NECA Cult Classics
Trick R Treat
Sam
6” Scale (debatable)
by: NECA Toys
$9.99 at Toys R Us

I first saw “Trick R Treat” on DVD when it was finally released in 2009 after being held back by the studio several times. I rushed out to pick it up because of all of the high praise it’d been getting online and was not disappointed in the least. Trick R Treat is a fantastic anthology-style horror flick in the tradition of Creepshow (another of my favorites) that everyone who likes horror should definitely check out.

Unfortunately for me, by the time I got around to looking for the NECA Toys Sam action figure, he had long since sold out in stores and was commanding really high prices on the secondary market. Luckily for me, NECA is a thoughtful company who re-releases many of their most popular figures from time to time so that shmucks like myself can get caught up!

Sam (short for Samhain) is sort of the mascot of Trick R Treat and he shows up in each mini-story to either look creepy and cute or to make sure things are moving along the way a good scary story should. He’s roughly kid-sized and definitely has a memorable look that I’m excited to add to my shelves.

But is Sam worth checking out or is he just a burlap sack full of crap that’s destined to be left flaming on someone’s front porch?

Click inside to find out!
Packaging:
NECA changes up the packaging a bit between the initial roll out and these reissues. The first run was packaged in the standard clear plastic clam shell that I always associate with NECA. These second runs are on smaller blister cards that I actually much prefer.Not only are they easier to get into than the clam shells but, in my opinion, they look much nicer on the shelves.


The front has some decent graphics of Sam and the Trick R Treat logo while the back shows the other figures that have been made available this time around. There’s also a short little blurb that explains who Sam is and why you’d want to buy him. As if you need a reason!

Sculpt, Paint, Looks:
Sam, in the movie, is played by an adorable little kid named Quinn Lord. You’d never know he was adorable, though, if you only saw him in the movie. I’ll stop short of spoiling anything for you but let’s just say he’s not exactly a kid under that mask. Sam wears a set of footy pajamas that look like they’ve been stitched and repaired many times over the years with an insanely creepy scarecrow-type mask over his head. It’s the kind of costume that looks cute at first glance but then, as you examine it closer, begins to unsettle you. The uneven button eyes and stitched smile give me the willies.


The figure is 100% faithful to the design of the Sam costume in the movie and the sculpt holds up to the usual high NECA standards. The individual wrinkles in the fabric of Sam’s costume are all there with different textures on each piece of clothing to set them apart. Sam’s little fingers stick out from his fingerless gloves and the darker patches even show tiny stitching that holds then on to his PJ’s.


There aren’t a ton of individual paint applications on Sam but what’s there is done very well. His whole color palette is very dark and drab in keeping with the earthy feel of Halloween. Sam’s jammies are a dark, dirty orange that really looks filthy while his head-sack is a dirty brown.


There is absolutely nothing that I would want changed about the sculpt of this figure.

Articulation:
And now that I have raved so much about the sculpt I am going to complain about the articulation.

Sam has a pitiful 6 joints on his entire body.

Ball Neck
Swivel Right Elbow
Swivel Hinge Left Shoulder
Swivel Hinge Left Elbow
Swivel Wrists


The neck joint is pretty decent. Although it’s extremely tight and almost limited to a swivel there’s some good range there to have Sam as far left and right as you’d want. Sam’s left arm is also pretty good with a solid amount of movement although I had to really grow some balls and just force it as both joints were insanely tight at first. The right arm may as well be jointless for all the options it gives you. Since his arm is sculpted up and you can’t move it elsewhere you’re only going to make Sam look wrong by turning the elbow significantly.

From the shoulders down Sam is a solid chunk of plastic.

I know the splendiferous sculpt owes a lot to the lack of joints but I can’t help wishing there were more ways I could pose Sam. He climbs on the wall, sits on a curb, hides in a box and general is a pretty mobile little guy! Maybe in the future, if director Michael Dougherty makes a sequel, NECA will get a chance to make a more agile Samhain for me to play with.

Accessories:
Sam comes packaged with some really neat stuff. There’s a really cool Jack O Lantern sprouting translucent plastic flames, the one that he used to terrorize Brian Cox in the movie, as well as his iconic Candy Bar Knife and Bitten Sucker Slasher. All of the items are accurately sculpted and painted and I’m particularly amazed by the little weapons since they’re so small.


The original release of Sam included an additional head, another Jack O Lantern (non-flaming) as well as a fairly nondescript base for Sam to stand on. I’m not too bothered by missing out on the Jack O Lantern and the base but it does sting for Sam to be without his true face. I don’t think it’s worth paying an additional $30 to get my mitts on Sam’s melon but it is pretty neat.


It would have been pretty cool to get a dirty, wet, cloth sack like the one Sam drags around with him throughout the movie. We never get to see what’s inside but my bet’s on some old, moldy candy from years past. I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal to make my own though….

Value:
NECA sells their re-released Cult Classics for an MSRP of $9.99. When they originally came out these figures were between $13 and $16 each which is really a fair price but most of those figures are going for 3 to 4 times MSRP on the secondary market. It’s a great deal to get one of these well done, hard to find and very desirable figures for less than they sold for to begin with!

Sam also feels solidly put together. Of course, there’s not a lot of moving parts to compromise the strength of the figure so I don’t guess that’s surprising. The little weapons are pretty fragile but I don’t think anyone’s buying this little fella for their kids to play with so I doubt it’s going to be a deal breaker.

Summary:
This isn’t much of an action figure. I mean, what kid of action can you get out of toy with a one piece body? Sam from Trick R Treat is more of an affordable, small scale statue that can look great on your DVD shelf or amongst your other toys. He’s from the old McFarlane Toys school of design. Make it look great buy don’t sacrifice sculpt for articulation!


I usually expect a lot more from NECA Toys than what’s included on this figure. They’ve been really good lately about sneaking more and more joints into their figures without scaling back the good looks. I know that Sam’s a little bit of an older figure and I certainly didn’t expect NECA to re-tool a toy that sold just fine in the past. So I’m happy but Sam’s not perfect.

I guess what I want you wonderful folks to get out of this review is that Trick R Treat is an awesome movie that you should see. I also want you to know that NECA makes some kick ass toys that you can scoop up for ridiculously low prices on the second go ‘round. Whether you’re a fan of Sam, Beetlejuice, Jason or The Lost Boys you can find something on the shelves right now hat’ll make your skin crawl.

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