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Neca Labyrinth figures

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by CrystalBat, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Jareth figure review

    My Jareth figure arrived this afternoon. Though nobody asked for it, here's a long review offering my own opinions.

    My first thought was that he was smaller than I'd expected. Now, though, seeing him standing next to my computer while I write this review, he looks bigger. Maybe it's having his swirling cape free and fully visible; maybe I just got used to the size. I measured him against my Palisades Muppets figures; the top of series 2 Fozzie's head (hatless) comes up to Jareth's shoulders.

    My second reaction was that Jareth's eyes looked crossed, but on closer inspection I found that was mostly an optical illusion caused by the fact that his eyes are different colors--right eye blue, left eye brown. That's something I confess I'd never noticed in watching the movie, though looking at some still photos it does seem accurate. That Neca paid attention to this detail impresses me.

    I expected to get poor articulation--that's the trend with hyper-realistic-looking figures--and I was partly correct. There is no articulation at all at the hips. He can't move either leg up or down. There is also no joint at the knees. However, on the plus side, he has ball-jointed shoulders and a ball-jointed neck (although you don't get much range out of the neck due to the hair and collar). He has swivelling elbows and wrists, and his calves have a swivel cut at the top of the boots. He also swivels at the waist, underneath the edge of his armor-like shirt. Clearly sculpt was more important to the designers than articulation, but mostly they made good use of their opportunities within that limitation.

    Maybe I should've said this first, but--the figure looks fantastic. It's a fine likeness, there's incredible detail on the outer cape, and there's some fairly subtle coloring on the pants to make them look more like leather--even on the back, which is covered by the capes pretty much all the time unless you're testing the waist rotation. The inner cape (which is quite thick in the back, by the way, giving Jareth a kind of built-in stand) has a lovely shimmering blue color on the inside. I love the outer cape. It's molded into a particular shape, yes, but it's a nice shape, dramatic without being excessively windswept (none of that Star Wars Unleashed silliness here). Plus the cape is still flexible enough that you can pose Jareth's arms to hold it open further.

    Actually, when I first started moving them, the arms felt really flimsy to me--but I've had no trouble posing them, and I'm not worried they'll break. I got used to the feel quickly.

    One problem I do have with the look is the hair. Not the sculpt of the hair--I'm not sure how you'd do much better with a figure this size--and not with the color of it. What I don't like is the texture. It looks to me like the paint they used dried with lots of tiny clumps in it. Jareth's hair ought to be smooth, but here it's rough-looking, like maybe he hasn't washed it in a long, long time. From a normal distance you wouldn't notice, but up close the hair is--well, a little lumpy.

    In sum:

    Good Stuff: amazing detail, great coloring, decent likeness, impressive cape, and, not to be forgotten, somebody ACTUALLY MADE A JARETH FIGURE.

    Bonus Stuff: Jareth comes with a very small "glass" ball which can be balanced on his open right hand. That's no small thing when you think about it: many a company would've made a hand with the glass ball sculpted in, but Neca gave us a removable ball. He also has a second right hand, closed in a fist, which can take the place of the open hand. (Of course, that makes him look like he's itching for a fist-fight. . . .)

    Not-So-Good Stuff: There's no hip articulation. His hair has tiny lumps.

    Would've-Made-This-Even-Better Stuff: A second left hand that wasn't a fist would've been nice. I wish he'd been a little bit larger to be more in scale with Palisades Muppets figures--but Neca is hardly obliged to match the Palisades line, and Labyrinth is not the same "universe" as the Muppets anyway.

    Is it the perfect "masterpiece" Jareth you might have dreamed about? Not quite. Is it a good figure? Yes. Am I glad I bought it? Definitely. Would I recommend it? If you like Jareth and/or Labyrinth, and posing him like a Rockette isn't your main goal, yes.
  2. FuzzMonkey

    FuzzMonkey Well-Known Member

    So I take it they got rid of the goblin figure pack-in that was supposed to come with him? Can you post some pictures of the figure if possible?
  3. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    I can't supply any pictures. Pictures are available at some online stores, but I can understand wanting something less biased and more first-hand. I can't help with that, though. Sorry.

    There is no goblin figure included with Jareth.
  4. FuzzMonkey

    FuzzMonkey Well-Known Member

    Yeah, all I have been able to find are pics of the prototype. Thanks for the review.
  5. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review!
    I hope to get him very soon...
  6. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    so is there going to be another release of him with hoggle and a other characters or is this it?
    Cause if he's coming out again with other characters I'm waiting.
  7. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member



    Thanks for the update, I'm ordeing mine now!
  8. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Mine is on it's way, I preordered it from an online store as well.
  9. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    So I take it no one knows?:confused:
  10. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I think all we've heard is that Hoggle is coming with another little Goblin or two, and then maybe another pack of just goblins (from what I gather from those photos that show lots of goblins).

    A white shirt/no cape Jareth would be awesome, and of course a Sarah, Didymus, & Ludo (as mentioned before), but who knows?
  11. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Well I did see in the pages of "Toy Reveiw" that yes, Hoggle should be in the set sometime soon.

    As for the rest, you're guess is as good as mine.
  12. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Wow you posted that the very moment I did, :) .

    Great minds think alike huh?
  13. FuzzMonkey

    FuzzMonkey Well-Known Member

    Well, I just ordered my Jareth figure. I was hoping to find him at a shop somewhere so I wouldn't have to pay the crazy shipping cost, but I couldn't. So I ended up paying over $22.00 for one figure. Oh well, I guess it's money well spent.
  14. CrystalBat

    CrystalBat Member

    Chances are if there are other versions of Jareth released later, they will be sporting some differences from this figure. Neca hasnt announed what exactly they plan to do with hoggle, or with the goblins that were shown in the magazine yet.
  15. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    NECA, please release Hoggle very soon!!! PLEASE !!!!
  16. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    There was initial confusion that Jareth would come with Hoggle.This was not correct, so Hoggle will not come with Jareth, but as he is smaller, he will come with Goblins.
  17. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Final Neca Jareth figure

    Here is mine
  18. FuzzMonkey

    FuzzMonkey Well-Known Member

  19. CrystalBat

    CrystalBat Member

    As far as I know NECA hasent announced what the plan for hoggle or the goblins is, so i would imagine it is just speculation at this point that hoggle will be sold with the goblins... i got a jareth figure yesterday, it is totally rockin.
  20. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    They have said that they dont plan to expand on the Labyrinth figures from what they have, so I cant see them selling the Goblins by themselves, so I think it will just be a formality that Hoggle gets released with the Goblins.Time will tell.

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