This spooky season, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) has announced a Turtle-tacular new line of 7-inch scale action figures: Universal Monsters x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Working closely with Universal Brand Development and Viacom, the figures will pay tribute to the world’s most famous turtles and iconic monsters.
The first figure to be released will be Raphael as Frankenstein’s Monster, coming in early 2022. Subsequent figures set for 2022 will include a full line of TMNT characters inspired by classic icons of horror from Universal Pictures.
Inspired by the silver-screen classic Frankenstein, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021, Raphael as Frankenstein’s Monster reimagines the temperamental Turtle as the misunderstood monster. Includes metal chain, interchangeable hands, and two lightning bolt sai. Comes in collector-friendly window box packaging with opening flap featuring a custom illustration. SHIPPING IN JANUARY.
NECA has announced an incredible addition to its bestselling line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesaction figures! In partnership with award-winning creator Stan Sakai, NECA has licensed world-famous comic book series Usagi Yojimbo, starring Miyamoto Usagi, who appeared many times in the classic and modern TMNT cartoon series as well as the comic books.
Set in Edo-era Japan, Sakai’s continuing story of the rabbit rōnin (masterless samurai) has drawn praise for its faithful reflection of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Since its beginning in 1984, Sakai has won numerous awards for the series, including the National Cartoonists Society Award, the Parents’ Choice Award, the Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist and over ten Eisner Awards in addition to being inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2020.
Released to theaters in 1979, Alien became one of the most successful films of the year and has since grown to be a timeless sci-fi classic. To celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary, NECA is releasing an ongoing series comprised of new releases all year long, with at least nine different Limited Edition action figures to collect. Each release will be a limited production run, so act quickly!
Wave 4 will include previously released fan favorites Ripley (Compression Suit), Lambert (Compression Suit), and Giger’s Alien, with various upgrades and improvements. Both Ripley & Lambert will feature photoreal facial deco of Sigourney Weaver and Veronica Cartwright! Giger’s Alien features new paint deco based on HR Giger’s original concept artwork.
Each figure will come packaged in a 40th Anniversary Kenner inspired window box to commemorate the occasion.
The figures are expected to be released in May 2021.
30 years after its release, NECA is celebrating Predator 2‘s anniversary with the release of the Ultimate Battle Damaged City Hunter. The figure will be released in April 2021.
The figure stands approximately 8″ tall with over 30 points of articulation and updated paint deco to reflect injuries suffered in his final bout against Lt. Mike Harrigan. Accessories include a detachable severed arm, open and closed smart discs, combi sticks, interchangeable hands, bio mask, and an all-new masked head sculpt.
It comes in collector-friendly window box packaging.
NECA is tapping Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time for new figures coming out in May 2021.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Pirate Rocksteady & Bebop 2-Pack
You’re walking the plank, shell brains! Be prepared to lose a few extra lives against Pirate Bebop & Rocksteady, the first 2 pack coming to NECA’s TMNT Turtles In Time line.
Equipped with a whip (Bebop) and rapier sword (Rocksteady), this hefty duo is dressed in their pirate outfits, ready to recklessly charge through anyone in their way.
Both figures feature special deco that recreates the pixilated look of the video game and comes in window box packaging with graphics from the original arcade cabinet.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Baxter Stockman
Terminate the turtles! It’s time to square up against Baxter Stockman, the first boss fight from the classic Turtles In Time Arcade game.
This mutated fly is super-articulated, including movement in the wings, mid-legs, and a hinged jaw. Ultimate Baxter comes with his two ray guns and an articulated energy hand, which can grab the turtles.
Features special paint deco that recreates the pixilated look of the video game and comes in ultimate packaging!
NECA presents the Ultimate Blade & Torch and Pinhead & Tunneler 2 Packs from the cult series, Puppet Master! They’re scheduled to be released March 2021.
Each figure stands approximately 4.25″ tall, representing the classic look of each puppet, with accessories themed to the character’s appearances across several films in the franchise.
Blade includes interchangeable heads and knives, both with clean and bloody variations. Torch features an articulated jaw and can equip a flame effect for his right arm.
Pinhead includes two interchangeable hands, a fire poker, a vial of rejuvenation liquid, a wrench, and hooks. Tunneler is armed with a grease gun and pickaxe, along with interchangeable heads, hands, and an alternative bloody drill top.
Comes in window box packaging replicating Andre Toulon’s Puppet Case.
These things we know. We know that McFarlane Toys has the Harry Potter/Wizarding World license. We know that four figures (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Voldemort from HP&TDH2) and one Hippogriff are up for pre-order. We know that McFarlane will likely bring their long history of A-game sculpting to the line. Here’s what we don’t know: why has no one else ever made a successful long-term go of a Harry Potter action figure line?
Early in the life of the films, Mattel picked up the license for the line. And they, well, they Matteled, didn’t they? Those early figures (shown on the shelves in the pictures) lack inspired sculpting; consider that these figures were coming out against Toy Biz’s Lord of the Rings line, among others, and you’ll see that they effort just wasn’t there. Factor in early gaffes like the famously backward-armed Dumbledore, unequal pack-outs of Fred and George, and other weirdness, and one might remember those early message boards being rife with complaints. A second group came out for the second film, but the scale was off and they kind of stiffed at retail.
NECA picked it up later with some good sculpts (like this Harry and Sirius), but they didn’t make an overly large amount. In 2007, PopCo picked up the European license and did some decent figures. Mattel even recently came back to make some “action figure dolls” of the leads, McGonagall and Dumbledore. However, the fact remains that there’s never been a truly comprehensive line at U.S. retail.
McFarlane has a crack at changing that. Aside from their general quality, they have wide-ranging distribution. The first four figures also have clever accessories; Harry, Hermione, and Ron each come with their patronus, and Voldemort is packed with Nagini. I also like the idea that McFarlane is starting with The Deathly Hollows Part II. For one thing, it’s the last film in the series, and the one that is the freshest in our minds, overall; for another, these versions of the cast have simply never been done before. It’s also a film that includes a huge variety of characters (the Weasleys, the Order, the Malfoys, most of the professors, Neville, Cho, Hagrid, etc.), so you could conceivably go about knocking out a big portion of the cast just from that film before reaching back into other stories and characters.
It’s important to note that the license in for the Wizarding World, so it also includes Fantastic Beasts. Buckbeak the Hippogriff looks great, so I’m already looking forward to what they do with other magical creatures. I think it would be smart for McFarlane to do an assortment of the main four humans (Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob) at some point in the near future to plant a flag for the franchise, given that the third film now won’t be released until 2021.
What do you think, muggles? Are you interested in the new
line? What would you like to see? Have you placed pre-orders? Talk to us.
Thanks for reading.
From the acclaimed 2017 horror film IT, drawn from the pages of Stephen King’s original novel, NECA presents a very special edition of Pennywise based on the Derry Charter engraving.
The terrifying clown has been around for centuries, as evidenced by his appearance in an engraving of the Derry town charter, and this 7” scale figure has been detailed in an “engraved” style to match. Comes with 2 head sculpts and two balloons.
Display friendly window box packaging with opening flap features debossed printing and foil accents.