For my last NECA review this week, I’m taking a look at Crimson Typhoon. So far, this is the final figure in the seven inch Pacific Rim line. I definitely wouldn’t label this figure as perfect, but out of the three, he’s by far my favorite.
Like the other figures, Crimson Typhoon’s strongest selling point is his unique design. I’m particularly happy that the armor plating doesn’t cover the entire figure. Where Gipsy Danger was a very basic and human looking robot, Typhoon stretches the imagination with his combination of asymmetric design and animal-like characteristics. Seeing a good amount of gritty mechanical gears and pistons makes him look like an actual robot and adds a more realistic flavor to the design.
There are very few figures out there with three arms, and having one that is twice the size of the other two brings a bit of a Frankenstein feel to the figure. This is reinforced with the addition of the cylindrical head and backwards chicken legs. The films tag line is: “To fight monsters, we created monsters.” Crimson Typhoon design really backs up this statement.
Although the three arms and chicken legs are visually interesting, I think CT’s head is my favorite part. The cylindrical-like design is more visually interesting than the average humanoid shape. Also, with his large glowing eye and beefy left arm, the character reminds me a lot of Shockwave. Sure they don’t look exactly alike, but there’s enough of a similarity that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Transformer’s design helped influence this character. Continue to page 2…