If you’ve been kicking around FFZ for at least a little while, then you probably know that I was introduced to Slasher Films in my teenage years, and there were no bigger titans of the genre at the time than Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger. Well, if future me were to go back and tell teenage me that one day these two horror icons would face off against one another in a film, teenage me would have probably punched future me in the balls and called him a liar. Eh, called me a liar. Whatever. The point is, Freddy Vs Jason was absolutely huge for those of us who grew up on the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street flicks. And with NECA seemingly dedicated to giving us an Ultimate action figure of every Jason Voorhees ever, it was only a matter of time before they got to this one!
By now you should know what the Ultimate series packaging is all about. The figure comes in a seemingly enclosed box, but the front panel is actually a flap held down by a spot of sweet, sweet Velcro, and opens to reveal a window. The box is collector friendly and features loads of pictures of the figure inside. I also really dig the art they used on the front panel. I can’t recall if it’s actually something that was used to promote the film, it actually looks a little too serious for the actual content. But it looks great and reminds me a bit of the style used for the Halloween (2018) film posters.
FvJ gave us what is probably the most haggard looking Jason yet, and that’s not surprising since the film opens with Jason being resurrected by Freddy. And I’m not talking a simple lightning bolt to the corpse, I’m talking full on re-constitution or organs and shit. He’s still plenty buffed out, but much of his clothes are practically rotting off of him. Here, Jason eschews his familiar rugged outdoorsman garb for a blue shirt under a badly tattered gray shirt, under a rotting jacket. The attention to detail in the jacket alone is worthy of praise, with all sorts of rips and tears sculpted in and a dirty paint wash to accentuate it. From the waist down, Jason’s duds have fared a little better. There isn’t a whole lot of distress showing on his black trousers or his thick-soled Herman Munster boots. The articulation consists of all the usual rotating hinges we’ve seen in past Jasons, so he’s not overly agile, but there are plenty of useful points here to make him a lot of fun.
Jason comes with no less than three different hockey masks. He comes wearing a “clean” mask for a very traditional look. Granted, clean is a relative term, as it’s still darkened with age to a brownish-yellow patina. The mask features the various venting holes, the red hash marks, and is properly held onto the figure’s head by soft plastic straps. It fits perfectly and looks great!
Next up, we have the bloodied mask. This one appears to be the same sculpt, but it’s missing the red hash marks on the previous one. I can’t remember if there’s an actual reason for that or if it’s just an oversight. Either way, this one is absolutely doused in blood, which is definitely a cool look for him. It reminds me of my favorite line in the film, “Dude, that goalie was pissed about something.”
And finally, he comes with a scarred mask from his battles with Freddy. Here, the red hash marks are back, the weathering is a lot more severe, and it’s covered with deep scratches from Freddy’s iconic bladed glove. Each of these masks have their own charms, but I think this one is my favorite and will be the one I use for regular display. The weathering suits the outfit the best, and since this is the FvJ Jason, why not give him the mask with Freddy’s glove marks all over it. It’s definitely the one mask that is most distinctive to this film.
Of course, there’s a fully sculpted portrait under those masks, and if I’m being honest, this is not my favorite look for Jason. the head is appropriately bulbous and misshapen, and the dark brown skin has a cool wash over it to bring out the details. I also like that they sculpted in the wisps of hair behind his left ear that are often prominent in the film. But in the end, I don’t think the sculpt itself has the same amount of depth to it that we’ve seen on some of NECA’s previous Jasons. Good? Yeah, for sure. Great? Mmm, not so much. I can’t say as I really display any of my Jasons without their masks (or hood), so it’s not that big a deal to me. Onward to the accessories!
This Jason doesn’t feel like he comes with quite as much as previous releases, but what’s here is pretty good. For starters, he has the teddy bear, which is a bit of an odd inclusion since it doesn’t actually appear in the film. Instead it references a behind the scenes picture. I don’t really mind getting this as an accessory, as the film tapped into Jason’s anguish as a child, and even managed to make him a sympathetic character in a few scenes. As a result, it certainly feels appropriate. Still, claiming this to be an essential accessory is going to be a bit of a reach for some.
As far as weapons go, Jason comes with two machetes. And by that I mean the same two machetes, with one clean and one painted with blood. The bloodied one is presumably meant to be used alone, and the clean one is meant to be used with an included fire effect, but you can use the fire effect with whichever one you like. Jason doesn’t come with any extra hands, but his right hand is sculpted to hold the machete quite well.
The fire effect piece references Jason’s attack on the rave in the cornfield where he got set on fire. This piece is grooved so it slides right onto the back edge of the machete and it stays put pretty well. As many of you know effect parts are often hit or miss with me, but this one is definitely a hit. It looks great, and I only wish they had included some more fire effect parts for him, like maybe one to fit on each shoulder. Hell, they could have put a magnet in his back and recycled the one that came with Freddy from ANoES2.
Does it sound like I found this figure a little wanting? Well, I don’t want to convey the wrong message, as I absolutely love this figure. But at the same time, I feel like it isn’t one of NECA’s strongest Jason releases. The body sculpt is great, I really dig the choice of masks, and while the unmasked portrait isn’t my favorite, it’s still solid work. The accessories, on the other hand, well that’s where this one begins to lose me. The flame effect is cool, but I don’t think including repaints of the same machete was all that necessary, nor is the teddy bear. The obvious missed opportunity here would be a pair of Freddy’s severed arms. Hell, they could have just recycled them from one of the Freddy figures and did a little re-sculpt at the shoulders. Still, in the and he’s a solid addition to the Jason lineup, and I’ll probably be picking up the one from the remake next.