I recently had the good fortune to meet up real-life-style with a fellow OAFE, who was in town for business. Rustin Parr and I met up at a local comicshop to talk toys and whatnot, and fun times were had by all (I think anyway). During our conversations, Rustin asked if I would want him to pick up one of NECA's exclusive Albino Predator figures while he'd be at SDCC. I said I wasn't really that interested in it, which elicited this response from him: "But you're the Predator guy!"
Which made me pause for a moment and think, "Am I?" Hmmm... it definitely fell to me to review NECA's Predator figures more often than not, and I was usually their biggest defender when it came to ToY nominating and similar discussions... so I guess I was "the Predator guy." Or at least, I had been.
See, while I definitely commend NECA's efforts to release the entire Lost Tribe from the end of Predator 2, I also found myself kind of burned out by all the similar looking Predators that kept appearing every few months, seemingly without end. I enjoyed the figures, but there was a lack of freshness that began to take hold after a while. For numerous reasons, I was grateful when the final Lost Tribe figures had been produced.
So long story short, I didn't consider myself to be the Predator guy anymore. While I was definitely digging the recent injection of Dutch Schaeffers into the line, and I love the Trophy Wall diorama, I hadn't been excited about an actual Predator character figure since Big Red, and and before that I really don't remember the last Predator that I was really specifically anticipating. I loved the line, but the individual characters didn't really pop out to me, if that makes any sense.
But then came SDCC 2013. While nothing was particularly revelatory or mind-blowing in the Predator department, I still had to admire the creativity NECA decided to employ to keep the line going. In addition to much-needed updates like the P2 Elder and quirky variants like Infra-red Dutch, we also got to see how much this line was delving into and embracing the land of the Expanded Universe.