Sure, there’s been versions of Striker Eureka in NECA’s excellent Pacific Rim line, both big and small. But none have let you do one of the giant robot’s coolest attacks: its anime-inspired salvo of rockets spewing out of its chest. That is, until now, with the most badass Jaeger figure yet.
Being a movie about giant mechs fighting kaiju, Pacific Rim was littered with homages to anime—and Striker’s chest rockets are no exception, a nod to the iconic “Itano Circus”, an animation shot of a swarm of missiles and their contrails spewing across the screen made famous by Macross artist Ichirô Itano common in mecha anime. Striker’s slightly more realistic volley of six rockets isn’t exactly the most impressive Itano Circus shot in the world, but it’s still a lovely homage. And now one you can actually put on a toy shelf!
The new “Ultimate” Striker, part of NECA’s 7”-scale line of Pacific Rim toys, was announced at Comic-Con over the weekend. On top of a few paint app updates on the original figure, the biggest addition is an alternate chestpiece that reveals the opened-up chest, ready to slot in some missiles blazing out. It looks pretty damn cool. Also included is the little nuclear-bomb package seen in the climax of the film, but it’s no rocket-firing chestpiece, so really, who gives a damn?
Ultimate Striker will be out this November, alongside a new version of Mutavore, the Kaiju that attacked Sydney (and was defeated by Striker) early on in the film:
Both figures will retail for around $25 each.
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