Wave two is a mixed bag of good and bad. NECA is definitely making progress to getting these figures where most collectors will be happy, but they’re not quite there yet. Unfortunately the shortcomings are still most evident on kaiju side, which is why I wanted to take a look at Leatherback first.
First, the good. Leatherback has three excellent things going in his favor. First is his size. I always knew Knifehead was a little on the small side, but the figure can look deceptively large with his wide stance and large upturned blade head. That illusion was shattered when I brought Leatherback home. The figure was big in the package. On the shelf he’s just this massive hulking form that puts Knifehead to shame.
With his massive body comes a pretty amazing sculpt. Like Knifehead, he’s got different textures depending on where you’re looking. His underbelly and legs are chubby and wrinkled, like a naked gorilla. This is in stark contrast to his back, which is heavily armored with plenty of bone-like spikes protruding around his EMP emitter.
His forearms are a mixture of massive muscles and protruding armor. The most impressive part is his hands, which are basically giant spiked clubs with talons. It’s always cool to see all the small details up close, especially when they weren’t as noticeable in the movie. Leatherback’s hands are massive bludgeoning weapons that really make me take notice as to why his attacks were so devastating in the movie.
To top of the figure, he has an excellent head sculpt. The bony protrusions and teeth just make him look intimidating. Then you have the added strangeness of those tendrils that come out the back of his skull. Let’s not forget his tongue. It may not be all out there like Knifehead’s, but it’s definitely noticeable with its own texture. Continue to page 2…