Monday, December 12, 2011

Gremlins (Neca)

Keep them out of light, especially sunlight - it will kill them. Don't ever get them wet. But the most important thing, the thing you must never matter how much they cry, no matter how much they beg, never, never feed them after midnight!

I personally never understand why toy companies produce toys that are years beyond their prime. But, don't get me wrong, some of these are great toys they're just too late to catch the majority of people's attention.

In 2003, NECA produced a series of four figures based on the 1980's films Gremlins, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The figures ranged from 4 to 6.5 inches each, and came packed with a great assortment of accessories.

The series included;

Gizmo - Measures 4" tall. Articulation: ball jointed neck, shoulders, forearms, swivel waist Accessories: 3-D Glasses and Baby Mogwai Puff Balls.

Stripe - Measures 6.5" tall. Articulation: ball jointed neck and shoulders, elbows, wrists, v-crotch Accessories: saw blade, assortment of candy, bag of popcorn, and rooted hair.

Brain - Measures 6.5" tall. Articulation: ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, v-crotch Accessories: removable glasses, text book, and beaker/flask.

Poker Player - Measures 6.5" tall. Articulation: ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, v-crotch Accessories: removable visor, single card that pins to ear, hand of cards, pile of popcorn, cookies, and poker chips.

Despite being great sculpts, the figures failed to find success, probably due to the high price tag of each figure (approximately $12 to $15 each), and the unsold units were quickly moved to the clearance isle.

If you hit places like Toys R' Us, you can find some of the figures here and there (in the clearance isles), but for the most part the series has dwindled away. Secondary market dealers attempt to get about $20.00 per figure, but for the most part they don't sell.

The attention to detail is amazing (though I don't know why Gizmo has a neck), and these figures are definitely worth adding to your collection, but finding them at a reasonable price is a challenge in and of itself.

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1 comment:

  1. I have the set of all 4 gremlins from 2003...still in package....anyone know what they're worth?


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