The GeeksverseREVIEW | Pacific Rim Series 2 Battle-Damaged Gipsy Danger (NECA)

REVIEW | Pacific Rim Series 2 Battle-Damaged Gipsy Danger (NECA)
Published on Monday, October 21, 2013 by
Let’s start this week off right, with a healthy, balanced breakfast and a brand-spanking-new action figure to review. Today’s subject: NECA’s Battle-Damaged Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim Series 2. Hit the jump for the full skinny on this mechanized beauty!
  • Figure name: Gipsy Danger
  • LinePacific Rim (Series 2)
  • Manufacturer: NECA
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • List Price: $18.99 (per Big Bad Toy Store)
  • Release Date: October 2013
  • Dimensions: 7″ tall
  • NOTE: The review item was provided as a complimentary sample by NECA.

Just in time for the October 15th DVD release of Guillermo Del Toro‘s summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, NECA has released their 2nd series of action figures based on the epic film. The subject of this review is the Gipsy Danger figure, the mighty piloted Jaeger which makes its second appearance in the line, and with the addition of battle damage detailing is slightly worse for the wear. However, after checking out the photos I snapped of this bad boy, you may come to find that this detailing took an already excellent figure and made it even better.

Packaging

neca-pacific-rim-series-2-gipsy-danger-battle-damaged-pkgGipsy Danger comes packed in a transparent clamshell package, with an insert card backing displaying a cityscape in the background. This is a nice addition as it provides somewhat of a pre-existing diorama for collectors who prefer to keep their figures mint-in-package. However, this writer doesn’t play that mess, and even if not preparing to review this guy I would have been compelled to free him from its plastic prison. Its only accessories are two detachable wrist-mounted blades, which are a new feature not included with the original Series 1 release.

Upon opening the packaging (a knife or scissors of some sort will be needed as it is heat-sealed), I was welcomed to the wonderful aroma of high quality resin and cured paint. The figure was secured to the form-fitted inner bubble with a single twist-tie, which was a welcome discovery. Once the figure and blades were fully emancipated from their transparent gulag, it was time to play, pose, and photograph!

Design

Gipsy Danger is constructed of high quality, high-density plastic resin, and is adorned with several highly-detailed paint applications. NECA notes on the product page for this figure that the sculpt was prepared using the actual CGI models as designed by ILM. As the packaging indicates, the figure comes with simulated “Battle Damage”, which consists of additional paint applications imitating carbon scoring, oxidation, and impact marks on the armored exterior.

These applications are very tastefully done, with just the right proportion of “damage” present to give the figure a battle-hardened appearance, without making it look like a 12 year-old went at it with a blowtorch and some M-80 firecrackers. As a collector who has created many battle-damaged customs of his own over the years, I can tell the detailing has been painted by hand and was painstakingly done. As I noted in the first paragraph, the end result is an enhanced figure that conveys a legitimate sense of realism.

Construction

Gipsy Danger features 20 points of articulation (ankles-swivel & rocker, knees- single bend, hips- forward and lateral, waist- swivel, wrists- cut, elbows-single bend, shoulders- ball joint & lateral, head- ball joint), so there are some dynamic poses that can be created with the figure. However, the articulation is significantly hampered at the hips and shoulders due to the protruding armor panels  in place restricting movement. This is less an issue with sculpt deficiency, as it appears to be attributed to the mech’s on-screen CGI design. The only other gripe I would note is that the blades tend to fall out of their mounting holes rather easily—this could easily be remedied with a dab of super glue for those who are okay with them being permanently deployed.

As noted previously, the figure is constructed of high-density plastic resin, which has a substantial and hefty feel to it. The joints are tight enough to hold any pose this weighty figure  would be displayed in. Additionally, all potential breakage points in the sculpt seem sturdy and able to withstand manipulation. Out of the package there was no joint “stickage,” and I was able to pose the figure immediately without any dried paint or epoxy impeding movement. Overall, I am highly impressed with the build and quality of this figure.

Conclusion

NECA’s Gipsy Danger is an extremely high-quality action figure that I am thoroughly impressed with. The caliber of materials used, sculpt quality, and paint applications all set this figure apart from its mainstream contemporaries in the same size class (take a look at some Real Steel figures to see Jakk’s Pacific’s craptastic execution of a similar concept). My only qualms with the figure were the aforementioned issues with some restricted movement and the forearm blades staying in place. Whether you are a fan of Pacific Rim, the kaiju film genre, or just like quality action figures, you should definitely consider adding Gipsy Danger to your collection.

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