When NECA first announced they were bringing a three-pack of Pacific Rim figures, the last thing that crossed my mind was a trio of Jaegers rendered as silhouettes, as they appeared in the movie’s end credits. And yet that’s what we got, and I have to say that while it’s tough to justify these variants as must-have pieces for the Pacific Rim collection, they do sport a very well done style that plays to the broader concept of what made so many of us fall in love with Guillermo Del Toro’s movie in the first place.
Let’s get down to brass tacks first– the set includes Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka and Crimson Typhoon, all in a new high gloss black paint job. Their visors get a glow-in-the-dark treatment, which makes them stand out brilliantly against the sleek pitch black of the figures themselves, and do a solid job of approximating the highly rendered graphics that display as the film’s end credits rolled.
The set is packed in a very nice window box, complete with a Pan Pacific Defense Corps sleeve to make everything look official. Truthfully, this is a set that looks equally awesome in or out of the packaging, although since it’s all resealable, I’d strongly recommend you take these guys out. Each Jaeger is improved over their initial standard color release– Typhoon’s locked third arm now rotates on a full ball joint, while Striker’s limbs are nice and tight, a welcome change from the loose joints of the original. I would have liked to see NECA sneak a preview of their new Gipsy 2.0 figure in this pack, a taste of things to come in the toy line– but the original Gipsy sculpt still looks awesome, despite its limits in the articulation department.
So this set is definitely a neat idea, and a great way to make some cool yet completely non-integral additions to the collection in the form of a hard-too-get Con exclusive. But the more I think about it, I think the End Credits pack represents something else, an aspect that I know triggered my
obsession love with this movie. What I adored most about Del Toro’s epic was the strong sense of design, a welcome break from the trend of physically ambiguous monsters and bland robots that look like iPods.
The Jaegers and Kaiju of Pacific Rim were unique, of that there is no doubt, but that all captured a more old school aesthetic, the kind of designs that imprint themselves on your brain right away. I could sketch Gipsy Danger for you after my first viewing; it might not be perfect, but the majority of the design would be there. It’s the silhouettes that made Pacific Rim so very special– every monster and hero had one, and they were iconic and recognizable and instantly identifiable.
Maybe I’m reaching with this, but I tend to think movie lovers like the folks at NECA had a similar reaction to the movie, and that maybe the silhouette theme of this set was a subtle nod at that fact. I like to think so, and from that perspective the End Credits set kind of becomes the most thematically relevant Pacific Rim toys of all… but even if you want to stay more surface level in your interpretation of the meaning of toys, these guys are very stylized and eye catching, a totally clever way to deliver some new variants of our main heroes in a manner collectors would actually want.
I’m happy to add the End Credits set to my growing Pacific Rim collection, and once again NECA has managed to deliver a truly satisfying set of figures that also leaves me very excited for what’s on tap for the future of the series.