Toys of Terror #16.5: San Diego Comic Con EditionBooks/Art/Culture,Fearful Features,Game and Toy Reviews,News Ken W. Hanley
Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…
Now that San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, passing us by like tears in rain or dust in the wind or what-have-you, it’s only fitting that Toys of Terror highlight some of the more eye-popping exclusives that hit the convention. As usual, NECA stole the show againwith some major announcements, fantastic deep cuts and more opportunities to add chills to your collection.
The first Toy of Terror this week comes from the depths of Guillermo del Toro’s destructive imagination: the Axehead Kaiju from PACIFIC RIM! Originally conceived as concept art for the Trespasser Kaiju seen in the film’s opening sequence, this 7-inch figure from NECA comes fully articulated with a brand new deco and detail. A San Diego Comic Con Exclusive, you can pre-order Axehead for an October delivery for $24.99 here.
Our second Toy of Terror is a shocking reveal even to this writer, although NECA’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET track record has been quite consistent: “Super Freddy” from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD! Brought to life during the film’s comic book sequence, NECA’s Super Freddy stands a whopping 8-inches tall, fully articulated with real fabric apparel! However, the limited edition series of only 5,000 figures worldwide has already sold out; however, die-hard Freddy completists can find the figure for a pretty penny on secondary retail outlets and online auction sites. Happy Hunting!
The third entry this week was NECA’s announcement of their fifth wave of Mogwai figures from GREMLINS, although these three are notably from the bonkers sequel THE NEW BATCH! Based on the designs of Rick Baker and the references NECA could assemble from the original puppets, which have traded hands for 30 years, this 3-pack of Mogwai include replicas of “Patches,” “Zoe,” and “Gary.” Articulated at the ears, necks, shoulders, forearms, wrists and thighs, these Mogwai also follow their NECA predecessors with the signature eye-rolling mechanism. You can preorder these three GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH Mogwai before their December release for $39.99 here.
The fourth Toy of Terror, and arguably the most exciting, was the 7-inch Ellen Ripley figures debuted on the floor, with a first look at both Ripley in her Nostromo suit from ALIEN as well as Ripley in battle mode for ALIENS. And for the 35th anniversary of the character, NECA secured the rights to Sigourney Weaver’s likeness, making the figure the most accurate yet to date! With the full reveal a Toyark exclusive, you can check out more pictures of the Ripley figures at that site. No pre-order date has been set, but NECA has also promised the concurrent release of a massive Power-Loader accessory, so sit tight, ALIEN fans!
The last entry for our Comic Con Edition of Toys of Terror is another Toyark exclusive: NECA’s 12th and 13th Series of PREDATOR Replicas! This batch, which includes designs from the Elder Predators of PREDATOR 2, as well as the spin-off graphic novels, also come with a fully realized Predator backdrop and come with three figures a-piece (two more of which you can see at the Toyark site.) Each standing at almost 7-inches, these articulated PREDATOR figures are not available for pre-order yet, but keep an eye out for their release, slated for early 2015!