At the end of Predator 2, after Mike Harrigan has killed the City Hunter Predator aboard his ship, a group of additional hunters uncloak. As the dead body of the City Hunter is dragged away, an Elder Predator known as Greyback stands before Harrigan and gifts him a Flintlock pistol as a sign of honor and respect, from warrior to warrior. The story of how the Predator came into possession of the pistol is covered in a short story by Dark Horse Comics, as part of an anthology book released in 1996. Predator: 1718 is an excellent short story, which adds some fun history to the briefly seen Predator.
The story follows pirate Captain Raphael Adolini just as mutiny breaks out after docking his ship. As he desperately fights off his former crew, a Predator emerges. Fighting back-to-back with the Captain to fend off the crew, one of whom calls him a Golden Angel. After the fight, the two face off, ready to battle. Before either can make a move, a shot is fired that strikes Adolini in the back. As he lay dying, he gifts his prized Flintlock pistol to Predator. As a sign of respect, the Predator buries Captain Adolini and leaves his own sword, knowing they were both deprived an honorable fight.
NECA is releasing a figure based on this story, with their Elder: The Golden Angel Ultimate Figure. Shipping out to retailers this week, the figure should be on shelves in a week or two. Our friends at NECA were kind enough to send an early sample along, and we have an exclusive in-hand photo gallery and review. Check it out after the jump.