It is now Thursday the 13th, and I'm celebrating with a review of Jason Voorhees' latest action figure from NECA! He's based on his appearance in Fri-- crap. "FRIDAY the 13th!" Well, I'm still doing this review, regardless! As I was saying, the unstoppable killing machine is based on his appearance in "Friday the 13th: Part 3." There was a regular and "battle damaged" version of the figure on the racks, and I bet you can guess which one I'll be looking at today! I know quite a few Jasons and they're all bad eggs, so join me as I delve further into the details of the worst/best Jason of them all!
Jason comes packaged in the familiar clamshell-style that NECA is known for. This means you'll need a machete (or some scissors) of your own to free this undead terror from his plastic prison. The figure is displayed prominently with the Friday the 13th logo at the top, and imagery from the film on the lower part of the blister. The back features the logo, a screaming teen (fitting) and a synopsis of "Part 3." There's also a tease for "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" figures coming soon!
From the back of the package:
An idyllic summer turns into a nightmare of unspeakable terror for yet another group of naive counselors. Ignoring Camp Crystal Lake's bloody legacy, one by one they fall victim to the maniacal Jason who stalks them at every turn...
The bottom of the package also lists all of the talents that worked on the figure from sculpt to package design!
Like almost all of NECA's toy releases, the sculpt for this Jason Voorhees figure is all-new. Of course, he's sporting his usual buttoned shirt and jeans since he likes to keep killing as a buisness-casual affair. All of the texturing and wrinkles have been added to the clothing to make them match up with the screen-accurate style NECA is known for. The shirt and top of the pants are seperate pieces made of softer plastic in order to hide the articulation, and from what we can see, it looks like he has a fully sculpted torso beneath! The head is the real piece of beauty here , though-- assuming you're idea of beauty is Jason's incredibly mutilated face! His mask is molded to perfection and fits tightly over the hideous face beneath. Being the "battle damaged" version, this Jason figure sports a tear in the top of his mask and a matching gash in his big, lumpy head!
The paint on the figure is very well done with the clothes being appropriately drab with drybrushing and washes used to give his clothes a dirty look. His head and face look great, all the way to his filthy teeth and gums! Also, while I'd normally bitch my head off about the eyes looking in different directions, it's welcomed in this case! The only paint difference between the "battle damaged" figure and the regular one is the massive amounts of blood pouring from his head wound. It works its way realistically down his neck and beneath his shirt, with drips and splatter on his shirt and pants.
Articulation is where this figure hacks through the hordes of previous Jason toys. He has a ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, ball-joint wrists, ball-joint torso, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thigs, swivel/hinge knees, and ball-joint ankles-- which all add up to a very mobile maniac! The hip, waist, and chest articulation is all hidden by the clothing, and it's far more beneficial than a hindrance. All of the joints on my figure are tight and hold their positions well, whether it be "stalking a teen to hack up with a machete" or "stalking a teen to chop up with an axe". Honestly, this figure has spoiled me and I'm now pleading to NECA to give these hips to all their figures!
Jason comes with a couple "tools of the trade" in the form of an axe and his trademark machete. Both are sculpted from stiff plastic, so no worrying about them being all bent up; but, the plastic IS thin enough that it could snap easily enough if too much pressure was applied. Both have numerous paint apps that are applied cleanly, and then an extra dose of "blood splatter" has been added for effect. Both weapons fit tightly in the figure's right hand and the machete can even fit in the huge gash in his mask and scalp. Gore-filled Bonus!
I'm not blowing smoke when I tell you that this is THE Jason Voorhees figure to have on your shelf and I can't recommend it enough for fans of the film franchise, or just action figure fans in general. NECA has done a bang-up job here, so be sure to check out their official website for more info on all their upcoming products. Now if only we could get a Freddy articulated this well...
As a bonus, here are a few extra photos including Jason vs. Ash. Why? Cause f**k it. That's why!
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