1/4 Scale City Hunter Predator by NECA Toys

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I’ll admit it just like I did in my video for this figure: this is the first figure that I’ve bought in this scale that I’ve taken out of the package. I almost felt horrible for doing it because as you’ve seen from many other features on this site, I’m a big Mint on Card/Mint in Box collector.

I’ll also state again that I’m that kind of collector because it’s easier for me to display the items I like and I really love the work that goes into the packaging for many figures. It’s not just because I think I’m going to make a lot of money on these figures in the future by hoarding them in their boxes.

I have to preface this review by also stating that this is my first NECA Predator. The movie is one of my favourites and I watched the hell out of in growing up. I have a 7” and 12” Predator figure that were made by McFarlane Toys and I figured that was all I needed.

NECA has been releasing Predators for years now, and while they are cool looking, I just haven’t purchased any because, like I said, I already had two figures and I’m not deep in Predator lore. I don’t really care too much about all the variants of them, but I can see how people would! It’s the same as me collecting variants of Freddy, Jason, and Star Wars/Masters of the Universe characters.

When I saw that NECA was re-releasing their 1/4 scale City Hunter Predator with improvements and LED features, I hummed and hawed until I took the plunge and bought it. Wes over at Silver Screen Toys and Collectibles got some in and sent one my way! Thanks, Wes!

Not only is the figure massive (20” tall), the box it comes in makes it seem even more massive. The figure and the accessories are packed securely and you’ll have to make sure you’re careful if you release the figure from the box using scissors and not wasting time with all the twist ties. The back of the box features the figure posed along with the many other Predator single figures in the 7” scale that NECA has released.

The bottom of the box (no pic taken) shows where the switches are to activate the LED features and where the battery compartments are. I failed to notice the bottom of the box when I went searching for all the LED switches at first.

When the Predator is out of the box, you immediately take in how huge the figure actually is. Not only was I blown away with how tall it is and I was also quite surprised with how heavy the figure is.

If you watch the video embedded at the bottom of this feature, I play around with the articulation a bit. The head doesn’t have a lot of movement to it. It does move left, right, up and down, but not too much. There is articulation at the shoulders, the elbows (my figure’s right elbow is very stiff – you can see in the video), and the hands can rotate and move up and down due to the wrist articulation.

The figure’s legs also can move just below the torso. The knees are articulated and the feet can move just a bit up and down but they can swivel left and right. I won’t be bending the knees too much at all because I don’t want to risk the tight knee joints to either break or bend so quickly that it damages the netting that runs down the legs of the figure.

The head sculpt mask/head sculpt on the figure is awesome. Seeing how I’m not an expert on every helmet variation or one to speak on the exact accuracy to what was shown in hte movie, I can say that to this casual Predator fan, it’s amazing.  I love the bronze look to the helmet along with the small dents, the wear shown on it and the various paint apps to make it look worn.   The mesh used for the eye area under the helmet works really well. The hair (Pred-Dreads?) are a softer plastic and there are a lot of pieces.

The shoulder cannon is a softer plastic, too, and it placed in the rest position underneath some of the Predator dreads. There’s a track for it to run up to be able to be positioned on his shoulder. It can pop out of the track quite easily but you can put it in without any effort as well.

The upper torso looks really great! The muscular tone shines well with the colours used on the body.  The actual mesh netting is a nice touch and it would be so interesting to see how they actually get this on the figure. It’s also featured on the right arm and the legs.

The shoulder armour is a softer plastic, but has cool detailing that not only is varied on both shoulders, but blends well into the armour on the back of the figure.  The neck piece/amour on the neck was a surprising level of detail I wasn’t expecting, so I took a close-up picture of that.

The arms and hands have excellent detail paint detail on them. The right wrist has the gauntlet that has the retractable blades (mine are a tad loose) while the right has the self-destruction gauntlet (with the LED feature I’ll look at in a bit).

 

 

 

Around the waist, the Predator features a place to store its smart disc weapon as well as a couple of detailed pouches.  You can’t open them, but they do add to the overall aesthetic of the figure.

One of the pictures below is a close-up of the paint and detailing of the Predator’s skin. I was really blown away with that level of detailing on a figure this big. It’s quite impressive.

The lower half of the figure features some leg armour that’s similar to the feel of the armour on top.  The legs and feet feature the same cool paint and detail as the upper part of the figure. The feet are hard plastic and the way they’re sculpted, I find it hard to keep the heavy figure balanced especially if he’s not in a plain standing pose.

The accessories the Predator comes with are: a smart disc weapon, his spear that is collapsed (supposedly it’s called a Combistick – something I didn’t know), a net gun and an additional hand to slide the net gun on to.

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The smart disc can be held securely in the right hand. If you don’t want the figure to hold it, it can be placed firmly in the holder on the belt that I showed earlier above.

Swapping out the hands on this figure was really tough. I thought I was going to break the wrist joint because it was in there really, really well. I did wiggle it out but I couldn’t get the other one in. I know you can use a hairdryer or hot water to loosen things up, but I just simply didn’t have the time to go through all that for a few pictures when I’m never going to pose the Predator with that hand or the net gun.

In my video, I had NO idea what to do with the magnetic part of the net gun. It wasn’t until I saw in an Entertainment Earth catalogue I got through a friend showed it on the left knee pad on the figure. There you go! The mystery is now solved.

Speaking of the catalogue picture, it also showed this Predator with the Combistick/spear elongated. I immediately went and grabbed the piece and looked at other pictures of the figure online and couldn’t see it featured anywhere else. Perhaps the elongated Combistick was something that came with the first release of this figure.

You’ll see in the pictures below that the Combistick isn’t all the way in the figure’s hand and that’s because the hand is so tight, I couldn’t even wiggle the piece in all the way out of fear of  breaking the fingers off. I’m sure this is another case of having to use hot water or a hair dryer to loosen things up but I didn’t bother.

The LED features are prominent in the Predator’s targeting system on the side of its helmet and in the self-destruction device. Both are very bright and work once you remove the plastic piece to activate the battery chains.

Below, you can see the LED light on the left side of the helmet. The button to activate the feature is located on the opposite side of the helmet. To remove the plastic piece to activate the batteries that are included (or to replace them), you have to lift the helmet up as shown.

I was hoping that the LED feature on the self-destruction device would blink or that the markings would change to something different, but they don’t. They just light up for separate symbols. That’s OK, though because they look cool and it’s a great feature to have on a figure this size.

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Besides the problems (or me worrying too much) with this figure not balancing as well as I’d like, the stiff plastic for the hand not being able to hold the collapsed spear properly and the lack of a second head, I am happy with the figure and think it’s worth the money. I’m sure Predator collectors will eat this up and dissect every single detail with this figure.

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Check out my video on the figure! I filmed this before taking the pictures so I may have failed to mention things I do here. Thanks again to Wes over at  Silver Screen Toys and Collectibles – check em out!

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