Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, and a double balljointed head.
Accessories: 6 interchangeable heads, witch hat, 2 hoods, 3 trick-or-treat bag, 12 interchangeable hands, and TV set.
Non-Scalper Price: $50 for the set.
Design & Direction by Randy Falk, Sculpt by Trevor Grove, Fabrications by Anthony Minichino and Thomas Gwyn, Tailoring by Sara Martire, Paint by Jon Wardell and Geoffrey Trapp, Prototypes by True Cast Studios, Photography by Stephen Mazurek, and Packaging by Chris Raimo.
* The packaging on this set is awesome. The front of the slip cover features the image from the photo above and the Silver Shamrock Novelties logo on the back. Once the slipcover is removed the figures are in a standard window box.
* The best part is the rear of the window box, It looks like an advertisement for the Silver Shamrock masks. This is amazing as it features some great images and cool details about the film masks. Brilliant work here!
* Let's start by looking at the trick-or-treater wearing the Jack-O-Lantern mask. Rather than being standard sculpted figures like NECA typically releases, these are actually figures with real cloth outfits, kind of like modernized MEGOs or Mezco's One:12 Collective. They're also in the 8 inch scale, so since they're kids they come in at around 5 1/2 inches, though you could definitely work these in to your standard Halloween action figure display since they're shorter. The Jack-O-Lantern comes wearing a very simple black cloth outfit that looks and feels like a vintage Halloween costume and blue tennis shoes.
* The Silver Shamrock masks were designed by Don Post Studios and these sculpts actually look like masks rather than "real" faces. On the Jack-O-Lantern you can see the details of the mask like the places where a thinner material would be used for eye holes and the mouth. It's an excellent sculpt and is as high quality as anything you'd see in one of NECA's Ultimates releases.
* The back of each mask in the set (not just the Skeletor and the Witch) features a very tiny Silver Shamrock Novelties tag. The Jack-O-Lantern also has a little silver shamrock on the right side.
* The Jack-O-Lantern trick-or-treater is shown wearing a witch hat, so one is included with the set. The hat has a fantastic molded bottom that fits perfectly over the top of the Jack-O-Lantern mask, so it's very easy to keep it in place.
* The second figure in the set is the Skeleton. The Skeleton's costume definitely looks like a basic skeleton costume that so many of us probably wore at one point or another for Halloween, or maybe even as pajamas. I seem to recall having pajamas like this at some point.
* The Skeleton mask is another Don Post Studios design and NECA's rendition of it really makes it look like someone wearing a skull mask and not just a sculpted skull. It's excellent and might be my favorite of the three in this set. There are lots of cracks and dents in the design. On the back you can also see where the latex separates to allow the wearer to more easily put the mask over their head.
* Wow! This one is disturbing! You can actually see the wearer's eye in the right hole while a snake and a worm wind their way through the holes in the mask. More wonderfully grotesque for your Halloween shelf.
* Last up is the Witch! The Witch has a far more complex costume than the other two figures, featuring a black robe with a orange hemmed mantle. Don't these costumes remind you of the random costume pieces you would buy as a kid and use over and over? I had quite a few black robes and I'd use them over and over for random costumes. Combine a black jumpsuit with a black robe and a hood and you were virtually invisible and felt invincible!
* The Witch's belt is a ribbon, so you can retie it if you need to, and the mantle has a wire in the edge for posing. The clothes are nicely tailored and really do look and feel like Halloween costume pieces.
* The Witch mask is actually two separate pieces, though I think that's part of the toy and not reflective of the actual mask. The movie mask and the various replicas you can purchase seems to be a latex face with a fabric hood. The Silver Shamrock Novelties logo is shown on the hood (probably sewn on). The paintwork is really nice on this with some gray shading to highlight the texture of the skin.
* These Trick-or-Treaters are really quite well articulated. The move nicely, even under their costumes, and they should be able to take nearly any pose you want. The arm articulation is excellent and you can get some crazy poses with the Trick-or-Treaters clawing at their faces. I do wish the ankles were swivel/hinges instead of just swivels but it's honestly not a huge deal.
* The set comes with four hands for each figure: A pair of standard gripping hands for holding their treat bags and a pair of grasping hands for clawing at their masks in terror. Overall you get twelve hands, with the figures wearing six of them in the package.
* There are three treat bags included for the Trick-or-Treaters. Two of them are supposed to be regular paper bags like we used to get at the grocery store back in the day. They're waxy, which gives them a nice look, and they really hold stuff, too. You could wrinkle them up a bit and stuff them with some little trinkets to really liven up your display.
* The third treat bag is this cool oversized plastic bag with a fun little Halloween seen on it. It's very similar to the other bags but with more of a slick look to it and a functional handle. Be careful as you could definitely tear these if you get rough with them.
* The final selling point of this set is the television. It looks like an old wood paneled console television with knobs and dials. It's also displaying the orange flickering pumpkin from the Silver Shamrock Halloween commercials.
* The screen is a lenticular, so when you tilt it you can see the Silver Shamrock Novelties logo as well. I really wish it played music, but it doesn't.
* On the rear of the TV is a little slot so the accessory can be mounted up on a wall or side of a shelf. That's a really smart idea!
* All that glitters is not gold and just like the film itself, the set does have its share of flaws. The first is that the costumes have stained the figures underneath. There's really no reason you have these figures displayed without the costumes unless you're doing some customizing but it's still an oddity of what NECA has done with the line. I had the same problem with their Snake Plissken back in 2015 and I'm kind of bummed they haven't figured this out yet.
* The hands are really tough to change. You may need to use some heat to soften things up a bit, but be careful.
* I noticed some weird issues with standing up the Witch and found out that the lower leg was falling off. I got it back on but it does seem like it's not attached properly. I rarely have quality control issues on NECA product these days but this one is definitely an example of one.
These are first toys of the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters I've reviewed. For more Halloween figures by NECA check out the following:
Ultimate Laurie Strode
Ultimate Michael Myers (Halloween 2018)
Ultimate Michael Myers (Halloween 2)
This is a very cool set that i've considered getting. I watched Halloween III as a kid in the 80's on Showtime and loved it ever since, though I admit it can be cheesy at times. Anyone's who heard that Silver Shamrock song will never be able to erase it from their mind.ReplyDelete
This is definitely a very good set. It's one of those toys/ action figures that I never expected to be made, so having it in hand is a bit surreal.Delete
These are amazing!ReplyDelete
The are indeed! I hope NECA keeps offering up more Halloween product as they've done an amazing job with everything they've released thus far.Delete
I'm sure it'll be pricier to track down a few years after release, but I gotta try. Great to find someone into Halloween and action figures. Nice jack o lantern my guy.ReplyDelete
Very often NECA does rerelease their horror figures, almost as a seasonal thing, but it looks like they're still pretty available. Some folks are finding them again in store at Target but a quick look around shows that they're still in stock at many places for pretty reasonable prices. Good luck!ReplyDelete