Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review of NECA Toys Deluxe Bad Blood Predator

As I mentioned in my post yesterday about our tour at NECA's studios, Randy gave us a Bad Blood Predator as a parting gift. Talk about an awesome gift! Needless to say I was and still am pretty pumped up about it. It's an awesome feeling to know that you have the first Bad Blood figure released to the public. I have been looking forward to this figure ever since Randy showed him off at Toy Fair way back in February. This figure is very impressive and I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.

 This figure is extremely detailed, but first let's start off with the sweet packaging. The packaging shows a picture of the Dark Horse Comics Bad Blood. They added great detail such as the foil lettering and in the piercing and the dreadlocks on the Predator. Below are some pictures of the packaging.







Next up are the accessories. The detail and amount of accessories on this guy are unbelievable. His weapons include a bloody machete/sword and a spear that fits on to his back. He also comes with the wrist blades (with lots of extra blood on them). This blood-thirsty Predator also comes with the severed heads and skulls of his victims which hang nicely from his waist. The actual figure itself has lots of extra goodies such as the skulls and bones of past victims which he uses as body armor on his knees and shoulders.






Now, on to the actual figure. This guy is an absolute beast! I don't know any better way to describe him. He is massive. When you see him next to the NES Predator, Bad Blood towers over him. He has a new wider mouth which looks great. When I came home from the tour I showed my wife the new Bad Blood figure that Randy gave me. It actually scared her and she looked away so you know NECA did an excellent job with this guy! Haha! He feels very sturdy and displays especially well on my NECA stands. As I mentioned before, they went all out with the detail on this guy. From the blood, to the armor, to his markings on his face. There is not one thing that disappointed me about this figure. Without a doubt, he is one of my favorite Predator figures to date.

This is one figure you do not want to miss out on. If you haven't done so already I would highly recommend pre-ordering online from which ever toy source is your favorite. Bad Blood is one bad ass figure!





Monday, September 22, 2014

Tour of NECA Studios with Randy Falk

On Friday afternoon Steve and I had the opportunity to meet Director of Product Development, Randy Falk. He gave us a full tour of NECA's studio. We had a blast!

Upon arrival, Randy immediately greeted us and took us over to where all of the magic happens. First, I have to mention that Randy is a super chill guy. He's just a regular guy who is extremely friendly and personable. It is obvious that he is just as passionate about their products as we as fans are. You will not find another company that is as accessible to their fans as NECA. Randy is constantly interacting with fans via social media and public events. This is what enables them to have a great pulse on what us as fans want and what helps them keep blowing us away with new and innovative products. 

 We got to meet the employees who help make these figures come to life. It was super fun and informative meeting the sculptors, painters, photographer, and others. They begin with an idea and start from scratch for each new figure. They walked us through each step of the process to show us exactly what it entails to make a figure. NECA is meticulous when it comes to design and getting every little detail just right. They truly agonize over the little details such as the teeth color of the Queen Alien, etc. This is awesome because those little details are what make their finished products a notch or two above the competition.

 We got to see tons of the upcoming figures up close and personal. To name a few we saw the Queen Alien, the Dog Alien, the new Rambo 2 figure, the Sweat Suit Rocky, the Viper Predator, the Enforcer Predator, the Bad Blood Predator, the NES Batman, and Snake Plissken. Each and everyone of them look amazing and I can't wait to get them in my hands!

 We didn't take any pictures inside the studio due to the fact that they have TONS of stuff in there that no one knows about yet. As good as the figures NECA has brought us this year such as the NES Predator, the Mego-style Jason, Bad Blood, etc, I can safely tell you that you ain't seen nothing yet! They have some ridiculously awesome things planned in the upcoming months and year. We freaked out when we saw what they have planned. Be on the lookout from NECA for updates because you are going to be blown away!

 Randy took lots of time out of his busy schedule to show us around and for that we are extremely thankful. He's a solid, down to earth dude and we couldn't have asked for a better time. We hope that we will be lucky enough to do that again in the future. 

