Height: 5 1/8ths inches (though he's sculpted hunched over)
Articulation: Swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Stand and cardboard backdrop.
Non-Scalper Price: $13-$14 dollars
Director: Randy Falk; Design, Illustrations, & Paint: Geoffrey Trapp; Sculpt: Adrienne Smith; Packaging Art: Chris Raimo
* I like the design of these. There's something very eye-catching about seeing a character like Freddy Krueger redone in this style. We've seen lots of stylized figures over the years such as Funko POP! and ReAction figures, but this is the first that really takes this animated route. The figure has a very smooth appearance, exaggerated, lanky proportions, and a nice amount of detail that gives some character but still keeps him looking simplified and stylized.
Cereal: Geek that was focused on 1980s animation and in it they would take various 1980s properties and redesign them in animated styles. Having read many of their articles about the design process, it seems like NECA really used some of those same principles to believably recreate how an 80s cartoon Freddy might have looked.
* This line isn't well articulated, as they're more like older NECA and McFarlane product, or even miniature statues. That doesn't mean NECA didn't squeeze some joints in, however, giving you some options for displaying ol' Fred. He's got swivel shoulders and swivel wrists to help convey different poses, and a balljointed neck goes a long way to allowing for far more expression than you would think.
* I love the design of Freddy's clawed glove! It's simple but the blades have a bluish/ gray color scheme with little streaks of reflective light painted on them. It's very evocative of an animated design and yet the little streaks make the figure feel so much more dynamic.
* Freddy Krueger comes with a cardboard backdrop that is actually the back of the package. It shows off some of the boiler room set, a key locale for Freddy, and definitely looks like it could be the static background from a cartoon. It's kind of a fun touch that reminds me of the cardboard backdrops that came with various toylines of the late 80s and early 90s, such as Monster Force.
* I like the backdrop concept but there are a couple things about it that get me down. For one, you actually have to cut it out from the back of the card. Why not just make it a separate piece of cardboard and stick it in the package? For another, there's really no way to use this but to lean it up against something. I really would have liked if Freddy's base had a slot or something to hold the backdrop upright.
* Freddy Krueger does have a base to keep him standing, which is a good thing as he absolutely needs it to stand. Unfortunately, it was really a pain to get him on the base. The legs are one solid piece and they were warped. I had to really work them to get them apart enough to get him attached to the base. For such a simple piece, I'm not sure why they were so warped out of shape.
If you're a Freddy Krueger fan, I've reviewed a couple of other figures of the character including the NECA 30th Anniversary Freddy Krueger, the ReAction Freddy Krueger, and the Savage World: Horror Freddy Krueger.