Sunday, January 11, 2009

NECA Immortal & SDCC Exclusive Battle King Leonidas 300

The movie 300 was a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel by Frank Miller and was directed by Zack Snyder. The movie is based on the Battle of Thermopylae where King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army.
This movie was a spectacular visual treat! Before I get misunderstood, I was not talking about the 300 hunky & sweaty men fighting together almost naked saved for a leather underwear and a red cloak. I was actually referring to the spectacular visual effects and the battle scenes!

NECA got the job to create the 6" figures for this movie and released the following figures:
1) King Leonidas
2) Queen Gorgo
3) Immortal
4) Ephialtes
5) SDCC Exclusive Battle King Leonidas
6) 12" King Leonidas with sound
I only got the SDCC Exclusive Battle King Leonidas & Immortal as they were one of my favorite characters in the movie.

The head sculpt for both the figures are pretty good. I was a bit disappointed that the helmet for Leonidas could not be removed. The texture of the helmet made it look as if it was made of real metal. Rather impressive! The body sculpt for Leonidas is in proportion, not too chunky not too small.
The Immortal comes with 2 head sculpts, one with the mask on and the other without. I would rather like it to be 1 head sculpt with a removable mask.
The paint ops for both figures are clean, nothing much to complaint about. The SDCC Exclusive Battle King Leonidas, as the name suggest, is in the midst of battle so they painted blood onto his chest and legs. Nice touch.
The SDCC Exclusive Battle King Leonidas depicts the King in battle and NECA came up with a pretty cool idea. The figure comes with arrows which you could stick onto the shield and ground (base) creating a very cool display scene! The other accessories are Leonidas's spear, shield & sword.
The Immortal comes with 2 head sculpts and his 2 swords.

Overall, pretty decent figures and if you are a fan of the movie I think these figures are a must have. I am currently into 12" figures and I hope Hot Toys or Sideshow could do 12" figures for both Leonidas and Xerxes (NECA was supposed to do this figure but I guess it was dropped)...Well one can only hope.

The King

The Immortal

Give them nothing! But take from them everything!

Immortals... we put their name to the test

If there were product placements during that
time, this would be it!


Dennis aka Katsuden said...

These are great figurines. I am also a fan of ancient/Knight fantasy war movies like Troy, Brave Heart, Kingdom of Heaven, LOTR and 300 is no exception

Perhaps, they should have sculpted a more muscular King Leonidas. BTW, the removable Immortal's mask is cool.

Armand said...

This is another license Hot Toys should pick up. Fully articulated King Leonidas would be nice, very nice indeed!

LEon said...

300 is cool!

If Hot toy going to make Xerxes than it should be taller than 12" right? Cos in the movie, Xerxes is like a giant...with lots of piecing too...

Little Plastic Man said...

Yeah! Currently Hot Toys can do no wrong! If HT did the figures, 300 will be save in their hands!
Dennis - Unfortunately, the Immortal's mask is not removable. NECA just did 2 head sculpts. 1 with mask on the other without.

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