GUILLERMO DEL TORO SIGNATURE SERIES (NECA)
As one of Guillermo del Toro’s most successful films both commercially and critically, as well as good number of movie-goers’ first exposure to del Toro’s work, Pan’s Labyrinth, unsurprisingly, makes up the backbone of NECA’s spotlight on the director’s work. In addition to getting two of the film’s most distinctive creatures, we also get the film’s protagonist (a real rarity when it comes to toys from horror properties), Ofelia, whose reality and fantasy blending quest drives the film.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ofelia is figure 3 in the Guillermo del Toro Signature Series from NECA, following Santi from The Devil’s Backbone and the Pale Man, also from Pan’s Labyrinth. She’s the middle of the three Pan’s Labyrinth figures, and actually works as a pretty solid bridge from Pale Man to Faun. Ofelia is seen her in her green and white party dress, which she wears on her way to the first of the three challenges from the Faun. It’s not a particularly long-lived outfit, but it’s somewhat important to the plot, and definitely her most distinctive look from the movie. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 28 points of articulation. The articulation on the upper half of the figure is definitely well-implemented, but the legs, especially the hips, are rather restricted by the thick plastic dress. There’s no easy solution to that, though, and I can’t really fault NECA for choosing aesthetics over performance on this one. It’s not like Ofelia’s going to need to get into a ton of action poses, so this should do. Ofelia’s is a pretty decent recreation of her appearance in the movie, though perhaps not quite as strong as the Faun was. She overall seems a little too stretched out and lanky for actress Ivana Baquero in the film. I had a similar complaint about the Newt figure from the Aliens line. I think it’s just something that comes with the translation from real person to articulated figure. The likeness on the head also isn’t the best we’ve seen from NECA. It’s not bad, but it’s not quite right. The hair is definitely throwing it off somewhat, as is the slightly blander expression than Ofelia tended to have in the film, but the face also seems a little too rounded for Baquero, especially at the jawline. The prototype looked a little closer, so it’s possible it could be a paint thing. Speaking of paint, Ofelia’s paint is a little more basic than we tend to see on NECA offerings, since the dress is, by it’s very nature, meant to be a much cleaner looking piece. There’s a little bit of slop on the edges of the transitions from white to green, as well as the edges of her socks. The facial likeness is again impacted here, I think mostly by the eyebrows, which are just the wrong shape. It’s minor, but it definitely throws some things off. On the plus side, NECA’s usual knack for subtle accent work shows up on the green section of her outfit, which have some very nice depth work going on. Ofelia’s smaller than the average figure, but is at the same price-point as the Faun. She makes up the difference via accessories. She’s packed with the key retrieved from her first task, her storybook, three differently colored fairies, and the stone sculpture from the beginning of the film. The sculpture is made from polystone, and is a very impressive backdrop, but by far my favorite of the extras included here is the story book, which has a hinge, allowing for it to be opened to view two fully detailed pages.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Remember how I hadn’t seen Pan’s Labyrinth when I bought the Faun? And then I sat down and watched the movie before writing his review? Yeah, well, I really liked the movie, and I knew as soon as I finished watching it that I was going to need an Ofelia to go with my Faun, so I grabbed her the next day. While she’s not as technically impressive a figure as the Faun, she’s definitely a solid accent piece, and the extras included really make her worthwhile. Plus, she’s kind of the main character, so…
Ofelia was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys, and she can still be purchased here. If you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.