Weird Al Yankovic (NECA)

Weird Al Yankovic

I have a love /  hate relationship with "Weird Al" Yankovic. As a kid growing up in the 80's, I loved his albums. I also loved his movie UHF. However, as I got older, and his albums continued into the 90's, I found myself on the opposite spectrum. I couldn't stand the guy anymore.

While I originally thought this new mindset was a result of me thinking he was merely a rip off artist, stealing and benefiting from other's hard work, the truth was more deeply rooted. It wasn't Al himself. Rather, it was that I simply didn't enjoy 90's music. As such, it's hard to enjoy a parody of a song when you don't exactly enjoy the original. This remains true to this day. While I find myself still enjoying his work from the 80's, I can't get into anything else from him.

What I can get behind is a classic rendition of Al from the 80's. NECA did a fantastic job of this with their 2017 release of the singer.

While the window boxed Polka Power figure came with two heads, obviously, I'm more so a fan of the version which features his 80's look on the body. It's a spot on sculpt, featuring all that awesome nostalgia of Al from his curly hair and mustache to his accordion and outrageous wardrobe style.

NECA also produced a White & Nerdy version, based on is 2006 "hit" from the album, Straight Out Of Lynwood.

I don't honestly have much more to say on the figures, so instead, I'll leave with a story.

A few years ago, I actually got the chance to see "Weird Al" live. It was an interesting show to say the least. He would sing a song, then promptly walk off stage. While gone, a large monitor would play some of his "classic" moments, such as his mock interviews and Al TV stints. He would then return in a different costume and sing the related song - Picture his fat suit while singing Fat. This rinse and repeat scenario unfolded over the course of the next couple of hours. It was a unique experience, but not one which left me saying my life was enriched or changed for the better by seeing him live.

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