But what really sets this Freddy apart is his awesomely terrible color scheme. You readers know I love garish figures, and this one definitely fits the bill. In order to get the full video game feel, Freddy’s been decked out in his extremely limited 8 bit colors. But even in this limited neon red and brown existence, the paint job itself is still nicely done. This is most evident on the apps that bring out the detail of the sculpt on his head and teeth. There are even blood stains on his glove blades that I didn’t even notice until I started taking pictures.
If the figure has one downside, it’s in articulation. Everything above the waist is pretty good. His head, waist, and wrists are all ball joints, while his elbows and shoulders are swivel/hinges. But below the belt his pants are one solid piece. His ankles have ball joints, but their limited by the sculpt on cuffs of his trousers. Freddy never really had to move around much to mess with people’s minds, and I do like that he can at least make a lot of grand gestures. It’s just unfortunate he’s not able to get a bit more dynamic when posing in fights with his NES Jason counterpart.
As for accessories, Freddie only comes with his hat. But what more do you need?
I have to give major props to NECA. They’ve discovered an inventive new way to expand on the properties they already hold, while at the same time appealing to my vintage childhood loves. NES inspired figures is the non-existent toy line I never knew I wanted. And with the upcoming release of and 8 bit Robocop, it seems to be a line that I’m not going to be stopping anytime soon.