Today we have a nice surprise photo gallery to share with our readers. Back in September, NECA revealed a Thermal Vision Fugitive Predator from The Predator (2018). The figure is a variant of their Ultimate Fugitive Predator, with a paint deco that’s based on poster art used for the film (and is being used on the newly released Blu-Ray). The figure is available exclusively at Target stores starting this week! The thermal Vision Predator figure will be priced at $26.99, and should begin showing up in the NECA section of your local Target before the end of the week (may vary store-to-store). The figure is packed in a collector friendly window box.
Our friends at NECA were kind enough to send the figure over for an exclusive first in-hand look at the new Predator. We’re excited to finally share this with our fans and readers. We have a full photo gallery and review for the Thermal Vision Fugitive Predator. Check it out after the jump.
Target Exclusive – The Predator (208) – Thermal Vision Fugitive Predator by NECA
- Sculpt is excellent
- Thermal Vision paint deco is handled very well
- Translucent blue plastic is a nice touch
- Paint matches up really well to the poster art
- Great articulation
- Solid joints
The Thermal Vision Fugitive Predator comes packaged in a nice, collector friendly, window box. The design shares a lot of similar elements to the flapped box of the Ultimate Fugitive Predator. The front also features the poster art that the figure is based on. The back of the packaging showcases a few photos of the figure itself, as well as a short synopsis of the film. The Predator sits in a plastic tray, with a few twist ties holding it in. Four removable wrist blades are included. The packaging is definitely nice looking overall, and the window is large enough for the figure to really stand out on the shelf.
When the Fugitive Predator was released, it featured an all-new sculpt that was packed with articulation. The figure stands a little over 8″ tall with about 30 points of articulation. This release takes that excellent mold and casts the figure in a translucent blue plastic, with added paint to simulate the thermal vision look. The joints are cast in solid blue plastic, but blend in quite nicely. This is likely done to add some stability and guard against breakage issues (translucent plastic can tend to be more brittle). The joints are all nice and solid here. There’s no paint locking issues here and I had no trouble keeping the figure standing in any poses. Double jointed knees and elbows are always welcome, and make for some fun dynamic posing options. The shoulder mounted cannon is articulated as well (and those seem to be a bit tighter than the standard version).
As mentioned, the figure includes wrist blades for each of the forearms. No interchangeable hands, arms or head sculpts are included. This is more of a stand alone release based on promotional art, as opposed to an Ultimate Figure release. Fans are going to be most interested in the paint deco here. In-hand, it looks great and showcases the great sculpt of the Fugitive Predator. The sharp paint lines help to separate the colors nicely. As the design is based on one of the posters from the film, it matches up to that design fairly well. The figure’s paint apps are actually a little more detailed than the promo art. Paint lines are clean and sharp, with good separation between the colors to keep that fun retro thermal vision look. For added fun, display the figure with one of the backdrops included with the Predator 30th Anniversary Figures. I was surprised at how well it blended in with that backdrop and how nicely they matched the blues up.
If you’re like me, and love the oddly colored action figure releases (like the amazing Jungle Demon Predator), then I’d say this is a great pick up. The figure is a lot of fun to pose and has a great paint deco. It’s a figure that will definitely pop when displayed on your shelf. Check out some select photos below and the full gallery after that.