Ninja Gaiden II (Neca)
From the famed video game series "Ninja Gaiden", Neca brings to life the Ninja Warrior Ryu Hayabusa like never before with thirty-three points of articulation, a stelar sculpt, beautiful paint applications and a really bad left hand and right socket. Not to say that this is a bad toy, it isn't, there is just a few quality control issuse that should have been worked out.
Ryu is seven inches tall and, unlike previous Player Select toys like the Gears of War and Bionic Commando figures, puts more focus on articulation and not detail to show off his flexibility and ninja skill I guess. Ryu has obvious ball jointed hips and ab-crunch as well as double hinged elbows. Other, less obvious, articulation include hinged toes, a swivel waits, a ball socket head and swivel neck-base, swivel biceps, and swivel-hinged ankles. The four hands are also swivel hinges.
Despite what it says on the packaging, Ryu lacks any throwing daggers even though he has three slots for them in the outside of his left theigh. This makes me angry. Though he does include his sword, which fits nicly in the sheath strapped across his back and two "tonfas". I say that very lightly as they are less forearm length wooden tools for blocking and delivering quick and painful blunt force truama as they are ridiculessly large steel beams used to bludgeon to death any that gets in his way. I say they're about four to five inches in length, making them almost as big as Ryu.
Due to his insane amount of articulation, Ryu can be put into any number of poses from the game and package art, though as stand would have been very nice if only so he would have some extra support. As said before, the right socket for his hand is far too large, making his right hands flop about and not hold steady and his secondary left hand, not the one pictured in the Neca image, is too open to hold anything, making the other tonfa useless. It feels like I could soften it up with a hairdrier or maybe by dunking it in some boiling water, but I'm going to try to tighten the grip some.
Over all, Ryu is a great toy with some flaws that are hopefully relegated to my own. Thanks to Neca and Captain Coder for making these available to us!