NECA was definitely up there with my favorite showings at this week’s Toy Fair. Their Godzilla and Aliens figures looked great, and getting the rights to Sigourney Weaver’s license was the cherry on top. But what literally surprised me the most was the Predator’s Blade Fighter vehicle. Repaints with some new tooling is what I expect from these Kenner inspired figures, but NECA is actually making an entirely new vehicle. Truly amazing.
So to celebrate the occasion, I thought I’d end out the week with the Lava Planet Predator.
There wasn’t a lot of story for those original Kenner figures. You’d just have to extrapolate a play pattern from their names and unique looks. But NECA is filling in some of those gaps with a back-story on the box. Apparently the Lava Predator Clan lives in a volcanic region that’s highly radioactive. They leave their cloaks on constantly, which offers some protection from the environment. They also have specific weapons to hunt the Vy’drach insects of that region.
Those NECA folks did a great job of tying Lava’s look into a story that makes sense. But they even took it a step farther by mentioning the Vy’drach, which are actually from the expanded Predator universe.
Lava Pred uses the City Hunter body as a base, but his new pieces and paint apps do a lot to give him a unique look. I’m particularly fond of his mask and right arm. Both pieces are designed to look like the Kenner version, but they also have a very specific insect-like look. The mask’s exoskeleton look with pincers hanging off the bottom really hit this point home.
His arm blade also has that buggy feel with its thin and flat double pronged look. This could have easily been a claw or tip of a tail. He’s also got this interesting cable running from the back of his armor into the mechanical part of the wrist blade. I’m not really sure what that would be for, but it definitely adds to his unique look. Continue to page 2…