NECA started their Pacific Rim line three years ago and overall it has been pretty good line, there was a few issues but NECA has tried to correct them to make collectors happy. The figures have gotten better as time has gone along but as with most things they come to an end (it seems NECA may have not renewed the license for them). Hardship is the last Kaiju of the line with only Ultimate Gypsy Danger remaining to be released.
When NECA released Mutavore a few months back it was based on a new sculpt, larger than previous figures with the exception of Otachi, with Hardship they did as they have in the past reused the same basic body (sharing it with Mutavore). While it may share it's body you wouldn't necessarily know it, the coloring and paint give it a different look, Hardship's glossy finish gives it an almost wet look and the brown tones further give it an unique look. The main differences in the body from Mutavore is Hardship's back plate which has the appearance of a turtle like shell, the lower leg and foot which hides the joint of the foot in it's design, and the secondary arms which are turn upside down from Mutavore's.
The last major difference is Hardship's head which looks like a cross between Axehead/Tresspasser and Knifehead, it is also the only part I had an issue with, while at first glace it is pretty good Hardship's mouth left me scratching my head. Like Otachi Hardship's lower jaw both moves up and down and also splits in half (is it suppose to in the movie?). When you either position it open or split you end up revealing what looks like another jaw line underneath, just below the tongue, I wonder is it is supposed to be like this. Positioned normal it looks fine.
Another issue with the head was not figure based but package, the top of Hardship's axe like head hits the top of the package (the cardboard just next to the upper window) and it caused a small amount of paint to rub off. It is not horrible but some may not like that this happens.
Hardship like Mutavore comes with a stand since it could be a little front heavy depending how it is posed. Overall this is an great figure with a awesome look, I will say that the best figure, or figures as it is, is Otachi but this figure is pretty sweet too. It stinks that the line is ending but hopefully with a sequel on the horizon will will get more figures from Pacific Rim.
NECA's line of Pacific Rim figures has been pretty awesome but it is heading toward an end, with that said there are a few figures left to come. One of those is the just released Mutavore. Here we review Mutavore as well as Ultimate Striker Eureka that was released a short while back.
First up Ultimate Striker Eureka, NECA did a nice job on the package for this one cool artwork on this window box with the front that opens up to reveal the figure. The figure is not just a re-release but a update NECA went back and upgraded the figure in many ways improving articulation, adding details like an opening chest and add-ons like the Nuclear bomb that attaches to it's back.
NECA went about fixing certain complaints fans had about the first version Striker can now be posed where it can lift Otachi like in the film, but the extra articulation does make it hard to stand without wanting to fall over. It's Sting-Blades now are movable, both for attack or not, other nice touch. The chest is able to be changed out for it's Anti-Kaiju missile launchers, which is cool, and you can also attach missiles that look like they are being fired with contrails.
I like the first version but this is definitely a improvement over it. One downside is this figure is hard to come by since it sold out quickly from a number of retailers.
Now to the latest kaiju Mutavore, while Mutavore didn't get a lot of screen time he is one that has gotten quite a bit of interest. Mutavore is the kaiju that breaks through the Anti-Kaiju Wall and Striker goes on the attack. I really wish this battle was longer in the film. Mutavore's design is similar to many of the other kaiju featuring the same basic design, extra set of arms, etc.
But Mutavore has his own unique features too, for one Mutavore's head is basically upside down his eyes on on the lower jaw and it's the top of the jaw that moves. Mutavore is also slightly bigger than the other similar kaiju although smaller than Otachi. Mutavore has excellent detail as with most of the other figures but while it has a lot of articulation it is some what hard to pose him, I managed to get him to stand without assistance but other reviewer stated they need to included stand to hold him up.
Part of the issue with this is the legs I found it very hard to get them positioned just right, example one of his feet would not sit flat causing it to stand on the edge of it's foot. Mutavore's main arms have good movement but the smaller one's are much more limited. The hands/claws are not movable like on some of the other kaiju, a slight disappointment. Mutavore's tail does not move like previous figures that had internal wire in them to allow them to bend.
Overall I do like these figures quite a bit even with there slight issues, some of which may go away with a little patience, like the articulation which probably just needs to be worked out. I look forward to the final figures in the line, Hardship and Gipsy, although I wish they would have given us a new character instead of other Gipsy Danger.
I certain recommend these figures while not perfect they are great figures. I also would like to thank NECA for these figures.
A special thanks to NECA.
We were recently lucky enough to receive the SDCC Exclusive Pacific Rim Chibi figure set from NECA, along with that we got a Baby Otachi figure as well. So with that being said we present our review of these collectibles.
