Friday, November 22, 2013
Action Figure Review: John J. Rambo (Survival Version) from Rambo by NECA
first Rambo figure released by NECA which portrayed Rambo as seen on the classic movie poster for First Blood and during the film's climax. Today I'm looking at the second figure in NECA's Rambo series which is called the Survival Version and represents Stallone's John J. Rambo character as he appears throughout First Blood as he is evading the Washington State Patrol and the National Guard. Decked out in his makeshift poncho and armed with the various weapons he has gathered from his pursuer or crafted himself, this guy is ready to start an all out war. Ready for a look at the Survival Version of Rambo? Then join me after the break...
Since the body is the same as the previous figure, the articulation is the same as well. Rambo features: ball jointed ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, swivel/ hinge thighs, a ball jointed torso, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/ hinge elbows, ball jointed wrists, and a ball jointed head. Everything feels really solid and tight here and I had no issues with breakage, stuck joints, or locked joints. I still wish there was some type of bicep swivel but I think the range of motion on the elbow has improved with this release.
"Bloody Spit" Rocky from Rocky IV). Covering the upper body is the new poncho. It's a rubbery piece that looks very makeshift and has a sculpted cord that holds the thing together. It's pretty nice and seems to accurately capture the costume from the film. It can be removed, but doing so would might damage the fragile straps of the poncho. I'm not sure it's intended to be removable. Once again, the sheathe for Rambo's hunting knife is also present on his left hip. It's the same as before and you can even see the pouch for the rectangular sharpening stone. The knife easily slides in and out of the sheathe. Now how about that headsculpt? It's quite good and definitely resembles a younger Stallone although I can't help but feel that the face is just a little too long. The hair is dead on, though. This Rambo doesn't have a headband to help control his mighty bushy hair and thus his mane is free to blow in the wind. The face is more neutral than the previous figure and looks determined, but not angry. This is Rambo deciding how he's going to kill you, not actively engaged in killing you.
The paint on the outfit was great last time and it's great again this time, too. Be warned, though, that if you remove the poncho you might see some excess paint that has rubbed off from the poncho onto Rambo's shirt. Since the poncho is painted to look wet and muddy, it may not bother you as it accurately captures the dirt and mud that would have covered Rambo by this point. The head is excellently painted and features some pretty good (although slightly uneven) stubble. One of the biggest problems I had with the previous figure was that he seemed too pale. That's been fixed here as Rambo's skin is a bit darker and his arms, neck, and face all match. By the way, check out the blood and mud spattered all down his right arm. It looks great.
this article on Rambo's knife from the first film.
The pistol is great, as well, and also is meticulously painted for such a small weapon. I like the walkie talkie (just be careful of the antennae) and it makes a great accessory for a variety of displays. last, but not least, is the super cool spear. The paint and sculpting really make this look like a stick and the knife on the end is as detailed as the separate knife Rambo carries. You can get some cool two-handed poses out of Rambo with this little pointy death stick which is always a plus. Be warned: if you get this Rambo and Jungle Disguise Dutch together there's no end to the trouble the two of them might cause!
Want to capture Rambo yourself? Pick him up today at Big Bad Toy Store!
BTW, if anyone has two left feet on their Rambo and NECA doesn't get back to me, I'll trade with you!; )