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.