The wait for that new Gipsy Danger and Tacit Ronin is reaching excruciating levels of pain at this point. I haven’t seen either of them show up on NECA’s eBay store which is typically where things show up first. Strangely Toys “R” Us just shipped my Gipsy without his wave-mate Tacit Ronin. This leaves me to guess that characters are shipped in solid cases, or Toys “R” Us runs a terrible web store (more than likely the latter). Why am I starting a review on Axehead with an impatient rant about other figures? I just want something new! Gipsy isn’t going to get here until Friday. And who the hell knows when Tacit will show?
You may say, “But Jon, you already did a review of Axehead back in March … what is this malarchy?” Well actually that was Trespasser. Trespasser can easily be confused with Axehead because they are basically the same Kaiju. Axehead was the concept that eventually became Trespasser in the film. Really you could get away with constantly making slight variations of the Trespasser and Knifehead body since the aliens basically mass produced them like clones in Pacific Rim. Which is kind of what NECA has been doing since I blinked and now have five figures that all use that same base body!
At first glance it is pretty easy to come to the conclusion that he is a shameless repaint. But take a look closer and there is a surprising amount of subtle retooling to the original Trespasser formula. The head is new and the easiest way to tell is compare the eye structure. Trespasser’s eyes both look forward while Axehead’s look to the side. They do both share the same jaw, however. Axehead’s backpack or shell (or whatever you call it) is also a new part, donning a broken right spike. The other original part is the toenail looking thing coming out of his shin. For hands he uses those puppy dog paws that Scunner came with. All in all Axehead is a nice little remix of everything Kaiju we have seen so far in the line.
Of course, Axehead comes in the new window box packaging that the TRU Knifehead was shipped in. He’s priced same as the past “deluxe” Kaiju releases at $24.99 which I think is a fair price for how much monster you get in that box. I’m pretty sure that most, if not all, Pacific Rim deluxe Kaiju are all still available at their retail price, so it would only cost you about $125 to own every single version! Seems like a deal to me. The nice thing is that this should mark the end of this body type, at least I assume since I don’t think any others exist in movie or fan fiction form. We’ve been a bit spoiled with the Jaegers since every single one has an original sculpt. Otachi is on her way though early next year, and I’m sure they can squeeze a variant out of her since she was very similar to a video game boss and had different phases.
Axehead is pretty solid as far as a variant goes. I still think I’m partial to the line patterns on Trespasser, but that’s not to say that Axehead’s paint scheme isn’t unique, well done, and fun. He’s got enough new tooling that justified my going back for more. He’s also keeping me somewhat satisfied until those two new Jaegers show up … any … day … now …