So yesterday, NECA quietly revealed that they'll be making a Robocop figure:
Now, we've already had a really quite good Robocop figure in the Movie Maniacs line, but NECA has a reputation for upping the quality of figures that McFarlane made in the past. Usually, though, there's a lot of room for improvement, and in this case, that's just not true. So here's a wishlist of things I want to see with NECA's Robocop toy:
- A holster in the leg. This was one of the major complaints with Todd's version: in the movie, Robocop can store his big fancy gun inside his right thigh, but the toy didn't follow suit. So let's make it happen, NECA. I was all set to say it probably couldn't be done on a figure this size, but then this image of an upcoming Figma release. That's the same general size - not a 12" figure or anything - and sure enough, it has a fully functional holster. It can be done!
- Removable helmet. The scene where someone asks Robocop his name and he replies "Murphy" is a triumphant moment, showing that for all the technology they've used to keep him alive, for all that his identity has been stripped away, he's still human inside. He isn't a machine, he's a man, and anything less misses the point of the character. So give us a removable helmet, and let us see Peter Weller's face beneath!
- ED-209. WE NEED AN ED-209! Not paired with the Robocop figure, obviously, but a box set. I want one. If NECA can make Regan in her bed, they can make an ED-209. They have the negotiating power to make it happen. I believe in them!
Now, I'm not delusional. I know most of these things are pipe dreams. But that's the point: they're dreams, they're wishes, they're what I'd ask in a world with no limitations or realities of production. They're the things that would make me buy Robocop straightaway and nominate him for ToY. Will I buy him even without the gun and the helmet? Maybe - it depends on how much better than the McFarlane version it is...
I'd buy that for a dollar!
Sad, but the NECA Robocop ended up being the least accurate. It's all pretty wrong. NECA did say they might be interested in releasing a Robocop line in 2012. So I guess we'll have to wait and see, maybe they'll fix it then.
Also, a removable helmet wouldn't be possible on a toy. Robocop wouldn't look like how he does in the movie because of the chinstrap, which mysteriously disappears thanks to movie magic. Swappable head would be the only way to go. But knowing toy companies, it'd just be more business savvy for them to release two figures.
This is somewhat off-topic buuuuuuuuuut:
Can I just say, that the Figma figures in general are some of the best action figures I've ever seen? I swear, I own one figure of an anime character called Canaan, and while most figma enthusiasts consider it to be one of the few 'misses' (I think they just don't know what the hell they're talking about, especially considering how little they know about the anime and action figures in general to begin with), I actually consider it to be one of the best figures I have ever owned.
Well now you can check off another feature because NECA is making ED 209! Now just one more!
I saw!! I'm so excited!!