Series 18 of NECA‘s long running Predator toy line is in stores now! The newest wave characteristics three characters inspired by Dark Horse Comics’ numerous Predator comics. From Predator: Life & Death you get Hornhead Predator, who pairs up perfectly with the Ultimate Ahab Predator, who was featured in the same series. Machiko Noguchi and the Broken Tusk Predator (aka Dachande) are featured in the classic Aliens vs Predator comic series, and look excellent with any of NECA’s Alien Xenomorph releases. We picked these figures up from sponsor Entertainment Earth. Following the jump, verify out over 65 high resolution images and my thoughts on the figures.
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Predator Series 18 Figures by NECA Toys
- Excellent sculpt work all around
- Removable masks operate effectively on Machiko and Hornhead
- Nice paint work
- Great weapons on all three figures
- Hornhead is a single of the greatest regular release Predators because the AvP wave
- Solid articulation
- Oft requested Machiko & Broken Tusk ultimately available
- Hornhead had a handful of paint locked joints
- Ankles on Machiko were a tiny loose
Overall Predator Series 18 features classic style blister card packaging. Machiko and Broken Tusk every feature a card back with Broken Tusk’s mask in profile view, whilst Hornhead’s card attributes his mask. Artwork from the comic is used on the inserts to show each and every character, whilst the back of the card functions a bio for the characters and show of all three figures from Series 18. Machiko involves a removable mask, a swap out hand, and a gun. Broken Tusk characteristics a extended double edged spear and a gun. Hornhead involves 4 removable wrist gauntlet blades, a removable mask, and a sword and sheath.
Broken Tusk Predator and Machiko Noguchi Machiko and Dachande have been possibly the two most requested Predator characters prior to their reveals. For years, I would see fans requesting these two on each NECA’s Twitter and Facebook pages. With these two lastly seeing a release, a lot of Dark Horse Comics fans have the two huge fan favorites obtainable to them. Even though I in no way was into the comics, I can absolutely realize their appeal. Machiko was a lengthy operating character with a complicated story arc that saw her at 1st fighting Aliens and Predators prior to joining a Yautja hunting party herself. Dachande was her predecessor, and the 1 who blooded” the character, allowing her to turn out to be a hunter.
Broken Tusk has insanely detailed armor, as he wears pieces of the Xenomorphs he’s killed as protection. The Xenomorph head on his chest is both silly and exciting at the exact same time, and NECA did a good job blendign the Xeno biology into the technological armor pieces that he put on. Dachande is vibrant and colorful, and will undoubtedly stand out in any Predator collection. Paint perform is exceptional here, with NECA breaking up the solid green of the armor with silver wiring and darker paint washes. His two weapons are outstanding. The spear is insanely long, with surprisingly sharp edges, but can separate in the middle if needed. The gun has a good (plastic) shoulder strap, and the figure can easily hold it with both hands. Joints had been great right here, and I did not run into any paint lock problems.
Machiko is much smaller sized than most Predator releases, standing about six.5″ tall. NECA did a good job of Sculpting Machiko right here, as she’s got a sleek style with out it feeling pervy (as some businesses have tended to sway with their renditions). The armor has a wonderful battle tested appear to it, and the netting is nicely painted here against a pretty natural searching skin tone. Paint lines were clean, and the armor has a dirty metallic look that function completely. The bio mask has two wires that can connect to the shoulder cannon, but I chose not to as I would be fiddling with the figure. The mask is removable, revealing the human female portrait underneath. The appear of the face has certainly split fans. Some like the a lot more realistic Japanese face, whilst other fans were hoping for a a lot more comic correct appear. With no individual ties to the comic, I was fine with the face myself. Machiko’s articulation is amazing, with a great range of motion. The smaller scale armor assists a lot in posing. Her ankles were a bit loose on mine, making it a tiny difficult to preserve standing for extended.
Hornhead Predator Even though also a Dark Horse comics character, Hornhead is from an completely separate series of books than Broken Tusk and Machiko. In the comics, he is the leader of a Predator clan that arrives on LV-223, where the Ahab Predator had joined a group of Colonial Marines. Horhead is challenged to a duel by Ahab for manage of the clan. Horhead ultimately falls in battle against the far more seasoned Ahab.
This figure wound up becoming one particular of the ideal looking current Predator figures. As a common, non-Ultimate, release, Hornhead is most likely the greatest given that the AvP waves. The figure has a great, stripped down Predator look, with nicely scuffed metallic armor pieces. two enormous detachable blades on each and every arm, and a killer searching sword. Paint work is extremely robust right here, with just a misaligned bit of red on one particular of the bio masks eyes. The paint function o nthe body is genuinely impressive. Not only do they have detailed skin perform, with multiple colors fading into every single other, but solid paint work o nthe netting that covers the whole figure. The unmaaked portrait is outstanding, with a really devilish look to the design and style and impressive detail work with the paint. Articulation is really solid right here. Of the three, Hornhead did give me the most difficulty with his joints. His hips and elbows both were locked tight by the clear coat and paint, and took cautious function with a hair dryer to loosen them up.
Outside of a few minor issues, this is a stellar wave for the Predator line. Fans looking to expand outdoors of the film figures have been obtaining some wonderful releases lately, and this assortment is no various. With two fan favourite characters and a genuinely strong third figure, this is a definite need to purchase wave. Check out some select pictures below, and the full gallery following that.