While I’d like to have chain swords for my Gipsy Danger, I didn’t much care for the grittier “battle damaged” look of the new figure. So I’ll be ending my wave two reviews with Striker Eureka. Not only is he my favorite Jaeger so far, but he’s also a great example of how NECA has improved the overall design and execution of the overall line.
In the Pacific Rim universe, Striker Eureka is the most advanced Jaeger created. Not only is he more powerful and deadly, but he’s the fastest too. This is nicely expressed through his sports-car-with-jet-engines motif, making him look much more like a modern anime mech than his robo brethren.
Striker may be more sophisticated, but he’s also the shortest of the three Jaegers made so far. It’s not by much, but when you combine it with his bulky chest armor and shoulder pads then it gives him a very stocky build. He’s like a dense boxer or mixed martial artist, which also really suits the personality of his pilots.
Articulation on this little guy is pretty amazing, especially when compared to wave one’s Gipsy and Crimson. He’s got a ball jointed head, although it’s a bit limited by his high collar armor. The ankles are also ball joints, and the waist is a swivel. The elbows, wrists, and knees are all hinges, and the hips are swivel/hinges. His most impressive joints are easily the shoulders. They’re a hinge connected to the body with a swivel hinge, giving him a huge range of motion and reach. Continue to page 2…