With the popularity of NECA’s NES inspired Jason Voorhees figure, it was only a matter of time that he would be joined by his partner in horror, Freddy Krueger. After all, there were games inspired by nearly every movie property back in the day of the Nintendo Entertainment System. And lucky for us, NECA owns the rights to both franchises also.
First off, we’ve got to start with the box. I’m not a big fan of keeping packaging, but at least half the appeal of these themed figures is the retro styled NES boxes they come in. Like Jason’s, Freddy’s has the same layout of the vintage NES packaging. A few of the logos have been changed or dropped, but that’s the biggest difference.
The back of the package is also a copy of the old NES box, even down to the three pictures they’d include to show shots from the game. This time, those pics have been replaced with different features of Freddy’s figure. The idea for the retro game look is great, but what really pushes it over the edge to fantastic are all the worn edges. This gives it the same feel as its twenty four year old game counterpart.
For those of you who prefer to keep Freddy boxed up, NECA included a cover that opens up to reveal a window display. The back side of the cover was given the ending screenshot of the game. The other side is designed to look like an old 8 bit gameplay shot, with Freddy standing in front of one of the houses. You even get the players’ health bars at the top.
Like Jason, Freddy is a repaint of a previous figure (or figures). This is actually my first toy of the character, so I’m not completely familiar with past plastic incarnations. But from looking around on NECA’s website, the NES version of Freddy seems to be cobbled together from at least two (maybe three) previous toys. This surprisingly goes a long way in giving this toy unique feel. Continue to page 2…