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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
31 Days of Toy Terrory Returns: Clown from The Nightmare Before Christmas by NECA
Between 2004 and 2007 I was a huge fan of NECA's amazingly expansive The Nightmare Before Christmas line. While I wasn't able to collect everything in the line (I stupidly ignored a number of the multipacks and vehicles) I did manage to pick up most of the figures. While many of them were unfortunately a bit fragile, they did feature some of the finest sculpting seen on toys up to that point. NECA beautifully captured the character designs from the film. Not only did they release the main cast, however, but they also got around to releasing some excellent background characters. One of my particular favorites has always been the Clown with the Tearaway Face, voiced by Danny Elfman, and I went nuts went NECA produced him in the line's sixth series around 2006. I've had this guy since I purchased him new, probably at a Media Play or something. Put on this song and prepare for some spooky fun after the break...
Height: 8 1/4 inches tall (including unicycle and propeller)
Articulation: Swivel ankles, swivel legs, swiveling unicycle pole, ball jointed shoulders, swivel elbows, ball jointed head, and a spinning propeller on his beanie).
Accessories: Stand and horn
Original Retail Price: Around $12-$15
* There's no doubt about it that this figure is incredible looking. NECA did a near perfect job of capturing the Clown's maniacal expression, unusual proportions, and garish wardrobe. Even though he really doesn't have a Tear Away Face (and yes, I've tried) he still is quite possibly the greatest evil clown figure I've ever seen. The beanie cap and propeller are excellent and really add to the bizarre sense of whimsy this character exudes.
* I love all of the little details on the Clown, particularly the little extras on his belt. He's got a ball and paddle, a yo-yo, and a rubber chicken. Is there anything else a crazed clown really needs?
*While many of the NECA Nightmare Before Christmas figures had awesome articulation, the Clown is definitely more of a display piece than a toy. I believe he is absolutely a nerd Hummel, as Michael Crawford would probably say; this guy needs to just sit on a shelf and look awesome. The arms and head allow you to add some character to the pose, but you're not going to be doing much else.
Oddly enough, for as much as I love the movie and with how much stuff I own from it, I haven't really reviewed that much Nightmare Before Christmas stuff at all. Only the The Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction Jack Skellington (Evil Smile) from Funko.