I love monsters.
One of my favorite film monsters is the Predator.
The first time I saw “Predator” was on its original video release. I was instantly intrigued by the alien big game hunter as it stalked Schwarzenegger’s team of commandos through the jungle.
What was this thing?
What does it really look like?
Boy, did we find out.
The big reveal of the Predator’s true face was mind blowing.
Featuring a truly unique look, this did not look like something created in an effects warehouse. It looked like a living breathing entity, something that had been born, not built.
To this day, Stan Winston’s iconic work in the 1987 original film puts to shame any CGI creation almost 25 years later.
I was incredibly excited when I heard Neca got the license to produce figures not only from the recent Robert Rodriguez-produced “Predators” film but also the original “Predator” and its 1992 sequel.
The McFarlane figures were a HUGE step up from the original Kenner line from 1994 (Kenner’s line included such figures as “Spiked Tail Predator” and “Lava Planet Predator”.
Now Neca has taken us to another level.
Neca launched their line last year with three Predators from the latest film: the Berserker Predator, Falconer Predator and the Classic Predator.
I cannot hide my love for what Neca has done with this license.
Let’s start with the packaging. Each figure comes on a blister card with an individual bio on the back. Solid packaging and easy to display if you choose not to open your figures.
Today I’ll be reviewing my personal favorite, the Classic Predator. I love this figure. This is not only my favorite in this series, but my favorite “Predator” in the 7” scale (including the original McFarlane line).
There are many reasons why Neca’s head sculptor Kyle “Tankman” Windrix is one of the best in the business, you can now add his Classic Predator to the list. The sculpt on the head is great. His mandibles are opened and his brow furrowed, looking as if he’s ready to find the guy that drank the last beer at his house party. Another thing I love about the head sculpt: the dreadlocks hang from the back of the head, appearing like individual strands.
The quality of great work is continued on the body. The armor is well detailed and movie accurate. I love how the knee pad armor pieces hide the leg joints. The mesh netting is sculpted onto the body and also looks very good.
The only accessory with this figure is the shoulder-mounted plasma cannon. It easily attaches to the figure and the cannon itself allows for a little movement.
Anybody will tell you that a great sculpt can be damaged by a bad paint job, but that is not the case here. The paint really shines on the skin, giving it an almost “wet like” appearance. The care and detail on the eyes and surrounding area is amazing. My only issue is that there is a small amount of slop on the two upper teeth in the mouth. It is less noticeable in person and does not take away from the overall approval I give this figure. However, if you find yourself at the pegs and they have more than one of the figure you really want, it never hurts to give a quick look over and double check the paint jobs.
I look forward to what this line has to offer in the future. Neca’s long term plans, beginning with the Elder Predator in Series 3, include doing all of the predators featured in the finale of “Predator 2”. To quote Anakin Skywalker, after being told he could go home and escape his hardened and bitter life of slavery by his slave master, “Yippee!”.
The “Predators” line usually retails around the $15.00 mark per figure (typical now for figures in the 7” scale) and I have to say, this is a great buy. I have found the line at Toys ‘R Us stores for $14.99. You can also search online at Big Bad Toy Store or at Neca’s very own Amazon.com store.
Series 3 in the “Predators” line is hitting retail now.
From left to right: Kenner's Ultimate Predator, Neca's Classic Predator and McFarlane's Predator