NECA blows my mind. Not because they make cool toys or because they can bring seemingly impossible figures to market, though they do both of those. They amaze me because they keep quiet until they get to stuff to market. Yesterday, I found out that NECA was producing some more DVD-bundled 7” figures including Christopher Reeves Superman, Adam West Batman, & a Heath Ledger Joker.
Today, I bought Adam West Batman. How often do you find out about a new figure and then find it in a store the next day? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
I didn’t run across Superman (yet), but I happily picked up classic Adam West Batman. I was really excited by Mattel’s announcement of their line a couple years ago. Right up until I bought the first figure anyway. I grabbed the 2pk and the combination of the real-life proportions and Mattel’s ugly articulation cuts (& not to mention crappy paint) just sucked out any enthusiasm I had left. I keep the Riddler figure on display because I love Frank Gorshin, but I never bought the others and I had to dig the Batman & Robin out of a giant box of DC figures I need to sell. The execution just wasn’t there.
NECA’s got my back though. I suddenly find myself thinking that I need that Batcomputer & Accessories set Mattel just released. It includes a figure, but I’ll overlook that to equip this Batman. That’s how I know I love this figure, by the way, I want to buy him stuff!
The sculpt is great. It still messes with my head to see Batman so… human, but it’s right. If you look at some pics from the old show, the proportions are pretty spot on. The arms and legs strike the right balance of being slender without looking like toothpicks. The costume texturing really adds to the figure and I think makes the biggest difference between what NECA has done and what Mattel tried to do. NECA got theirs to look like a regular guy in a spandex suit. It works great.
Of course, that’s all topped off by a strong Adam West likeness. The layering of the cowl as a separate piece from the eyes & chin gives the figure the perfect depth a realistic likeness needs. It does a great job of looking like what you’d expect from a “movie master” type figure.
The paintwork is also on par and working in concert with the sculpt. The wash on the grey part of the costume is a little too heavy in places, but it doesn’t take away. The dark blue has a nice slight metallic look to it while the belt is appropriately bright along with the symbol. The face is also painted really well thanks to that aforementioned two layers for the cowl. The face is able to be painted in great detail before the cowl is glued over it. It makes for the most drastic difference from the Mattel figure. Continue to Page 2…