NECA Predator Blade Fighter Vehicle Review

NECA Predator Blade Fighter Vehicle Review

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NECA is the first company to introduce 6 to 7 inch scaled vehicles to mass retail release with their Predator Blade Fighter Vehicle. This vehicle is a homage to the 1993 Kenner toy line and measures over 2 feet in length, and is compatible with most 6 to 7 inch action figures. When this was first revealed at New York Toy Fair 2014, we were just taken away with the amount of detail it was given and how great this looked. We knew this was going to be an instant hit with fans and this was one of our personal favorite reveals last year. The Viper Predator figure shown at ToyFair was originally slated to be included with the Blade Fighter Vehicle, but this was ultimately changed later on in the year and Predator Series 12 included Viper Predator instead of Bad Blood Predator.

NECA has taken the industry to the next step with this vehicle as there are not too many of these sized vehicles out in the market. So far, no one else except for Mattel has released 6 inch scale vehicles and that was for Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics Metron’s chair. NECA has an opportunity to introduce this vehicle and especially this scale to a wide range of customers. They do specify that the Blade Fighter Vehicle is not meant to be used by children, as there is a spring loaded missiles, sharp edges, and other features that are meant for adults only.

Future vehicles in this scale all depends on how well this performs and if you like the Blade Fighter Vehicle, it is suggested that you pick this up to support more vehicles.

Availability: January 2015

Packaging:

The packaging is a rectangle shaped box with original artwork and photography that is a homage to the classic 1993 Kenner toy line. There are some close-ups on the packaging that show the vehicles features. Inside the box are two brown boxes, with all the parts and instructions for assembly. Some of the parts come in clear poly-baggs to protect the paint from scratching on other pieces as each piece is considered fragile.

Sculpt & Paint:

The Blade Fighter Vehicle measures 2 feet 3 inches long when fully assembled and features a 19 inch long blade that can be manually opened or closed to capture prey, fired by pushing the back handle, and removable blasters that can be held by the Viper Predator figure. The removable blasters are a bit on the heavy side for the Viper Predator and we found that the ball-jointed wrist on the figure drops down a bit, forcing the blaster to face downward instead of straight. The blasters are stored below the wings and attach to the clips. The vehicle can also be wall mounted.

The Blade Fighter vehicle also features a hinged cockpit, ball-jointed cannons, and a projectile mounted on a pivoting turret. There are also weapons storage for the Viper Predator’s mask and shoulder cannon on the back of the vehicle. The figure’s fingers fit through the steering controls and the instructions specify to remove the hands first, then connect the figure to them while they are holding the controls. We found that it is difficult to fit the fingers through the controls. His legs connect into brackets in the back.

The vehicle is painted is a bronze, black, red, silver, and blue finish with detailed battle damage.

Overall:

NECA has truly done an amazing job on the Blade Fighter Vehicle and we love all the great sculpting, detail, and paint applications applied to this and hope to see more vehicles down the road.

Highly Recommended.

Special thank you to NECA Toys for sending the Blade Fighter Vehicle along to us to review.

Purchase:

You can find this figure at our sponsors below:

Entertainment Earth – $89.99

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Amazon – $99.99 (sold by NECA Directly)

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