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This review is from: PREDATORS Berserker & PREDATOR 2 City Hunter 2Pack (Toy)
This product is, in short, pretty amazing. Having seen Predator and Predator 2 only, I was mostly after the City Pred in this pack, and after having read some reviews, I decided that this was a better bet than buying the City Pred on its own. This, I am coming to realise, has been a good call.
The figures themselves are fantastic. The City Pred is by far the better of the two - more poseability, better colouring, more functions and more detail - but the Beserker is not to be left out. The Beserker figure is, admittedly, not the best. The supposed removable blade does not fit its slot very well, and keeps falling out on my figure. (Also, I believe the description specified two removable blades and I only recieved one.) Perhaps by no fault of the designers, but rather those who proposed the idea, is that the mid-cloak idea works perfectly well on the drawing board but isn't so good in reality. The paintwork on the other side of translucent parts tints the cloaked areas an unusual purple colour. Also, one of the thighs is a tan brown rather than a grey/black due to the same reason reversed. The Beserker also can't stand terribly well - his feet are not as wide as those of the City Pred's.
Now, accessories. This set comes with many fantastic extras, the best of them being the extended spear and Smart Disc for sure. The interchangeable hand for the City Pred works perfectly with the spears (both extended and retracted). The Smart Disc is a little difficult to make the Predator hold, but when he's got it he's really got a grip on it. The Smart Disc also fits in a holster on his thigh. the trophy skulls are really something - the Super Predator skull even has a hinging jaw; the details are incredible. The only downside to these is that I can't get either figure to get a good grip on them, so I can't pose them as if they are scrutinising the skulls.
As for extra functions, the City Pred beats the Beserker again. The Beserker sports his camouflaging backdrop - some simple cardboard, but a nice touch and worth keeping if you like to display figures - and a removable blade, which is aforementioned to have a tendency to remove itself. I think it's just shy, but hey. Maybe that's a one-off thing. The blade is also a little flimsy, probably so that it doesn't snap. As well as these, the Beserker has a Plasmacaster on his shoulder that can swing from side to side. This part is cloaked, which makes for some interesting thoughts of invisible death. For the City Pred, we have retractable/extendable wrist blades that are far shorter than those of the Berserker, but work far better. The downside to these is that they don't extend far enough out and the wrist doesn't allow enough floding movement for the blades to really protrude, but this is only a minor thing. The City Pred can also store his Smart Disc in a specially created holster, as seen in the film 'Predator 2'. Also, some loose things on strings that seem to be un-removable add a dynamic look to this figure. Finally, his shoulder-mounted Plasmacaster can fold away behind his back - an excellent function that allows for one to pose him as either relaxed or battle-ready. The Plasmacaster can also rotate on its mounting.
Despite having heard horror stories about the articulation and durability of NECA figures, I have had no trouble at all with these figures. The sheer number of joints on these figures makes for a very large number of possible movements, making these very dynamic figures. The drawback to the articulation is the head - neither can be moved particularly far, and certainly not very far up or down (chest and back are in the way; this plus dreadlocks equals little movement). My other complaint is that the Beserker's torso-waist joint is not terribly durable. It keeps popping out, leaving me with a rather embarassed Predator that can't keep himself in one piece. Tsk, tsk. Otherwise, the srticulation is impressive and makes for very good poseability in this set.
All in all, this a fantastic figure two-pack - buy if you're a fan of the Predator series or simply like classic figures! The functions won't disappoint you. You'll be entertained for several hours (at least) simply experimenting with poses for them. The City Pred is the better figure, and even at £30, I think that figure alone would be worth it. The assorted weapons and such simply add to what is really a great set.
I'll be on the lookout for other NECA figures in the future - this set has impressed me greatly!