San Diego Comic Convention is a great time of year to blow a lot of money you probably don’t have picking up exclusive action figures. NECA is no stranger to the convention exclusive. They usually put out a handful of creative exclusives from the various lines they are doing at the time. The past few years we have seen a Predator offering because it seems to be a line NECA enjoys doing, and I’ll assume it also sells pretty well. This year they took SDCC as an opportunity to expand on their Predator team from the fan film “Dead End” by releasing the Albino Predator.
If you don’t know what “Dead End” is I suggest you check out my review of the previous figure from the film, Big Red. The film had a trio of Predators starting with the aforementioned Big Red, Albino, and Wasp. Now that SDCC is over we have also found out that the Wasp is planned for Predator series 11 which will be out later this year. When NECA puts their focus in to completing a team (especially one where you don’t have to hunt down actor likeness rights) they know how to get it done. Last year they completed the entire Lost Tribe from the end of Predator 2, and this year they have their sights set on this fan film.
The Albino uses the same body and armor as Big Red, who is basically the Jungle Hunter with a slightly modified chest armor piece. Albino is a more stripped down version of Big Red because he does not have any of the extra parts like the belt and skull bandoliers. His head is unmasked and the mouth is fully open.
The Predator line has thrived on using two basic body types, and Albino is a great example of how they make it work so well. For example if you put Albino, Big Red, and Jungle Hunter in a lineup, at first glance it is very hard to tell that they all share the same body. The armor and their skin are all painted and accessorized uniquely and vibrantly. Mixing up the various masked and unmasked heads can make a large collection of basically two body styles look varied and deep.
The Predator collection has always had amazing paint applications, but I think Albino takes it to another level. The white and orange really stick out and there are quite a few deliberate and clean black splotches across his body and head. I would have never thought white dreadlocks would look cool, but color me impressed with how they turned out.
The Albino is a great figure and a key member of the Dead End team, but I think some people might be put off by the price. He will cost you about $25 and if you are reading this now SDCC is clearly over, so add shipping and any other mark up on top of that. It’s a little high for what you are getting, especially since he isn’t packed with any accessories. I personally wasn’t shocked at the price because I’ve been buying exclusives for many years and it is just expected that you are going to pay a little more for a convention piece. This may turn some people off to him, but I also expect his target audience is pretty hardcore Predator fans.
So where can you get the Albino Predator now? The secondary market is really your only choice a NECA did some flash sales online during the con, but those have stopped now.
Is the Albino Predator a figure I would recommend? Yes and for a few reasons. First he will get you one step closer to finishing a team. If there is one thing I know action figure collectors like to do it is finish a team. By the end of the year when the Wasp comes out you can officially call the Dead End team complete. At that point I’m not sure what NECA is going to have to complete since apparently the human team has been a pain in the ass to obtain the likeness rights. The other reason you would want Albino is because he stands out. He’s a really bright and scary looking Predator, and if you want something unique for your desk or shelf I think he fits the bill.