Wednesday, January 25, 2017

POP! Review: Nemesis #157 from POP! Games by Funko

 If you want to talk about video game villains who not only left an impression due to their personality but also due to the way they affected the game play, the Nemesis absolutely has to enter into the conversation. The primary antagonist of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, the Nemesis took the creep factor of the trenchcoat wearing Tyrant/ Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 and upped it exponentially by following you non-stop throughout the game. To this day I still can't think of many villains that have given me the same sense of dread as waiting for this guy to pop up. The sheer craziness of this guy has still never been replicated in a Resident Evil title to date, although I've just started playing Resident Evil 7 and there definitely seems to be a few recurring villains who actively chase you like Nemesis, so we'll see. Let's take a look at the POP! vinyl version of the Nemesis, after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 4 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
 The Positives:

* The Nemesis has one of the coolest faces I've ever scene on a POP! figure. Check out the terrifying teeth, exposed gums, and milky white eye. This guy is pure nightmare fuel and Funko did an excellent job of taking a strong design and finding the necessary elements needed to translate it into POP! form.

* I want to pay special attention to the giant staples on this guy's face and the exposed meat underneath. This looks unbelievably nasty, and I absolutely love it. This guy is one of the best POP! releases I've seen.

* The Nemesis has an interesting wardrobe choice. I imagine it probably chafed like crazy, too. I mean, head to toe black leather? Is he shopping from the Leather Daddy collection? No, actually this guy has a really cool outfit with some great detail. The number of layers represented here is pretty impressive.

* Completing the Nemesis' bondage suit meets Hot Topic fashion statement are some leather buckles that keep his arms tightly bound. Each little buckle on the arms is individually painted, too, making this a pretty complex outfit for a POP! vinyl.
 * One of the craziest "What the heck am I dealing with" scenes I remember from Resident Evil 3 is when the Nemesis uses an FIM-43 Stinger missile launcher to take down a helicopter. It was crazy to envision one of Umbrella's B.O.W.s being intelligent enough to use a fairly sophisticated pieces of military equipment. The Nemesis POP! is packing the Stinger, ready to make his presence known. It looks great, too.

 * The Nemesis is noticeably taller than the other POP! vinyl humans, which I really think is pretty cool. While he definitely could have been one of the 6 inch "super" POP! offerings, in this scale and style the height difference certainly works just fine.
At this point, having reviewed four of the figures in the first series, I feel quite confident in proclaiming the Nemesis as the best POP! of the 6 available. He's just really well done with excellent detail, great paint, and a very gruesome and recognizable visage. Heck, I think he's one of the most impressive POP! figures that I've seen to date. This is an Epic little collectible and definitely the one to get if your pressed for space or cash. He's just too darn cool!

I haven't reviewed any other toys of the Nemesis, but I have reviewed a couple other POP! vinyls from Resident Evil:

Hunter from Resident Evil
Jill Valentine #155 from Resident Evil


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