Most fans of Pacific Rim and NECA’s toy line of said movie know the story – when NECA was developing their Pacific Rim line, Walmart at one point expressed interest in it, which resulted in some cost-cutting measures to keep the price point down to presumably make it easier for Walmart to sell the line in stores.
But that was only the case for the first two waves. Now, with wave three, NECA has promised the same quality seen in their other figure lines. And so it’s with cautious excitement I present these paintmaster pics of fan favorite Cherno Alpha, posted on Twitter by NECA yesterday.
Personally I can’t wait to get this thing in my hands.
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I loved Pacific Rim. The tone and writing were great fun, the Jaeger designs were creative and well-realized, and the action intense. What could be a more perfect film to get awesome, highly detailed and well-made action figures? Well, at least NECA got it half right.
Striker Eureka is a brilliant, shining stare of adequate toy design in a line plagued by shortcomings. This Aussie anime Jaeger gets it the closest to ‘right’ out of the whole line.
First off, NECA’s second series of Pacific Rim figures, featuring battle-damaged Gypsy Danger, Leatherback and Striker Eureka, is hitting stores now. You can find them at Amazon, BigBadToyStore, and Entertainment Earth.
Second, NECA posted some much-awaited updates regarding series three. It looks like the fan-favorite Cherno Alpha will have plenty of articulation, as will Coyote Tango and kaiju Trespasser (a.k.a. Axe-head). NECA clearly heard fans’ disappointment with the articulation on the first series (and possibly the second, since it was already in development, though I have yet to see those in person), and has rectified the issues accordingly.
That said, working on Series 3 is not the same as saying it’s definitely happening. If Series 2’s sales suck (I don’t see that happening, but you never know, I guess), Series 3 might not make it to stores. So make sure you pre-order Series 2 (preferably via one of these fineretailers). Sadly, it seems Otachi is not slated for Series 3:
If I had to bet, I would go with Trespasser/Axehead as the kaiju for Series 3, since they could reuse parts of Knifehead (which is a bit disappointing, since Knifehead is so obviously undersized – unless they took the opportunity to make a brand-new, properly scaled Scunner and then reuse the body for a new Knifehead later).
It’s interesting that, somewhat similar to the Ultraman Ultra-Act line in Japan, the heroes/robots are evidently selling better than the kaiju. Gipsy Danger goes for the highest prices on eBay right now.
And finally, if you missed out on the first series of NECA’s PR figures and are considering blowing $50+ on eBay, hold off a bit longer and keep an eye on NECA’s eBay store:
@alanRpoe yes more in 2 weeks. Small re-order before we move on to series 2
First and foremost, I would like to offer my immense thanks to Ridureyu for working so hard to keep us all informed and up-to-date as possible on developments at SDCC. It allowed me to relax* a lot more and recharge my batteries before what I hope turns out to be a very busy August here on PoeGhostal.com. Please be sure to visit Nerditis, where Ridureyu writes regularly about toys.