Action Figure Review: Jungle Extraction Dutch from NECA's Predator (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Jungle Hunter Predator/City Hunter Predator 2 pack, while NECA has made nearly every Predator imaginable, they have yet to make any other characters from the films. Fortunately, NECA has finally rectified that problem by making four versions of Dutch. While only two have been released so far, the other two should be hitting within the next couple of months. This is the first Dutch I've picked up so far, and the one I wanted the most because of the awesome Arnold likeness and the fact that he's chomping on a giant cigar. He just looks like the ultimate depiction of Arnold. Jungle Extraction Dutch is wearing the tan shirt and vest that he wears when his team first enters the jungle and attacks the rebel encampment. Ready for some more Arnold awesomeness and some more great Predator facts? Then "stick around" after the break...
At maybe just a hair over 7 inches Arnold looks in scale, but still menacing, next to other NECA movie figures (or Reel Toys, as they call them). He's done in a very realistic style and would look good mixed in with other military lines (if they made them in the 7 inch scale, that is), amidst all your Predator figures, or with a hodge podge of other manly men of 1980's action. By the way, anyone else want Commando figures? How about The Running Man? Dang, that would be an incredible line! Anyways, Arnold not only looks good, but he's loaded down with four accessories, all of which he can carry on his person. I'll get to those in a few.
|Fun Predator Fact #1: During scripting and much of shooting, the film that would become Predator was titled Hunter.|
One of the best things that NECA has been doing lately is creating excellently sculpted action figures with equally impressive articulation. Dutch has some of the best and most functional articulation to be seen in a NECA figure since the Rocky figures. He features: ball jointed ankles, boot swivels, ball jointed knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, a ball jointed waist, ball jointed abdomen, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, and a ball jointed neck. If there's a position that Arnold appears in in the film, most likely this figure can take it. The articulation manages to be very well hidden, so just looking at the figure doesn't fully show you just how impressive the articulation is. I've been posing my Dutch nonstop and have had no QC issues with him at all. That's a real plus.
|Fun Fact #2: Shane Black was put into the film to keep on eye on director John McTiernan, as Predator was his first studio film.|
|Fun Fact #3: Schwarzenegger lost 25 lbs. during the filming of Predator.|
The paint perfectly accents the figure. For years, there's been debate amongst action figure fans about what looks best: painted skin or plastic molded in the same tone as the flesh. Typically, I think that painted skin looks better if done right while molded skin often looks glossy. NECA completely sold me on molded skin in with the Rocky line and they've worked wonders with Dutch here, too. The camo pattern on the pants is excellent and the vest and shirt have a nice wash to them. The only issue I have at all is that the t-shirt under Dutch's tan shirt that is visible in certain poses is unpainted. At first I thought it was his stomach showing, but you can clearly see the green t-shirt by his neck. Probably an easy paint app to skip to save money, but it does make itself apparent from time to time.
|Fun Fact #4: The Predator's blood was made from glow sticks and KY Jelly|
|Fun Fact #5: A bodyguard was hired on set for Sonny Landham, not to protect him, but to protect the crew from him. This was requested by the studio's insurance company.|
I love this figure, despite my minor qualms. I wish his lower torso were painted to match his upper torso (green, since it's supposed to be his t-shirt, and I wish the grenades on his vest were a bit larger. Still, I can't describe how amazing Dutch looks and how cool it is to have a figure of him. Definitely one of my favorite head sculpts of the year, as the Arnold likeness is outstanding. I wasn't sure I'd be picking all of these up, but at this point I'm planning to do so. I really hope NECA reconsiders there previous position of only doing Dutch and not making the rest of the team. I'd buy them all. It's so exciting to have an iconic action hero like Arnold immortalized as a well articulated exceptionally sculpted toy. And make no mistake, NECA has not just crafted a good collector's figure but an excellent toy, as well. He feels every bit as ready for play as any G.I. Joe I've purchased lately. What are you waiting for? Go and pick up this figure as soon as you can. Do it! Do it now!! It's confirmed great and a half.
Barbecue17 never gets tired of watching Predator. Ever. He constantly loops it on 3 TVs and Netflix instant watch on his computer. On the rare occasion when he's not watching it, he puts pictures on his Flickr account.