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Despite 3 films, there isn't a great deal of action figure potential in the Robocop trilogy when you consider most characters were corporate bad guys, or street bad guys. Even the other cops were pretty drab. However, if there is one figure that has been begging to be made in 7" Scale it is ED-209, and last year NECA delivered.
ED-209 comes boxed and to my knowledge is the biggest 7" scale figure NECA had done at that stage - he has now been surpassed by the Alien Queen. The box will be an issue to MIB/MOC collectors as it is fully sealed with no window to view the product.
For loose collectors like me, ED-209 takes some unpacking - but once you have unstrapped ED and brought him out of the box he stands a good 10" high and is very sturdy stood on the two legs. Articulation is limited, but I was surprised you can adjust the height of the legs on a ratchet system. There is also movement in the two weapon arms.
The paint job is pretty good, you could argue that some weathering would have been appropriate but that is not to everyone's taste. Weight wise he is probably lighter than I imagined, and although I haven't had any issues yet I have heard stories of the usual NECA fragility and parts breaking a little easier than they should.
NECA built in a sound chip to this release and it plays a number of clips taken directly from the film. This hasnt worked for me as the sound is muffled and pretty poorly defined, I also then worry about battery corrosion in the future as I still haven't worked out how to get to the batteries.
At the £80 (approx) Price Point that NECA hit with this, it is an awesome figure and adds a real focal point for your collection. It's not as detailed or as articulated as the Hot Toys 1/6 scale - but nor does it need a small mortgage to buy it. I applaud NECA for pushing the boundaries on some of these larger figures and look forward to more in the future. 3 out of 5 for me, the sound-chip was unnecessary and lost ED-209 a mark.