$15.99 at Toys R Us
I’ve been a huge fan of Robocop ever since I watched it on TV as a fairly young kid. Of course most of the gore was edited out and so I was spared the trauma of seeing Peter Weller sliced to bits in that early scene (MEDIC!). Strangely enough they left in the guy being melted by toxic waste and splattered across the front of a car and you can bet your 6000-SUX I had nightmares about that for a while.
But it wasn’t the violence or the crazy, over the top parts I love now that drew me in to Robocop as a kid. He was, and still is, just so cool looking. That helmet, that giant gun, the gleaming silver metal. I wanted a toy instantly and I eventually got one. I can remember having one of the Kenner figures with a backpack that opened up to load caps into it. I had to ration my caps because my parents wouldn’t buy me more but I loved that figure an unreasonable amount.
Of course, by today’s standards, those old figures look pretty horrible so I’ve naturally been on the look-out for a bigger, better version to display alongside my other favorite characters. I had planned to pick up one of the McFarlane Toys Movie Maniacs figures but decided not to. The high price it goes for combined with almost no articulation gave me all the reasons I needed to hold out for better.
Now NECA Toys have released their own version of Detroit’s favorite cop. He’s well articulated, nicely sculpted and very affordable at $16 but is he worth picking up? Did NECA run with the ball or did they DROP IT?
Click inside to find out!
NECA’s toys all come in generally the same clear clamshell that does a great job of displaying the figure. Each toy line and sometimes each figure gets it’s own inserts that give some general info about the figure inside but don’t give you any reason to be all sentimental about the packaging. I held on to mine long enough to take a couple of shots for the review and then sent it on it’s way.
Sculpt, Paint, Looks:
Robocop looks really nice both from a distance and right up close. He has the right amount of detail to show the circuits and moving parts without looking too busy and it all looks great. The armor plates and black under-armor sections have all of the lines you’re expecting and the sculpt of the face and jaw capture the strong lines of Peter Weller perfectly.
I was particularly impressed by the pistons on the back of the feet as well as the plate that covers the knee joint. Both are nice details that really serve no purpose other than to make Robocop look great. He really is a near-perfect representation of the character from head to toe.
The paint is generally very good on my Robocop though there were a couple of very minor spots where it didn’t quite make it to the line or went over the smallest amount. None of these things are noticeable at a glance and didn’t bother me at all but you should be able to choose from several Robos as my TRU had about 7 of them to pick from.
Robocop has the following joints, starting from the top:
Swivel / Ball Neck (2 separate joints)
Ball / Hinge Shoulders
That’s quite a lot of potential for movement and it probably makes this figure more flexible than the actual person in a Robocop suit. The head assembly works really well, it’s a similar set up to the new Thundercats Classics figures and it’s an interesting work-around when a simple ball jointed head won’t get the job done.
The shoulders, hips and elbows are limited quite a bit by the nature of the sculpt, the shoulder and hip joints are blocked by the shoulders and hips themselves while the elbows are stopped by the construction of the arm around the joint. All of the other joints work very smoothly, the only joint I would have liked to have would be some ankle rockers to go along with those ball hips.
All that said, this figure can certainly get into most of the iconic Robocop poses and a lot that Robo himself could have never dreamed of. It’s almost a neat touch that the figure isn’t an acrobatic contortionist, although that might have been entertaining to play around with.
All of the joints are extremely tight right out of the package, so tight that many of them make a bit of a squeaking sound as you turn them. I didn’t have to freeze Robocop to get him moving, though, and all of the joints continue to turn smoothly (if a bit noisily).
Robocop is pretty light in the gear department. All you get to play around with is an interchangeable Data Spike hand and his trademark Giant Ass Gun.
The gun itself looks great, just like the massive pistol Robo used in the movies, and it fits into his right hand perfectly. The finger even goes into the trigger guard with ease! Why oh why can’t more toy companies do that? Robo’s gun even looks great in the hands of other figures, this is really one of the coolest movie weapons of all time and I’m excited to have one to give to Yotsuba.
The Data Spike hand pops on to the stub of his right hand once you remove the gun holding hand. It was a bit of a pain to pop the right hand off initially but once it came free with a resound POP all of my subsequent swapping has been much easier. The spike hand looks cool on him and it’s neat that it’s been included however Robo’s articulation doesn’t really allow for too many convincing Data Spike poses.
A bit of a downer is the fact that NECA wasn’t able to include opening panels on Robocop’s right leg to store the pistol inside. This isn’t a surprise since NECA was very open about their inability to make the leg holster happen, hopefully this fella will sell well and we can get one down the line. A removable helmet to expose Mr. Weller’s bald head and/or some jars of baby food would be pretty cool too!
NECA figures are some of the most competitively priced large-scale toys on the market, always hovering between $10 and $20 for some of the most detailed licensed toys you can get. Robocop is close to the high end of that range but he’s still a great buy when I compare him to some of my other favorite toy lines (MOTUC, DCUC etc.).
This Robocop figure is a 100% brand new, detailed sculpt that, as far as I know, NECA has no plans to re-use on future figures. I really don’t know how this costing works out when we’re expected to pay the same or more for DC Universe Classics in the same scale with heavy parts re-use and significantly less detail in the sculpts. I’m just happy to say that Robocop is a steal at this price.
I’ve been patiently waiting (a skill I’m not exactly known for) to get my hands on a Robocop figure like this ever since I started collecting toys as an adult. I may not own the McFarlane Movie Maniacs Robocop but I’m still 100% confident in saying that the new NECA version blows him out of the water (with a COBRA Rifle). Add to that the fact that this figure is readily available at Toys R Us for a very affordable price and you’ve got a figure that any Robocop fan needs to own.
I’m really hopeful that NECA will keep on truckin’ with this license so that I can get an in-scale ED-209 and a Robocop 2. If NECA can get these guys made and onto retail shelves with the same level of detail and a similar amount of articulation I would buy them at just about any price. Give me an Officer Lewis, Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker and I’ll dance the Macarena in my underwear all the way to the cash register.