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Action Figure Feature – NECA E.T.

As a child of the ’80s I have a soft spot for the film E.T., so when I saw this figure on the shelves of my local TRU, I had to pick one up.  Click through for more pics of NECA’s E.T.!

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Accessories

This E.T. comes with a removable blanket, some Reese’s Pieces, and an extra swappable neck piece.  The extra neck piece is longer than the one E.T. is packaged with, so you can simulate the neck extension move the little guy does throughout the movie.  The extra neck piece is wisely packed behind a sticker because it looks a little odd by itself.

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The blanket is made of a nice soft plastic and the neck is made of a fairly stiff plastic.  It’s a little tough to swap out the neck pieces, but not impossible.

Sculpt

I remember seeing E.T. in the theaters and I had a ton of E.T. merchandise from back then (including a doll, action figures, clothes, and a board game), but I can’t remember the last time I watched the movie.  I’m not an E.T. expert, but the likeness looked pretty much perfect to me at the store.  It felt ‘right’ and a quick Google image search confirms that the sculpt is very accurate to the source material.

But beyond screen accuracy, it’s a beautiful sculpt with amazing textures.  The leathery skin on E.T. is fantastic and even the cloth texture on the blanket looks great.

Articulation

E.T. has swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, ball and socket ankles, and wrists and ball joints at both ends of the neck.  The articulation at the neck helps you get E.T. into a slew of expressive poses.  I would have liked ab articulation of some kind, but that’s more my super-articulated bias.  I was able to get this figure in any E.T. poses I wanted.

Paint

The figure looks to me to be cast in a solid color with a lighter dry brush that brings out the leathery skin texture sculpt.  The paint on the eyes is perfect, which is good because they are a main focus of the figure.  He does have some red paint on his right index figure to simulate the light-up finger from the film.  It’s a decent effect, but doesn’t quite work for me.  I wish it had been cast in a yellow translucent plastic.  The only other paint issue is that some of the white paint from the blanket rubbed off on the figure’s shoulder.

For the relatively low price of $12.99, this is as good a standard E.T. figure as I could have hoped for.  The sculpt, articulation, and paint are all solid and my nostalgia was perfectly sated.

E.T. with neck extension and Reese’s Pieces accessories.

 

E.T. with neck extension and Reese’s Pieces accessories.
E.T. Backside.

 

Shorter neck piece.

 

Longer neck piece.

 

Carded.

 

Cardback

 

Production Credits. I love that NECA includes these.

 

The Wind Raider has a new pilot.

 

6 thoughts on “Action Figure Feature – NECA E.T.

  1. Great photo review. Congrats. I’ve liked the figure very much. Thanks for showing it.

  2. Is it possible to add some pics of E.T. with other figures? You know.. just to see how good he looks in scale with others?

  3. Dude…seriously…these are some beautiful photos. The one with E.T. pointing at the moon would make a terrific poster.

  4. Your backdrops and dioramas always enhance the figures so much. Truly incredible work, more so than some of the figures you review.

  5. Okay, I was on the fence about these, but now I have to get a couple of them. The one featured here and the drunk version (can’t pass that up) will do nicely. Amazing photo set as always, Matt.

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