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FTN reviews NECA Predators Series 5 action figures

May 17th, 2012 by Marc Comments

NECA is an American toy company who specialise in collectibles licensed from music, film, TV & the video gaming industry. Their impressive CV includes characters from Terminator, Nightmare on Elm Street, Robocop, Resident Evil, Assassin’s Creed and Gears of War amongst others.

Their action figure range concentrates on the 1/10th scale market and these Predator figures measure approximately 7 & 1/2″ tall.
Series 5 of their highly successful Predator line includes three Predators from the Lost Hunters tribe from the 1990 Predator 2 film – Stalker, Snake and Guardian who shares the same Gort mask as the SDCC 2011 exclusive Predator.
There are 25 points of articulation on a standard NECA Predator action figure. There are ball joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, legs and ankles. The elbows are hinged and swivel jointed while the knees are double hinged. (continues after picture)

So there is plenty of articulation to pose your Predator action figure. One word of advice though – NECA, although they make fantastic looking action figures, their quality control leaves a lot to be desired at times and in the hands of a five year old these figures will be in pieces within minutes! The plastic used can be quite brittle and the joints can be stiff. Sometimes it is best to lightly warm the joints up with a hairdryer before re-creating your favourite pose.
The detailing is superb. The scaly texture on their bodies and the oily paint application is fantastic. The only shame is the netting around the body protrudes from and the paint application doesn’t line up with the associated lines.
All three Predators come equipped with different apparel, accessories and weapons. You would think after 14 or 15 variations of the Predator figure, the line would become tedious. But it is the subtle differences between each figure that makes each one unique.
Each Predator has throwing discs which can be clipped into the pouch on their right legs. The Stalker and Snake have retracted combi-sticks while the Guardian has a fully extended combi-stick along with extended wrist blades, a shoulder mounted laser cannon and more comprehensive armour that covers his shoulders and back.
The mask on the Stalker looks battle worn with every minute scrape and dent evident. The Gaurdian Gort mask is intricately detailed while the unmasked Snake Predators shows the menacing mandibles of the feared extra-terrestial.
The Predator species is reknowned for it’s trophy hunting and the Snake Predator wears his trophies around his neck. The tiny skulls and bone necklace are beautifully crafted.
Each Predator has a differently sculpted pouch. The gauntlets on the left arms of the Snake and Stalker are identical, however the Stalker has bandages on his right arm.
Of the three figures our favourite here at Order66ToyStore has to be the Guardian.
The Snake Predator is nice, the reptile like pattern on his back, the open-mouth and numerous trophies hanging from his neck are fine additions to the figure. But the extra weapons, the fully extended combi-stick, the wonderful detailing in the upper body armour and Gort mask won us over!

All three figures are available now in store priced £12.99
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….