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NECA at Toy Fair: Bringing all the horror… and Bob Ross

by Sean P. Aune | February 19, 2019February 19, 2019 3:30 pm EDT

We love NECA. This is a company that can go from doing hardcore horror to Bob Ross painting happy little trees.

There was a bit of everything on display in NECA’s booth this year. First up, horror is probably what the company is best known for. While there was definitely some horror product to be had, it didn’t seem to be the only focus this year. The company plans on testing the waters a bit with Nightbreed, and there is more Pennywise on the way from IT, but our favorite had to be the three kids from Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Yes, the movie may be awful, but the kids do look creepy.

Even the horror, however, is taking a turn this year with Toony Terrors. This new line imagines your favorite horror icons as Saturday morning cartoons and even produces them with limited articulation like you would expect from 1970s figures. They’re fun and kooky to be sure.

The upcoming Alpha Predator will mark NECA’s 100th Predator figure. Let that sink in for a moment.

2019 is the 40th anniversary of Alien, and NECA plans to do it up in style. The Parker (Yaphet Kotto) figure is just a taste of what’s to come.

Fans of the NECA line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures will be happy to know the company has finally earned the rights to sell its figures through mass market retailers. The 2-packs will be Target exclusives while the single movie figures will br found at GameStop.

The Rocksteady and Bebop on display, for the time being, are still in development.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is presenting opportunities for new figures, and these look gorgeous. Before you get your hopes up, no, NECA isn’t sure about trying to do King Ghidorah yet. To keep him in scale to the others would be no easy task, so the company is still considering its options.

Wrapping up the booth tour is the first Bob Ross figure (our rep definitely implied there is a lot more Ross merchandise on the way), a 2-pack of Goonies (which are the only figures planned), new Chia Pets for Star Wars, and two upcoming Crash Bandicoot figures.

NECA is nothing if not diverse, and we love it for that.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing