NECA Toys second Crash Bandicoot offering is the Deluxe Crash with a hot rod Hoverboard release, which is also an ongoing line with more releases coming. Crash Bandicoot is inspired from his Playstation video game of the 1990’s, and if you’ve been following the news, they announced that Spyro the Dragon will also get a figure, and we’re hopeful that Spyro will be offered in multiple releases as Crash Bandicoot has been given.
NECA will also be offering additional Crash Bandicoot figures, which includes Crash Bandicoot with Jet Pack and Crash Bandicoot with Scuba Gear.
Thank you to NECA Toys for providing their Crash Bandicoot Deluxe Crash With Hoverboard Figure for review.
Availability: October 2018
Crash Bandicoot stands at 6″ tall and is based on his appearance as seen in the classic Playstation video game of the 1990’s. This figure is mostly a reused sculpt from his first release, and includes a new head sculpt with a different facial expression. Crash Bandicoot comes packed with sculpted textures on the fur that also gives it a realistic feel to it and less cartoony than fans are used too. The chest, top of his head and the ears have the most of the sculpted texture while the arms, legs and the face have less. The chest includes a belly button hole sculpted inward, and stands out as that is painted in a light brown, while that part of the chest is yellow. Sculpted over his legs are two shades of blue pants, with a white string tied in a knot on top, and his legs are only visible between the gap from his pants to his socks and shoes. The shoes also include a textured are painted mostly in purple, black, white and red trim and white shoe laces. There are also gloves over his hands that has the look and painted to look like leather, which is a nice touch. Most of the fur is painted in a brown and orange wash and has a great likeness to the video game. While the sculpt’s fur has textures that makes him look realistic, the deco keeps him looking cartoony.
The new head features an open mouth sculpt with some great details done on his teeth, and his mouth is sculpted inward with his tongue sculpted as a separate piece that almost sticks out past the teeth. The head sculpt is nicely done with a great likeness to the character. The eyebrows are ball-jointed to create a variety of crazy expressions as seen in the game. The eyebrows are textured with hair and has a wash over it, and moves around nicely and you can recreate many different expressions with just those. The hair on top of his head sticks up and is shaped like a mohawk, and the hair is pointing in a variety of directions. The top of the mouth is long, and the tip of it is a large black nose with a texture and gloss finish. The eyes and mouth are also sculpted and painted to perfection, and we especially like the off white deco on the eye, green deco and black pupils. The mouth showcases his nice and white teeth and red tongue, which is nicely sculpted and painted.
Crash Bandicoot’s articulation includes a ball jointed neck, ball jointed torso, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed hips, hinged legs, and ball jointed ankles.
The hoverboard features a beautiful sculpt with a great likeness as seen in the game. The hot rot deco on the board came out great, and is mostly red with a yellow flame with thick black lines. The two jets on the sides on the front can rotate, which is the only point of articulation on this figure. The back of the hoverboard has an engine with four exhaust pipes sticking out the sides. The engine has a flame on top, and has a rustic look with silver deco on the edges of the red part of it. The sides of the engine are silver with six holes on the top, vents in the front, and what appears to be jets in the back. The pipes are silver, with a black stripe and blue on the top. The inside of it has orange and yellow deco to indicate flames. The hoverboard also has a glossy finish on the board itself and the top of the engine where the flame is painted. The likeness looks really good, and it can hold one figure at a time.
Overall, Crash Bandicoot with hoverboard is an excellent figure and we love the amount of detail and sculpt that NECA Toys put into this release. This particular release the hoverboard is the primary aspect of the set, and is an incredible vehicle with superior detail and deco. Crash looks just as good as his first release, and the new head sculpt features great detail.
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