I checked out Freddy Krueger earlier this month but, if you somehow missed that review, Toony Terrors are stylized renditions of some of the A-listers of slasher and horror cinema designed to look like the starts of a Saturday morning cartoon. Imagine that there had been a Friday the 13th animated cartoon in the 1980s, or even better yet an ensemble show with Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Leatherface solving mysteries: This is what they would have looked like! It's a pretty cool approach and NECA has done a darn fine job with this line. I bought Freddy back in August sometime but these guys soon became rather scarce. Target seemed to restock them again near the end of September, which is when I finally stumbled upon Jason. Ready for a look at the most classic slasher star there is (I like Michael Myers more than anyone, but Jason is definitely the first person anyone thinks of when they think of a slasher movie star)? Then get your ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma on and let's check him out after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a balljointed neck.
Accessories: Machete, cut out backdrop
Non-Scalper Price:$13-$14 dollars
Director: Randy Falk; Design, Illustrations, & Paint: Geoffrey Trapp; Sculpt: Adrienne Smith; Packaging Art: Chris Raimo
* Jason looks fantastic. He's had a few different looks over the years but NECA wisely went with his most classic look: Green shirt and a hockey mask with red triangles on it. I think he looks the most like Jason from Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, but a lot of these elements also appeared in Part III as well. He doesn't look zombified or anything, so this seems to be a pre-part VI Jason. The details are simple but really well done with a great animated look. I love the simple, bold color on the shirt, the larger statue of the character, and the various rips and tears on his clothes, too. It gives a little character while not seeming like an overwhelming design, which was usually avoided in animation of the sort this line is paying homage to.
* While he's not zombified Jason, he still has a lot of wrinkles and such on his had. Jason's noggin and the straps for his hockey mask do look pretty nice. Th straps really appear as if they're separate pieces over a standard sculpt.
* While Freddy was portrayed as if he were in the middle of creeping along, Jason is just standing straight up. He's not very dynamically poses or anything, but it works for Jason. He does have some swivel joints which allow for a little bit of movement as well as a balljointed neck. The neck joint really helps in putting the figure in expressive poses, so consider me a fan.
* Machete! Yeah, Jason has used dozens and dozens of items to kill people, many of them sharp, but the machete is just one of those weapons you think of when you think of the character. Not only is this a cool looking sculpt but it also has painted "reflections" on it, as if it were an animated drawing. NECA has done a nice job with this effect on every figure I've see so far.
* One of the features of this series is that each character comes with a cardboard backdrop that is actually the
back of the package. Jason's shows off some creepy trees at night, a key
locale for Jason and one that 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.
* Of course, a cardboard backdrop is just a cardboard backdrop and it ends up looking kind of weird just sitting behind the figure. I wish Jason had a base this could clip onto, or perhaps if it were a separate piece in the package that folded down and made a diorama like base with a small floor section.
If you need more Jason Voorhees in your life, I've reviewed the Funko ReAction Jason Voorhees from the ReAction Horror Series and the NECA Ultimate Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part VI and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part II.
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