NECA is Killing it at the New York Toy Fair

Re-Animator gets the NECA treatment to headline this Toy Fair round-up.

By L.B. Lubomski

The American International Toy Fair (often called the New York Toy Fair) occured over the weekend. As one of the biggest toy tradeshows each year, all of the major toy manufacturers are in attendence, including one of my personal favorites, NECA. Over the weekend, they showcased some new horror action figures that horror fans are going to want to add to their collection.

Dr. Herbert West, Re-Animator

Dr. West, everyone's favorite Lovecraftian mad scientist from Re-Animator, is getting a premium treatment. While we got a small preview of this figure back around the start of the New Year, the full details have now been released. Dr. West is one of the first figures in NECA's new line of stylized clothed action figures. What this means is that the clothing on these figures are made of actual fabric, not plastic, and can even be taken off in order to recreate different scenes and poses. The accessories that come with this figure are what most excite me, however. I can't wait to try my hand at recreating some of the movie's iconic scenes. The Dr. West figure is set to release sometime in August with an MSRP of $33.99 USD.


Captain Blake, The Fog

Next up, we have Captain Blake, the ghostly antagonist from John Carpenter's The Fog. The announcment of this figure was a pleasent surprise and it's nice to see Carpenter's "middle child" between Halloween and The Thing get some much-deserved love. In particular, I really like Blake's glowing red eyes on this figure, although I wish he had a few more accessories. The Captain is set for release in October with an MSRP of $31.99 USD.


Freddy Krueger (Tuxedo), A Nightmare of Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors

Among the new upcoming releases, we also have the dream demon himself, wearing this super-snazzy tuxedo from his third outing. The details on this particular figure blow me away and I cannot wait to add it to my collection. The addition of the Elm Street replica house (which actually lights up) is only the icing on the cake to an otherwise must-have action figure. Freddy is set to release in July with an MSRP of $31.99 USD.


Last, but certainly not least, we have two different versions of everyone's favorite clown, Pennywise. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the original 1990 miniseries or prefer last year's remake, NECA has got you covered!

Pennywise, IT (2017)

First up, we have the latest version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from last year's remake of Stephen King's It, which we previewed a few weeks back. This is another figure that we've gotten a few teasers of over the last few months and, just as we thought, NECA is throwing in a ton of accessories and interchangeable parts. However, unlike the other figures showcased in this article, Pennywise doesn't appear to be getting the fabric clothing treatment. We hope you're not too afraid of clowns to add this scary action figure to your collection. As for me, I'll be floating into my wallet to pay for this bad boy when he is released in August.


Pennywise, IT (1990)

Finally, we have the original Pennywise as portrayed by Tim Curry in the TV miniseries. I was very happily surprised that they decided to release this version, as it holds a special place in my childhood (mainly my nightmares) from having watched it many years ago. Once again, NECA provides us with a plethora of different parts, including four different heads, proving that they are not only true horror fans, but one of the best toymakers in the business who give us fans exactly what we want time and time again.


That about wraps up the new goodies coming from NECA over the next several months. While I'm certainly excited to pick these up, both my wife and my wallet are a little bit more skeptical. Which of these upcoming figures are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for more horror collectible news and reviews!

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.