OK, now where did I leave off from last Tuesday? Oh yeah. It’s a great time to be an Evil Dead fan. After waiting decades for the fourth movie in the franchise, we wind up with a whole TV series. When it was revealed, I was the first to roll my eyes. “Oh no. Don’t do this. There’s no way you can make Evil Dead work as a series. It’s going to be terrible. You’re going to kill any chances of a quality sequel.” Since then, I’ve swallowed my words like a hick chick swallows a Deadite’s flying eyeball. Ash Vs Evil Dead is a triumph. It’s craft. It’s high art. It’s horror taken to new levels. You may think I’m joking, but I’m not. It respects the source material, but also elevates it. It is so much better than it has any right to be, and I thank the great High Priests of Kandar that it’s been so successful. And hey, it also means… MORE ACTION FIGURES!!!
Who loves you, baby? NECA does. And they love Evil Dead too, which is why they’re delivering the goods. The first assortment of figures includes two versions of Ash (don’t you worry, I’ll get to the other eventually) and the demon, Eligos. These releases come in snazzy window boxes with decos branded to match the show and character art on the bottom left corner. Let’s look at Ash first!
As you can probably tell, this is definitely not the gritty Evil Dead 2‘s younger, dirtier version of Ash. Sure, he still dons his blue button down shirt and brown pants, but his duds are brighter and cleaner. The entire look of this figure embraces the crystal clear HD look of the new Starz series, as opposed to the older films. He’s a little chunkier too, and I can’t help but wonder if NECA sculpted a girdle under that shirt. Yeah, probably not.
The outfit features all the great attention to detail that we usually get from NECA, including rumples, wrinkles, and stitching. Ash’s DIY harness is sculpted as part of the shirt, and he has a functional sheath for his boomstick on his back
This may not be an “Ultimate” release, but you still get plenty of stuff in the box, including two portraits. The standard head features a fairly neutral expression, whereas the other has Ash gritting his teeth in battle and shows a little more dirt. Both heads are excellent sculpts and reflect the likeness of older Bruce Campbell quite well. I’m normally one to go for the neutral expression for everyday display, but in this case, I like the second offering just a little bit more.
Ash comes with his chansaw attached to his stump and it is a beautiful piece of work. The red paint on the body features a paint wash and the attention to detail is fantastic. The side grip bar is pegged in, so not only is it articulated, but it will pull out rather than break, if you stress it too far.
And speaking of articulation, what you get here is mostly what I’ve come to expect from NECA’s “Ultimate” figures, and even features a couple of notable enhancements in the way of double rotating hinges in the elbows. These allow for a much better elbow bend than previous releases. Beyond that you get rotating hinges in the shoulders, swivels in the wrists, rotating hinges in the knees, and ball joints in the hips. The ankles feel like ball joints, there’s a ball joint in the waist, and another in the neck.
Moving on to accessories. Ash comes with his double-barrel boomstick, which fits into the sheath on his back. His left hand is sculpted to hold it and includes a trigger finger. The painted wood finish on the stock looks great, as does the blued finish to the steel.
He also comes with a second forearm with his “power glove.” The sculpted detail on this thing is probably even more impressive than the chainsaw. It looks simply amazing. You can also pop the glove off and put on an included stump piece that makes the chainsaw look like it’s compatible with the power glove. Moving on to Eligos…
This is the fellow that they summoned at the bookshop to tell them how to undo what Ash did with the Necronomicon. That didn’t go so well. Eligos happens to be one of my favorite effects in the first season. Not only is he a great design, but the distortion they did to him looked so cool, as if he didn’t belong in this dimension. NECA did a nice job recreating his creepy gray skin and the exposed bloody parts. I didn’t realize until seeing this figure that Eligos had those weird animal-like lower legs and basically hands for feet.
Demon butt!!! The paint on this guy is perfectly disgusting. They used high gloss red for the hands and feet and there are trails of blood oozing out of his numerous open sores. Gah! The articulation on the body features rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, and midway down his feet. My one complaint here is that there are no peg holes in his feet. I was actually surprised how easy I could get him to stand, but this is one figure that I would have liked to plug into one of NECA’s stands for long term display. I see him taking a lot of shelf dives.
The head is just as disgusting as the rest of the body. They packed a lot of detail into the teeth and exposed mouth.
Ash and Eligos are hitting stores now and run about $20 each. The third figure in the wave is Ash in his Value Mart uniform and I’ll probably be circling back to that release in a couple of weeks. As expected, NECA knocked these figures out of the park, and I hope these do well and this line continues to grow. NECA already has another three-pack planned to hit stores later this month and I’m hoping against hope that we get a Pablo, Kelly, and Ruby as well as maybe some more conventional Deadites. In the meantime, I can continue to live out my Ash Vs Freddy Vs Jason Vs Leatherface fantasies.
“Alright, Krueger. This is it! It’s just you and me now. Glove versus Saw.”
“I’m not one of your Deadite pussies, Ash-ley. I’m the f’cking Prince of Nightmares.”
“Krueger. In about two minutes the only thing you’ll be prince of is having my boot up your ass!”
“And don’t think I forgot about you two knuckleheads. You’re next!” … “Nice saw, by the way.”