NECA Toys The Thing Ultimate MacReady Outpost 31 Figure Review

NECA Toys The Thing Ultimate MacReady Outpost 31 Figure Review


NECA Toys is expanding their horror offerings with the newly acquired license The Thing, a film from 1982. In the film, a twelve-man research team goes to a remote Antarctic research station and discovers an alien organism buried in the snow for over 100,000 years, and was directed by John Carpenter. MacReady is based on the likeness of actor Kurt Russel, and NECA has already announced a new version of him called the Station Survival figure.



Thank you to NECA Toys for providing their The Thing Ultimate MacReady Outpost 31 Figure for review. 

Availability: September 2021

MacReady is packaged in a window box with an opening flap, with artwork inspired from the film on the front and sides, and images of the figure along with a description on the back. The opening flap includes another image of the figure, and to the right he is packaged in a plastic tray along with his accessories.


MacReady is based on how he looks in the classic film, The Thing (1982), and depicts the likeness of actor Kurt Russel. The figure comes in a brown jacket with a metallic wash over it to make it look shiny, and the jacket has sculpted wrinkles, pockets, buttons on the pockets, and a sculpted zipper to make it look more realistic. The pants are painted in green and also given sculpted wrinkles, and just like the jacket, it has zippers that are painted in a metallic silver deco. The boots are painted in a dark brown with sculpted laces and other details, and the gloves are black and also resemble a great likeness.


His head sculpts are each given a different facial expression, with a sculpted beard and mustache, and the hair also has a wash on it. The facial details are nicely done and resemble the likeness, and two of these head sculpts are hooded with a blue hood with sculpted wrinkles and a wash.


He comes with an assortment of accessories, including three interchangeable head sculpts, six hand sculpts, a shotgun, a lantern, a glass, a bottle, goggles, glasses, and a hat.


The hat can be placed on his back with the string resting around his neck and facing forward. The lantern cannot be lit, but does have a great likeness and there is a lot of attention to detail here.



The hat can be worn as shown above, and works for either one of the hooded head sculpts. The glasses and goggles can be placed on either head as well, and the glasses can be slipped under the hood and rests on his nose, while the goggles have a string that goes around the back of his head and placed over his eyes as well.

The shotgun can be held in the gloved hands, or the bare hands with the trigger finger.


The glass and bottle can be placed in his hand, or on an object such as doll furniture. There he can be seated and drink and think about the situation he’s in facing the alien creature. The trigger finger works best for the glass.

MacReady is also fully articulated, including a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, waist rotation, ball hinged hips, swivel-hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles.

Overall, MacReady is a phenomenal figure and a great likeness, great attention to detail and accessories. NECA collectors will surely want to add him to their collections, and hopefully, more figures are coming from this license, especially that alien creature.


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The backdrop used in this review is the J-806M by Extreme-Sets. We have an exclusive coupon code for readers – use toyhype for 15% off your order at now. In addition, they are also offering 25% off on orders over $120 USD when you sign up for their newsletter at this time. J-806M is priced at $74.99 before the discount. The furniture is sold separately.

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