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Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Cult Classics Icons by NECA
Height: 8 inches
Articulation: Swivel ankles, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Original Retail Price: $10-$12 dollars.
Year of Release: 2009
* Played by Tyler Mane, this version of Michael Myers is massive and imposing. Not that Michael Myers was never no imposing, but Tyler Mane's performance of Myers definitely seemed much larger and more physical than other takes on the character. Michael's boiler suit is brown here here and it's really well sculpted and just absolutely covered in blood. The make of the figure is definitely a great example of NECA's earlier work: Really strong sculpting with minimal articulation to break up the sculpt.
* I'm not totally thrilled with the likeness here but I do like the detail of the mask sculpt. The mask from the Rob Zombie films has a lot of stitches and whatnot on it, making it just seem all the more grimy and nasty. The stitches look good, as does the work on the texture of the mask.
* There's blood everywhere, particularly on Michael's hands. It looks really good and fits the source material perfectly.
* Here's a better shot of the back of the suit, showing off the amount of detail on it. Seriously, this work is still very, very high quality and if you changed up the likeness and added more articulation, it would still fly today for sure.
* The original release of the figure came with quite a few extras such as an alternate head, an additional knife, and a display base with Judith Myers' tombstone. The Cult Classics Icons releases drops everything except for Michael's signature knife. It's a solid sculpt with good paintwork on the handle and a fairly effective mix of blood and whatnot on the blade. Ick!
* Looking at the sculpt overall, I just don't think NECA nailed it. I do think Michael Myers's mask is tough to nail but here it looks too friendly and the hair looks off. It looks too neat, almost like it was slicked back with gel. Also... the mask makes Michael look friendly, almost as if he's smiling. Weird, huh?
* While Michael Myers' articulation isn't terribly out of line with the time of his release for what NECA was doing, it has to be noted that there were still companies doing better articulation, even in 2007. Some simple balljointed ankles and wrists would have helped tremendously, as would have something better than swivel elbows. The head is great, though, as it's a balljoint with a terrific range of motion.
If you're also a fan of Michael Myers/ The Shape/ The Boogeyman, then check out these other reviews: The McFarlane Movie Maniacs Michael Myers, the One:12 Collective Michael Myers, the POP! Movies Michael Myers, the ReAction Horror Series Michael Myers, the Funko Savage World Michael Myers, Mezco's Designer Series Michael Myers, NECA's Halloween 2018 Ultimate Michael Myers, and the knockoff Lego Michael Myers.