ROBOCOP w/ SPRING-LOADED HOLSTER
Robocop. He’s a cop and also a robot. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I think he’s technically a cyborg. Right? I mean, he uses a real guy’s face, doesn’t he? The movie sort of blurs the line, so it’s a little difficult to say if he’s a robot with the face and memories of a dead guy, or if he’s a dead guy with robotic enhancements. All of this is my way of saying that I have no idea what to say in a Robocop intro. So, there you go. Anyway, I’m looking at a Robocop figure today, so let’s just get right into it, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
“Leg Holster” Robocop is part of the second assortment of NECA’s Robocop line. After the basic Murphy did decent business, they decided to follow him up with a couple of variants. While this guy is *technically* a variant, he actually improves on a few issues from the basic Murphy figure, and is kind of the “ultimate” Robocop, so to speak. The figure hands a little over 7 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. He’s not super mobile, but then, neither was the character in the film, now was he? This figure mostly re-uses pieces from the standard Robocop figure. The sculpt was a good one, and is incredibly faithful to the movie’s design. One notable fix between this figure and the initial one is that this one’s mask has been pushed all the way down, so he doesn’t have the slight bit of extra nose protruding down like the first figure, which makes for an overall much better look. What can be seen of the face is rather on the generic side (since Peter Weller has yet to grant his likeness rights to NECA), but it’s a tiny enough section of face that there’s not much of a likeness to worry about. The main change to this figure is the right thigh, which has been designed to replicate Murphy’s built-in leg holster. There’s a button on the back of the leg, which pops it open, revealing the “holster” (which is really just a set of clips which can hold the gun), and allowing for the gun to be placed inside. Then you can pop the leg back together, albeit with a fair bit of effort. When I got the figure, I was initially worried that the leg holster might interfere with the quality of the figure, and possibly be too gimmicky, but it’s really not. It’s there if you want to use it, but once you clip the leg back together, it’s as if the spring-loaded feature isn’t there at all. The paint on Robocop is pretty solid. The base work is all nice and clean, and I particularly like the slightly iridescent finish to the silver sections. He includes his signature gun, as well as an alternate right hand with his data spike extended. Apart from an unmasked head (which obviously wasn’t going to happen), I really can’t think of anything else he’d need!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I bought this figure whilst in the midst of my NECA summer, aka the first summer that I discovered NECA, where I was playing catch-up and getting as many of the older figures as I could. This particular figure was purchased in response to Hot Toys announcing their own version of Murphy. He was super cool, but I realized that spending $300 on a figure from a movie I at best kind-of-sort-of enjoy made absolutely no sense. So, I got this guy instead, and I’ve been quite happy with him ever since!