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McFarlane Toys: Warhammer 40,000 Necron Warrior Review

I only have a passing familiarity with Warhammer based on seeing ads for the game in comics or seeing the miniatures at game shops, but I do have a weakness for super-articulated skeleton figures, so I hopped on the McFarlane Necron Warrior figure pre-order as soon as I saw it. Let’s take a look!

The box is pretty standard fare, but I do really like the photograph of the toy on the side and that the description lists what he includes. It’s helpful for newbies to the world like myself to be able to read that the bug-robot is a Canoptek Scarab and his gun is called a Gauss Flayer.

The Necron Warrior comes with the robot-bug, a big honk’n blaster, and a figure stand. The gun is super chunky and has sharp detail and a lot of sculpted battle damage. The stand isn’t very flashy, but gets the job done well. He doesn’t strictly need it as it’s a fairly stable figure, but it helped in some action posing and actually worked well with the Star Wars Black Series Scout Trooper I shot the other day too.

The Canoptek Scarab is a little tiny unarticulated slug figure of a robot bug and he’s got pretty sharp details and a nice metallic paint job. He shares the neon green highlights seen on the gun and the Necron Warrior’s eyes. These little creeps are supposed to swarm, so it would have been nice if we got three per pack.

Sculpting on this guy is great and looks to match the details I saw on the miniatures I looked up online. The proportions are appropriately lanky with long, spindly limbs but it feels like a solid figure. There is a ton of really pretty dents and cracks and battle damage all through the figure.

The articulation is pretty good with:

  • Ball and socket head, upper torso, shoulders, and waist
  • Swivel hinge shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles
  • Toe hinge
  • Thigh swivel

The swivel/hinge at the elbows doesn’t quite work, but it’s not really needed because the arm swivels at the shoulder. The swivel hinge at the knee is less inhibited, which is good because the thigh swivel on my figures only works for the left leg. The design of the right doesn’t really allow for a swivel there. I do really like the floating swivel/hinge at the ankles and wrists as it allows for up/down and in/out hinge movement, perfect for wielding that unwieldy gun and making stable standing poses. The ratchets in the joints are tight, but not too tight and they are numerous enough that the posing is subtle.

The paint is pretty great too with a dark wash over metallic paint bringing out all of those great details. I do wish there was a little more wash in the teeth lines of the stylized skull, but I love how bright green of the eye paint. They practically glow.

Overall, this figure is a ton of fun to mess around with and is a big, solid chunk of evil-robot-skeleton plastic. I don’t know Warhammer, so I’m evaluating on a cool toy level and this is definitely a cool toy. I could totally see army building this figure to fight my Marvel Legends or Joes and it feels like a really high-quality product for a $20 figure.