NECA Carrie which I reviewed way back in 2013. Anyways, Pennywise is another incredible Stephen King character that we've never had as a proper action figure until this August when NECA released two versions from the 2017 film and Tim Curry's depiction of Pennywise from the 1990 TV film. This version was released in early-mid August as a GameStop exclusive and is notable for being much bloodier than the other versions. Loads bloodier, really. Ready for a closer look at nearly everyone's favorite (or should that be least favorite?) demonic shape-shifting clown entity from the Macroverse? Then join me after the break...
Height: 7 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, double swivel/hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double swivel/hinge elbows, hinged wrists with double swivels, balljointed neck, balljointed head.
Accessories: Two portraits, four interchangeable hands, balloon, and Georgie's arm.
Non-Scalper Price: $35 dollars
Direction by: Randy Falk and Stefan Folkins; Sculpted by: Adrienne Smith, Kyle Windrix, Alex Heinke, and Trevor Grove; Paint by: Geoffrey Trapp and Jon Wardell
* There is no denying that the NECA team always does incredible work and Pennywise is some of the finest work we've seen from them. There is a very eerie realism here that definitely captures the chilling vibe of Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of Pennywise. He's perfectly rendered with his Victorian era styled clown outfit, complete with the pom-pom like buttons and oversized sleeves. There are also a few spots of blood splattered on the outfit, too, which violently differentiates this figure from the standard release.
* This headsculpt is wicked. The blood on the portrait and on the ruffled collar is quite intense and really complements the very realistic work on the headsculpt. The eyes are especially terrifying. They look scarily real in this picture, don't they?
* Pennywise comes with one alternate head (the standard version comes with two alternate heads) which depicts the evil clown with his fangs extended for a feeding. The teeth are so crazy looking and incredibly well painted. Dang, NECA, home run here. The heads take a bit of effort to swap out but I didn't have any fear of anything breaking.
* While the 1990 It depicted Pennywise as a more modern Bozo or Ronald McDonald styled clown, the 2017 version of the film uses an older style that fits in well with Pennywise's portrayal as a being present throughout Derry's history. The outfit is quite detailed and looks like an older styled piece of clothing, kind of like that of a Pierrot or Pagliacco. Everything is sculpted here but the wrinkles and folds still manage to give the outfit a realistic look.
* NECA is company who continually improves their product and their articulation is an area where they just keep getting better and better. Pennywise has as much or more articulation than your average Mezco or Marvel Legends figure and even includes elbow and knee joints that are very well hidden s well as an excellent balljointed neck hidden under his ruffled collar. You can get some great poses out of Pennywise to terrorize the other toys on your shelf.
* I love the funky shoes Pennywise is wearing. Typically it would be hard to take someone seriously if they were wearing these but, being that he is a demonic clown, I'm giving him a pass.
* And here is the balloon accessory. It's made from hollow, translucent plastic but it really does look like it is made from elastic, doesn't it? The "string" that's attached is actually just a piece of wire so it can still bend but it makes the balloon look as if it is actually floating. Unlike the balloon included with the standard Pennywise, this balloon has "I Love Derry" on it. That's a cool extra and really helped sell me on this set.
* The balloon's "string" is a wire and while I was trying to insert it into Pennywise's special hand of holding I began to strip the wire. Be careful inserting this in!
* Pennywise's outfit has an excellent sculpt but it really needed a bit more of a dark wash to bring out the details. Also, the use of overlapping pieces of plastic might have helped to bring the lower part of the costume to life a bit more.
If you're looking for more Pennywise, check out my review of the Funko POP! Pennywise from the 1990 film!
If you like these NECA "Ultimate" horror figures, I've reviewed a few others including:
30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy
Ultimate Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
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