Action Figure Review: "Rocky IV" Rocky Balboa w/ Bloody Spit from NECA's "Rocky" (Confirmed:Epic)
my top ten list of the best toy lines of last year and I am still incredibly impressed by the figures. While out at a record store that also sold action figures, I came across the Bloody Spit version of Rocky from Rocky IV and knew I had to grab it. Apparently it was available last year some, but I certainly never found it. This is a very scene specific figure and captures Rocky taking a powerful punch from Ivan Drago right in the face. It's a unique figure that captures one specific moment in time beautifully. Learn more, but first I must break you...er I mean you'll have to stay tuned after the break.....
NECA truly makes some of the best action figures on the market right now. They pick licenses that I care about, focus on making all areas of a figure great, and always seem willing to try something new and different. So much of modern action figure making is about shortcuts, whether it's constantly reusing bodies, sticking to only the newest brands, or constantly rehashing the same characters in different scales. The way that NECA looks for ways to innovate their figures reminds me of what companies like McFarlane, Resaurus, Palisades, and others were doing in the late 90's/early 2000's- finding ways to constantly push the envelope to add in just a bit more detail, a bit more articulation, or a more clever accessory. Rocky is an exceptional figure that manages to capture a powerful scene from Rocky IV in plastic. I have no problem that it's so scene specific because it just looks awesome in person. If you're a fan of the Rocky franchise or simply enjoy action figures that do something different, give this figure a look. You'll be glad you did. It'll fill gaps in your collection.
I haven't reviewed any other Rocky figures on the site (I did review some on Amazon.com) but have reviewed some other NECA Reel Toys of 80's icons: Jungle Extraction Dutch from Predator and the Jungle and City Hunter Predator Toys R Us exclusive 2-pack. While he's not available individually, click on the Big Bad Toy Store banner above and pick up NECA's Rocky IV set through them for a great price.
Recently on a trip to the beach, Barbecue17 put on a pastel tank top and ran down the beach listening to Hearts on Fire on his iPod. The only thing missing was Carl Weathers. This and more experiences can be found on Barbecue17's Flickr account.