Ultimate Nightmare on Elm St. 3 Freddy Krueger figure by NECA Toys
Are you ready for Freddy? I know it’s cliché, but it’s still fun to say! Last week, I took a look at the excellent Ultimate Jason (from Friday the 13th Part 3) and Ultimate Ash (from Evil Dead 2) figures by NECA Toys. Also released in the same time frame as these figures is the Ultimate Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
This figure is similar in a few ways to the figures I mentioned above AND the Ultimate Freddy (based on his appearance in the first A Nightmare on Elm Street film) that I took a look at earlier this year in the sense that the packaging is as solid and it comes with A LOT of stuff to back up the “Ultimate” categorization. It’s also approximately 7”, just like the other figures.
When iconic movie posters are presented as box art in a nice, glossy finish, you can guarantee I may be on board to buy something before I see what’s actually IN the box. For me, this is one of my favourite horror movie posters of all time. It also probably has to do with the nostalgia tied to this movie for me and how many times I’ve watched it but damn, is it ever awesome.
The back of the box features the Freddy figure you get in the packaged posed just to tease you with all the ways you can pose this figure with its 25+ points of articulation (if or when you take it out of the box).
For those of you, like me, who will keep this figure in the box for display and shelf space purposes, you get a great pose of the figure on the left (with the amazing chest piece I’ll get to later) with the figure itself on the right in clear window-box packaging.
I’ll be running down all the accessories in a bit, but below is a closer picture of everything that is included with this figure. Everything I’ve purchased in the “Ultimate” line from NECA tend to be packaged very securely.
The outfit on this figure is different than the one that was sculpted for the Ultimate Freddy from the first movie. There’s more worn out look on the outfit – especially at the bottom of the sweater. The pants are different as well and you can see the different areas where the creases are sculpted in.
When you look really close at the sweater, the textures in the sweater itself really give the figure more realism. I’d really like to know how they pull this stuff off.
The main head is more demonic than the one included with the first figure. The first one still had a bit of the human look of actor Robert Englund, where this one show the advancements they made with the make up and how they were making Freddy more of a monster (although he started with a few more one-liners in this film). I can’t get over how intricate sculpting has gotten. The details on the burns, wrinkles, and teeth simply blow me away. Even the maniacal glare shows that Freddy is out for the kill.
If you haven’t seen this movie, sorry, I’m going to get into spoiler territory with this paragraph. The second head features the cross that was placed on his skull in the real world while he was in a final battle in the dream world. The expression on Freddy’s face captures the moment really well as his eyes look they’re about to roll into the back of his head as he’s screaming in pain – something Freddy rarely did in the franchise.
I love the glove on this figure. The razor blades are long and painted well, there’s detailing in the glove itself with the wrinkling, and the sculpting of the area where the blades attach to the fingers are so well done! I also like the little touches like the blood that’s added on the finger on the inside of the glove.
As for all the accessories, there are a few here that already came with the initial A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Freddy (from 2012, I think). I don’ t actually own that figure to compare any differences in the paint details, but I do have it coming in thanks to KillerToyz and their Black Friday sale. I’ll be able to add any extra details in a week or so to add any comparison .
In addition to the two heads, Freddy comes with his hat (of course), the Freddy marionette/puppet that appeared in Phillip’s room, the Elm Street house that Kristen built in the movie, and the needle hand/glove that he used to inject Taryn with what I think was a lethal dose of heroine.
To top it all off, you can swap the front of the sweater out with the Chest of Souls that depicts the scene in the movie where you see all the trapped souls that are embedded in Freddy. It was a truly creepy and terrifying scene back in the day and the sculpt of this piece really brings it to life and captures the effects very well.
I feel like I’m a broken record now after reviewing a bunch of these NECA horror figures as of late (and all the other ones I got my hands on and showcased on the site here earlier on in the year), but it’s only a matter of time that I get my hands on a few of these and take the plunge to have a couple on my shelf somewhere in the man-cave.
These are so well done it really makes me want to kick the mint-in-card/box collector in me square in the ass. If my money is good by the time Boxing Day/Week sales go up and depending what I can track down, there may be some additional NECA goodness on the site during the holiday break with some pictorials.
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