If you read or write on MoviePilot then chances are that you are a crazy film connoisseur that loves the classics more than the flashy ground breaking summer blockbusters we tend to get an overwhelming amount of. If you see film as all encompassing love, then you more than likely collect film memorabilia. Whether it be posters, autographed head shots, or even props from the actual film (which cost a pretty penny) if you collect then you should probably know about NECA. They are one of the best, most trusted collectible companies in the industry today.
I collect film figures. I started young and it's pretty much the only thing I've continued from my teen years clear up until today. As a writer in the film industry, I like to be surrounded with the characters that inspired me to become who I am today. The beautiful thing about NECA is they diligently work with actors to get the likeness rights to big name franchises and more importantly, they try and make the fans happy. Some of the biggest names they have out there are as follows: Terminator, Alien, Predator, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw, Halloween, Planet of The Apes...there are just so many...go take a look.
As many of you know SDCC is this week which means all the greatest names in collectibles are out there showcasing what they've been putting together over the last year. There have been some awesome showcases out there, but I want to take a minute to highlight what I think is one of the best, most original figure sets to come out since the Beetlejuice and Batman figures with the likeness of Michael Keaton. However, NECA is doing a lot of that this week. (If you haven't seen Pamela and Jason Voorhees...) They announced this months ago, but to finally see the finished product, on display and in front of our eyes is a beautiful thing.
What we have here is a the trifecta bringing us everybody's favorite three characters from the Home Alone series. NECA was able to get the likeness rights to Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and Macaulay Culkin. They are Retro-Action style figures so you get actual fabric clothing instead of the traditional painted on look of most 6 and 7 inch figures. They also come with realistic accessories taken directly from the film.
The Kevin figure comes with the classic BB Gun from the original film, along with the bike handles he used to zip line away from the house. My favorite thing that they did here was the Little Nero's Pizza box that comes with. I know, it's weird that the pizza box is my favorite part, but it's that attention to detail that makes the figure actually worth having. Obviously he comes with the classic "Kevin Scream" face and that little smug smirk Culkin wore in most of his films.
The Joe Pesci figure is pretty damn good. As far as likeness goes, all three figures are spot on. It's amazing what they can do with such little figures, but the resemblance is always uncanny. His suit is a little bulky, but Pesci is a little guy and kind of had a penguin look in the film any way. I love that he comes with the kaleidoscope. Interesting choice of accessory from the film. The best part about this one is the second head. That torched top and mean mug are perfect.
Marv was always my favorite character in these films. Daniel Stern was the funny sidekick to the real brains behind the bad guy operation. He never came across as someone who would actually hurt anybody. Instead he played pranks and thought it was important to coin a name for the duo such as the Wet Bandits in the original film. (And the Sticky Bandits in New York) What I love about this figure isn't necessarily the accessories. He comes with the same bag and crowbar as Pesci, but they gave Marv the snow globe. Which is fitting because that was one of his characters ridiculous little things. What I really like about him is the goofy side smile. The reason I love it is because you can really dress this figure to be stern in different roles. It looks just like him. Obviously the iron to the face version is also pretty sweet.
These figures are on display this weekend at the San Diego ComiCon and will be available for purchase later in the year. More photos can be seen on NECA's website or if you want a good look with multiple angles check out:
They consistently have some of the best up close and personal photos of figures on the entire internet...and that a feat to accomplish.