|Included in set:
Leon Kennedy, Verdugo, Ada Wong, Chainsaw Ganado
With the immense success of the newest Resident
Evil title (available on Gamecube and PS2), it was a sure
bet that someone would get the license to make a series of
figures. And with no surprise, NECA had managed to get a quick
series of four figures out, including Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong,
the Chainsaw wielding Ganado and the monstrous Verdugo. Considering
that Palisades and ToyBiz had done previous Resident Evil
figures, I guess it was about time for someone else to give
it a shot. Personally, I though the Palisades figures weren't
that bad, but I guess they either weren't interested (apparently
they don't like cash) or NECa beat them to the punch.
When it comes to the figures, the details are pretty nice
and the figures are sizable without being cumbersome. Leon
comes in two versions - with and without jacket, but both
versions come with a handful of accessories. Each version
comes with slightly different accessories, but unless you
want a full set or like buying multiple version of the same
character, there isn't a lot of reason to buy both. He does
have multiple points of articulation, but not as many as I
would have liked. Ada Wong looks pretty good, but she's even
more statue-like than Leon. Verdugo and the Chainsaw Ganado
both look really good, probably because their faces don't
have to be as recognizable as the two humans. Verdugo really
shows off a lot of excellent detail in the modeling.
Coming in the Spring of 2006 is going to be series
2, which will exclusively feature enemies from the game,
including a group of Los Illuminados, a red-robed Illuminados
(the one with the horned mask), an Iron Maiden (Regenerator
with spikes), a Garrador (my personal favorite) and Krauser.
Each figure looks pretty good in the promotional images, but
I can't attest to how poseable they are or how many accessories
they may be packaged with until they're released.
I can only hope that this series does well as I would like
to see a third series featuring Ashley ( in both outfits),
Saddler, Mendez, Luis and a Novistadors. To be honest, there's
more than enough characters/enemies to get a couple of series
out. I would think NECA would be foolish not to try and get
an oversized El Gigante out for those who want to reenact
that boss fight.
So, who would this series be good for? Fans of Resident
Evil 4, of course. There certainly is little in terms
of playbility with the series and most are limited in how
they can be posed, but considering the quality of the models,
fans of the game should be pleased with their purchases.