2012 In (Cool Toy) Review: Most Consistently Innovative|
National Entertainment Collectibles Association has always been ahead of the curve when it came to sculptural texturing and paint applications, but year after year they have pushed themselves to out do their previous work, and as such they have developed a virtually invisible articulation design, insane character likeness that utilizes intrinsic plastics for life-like skin, and overall perfection in almost all of their releases. While many larger companies struggle to produce decent products, NECA is hitting the nail on the head every time something comes out. As the price gap continues to shrink, what they offer at the price point they have is nothing less than inspirational. Take, for instance, their 1/4 scale Gollum and Sm?agol figures. The near seamless articulation, rooted hair, paint quality, and accurate sculpt hit shelves with a suggested retail price of $50! Other companies that dabble with that scale and product quality would have asked for something closer to $100-150 each. In 2012 NECA set the bar, and no other company was able to clear it. All this has us very excited to see what they'll be revealing next month... A shame they aren't in the market of making 1/4 scale articulated Star Wars figures, but maybe if we all demand it they'll pursue the licence and blow our minds with what they can do at a decent price point.