First up the Baby Otachi figure, this figure is a larger, and not in scale, version. NECA include a baby Otachi with there first Otachi figure that was released that figure was about an inch in length this one is considerable bigger.
The packaging does leave something to be desired a plastic bubble attached to the card (similar to some of there "retro" figures) but it is a small negative. The figure itself is definitely more interesting unlike the other Pacific Rim figures released Baby Otachi is rubber rather than plastic, pick it up and it wiggles about.
The figure looks good very detailed and coloring looking very much like it did in the film the figure does stand with little issue, we did find we had to move one leg slightly to get it balance otherwise it wanted to lean to one side a bit. Overall it an excellent figure to add to your collection.
The SDCC Exclusive Pacific Rim Chibi (mini figure) set was something we looked forward to seeing in person. NECA has done another Pacific Rim convention exclusive the end credits Jaegers set, like that one this set was featured in the film technically.
During the films opening sequence when Raleigh's voice over talks how they turned kaiju into toys these same figures are seen on a shelf. It has not been said if these are directly based on the movie props but they certainly look as if they were.
The set includes five figures Romeo Blue, Horizon Brave, Trespasser, Karloff and Hardship with the last two yet to be released in the regular figure line.
Three of the figures are one solid color with Hardship and Horizon Brave being multiple colors. The coloring of the figures, I believe, matches the film it is a little odd that they made three one solid color but they do look just like there film counterparts.
All the figures are cool and interesting looking but there is something about Karloff he seems to come across as one mean kaiju with a "come at me" tough guy look. Each of the figures has some minor articulation but they stand fine the way they come.
The packaging for the set is actual quite nice you can display them in package very easily or you can open the package and remove them to display them out of it without damaging it which is great because of the collectible nature of the set. If you can this is an excellent set to add to your collection well worth it.
We reviewed the Pacific Rim Trespasser figure from NECA a few days ago now here is the rest of series 3.
First up Knifehead, he was released as part of series 1 but he was out of proportion with the other figures so NECA decided to release him again in a larger battle damaged version. As we mentioned in the Trespasser review he and Knifehead are based on the same design, the lower part, and arms of Knifehead is the same except for different paint scheme. Where the major diffence is with the main part of the body and head, the body is similar but they added a section to the neck and shoulder area, the neck has a longer look. The back plate is similar to the series 1 figure and not as pronounced as Trespasser's is. Also obviously is his head is different. Knifehead stands as the tallest kaiju almost seeming to big, not that we are complaining, he has a very good paint job including his blue blood splatter if there is an issue it is with articulation of the head and neck. Most of the figure is the same as Trespasser and better then the series 1 version except the neck seems stiff and kind of hard to move as the jaw seems to be articulated like the previous version but you can actually move it to a different position. Overall all another great figure.
Now on to the Jaegers Coyote Tango and Chreno Alpha, both are similar to the previous Jaegers, they have great detail and have a sort of worn look like they have been through battles before, I felt the first Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka were to clean you can say. Coyote Tango does seem to stand a little odd giving him a top heavy look, his legs are also stiff and hard to pose. Cherno Alpha is the brute of the bunch and it shows the biggest gripe with him is his head seems slightly off from his body it is not a big deal. One thing I did notice that is interesting is his fist they open and they extend out a nice little touch. Both make fine additions to the assortment. Overall this is a great series I truly hope they continue it.
Trespasser one of the many kaiju of Pacific Rim and one of the first to appear in the film, attacking San Francisco as well as other cities. Now it is an awesome figure Trespasser is bigger then the two previous kaiju released by NECA like Leatherback released in wave 2 Trespasser has quite a few points of articulation and plenty of detail.
Trespasser is very similar to Knifehead in style with two large arms and two smaller arms but both are articulated unlike wave 1 Knifehead in which the smaller ones were not (wave 3 Knifehead is different which we review in the near future), they also share a similar color scheme.
The figure looks great but there is one thing that I was not crazy about which was the tail that is curved, due to the packaging, and is hard to move to a different position. The figure has a solid feel and is easy to pose overall joints are all firm but not to hard to adjust into different poses.
The paint job on it is very good with one exception there are a few mistakes on one side of the figure's abdomen it is not horrible but it is slightly noticeable.
Overall it is an great figure slightly better then Leatherback in my opinion, which is a great figure as well. This figure is part of wave 3 which includes Battle Damaged Knifehead, Cherno Alpha, and Coyote Tango, although the kaiju are definitely my favorites.