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Whatever's cool with me...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NECA’s ED-209...



NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

The original Robocop film was one of the landmark films that had graciously defined my childhood in the 80s. Paul Verhoeven’s classic has even received the ‘reboot’ treatment but it came nowhere near the original film’s pulling power. When you talk about movies where good guys get annihilated by them villains, it’s sometime understood that sometimes the villains too get immortalised in our memory banks at par with that of the good guys. Well, ED-209 or ‘Ed’ here does just that.

Hot Toys have also released two versions of Ed thus far, with the latest one released not too long ago (I think it was somewhere in April ’14). But unless you have a bottomless wallet, then the NECA 6”scale version would probably be your next best choice. I got mine at about USD60 (or RM200 at that point of time) which was what NECA’s recommended retail price was, so I guess I got a decent deal. By the way, when you talk about these items being made available at ‘retail’, then I guess the Malaysian market does not qualify at all to be called just that. You see, we collectors over here in Malaysia only get to buy these excellent NECA toys at specialty toy stores since none is available through TRU and other major retailers. Quantities are limited and one must be quick to spot any new NECA stock and usually split-second decisions are a norm when you hold these items in hand (“To buy or not to buy?”. Luckily there is this other thing called ‘pre-ordering’ beforehand, which is the wiser choice than stalking your local specialty toy stores every single day.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie


NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

Right, let us start with the packaging. I find myself liking the packaging a lot. It has some interesting graphics and even shots of the toy itself together with Robocop in one of the panels (at the back to be exact). The box is the hard and sturdy kind, perfect for you to store Ed in case you decide not to display him out in the open. There is always fear of breakage and parts falling off the toy as it felt somewhat flimsy (more on that later) so you’d appreciate NECA’s effort to protect the toy as they made their way from NECA’s production plant and right into your arms.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

Once you take Ed out of his packaging (and cut those blasted twisties off), you can always store him back into the box with great ease. But you’re not gonna do that now would you? This thing of beauty deserves to breathe and displayed out in the open!

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

Ed has some fair amount of articulations. I like it that he has waist swivel but it looks fragile and feels kinda flimsy. I have poignant memory of the machine trying to follow Robocop down the flight of stairs to no avail. Those who remember this scene well must know what I’m talking about. It’s the ‘toes’! Sadly, NECA probably skimped and omitted this feature out of their toy. So, no moving toes...bummer. It would have greatly helped us to better pose Ed in many different ways imaginable to the creative mind. But it wasn’t to be so let’s just get over that....*sigh*.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

I love the way NECA sculpted his ‘arms’. You can clearly make out the various arsenal that his maker had given him. My only wish is for NECA to make his arm inter-changeable like the Hot Toys version aka the ‘battle-damaged’ ver. Staying true to the film, NECA had graciously given us a battle-damaged Robocop so why can’t they also give us a battle-damaged arm for Ed?

Of course, the most exciting feature of this toy is its ability to utter official quotes from the movie. My favourite is his ‘5-second’ countdown followed by the awfully long machine gun sound. I seriously do not know how long his batteries are gonna last but rest assured I am planning to take the batteries out if I decide to store this sucka back into its box....just in case of any leak.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

Ed stands at just about the right height when compared to Robocop. He looks stunning and all of the details have been beautifully crafted by NECA giving you your money’s worth. He’s well worth the USD60 or whatever amount you’re paying/paid for it. NECA has been on a run with their movie-related characters as of late and Ed here is a testament to that!

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

THE REBEL’S VERDICT: I don’t know, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that this ED-209 figure here is probably gonna be one of the strong contender for The Rebel Page’s Toy of the Year accolade come year end! I’m super ecstatic to have ED-209 in my collection and so looking forward to the next ‘deluxe’ machine/beast from NECA. The Queen Alien from ‘Aliens’ is up next and you can be sure it’s gonna join the rest of my NECA crew on my display shelf. If the ED-209 is any indication of all the goodness coming our way from NECA, then we’re in for a real treat!

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