I'm gonna start this year with something BIG! Yes, this is the 18-inch Gipsy Danger action figure brought to us by NECA, and this is my first action figure review for 2014. If you have watched Pacific Rim and/or just a huge fan of big robots and monsters, then better check out this gigantamonious figure here! Buy it if you're amazed by it and believe me- it's worth every penny. NECA's 7-inch Pacific Rim line also offers some pretty good figures, but why settle for jaeger figures that are as tall as your average Marvel Select when you can have this badass towering at almost anything that exists in your room!? Definitely a must-have massive figure.
One of the things that made this figure truly impressive is its LED light up feature at the chest. The on-off button at the upper portion of its back is small and the colour kind of blends in with figure so you may at first have a little problem finding it. But once it's all bright and lit up, it will blow you away! Also, this tiny light bulb on Gipsy's forehead lights up together with its chest. Inside its upper torso are batteries which are concealed and secured with a screw that keeps it stable while maintaining every detail that is going around its back.
The sculpt is fantastic. NECA might have never missed out on every detail on its mechanical arms, legs and other body parts but the basic features are there. On top of that, you can find some dents and scratched marks sporadically distributed around its armour/plating looking like it had just battled a kaiju. Its legs that is probably the size of a wrist benefited heavily to the weight of this figure.
The paint application is accurate and faithful to the one in the movie with the right shade of blue alongside with this gunmetal paint at the joints and other corners. We can see these decals that say "34" printed on both its shoulders and this amazingly sexy yet almost microscopic artwork of a pin up girl located at Gipsy's chest. To add, there some beautiful streaks of white and red painted at the edges of its armour.
Gipsy Danger only comes with a couple of these chain swords that are about 8 inches in length. The way you place these swords at the wrists is quite an effort since the slots are kind of incompatible to the bottom of the sword when you try insert it. Nonetheless, you can still plug it in but the only problem is they aren't stable. Probably this is my only complain about this figure but a minor one.
Articulation junkies may be find this figure a little underwhelming, but as you know- less articulation means more amount to the details. Gipsy's head and neck are on a ball-joint, so supposedly it can move at any angle but it's hindered the surrounding parts. Both shoulders are on a ball-hinged. It got single-jointed elbows and ball-jointed wrists that flexes and rotates.
No bicep swivel and it doesn't any finger articulation or whatsoever. It got a diaphragm swivel that apparently left a huge gap across its torso. For the legs, Gipsy got T-jointed with hinges at the hips that lets it kick at any direction, it only have single-jointed knees and ball-hinged ankles. It got this "heel articulation" that moves up and down and hinges at these flaps around its back making this figure a little special so to speak.
My verdict is that this jumbo-sized figure is absolutely a thing to be treasured. Like I said, if you love big robots or action figures then this Pacific Rim jaeger is for you! Size-compared to the Marvel Legends Sentinel, Gipsy just dwarfs it by 6 inches. Gipsy Danger might have been part of my Top 10 if only I had posted it last year when it got released, but then I am happy about this acquisition.