The long wait for NECA’s officially licensed Valve figures
is almost over. Though Valve fans are still awaiting word on when the company
will release Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (or Half-Life 3, at this point), the figures, props, and plushes NECA has
coming over the course of the next year should help satiate many appetites.
Above: Gordon was shown with a headcrab, crowbar, and gravity gun
one of the most requested licenses for NECA to try and obtain, the ecstatic
response from fans over the deal announced at San Diego Comic Con last year was
quickly replaced with constant requests for updates on when and where the Valve
figures would first be seen. The flagship figure of the line, Gordon Freeman,
delivers on every hope and wish the fanbase had. No fan should be disappointed
with the attention to detail, or with the accessories included with the figure.
Gordon’s iconic crowbar and gravity gun will come packaged with the Half-Life
hero, as will a headcrab. Instead of focusing on individual games, NECA has decided to
approach the Valve license as one giant line.
Instead of releasing strictly
Half-Life or Left 4 Dead figures, the toy manufacturer will dole out an
assortment of figures based on all of Valve’s games at once.
Above: NECA captured Valve's art style perfectly
after Gordon will be plastic representations of Team Fortress 2’s Heavy and
Demo Man. Sadly, NECA’s prototype Demo Man was stolen just before the show
started (we're not saying it was the Spy, but it was the Spy), so we will have to wait until another prototype can be made before
getting a look. Fortunately, the Heavy was spared, and so were the two zombies
from Left 4 Dead, the Boomer and Smoker. Even though both games have such
drastically different art styles, NECA manages to capture both the simplicity
and grotesqueness of each game perfectly. Just look at the exploded version of
the Boomer’s legs (in the gallery below). It takes a special kind of commitment to detail that much
NECA plans on doing much more with the Valve license than
just make action figures, though. The company is planning a wide variety of props and plush
dolls as well. All of the Team Fortress 2 characters will be getting
Muppet-like makeovers, and you really couldn’t ask for a better license to turn
into plushes. The Pyro, Soldier, and Scout will be joined by a squishable
headcrab from Half-Life. Fans wondering where the plush companion cube went
from the Valve store now have an answer, as NECA will be making those now as
Above: The lights change colors, obviously
Of course, the show-stealer had to be the Portal gun replica
NECA is producing. Life-sized, and perfect for getting science done around the
house, the Portal gun will light up with blue and orange lights, and will even
make the familiar sound effects that have haunted GLaDOS’ dreams. A final
retail price and release window have yet to be finalized, but NECA expects the
Portal gun to retail somewhere in the $130-200 range later this summer.
Above: Aperture Science doesn't recommend pointing the Portal Gun at living things
company’s replica Lancers did well at a $100 price point, but lacked the
working lights and sound effects that the Portal gun includes. Quantities will
be very limited, but even the slightly high price point shouldn’t keep too many
of the Valve faithful from successfully obtaining this awesome replica.