I’ve been a toy collector since my teens and in the couple of decades since then I’ve never been one to troll a toy company. I hate the attitudes of ultra dweeb collectors that harp on and on about a company by calling them affectionate names like “Hasblow”. A company makes good products or it doesn’t, you choose to buy them or you don’t. There’s no need to sit on message boards and complain about them all day. That’s why I feel a little guilty about writing this post. I’m fairly new to collecting NECA figures, but their recent offerings have really excited me.
NECA’s line up includes figures from some of my favorite 80s properties. Aliens. Predator. Terminator. Robocop. And the toys look amazing. However, I have to say that I don’t think I can buy another figure from NECA. And here’s why:
This post originally was going to be about how great this Alien Warrior from their Aliens line is and how everyone should get one or a bunch. However, it is not because his leg snapped off while moving it under not extraordinary pressure. I was just moving it normally. I could understand if it was an isolated issue with a figure and move on. However, I’ve had way too many problems with NECA toys.
Let’s total up the NECA figures I’ve purchased so far:
Out of the seven figures, Jungle Hunter Predator had a wrist blade snap off, ED-209 wasn’t glued properly, and the Alien Warrior’s leg broke off. That’s a 42% defect rate in this small sample size. What on Earth would posses any sane consumer to purchase more from a company that had that many defects?
Toy collectors will put up with a lot. Even still buying figures from a company that will have known QC issues. However, I can’t be one of them. It’s too frustrating. There are plenty of other toys I could spend my money on.
On Twitter their response to my complaints has been (the last 2 times) basically: If you bought it from us we can exchange it for you otherwise take it to the store you got it from. That’s nice and all, but it doesn’t address the underlying concerns that these kinds of issues won’t happen again.
Okay anyway, I have to make note about Sgt. Windrix, since I picked him up when I got the Alien. Windrex is a Colonial Marine that you didn’t see in the movies, because he’s a new guy. He’s the brother of one of the sculptors at NECA and he unfortunately passed away not that long ago. It’s a really tragic story. I wanted the figure because I like the idea of more than just movie figures coming out. Expanded universe Aliens figures is a cool idea.
Unfortunately, as a toy it suffers a couple of flaws. I can’t get him to hold his flame thrower properly because of the way his hand is angled. You can mess around with it so it looks better at the cost of the wrist having an awkward angle. That’s not something I’m going to do when I’m afraid I’ll break him moving him around.
The other flaw is that the shoulder mounted camera can fit into the peg in the back, but no matter what I do I can’t get it to stay. It keeps popping back out.
So Windrix is a cool figure overall with some great details, but not exactly what I was hoping for while the Alien figure was a huge failure and a big disappointment.
Now that I think about it, I may give NECA one last chance with their Robocop 3 figure… but that’s a maybe. The fact is, I was planning on picking up ever single one of their Aliens figures they’re putting out now, but not any more. I gotta vote with my wallet. NECA, please increase the quality in your toys. I have to be able to move them around without breaking.
If NECA can somehow prove that the 42% product failure rate I’m experiencing is a fluke I’ll take back everything I’ve said and start buying their stuff like crazy.