Advance look at "Predators" bad boy...
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NECA has provided us with an advance look at their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives to share with our readers in anticipation of the show. These action figure exclusives will be sold at NECA's Comic-Con booth #3145 July 21-25 priced at $20 and will be offered via their Amazon storefront in limited quantities for those that can not attend.
We kick things off today with a look - or lack thereof - of the Stealth Berserker Predator from the just released sci-fi movie, Predators. I saw the film this weekend and found it to be an entertaining homage to the orginal while still retaining its own cool identity. One of its defining cool factors is the trio of new Predators introduced, all three being turned into 8-inch tall action figures by NECA (see our story HERE for a look at the first series).
The Stealth Berserker is a varaint of the fully painted Series 1 figure cast in totally clear plastic, unlike NECA's Half-Stealth Wolf Predator released as an exclusive back in 2008 (read our review on that figure HERE). The translucent effect works well for mimicing an invisible character, or a cloaked one as the case may be. I found the partial cloak effect on the Wolf more inspiring, but collectors will no doubt want to add this figure to their collection after seeing the movie - the Berserker is one bad hombre and is guaranteed to be a fan-favorite, cloaked and non.
Another reason to get this exclusive is for the fantastic packaging. NECA ditched the clamshell in favor a very creatively designed blister card. The Stealth Predator shares the same card as Series 1 with the addition of a "Comic-Con 2010 Exclusive" sticker and a personalized name card. More specifically, the name card's graphic is different, depicting an image of the Berserker cloaking as opposed to a full color picture as seen on the standard Series 1 figure.
The Stealth Berserker also acts as a great preview of the amazing articulation found on NECA's new Predators' figures. Articulation is far beyond that seen in the AvP: Requiem assortment allowing for some incredible action poses. Articulation points include ball-jointed head and shoulders, swivel-hinge shoulder cannon, swivel-hinged elbows, ball wrists, swivel waist, cut hips with an additional cut at the upper thigh, swivel-hinge knees, ball ankles and a wrist blade that can be removed (and interchanged with various blade lengths found with other Predators in the series).
The creature's construction is solid as well; with soft plastic dreads for easier head turning and extremely durable plastic for the body and limbs. Like the warrior it depicts, the Berserker can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.
Predator figure collectors will definitely want to add the Stealth Berserker to their collection. It creates some nice visual pop to a display, but most of all, the Stealth Berserker is more of a very cool Predator design.
Review and Photos by Jeff Saylor
Review Sample Courtesy of NECA