 Lastly, Randy was nice enough to give us a couple parting gifts before we made the trip back home. Steve was given the new Rambo 2 figure which is starting to hits stores as of right now. And I was lucky enough to get the first ever Bad Blood Predator that has been released to the public. Needless to say, we were both ecstatic! Both figures are awesome as hell and Bad Blood is a total BEAST!!!! You will be blown away when you see him as he is one my favorite Predators they have made to date.

In the very near future I will do a full review of the NECA BAD BLOOD Predator. Until then, I leave you with this...







NECA Toys Rambo 2 Figure Review

NECA Toys Rambo 2 Figure
Over the weekend, Jon and I visited NECA studios, the company that brings us some of the best toys ever made!  It was a great experience with Randy leading the tour and showing us the amazing things they do!  We saw many great things that are coming out in the next few months, including the Queen Alien, Dog Alien, Robocop vs Terminator, Predator, Planet of the Apes and much more! Randy and team truly have a great process down to meet the needs of what all of us collectors/toy lovers want!  Below is my review of the long awaited Rambo 2 figure!!!
Packaging


The packaging for Rambo brings you right into the movie with Iconic symbols.  He looks great with the classic knife, machine gun, RPG and grenade.  





Figure/Pose ability


The Rambo figure itself has a lot of detail, with that perfect look of Stallone in Rambo 2.  His total load out is his Knife, RPG, Machine gun, and Grenade with additional hands to add to the look of the figure.  He is easily pose able and has sturdy joints all over to show him in all the great action poses. 

Overall
I must say after opening him up and playing with him I could find nothing wrong.  I love the detail and especially the green hand grenade that he comes with.  Please email or tweet us if you have any further questions about this amazing figure or anything else you want to talk about!

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

NECA AHAB Predator Review

So I got my AHAB Predator today from NECA and I am extremely happy. He looks better than I thought he would! His mask is cool, but so is his scarred face. Take a look at my pics and the process of me opening him up.

Packaging

I am disappointed that I ordered something directly from NECA and the card is bent up top. This is so common with these figures. Although I open these, I keep the cards as well. 


Bent Card


Figure

The figure itself looks great and has good detail on the basic predator body. I like his staff and his weapons. They fit well on his body with no slipping. The dreads are more flexible and allow easy placement of the laser cannon. 




The Infamous Broken Part

As I gently pulled the figure out of the thin plastic his left hand popped off. I took him completely out and placed the hand back on the joint. It barely stays on but at least it does. No other parts look to have issues and his legs are tight. 




Posing 

He poses well and stays in place. He stands out from the older style predators with his mask but doesn't go over the top like the ones from the recent predators movie. 





Pictures with a flash





Last thing I wanted to note is my friend recently bought 2 NECA Predators (Wasp and NES) a week ago which also had broken hands that barely stay on. I love the work NECA does with design and sculpt, but they have to get their factory QC under control. I buy a ton from NECA and hope this improves. 

Predator collection before AHAB!
















Monday, March 10, 2014

Born 1981


            I was lucky enough to be born in the 80’s when toys were great.  The first toy I can remember getting was a Super Powers Batman.  Shortly after I had Flash, Robin, Aquaman, etc… I bring this up because I remember the joy of getting them and playing with them.  Over time I collected stompers, hot wheels, micro machines, super powers, GI JOE, transformers, construx, legos, crash dummies, TMNT, tyco cars and tracks, army men, GUTS and much more. My father and I would build Monogram WWII planes on the weekends as he taught me how to paint. Vivid memories of the past and the reasons I collect today.
 
Christmas 1985 He Man Roboto with DAD
            I think one of the best things about being a collector is you get to hear everyone’s childhood memories like mine. I wanted to post this to hear your stories, of your childhood memories of getting that first toy or searching everywhere to get it. What were you able to keep from your childhood, and what is now sadly long gone.