You can always count on a number of surprises from NECA at Toy Fair, but this year, I don't think very many collectors could have expected the announcements the company unveiled. While new Predator and Alien toys are as expected, you never know what the mad geniuses at NECA might have in store for the likes of Evil Dead, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the other dozens of gaming and movie licenses it holds. All you can be sure about is that you will come away from the NECA booth ready to find a new source of income to pay for all the things you're going to need. Like the new Batman vs Aliens and Predator sets.

To this point, any DC Comics figures NECA has made have either been tied to a very specific home video release or a 1/4 scale release. All of them had been cinematic interpretations too, but this year all that changes with the release of Batman vs Aliens, Batman vs Predator, and Superman vs Aliens two-packs. Each pack calls back to one of the DC/Dark Horse comic book crossover events, and each captures the look and vibe from the comic panels perfectly. Getting a Joker-inspired xenomorph as part of the deal is just icing on the cake.

The 1/4 scale goodness will continue, though more of this year's reveals were tuned into the Marvel universe. We'll soon be getting a comic book Daredevil, which includes an alternate Matt Murdock portrait, and a cinematic Doctor Strange, complete with massive, flowing red cloak. The detailing on both is tremendous, and the comic book Daredevil in particular stands out from similar offerings from other manufacturers. We're also getting a Civil War Captain America, and that's all I really care about. He's the best.

The remaining two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1/4 scale figures, Leo and Mikey, are also on the way and still looking tremendous. We've been seeing these products for the past six months or so, but every time we get an up close look, it's hard not to admire the screen accuracy NECA's sculptors have managed to bring to toys. We still don't know what future the baby turtles hold, but there's a chance they could find their way into a limited release down the line. For now though, they're just for display only.


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