Let’s do a little Pacific Rim recap. The film was released in 2013 and with it came a prequel graphic novel and the first wave of 3 action figures. I was a little disappointed with all 3. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is pretty awesome and I’ve watched it multiple times but I still think it could have been more awesome. I didn’t feel invested in the human characters and many of the story elements failed to interest me. But I don’t generally watch monster movies for the humans or the story anyway, I watch for the monsters, and the monsters/Kaiju in Pacific Rim did not disappoint. The visual effects were amazing so despite a lagging middle section the movie is still a lot of fun to watch. The graphic novel was okay but forgettable. At least it wasn’t a chore to read like the new PR series, Tales from the Drift, which launched 2 months ago. We’re 2 issues in so far and it’s a total bore. As for the toys, I only bought Knifehead from wave 1. It was a nicely sculpted figure but it was smaller than I had hoped and it was lacking in articulation. Fortunately NECA improved on those points with wave 2; the figures were bigger and more articulated.
The wave 2 Kaiju was Leatherback. I still haven’t got around to reviewing it but it was a very nice action figure. It just so happens that I didn’t love that particular creature from the movie so I wasn’t super excited about the toy (probably why I haven’t reviewed it). The next bunch of Kaiju figures were Trespasser, an improved Knifehead, Scunner, then Axehead. I bought them all and I liked them all but they were all pretty much the same toy with different heads. Those 4 Kaiju had the same basic build and if the line carried on that way I probably would’ve gotten bored.
Thankfully NECA infused some excitement into the line by announcing that their next Kaiju figure would be Otachi. He’s a completely different shape than the previously released figures. He walks on all fours, he has wings, he has a tail, he’s got a crazy tongue….he’s awesome. So needless to say I was really looking forward to getting this figure. However, when this toy actually went up for pre-order at BigBadToyStore my excitement turned to frustration. Otachi is bigger , he’s more articulated, and he required more newly sculpted pieces than previously released figures so I expected him to be a bit more expensive. I did not expect the price to jump from 30 dollars to 80 dollars. And not only did they jack up the price but the figure didn’t have Otachi’s signature wings. It pained me to pass on this figure but I had to. I just knew that NECA would release a winged version later so if I was going to overpay for this thing I was at least going to overpay for the version I wanted.
Sure enough a winged version of Otachi was released about 6 months later. My patience paid off, right? Wrong. The second version was lacking Otachi’s signature tail. What the hell NECA? You expect me to buy two incomplete figures of the same character for $80 a piece? Damn you.
To be fair, both Otachi figures are screen accurate. When he first shows up in the film he has a long tail and he’s crawling around on all four legs. Gypsy Danger snaps his tail off and only then does Otachi spread his wings and take to the sky. What NECA should have done is include removable wings and a removable tail with the first version then collector’s could choose to display him however they wanted. I would’ve much preferred they did that and charged me an extra $20 for the removable pieces rather than try to sell me a whole other figure at full price.
So after the second Otachi was released I had to decide what was more important to me, the tail or the wings. As cool as the wings are, that second figure looked dumb to me with a stump for a tail. The proportions seemed all out of whack. At least the first version looked like a complete figure so that’s what I went with.
I bought this figure from my local Toys R Us a few weeks back and it cost me over $100 in Canadian funds. I wasn’t happy with the price tag considering what I’ve paid for all my other Pacific Rim figures but if I wanted this guy (and I did) I had to pay the piper. Version 1 was sold out on BBTS by then and I’d seen people selling it on ebay for over $100US so I figured I’d better do it now rather than wait and possibly end up paying even more. So was it worth it?
It’s hard to say whether it’s worth $100 dollars or not but it is pretty f**king awesome so I guess so. The sculpting on this figure is excellent. It’s 18″ long and 7″ tall and every one of those inches is covered with sculpted detail. He’s got scales, and armour, and spikes, and bioluminescent ports all over him. The front legs have great looking feet with creepy crooked thumbs and the folded wings are evident on his forearms.
The head is particularly well done. He has a bat-like snout and two fleshy horns at the front of the face and the top of his head features a sculpted grainy wood-like texture. The jaw splits in two to reveal a blue tongue covered in white nodules. You have the option to remove the tongue and replace it with a stream of blue acid spit as seen in the movie. The split jaw is pretty freaking looking and reminiscent of the mutated vampires seen in one of Guillermo Del Toro’s other movies, Blade II. Personally I like to display Otachi with a closed jaw.
The tail is perhaps the highlight of the figure as is likely what resulted in such an increase in the price. it’s super-detailed and it features over 10 points of articulation. It’s very similar to the multi-segmented tail seen on the 2014 movie Godzilla figure I reviewed a while back. The end of the tail features 3 articulated claws which move in unison. It’s reminds me of a squid’s beak. I like it displayed openly but it can be closed tight enough to grip other figures. The tail is removable so you could take it off and attach it to the winged version if you like which is nice but I have no plans to buy version 2 myself. The only problem with the tail is that I find it falls off of the figure fairly easily if you’re handling him.
The paint work on this figure is very nice too. I think he’s molded in black plastic with a dark green wash over the whole thing but it may be the opposite. He has lots of splashes of blue for the bioluminescence and a bit of yellow in the eyes and nose.
The last thing I’ll mention is the accessories this figure came with. I already told you about the optional acid stream but Otachi also comes with his baby. In the movie Otachi dies and a baby version bursts from his chest and chases down Newt only to be strangled by its own umbilical cord. Well this figure comes with a teeny version of that baby which I suppose is in scale. The baby has multiple paint apps and even has 3 points of articulation. Pretty darn cool. I only wish there was a compartment in Otachi’s chest where I could store it.
In summary, I love this figure. I wish it wasn’t so expensive but if you’re on the fence like I was I say go for it. I haven’t removed him from the coffee table in my living room since I got him; I just really dig looking at him. Here’s hoping that the next Kaiju figure, Mutavore due out this month (pre-order for $59.99 at BBTS), is just as cool. 10 out of 10.