Gipsy Danger (18 inch)
Review by JoshB
We've all seen the previous reviews of NECA's Pacific Rim figures and we all know the problems. However, NECA redeems themselves in a big way with the 18-inch Gipsy Danger.
The toy comes packaged in a large cardboard box with a big clear window. The box is free of extraneous decoration and relies on the toy to sell itself. It would achieve that goal if you could ever find one at retail.
The toy is secured with few twist ties, and the only accessories are the arm blades. Be careful to not snap the blades when removing them.
As you can see, the toy is big. It feels bigger than it's 18" description. Below it is compared to the standard 6" Gipsy Danger.
And for a more common scale, here he is with Wraith Pheyden.
The detail at this scale is fantastic, and really showcases the work that NECA can do when they put their minds to it. The small paint applications and tampo printing really bring a nice level of detail. The head is on a ball joint but is limited in movement by the design. The visor is clear plastic with a paper insert inside - an odd choice but it doesn't look to bad. There's a bright white LED in the head above the visor that we'll show shortly. The chest contains the second light as the power plant illuminates. At this scale you can see the nose cone art on the chest.
Batteries are installed, and lights are activated by a button on the back.
The chest is on a ball joint that is stiff enough to hold subtle poses. The hips are solid, blocky joints with great detents. the legs swivel forward and back, side to side.
Gipsy Danger has decent shoulder articulation with a ball and hinge joint but again, it's limited by the design of the character.
There's a limited hinge joint at the elbow, and a ball joint for the wrist. There are no variant hands.
The shoulder pads are weakly glued in and can pop off easily. They fit back in fine, and some superglue will get them to stick better.
On the back there is phenomenal detail with the exposed engine bits, and as an added bonus you get articulated exhaust flaps.
No variant hands. No bicep swivel. No rocker ankes. But we got those exhaust flaps. Just saying.
From the back the whole figure looks great. The metallic details on the legs look like metal.
The ankles are on a simple ball joint with that odd heel hinge again.
Overall articulation is good, but not very dynamic.
Included are the two swords that are supposed to fit into slots in Gipsy Danger's forearms.
Be VERY CAREFUL with these. Excessive force will cause them to snap. I needed to trim away paint and plastic around the tabs to get mine to fit into the slots in the arms.
Once you get them in, they look great.
I had some fun with the CM's Corporation Patlabor trading figures that are in scale with the Brave Gokin Ingram toys. they seem just a bit big for the Jager but still cool looking.
And seeing as how we've got a ton of snow on the ground, it made sense to bring the toy outside. Enjoy the toy porn.
Overall it's a marked improvement over the smaller figures. Sure, there's a few QC issues and questionable design choices, but the large size and great paint make it worthwhile.
|Posted 4 January, 2014 - 22:40 by JoshB|