposed to
appear as though his tongue is painfully stuck to a pole. They gave it the
old college try, but missed the mark a bit. He's not terrible, but he's
not exceptional either.
Ralphie is pretty good, and you would certainly
recognize him. The detail work on his clothing is great, especially the
sweater and boots, but his facial expression is just sort of a four star
The scale between the figures is good, although
they might be a little bigger compared to other figures than you expect.
Check the last photo out for a look at dad with Kirk and Batman for comparison.
Paint - Old Man, Flick, Ralphie ***1/2; Mom
(and Randy) ***
One category that they all did well in is
paint application. There are a few issues, particularly with a couple of
the lines between the facial color and the clothing, but overall they've done a
There's plenty of color variations on each
figure too, so there's plenty of chance for mistakes. But the colors are
clean and consistent, and most of the figures had very little bleed. I did
notice some bleed and fuzziness between the colors on Randy's face, and Mom has
a few errant paint marks on one hand. Overall though, paint looks good.
Articulation - Ralpie ***; Old Man,
Flick **1/2; Mom **
Let's start at the bottom this time - poor mom. She has neck, shoulders,
and wrists. The body is a solid piece, and her legs sculpt seems to have
one leg (the right) slightly shorter than the other. That adds up to
serious trouble standing, and just keeping her up long enough to shoot the
photos was an effort.
Flick has shoulders, hips and waist. His
purpose in life is to lean against the pole, and he has pegs in his feet to
attach him on the display stand.
Dad had neck, right shoulder, left elbow,
wrists, waist and cut ankles. He stands well with the lamp and without,
although there aren't too many posing possibilities.
Ralphie is the best of the set due to his great
arm articulation. He has neck, shoulders, an angled cut on his bicep and
elbow on the right arm, wrists, waist and ankles. The two cuts on his
right arm allow him to hold the bb gun in a traditional pose, or hold his arm
straight at his side. That's a great design and an excellent example of
Accessories - Old Man, Ralphie ***1/2; Mom,
The accessories are a decent on all four
figures, and are well designed to fit in nicely with the film.
Mom comes with her little boy, Ralphie's brother
Randy. He's a solid PVC, but considering how impossible it was for him to
move in the snowsuit in the movie, that's not too surprising.
The Old Man comes with his leg lamp, nicely
scaled to the rest of the line. It's actually two pieces, with a separate
shade. Take off the shade, and you'll see all the great detail on the bulb
and frame! The shade even has a cloth fringe. This is one of the
nicer single accessories I've seen this year.
Ralphie has his Red Ryder BB gun, and a small
bar of soap. The gun fits nicely in his hands, and his articulation works
perfectly with the gun.
Flick comes with the pole and a small base
covered in snow. You can set him up just like he was in the film, foolish
enough to do the dare. But wasn't the pole metal? This one looks suspiciously
Value - Old Man, Ralphie, Flick ***; Mom
I'm much happier paying ten bucks or less for an action figure than $12 and
more. It's good to see that these are only selling at ten, considering the
obviously small market and the small number of retailers carrying them.
It's not perfect value, but it's better than I had expected it would be.
Mom loses a little here since her accessory
(Randy) was my least favorite of the bunch, and her other issues make her worth
a lot less than the other figures in the series.
Overall - Old Man ***1/2; Ralphie ***; Flick
**1/2; Mom **
The Old Man is easily the big winner in this line, with a great sculpt and
an excellent single accessory. Ralphie is good as well, and I really do
love his specially designed articulation.
Mom is my least favorite, and her inability to
stand, poor articulation, and cartoony sculpt really hurt her overall.
Flick is in the middle really, with a pretty
cool accessory and a decent sculpt. He's likely to be the peg warmer
though, since he's so specialized to a particular scene in the film.
Where to Buy -
The only bricks and mortar store to have them that I've seen is Media Play, but
I'd assume that means Sam Goody and Musicland have them on the pegs as well. On-line:
- Killer Toys has them available
individually for $12 each. They also have the 12" talking versions,
along with bobble heads and other Christmas Story goodies. The also have
the set of four figures for $40, and a good price on the 40" reproduction
- if you're looking to buy the full set, Time
and Space Toys has a slightly better price at $38.
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