Available in stores now from NECA is their Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection – Pale Man 7″ Scale Figure from Pan’s Labyrinth. A grotesque monster, the Pale Man sits in a throne in front of a table filled with a luxurious banquet dinner. Using the feast to lure small children into his lair, the Pale Man is quick to devour any who would dare cross his path. The creature is white, with sagging skin, and an eyeless face, who can only see with two eyes that he places in the palm of his hands. The new figure from NECA Toys includes a 7″ scale version of the Pale Man, his Underworld Throne, and a platter with two displaced eyeballs.
We grabbed the figure from sponsor Entertainment Earth. After the jump, check out my photos and review.
Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection – Pale Man 7″ Scale Figure by NECA
- Excellent figure sculpt
- Very good articulation
- Fantastic paint application
- Throne is very detailed
- Joints are nice and solid
The Pale Man comes packaged in a large flapped window box. The front features a promotional still from Pan’s Labyrinth, while the back showcases the figure, and other releases in the Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection. The figure sits in a plastic tray, along with the throne, and his held in but a few twist ties. A platter with two eyeballs is also included, as is a backdrop of the fireplace from the film.
While the figure may seem a bit bare (quite literally), there is a lot to like with NECA’s take on one of del Toro’s most memorable creatures. The sculpt work here is pretty spot on to what you see in the films. The skin is shiny and grotesque looking, with large clumps sagging off his chin, arms, torso and legs. Everything has a natural looking sag to it, and the skin has a light texture to it. The figure is fully articulated, with double jointed elbows coming in very handy, allowing the hands to properly sit in front of his face to showcase the eyes in his palms. It may take a bit of of extra time to get the figure to stand, as the feet are thin, but it’s not too troublesome, and most peopel will somply default to the throne. Paint work is just as impressive. While the figure is mostly white, there’s a few color washes that add a more realistic tone to the skin. The pink is the most prominent color, with more subtle washes of browns and purples to add more depth. In hand, this looks just as good as any of the hand painted prototypes they’ve shown at toy shows and conventions.
The included Underworld Throne was definitely welcome, and helps to really complete the look for the figure. The throne is cast in a mostly hollow plastic. Not quite as soft as most vinyl pieces, but not quite as solid as the Predator Throne, the Pale Man throne is fairly light weight, but very sturdy. The sculpted details here are very intricate, with a realistic wood carved look throughout. The paint work on the throne is handled nicely, with very muted colors used to give it a heavily worn look. I suspect the throne is going to be a big reason for a lot of fans picking this up, as it makes a great stand in for any number of medieval or warrior figures.
There’s a lot to love about the Pale Man release. It’s a creepy looking creature with an excellent sculpt and impressive paint applications. The throne is a fantastic addition that makes the Pale Man immediately ready for display within seconds of opening. With The Faun not far behind, the del Toro Signature Collection is shaping up nicely. Check out some select photos below, and the full gallery after that.