NECA Toys King Kong “Illustrated” Deluxe Figure Review

NECA Toys King Kong “Illustrated” Deluxe Figure Review


NECA Toys is offering a repainted version of their King Kong figure that is based on the artwork on the cover of a 1974 issue of the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The artist, Basil Gogos, was best known for his portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s. This new version of King Kong is given new deco, including a heavy, colorful, hand-painted look to it.



King Kong will be available first sold at Wal-Mart Stores in February/March 2021, and will then become available everywhere else.

Thank to you to NECA Toys for providing their King Kong “Illustrated” Deluxe Figure for review. 


King Kong is packaged in a window box with an opening flap, with beautifully done artwork on the cover, sides, and on the back are images of him along with a description. The opening flap also includes an image of him, and he is packaged in a plastic tray along with several accessories.


King Kong stands at 8″ tall, and features an incredible figure sculpt as we’ve seen from the company, including Godzilla figures and everything else they offer. King Kong is quite impressive, and comes with sculpted fur throughout the figure, and skin textures. The figures includes two interchangeable head sculpts, with the vintage style head looks to be designed to the 1933 King Kong, while the modern head sculpt could very well represent the Skull Island or Peter Jackson versions.

The new paint scheme on this figure is equally as impressive, with the sold colors on the heads, shoulders and upper torso, and the colors begin to fade down throughout other parts of the sculpt. This brings your attention mostly as the solid paint on the upper part of the body, as that is the focal point of this release due to the bright colors applied. The paint washes are seen on almost the entire sculpt, with the exception of the palms and bottom of the feet, which remain black. The washes also are mostly seen on the sides, such as the arms, legs and rest of the body. The fingernails are even painted, which is a nice touch.


King Kong is offered in dark grey fur, with a brown wash over it and this very nicely done. The inside of his mouth also looks realistic with the great attention to detail in the sculpt and paint applications. Both of the head sculpts have an open mouth, with excellent detail including the eyes, nose and mouths. The heads are ball jointed, allowing him to move it in a realistic way, which works great for the overall look and design of the figure.


He is also fully articulated, including a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, ball hinged hips, double hinged knees, and rocker ankles.

King Kong also includes two sets of interchangeable hands, included open and closed fisted hands. With all of the great articulation, interchangeable heads and hands, this allows many great poses to be created including film inspired and using your own imagination.

One aspect you might also want to know about this figure is that he’s taller than most of the Godzilla figures, and these are not perfectly in the same scale. At the sale time, they aren’t meant to be, as this King Kong figure is something that NECA created themselves without basing it on anything.

Overall, King Kong is an excellent figure with great attention to detail, excellent sculpting and especially the deco, and a realistic looking design. You definitely need to pick him up especially if you’v been buying their Godzilla and other monster figures.


Wal-Mart Stores

Then available at other retailers, including:

Entertainment Earth


Hobby Link Japan

Things From Another World

Zavvi – U.S./Canada

Zavvi – U.K.



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