I had a different review planned for today, but I seemed to have misplaced the accessories. So while I search for those this weekend, I thought I’d tide you all over with another Pacific Rim figure. This time I’m taking a look at the new battle damaged Knifehead. While he’s not quite the perfect kaiju in the line, he’s still a bazillion times better than NECA’s first pass at the character.
I’ll talk about this a little more in Trespasser’s review, but since I’m going to talk about the sculpt of the figure then I had to mention it here also. NECA does an amazing job of reusing a figure’s tooling. Every time I see a new Dutch figure, it still feels like a new thing instead of a repaint. It happens that NECA is able to use this talent with some of the Pacific Rim kaiju. In the storyline of the movie, all the kaiju are basically clones, many of which use the same base body with various alterations. This is pretty much a perfect scenario for any toy company. But even with the similarities, NECA has done an amazing job of giving Knifehead and Trespasser their own unique feel.
NECA’s original attempt at the figure also feels like a completely different character, but in a bad way. This diminutive little monster looks like Son of Knifehead. Their bodies have the same shape, in a general sense, but even that’s not entirely the same with this new kaiju buck. Instead of one molded piece, new Knifehead’s body consists of four different parts.
This really allowed for a much more detailed design and improved articulation where he needed it. The whole body is textured, but now there are distinct differences between the rock-like armor and softer scaly areas. That’s not even counting his backpack shell. Knifehead is now so bulky that poor Gipsy doesn’t look up to the task of taking him down. (Luckily, NECA has already announced they’re making a new Gipsy. YAY!)
There are so many good things going on with this figure, but I think one of the best has to be the new paint job. The figure itself is in a dark gray plastic with the familiar yellow tribal marks running down his body. There’s also the glossy black claws and some nice brown weathering on his back, all of which come together nicely and will make the non-battle damaged figure look great. Continue to page 2…