Above: NECA did a great job at bringing the artistic style of Borderlands to its figures
Valve toys weren’t the only hot ticket items at NECA’s booth. The long-awaited Claptrap returned, though this time even more Borderlands characters joined him.
Salvador (the Gunzerker), a Psycho Bandit, and an Assassin join the line-up, and once again, NECA’s impeccable sculptors, painters, and fabricators do a stellar job of bringing the cel-shaded game to life. Each of the Borderlands toys looks like it leapt straight out of the game. As you can see from the image above, NECA expects to have the Borderlands 2 figures on shelves this summer.
Above: It's good to see that old, grizzled Ezio is getting his own figure
It only takes looking one shelf over at the Assassin’s Creed figures to see yet another example of a completely different art style and game coming to life in a way that most toy companies could only dream of replicating.
The new Ezio, based on the older version from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, fits perfectly in line with what came before, but still manages to be different enough that those of you with multiple Assassin’s Creed figures won’t mind adding yet another to your growing collection.
Above: We have a feeling that the blade doesn't really work
What’s even cooler is the hidden blade prop NECA revealed. While most fans will be content to enjoy just the action figures, there are those of us who wish to grow our gaming arsenal even further. The hidden blade would look perfect mounted on a wall next to Lancers, Portal guns, lightsabers, and any number of other geeky prop weapons sure to occupy valuable space in your living room.
If there was one area to be a bit disappointed by, it was the BioShock Infinite section. It’s not that NECA’s few items from the game aren’t looking solid. It’s just that we had hoped to see some of the game’s heroes or villains by now. Sadly that just wasn’t the case.
Above: Again, we have our doubts as to whether or not this would work
Finally getting to see the Skyhook was cool, as was the statuette of the angel holding the destroyed flag. If only Ken Levine and Irrational Games weren’t so dead set on keeping so much of Infinite a secret, perhaps NECA would have had some interesting figures on display as well. Hopefully there will be some movement on this license by the time SDCC 2012 rolls around this summer.
Though it’s tough to pick a winner when it comes to who had the best video game statues and toys at this year’s Toy Fair, NECA certainly makes a case for being the leader of the pack. That so many developers want to work with NECA stands as a testament to not only their quality, but to their commitment to making these figures affordable for fans. The sheer amount of licenses they have is overwhelming at times, and will likely burn a hole in many wallets over the course of the year.