The most recent releases for NECA’s Classic Video Game Series of figures included two Sylvester Stallone characters. The first was a Rambo NES Figure. The other is a Rocky Balboa figure based on the Sega Master System Rocky Video Game. This is the first figure in the 8-bit series to feature Master System style packaging. It’s a repaint of their previously released Rocky Balboa 7″ scale figure. Today I have a gallery of 75 photo to check out. For the photos, I decided to bring the two Stallone video game figure together. Read on to see my thoughts on the figure as well as the full gallery.
Special thanks to Randy Falk of NECA for tracking down the Rocky Boxing Ring used in the photo shoot.
NECA 8-Bit Rocky Classic Video Game Figure
- Detailed sculpt
- Good Stallone likeness
- Includes a flag accessory for iconic pose
- Great packaging
- Can do perfect boxing poses
- Limited hip articulation
I was pleasantly surprised to see NECA adding Sega Master System repaints into the Classic Video Game mix. The abysmal game packaging from the system now has a great retro vibe. I’ve always been drawn to the Master System games, and it’s a system I loved. Rocky, at the time, was a really fun game. It has not aged well at all. Games like Punchout became classics, while the Rocky game became more of a novelty. With the licensing that NECA has available, I never expected to see a Rocky game figure, but it’s a really fun addition to the lineup.
Rocky comes packaged in a window box with a flap. It’s modeled after the original game packaging, coming in a bright white box with a patterned grid. Inside you’ll find the Rocky figure, a sculpted American Flag accessory, and a backdrop featuring a screen shot from the original game. The Rocky figure feature over 20 points of articulation. It has a paint job to mimic the title screen from the game. It’s a bit more realistic looking paint scheme than previous releases. But it still features detail paint lines and a bit of cel shading. The sculpt itself is great. It has a very good likeness of Stallone as well.It fits in fantastically with the previous Jakks Pacific Rocky Boxing ring, which appears in this shoot. In a pinch, the current WWE rings will work as well, just leave the WWE stickers off of it. Randy Falk of NECA was kind enough to grab the boxing ring for me, and it made the shoot a lot more fun.
The only really quibble I have is that the static sculpted shorts prevent some hip movement. It does keep the figure very sturdy, though, allowing for some great punching poses. The paint scheme isn’t too far off from their Rocky IV figure, which was part of 2012’s Rocky Series 2, If you never picked up the figure then, then this is a perfect pick up now. With the Rocky line relaunching this Fall, this looks to make a fantastic companion piece. I just hope it leads to even more Master System inspired pieces. Check out 75 photos in all, with some highlight pics below.