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Thursday, October 8, 2015
31 Days of Toy Terror: Deadite Ash from Evil Dead 2 by NECA
Over the years many companies have released toys bearing the chiseled visage of Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. McFarlane, Sideshow, Palisades, and Funko have all released figures of Ash, but who has done the best work? NECA, baby! While McFarlane got around to crafting Ash in the 6-7 inch scale first, NECA upped the game and has released some amazing toys from both Army of Darkness and Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn. While NECA's first Army of Darkness figures appeared under their Cult Classics and Reel Toys banners, in 2012 they finally gave Evil Dead II it's own line. It was small (only four figures and an SDCC exclusive repaint) but it gave us some truly excellent figures. I've reviewed two figures from this line in years past and now it's time for another one to make an appearance. Let's take a closer look at Deadite Ash after the break...
Height: 6 3/4 inches tall
Articulation: Ball jointed ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, v-swivel hips, ball jointed waist, ball jointed torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, ball jointed wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Deadite Linda's head, professor Knowby's tape recorder, and the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.
Original Retail Price: $16-$20 dollars
* The sculpt is quite impressive and really captures the detailed and demented makeup work in the film that showed Ash temporarily turned into one of the deadites. He's really, really creepy and the sunken, hollow eyes are amazing. While much of the sculpt is shared with the "Farewell to Arms" Ash (now the only basic Evil Dead 2 figure I haven't reviewed) it makes perfect sense here. He outfit is captured perfectly. I love the detail NECA put into the smallest aspects such as the stitches on the pockets and the material texture of Ash's slacks.
* Ash becomes a Deadite early in the film, shortly before sunrise, and ends up being thrown through the woods into a large puddle. One of the most impressive things that NECA captured was making Ash's outfit actually look wet. Check out the damp looking stains all down the front of his shirt (and on the back, too)! This really looks like a mixture of water, sweat, and grime covering his clothes. The headsculpt is nicely painted as well and features a great bloody, raw look.
* The second cool accessory is Professor Knowby's tape recorder. This is the tape recorder that features the audio recordings from the professor that end up causing many of the problems Ash encounters. It is amazingly rendered! Who doesn't want an old reel to reel tape recorder accessory? Every side of this piece is insanely detailed and looks impressive.
* I really love the accessories in this figure. It makes me wish more companies took the time to include movie props and other goodies in with their friends. Little things like this can cause me to decide to buy a figure that I otherwise might not have even been planning to pick up.
*The Evil Dead 2 line kind of feels like a mid-point between NECA's older style of static articulation (think of their Cult Classics and Reel Toys based lines) and their newer well articulated figures (think Predator, Aliens, and Rocky). The arms and torso are pretty good (maybe lacking some range of motion in places like the elbows) but the decision to give Ash a V-crotch is just bizarre. I didn't even realize V-crotches existed anymore.
* It's awesome that we get the Necronomicon, but man is it tiny! I guess Professor Knowby waited around and ended up with the paperback version rather than the original hardback version or something.
Besides Henrietta and Hero Ash from this same line, I've also reviewed the S-Mart Ash from Cult Classics.