Neca Predators Series 2: Tracker, Berserker, Classic
Series 2 of Neca Predators from the “Predators” movie includes, Tracker Predator, unmasked Berserker Predator and a wounded masked Classic Predator. For more info check out my review of the Series 1 Neca Predators.
Name: Tracker Predator / Berserker Predator / Classic Predator
Line: Predators Series 2
Sculptor: David Silva / Adrienne Smith, Kyle Windrix / Kyle Windrix
Designer: Stan Winston
Material: PVC, POM
Release: Nov 2010
Original Price: $30AUD / $16USD
Height: 200mm / 7.87inches
Same style of packaging as the Series 1 figures, each figure comes with personalized backing card and front label, again only a single twisty wire holding the figure in place which is just fine by me. One thing to note is that because the Tracker Predator has long tasks on his helmet, they can press against the front of the packaging during transportation which can lead to breakage. This is easily fixed with some super glue but just something to look out for.
The second series figures get pretty much the same amount of accessories as the first. Tracker Predator has a medium length wrist blade as well as a shoulder mounted plasma cannon, the Berserker Predator has the same except his wrist blade is short. Classic Predator again gets a removable backpack with a shoulder mounted plasma cannon.
It is great to see a whole new sculpt for the Tracker Predator, it does share some common parts with the other Predators, namely the dreadlocks (Berserker), torso (Falconer, Berserker), shoulder & biceps (Falconer, Berserker), pelvis & buttocks (Falconer, Berserker) and feet parts (Falconer, Berserker). Even with so many common parts it still stands out as a completely different figure. The only let down here is its face/mask sculpt, it looks flat and quite blobby with the details washed out, not sure what happened here as the rest of the body looks quite well sculpted with great detail.
With the Berserker Predator, the only sculptural difference between this version and the Series 1 version is the unmasked face part and it looks great. He looks mean and angry like he’s about to take your head off!
Same story with the Classic Predator, the only difference between series 1 and 2 is the face/mask part. I actually prefer the head with the damaged mask, it gives the figure more character?
Articulation of these Predator action figures are not too bad, but not great either. I mean they have joints in all the right places, but some are quite restrictive as mentioned in the series 1 review. There are over 20 points of articulation in each figure so they will keep you happy and occupied for a while.
With the Tracker Predator I’m pretty happy with the overall paint application – all except the mask/face part which is kind of hindered by the bad sculpt to begin with. The silver is flat with no highlights or shadowing and just looks plain boring.
The unmasked Berserker Predator really looks the part, but the colour of the skin is totally different to the series 1 Berserker even though they are supposed to be the same character. I can’t remember which one is more movie accurate, you probably can’t tell either as the movie was really dark anyway. Personally I do prefer the greyish scheme of the series 2 figure, but the series 1 figure has the better paint application.
Classic Predator also has a slight variation in the colour scheme when compared to the series 1 figure. The difference is not huge but just enough to be different, as if they ran out of paint and had to choose the next closest available colour!? Anyway not a big deal but I really hate the way the “blood” has been painted, it looks cheap and kind of ruins the toy for me.
I found the right hand of my Classic Predator to be quite loose, a bit of tape and it’s now fine. The wounded Classic Predator obviously has the same retracting wrist blade mechanism as the series 1 toy, thought I’d mention it anyway.
A view of the back of the Classic Predator without the backpack, looks great with black ink wash. The head is also interchangeable between the Predator toys, they are easy to pop on and off. I do prefer the masked Classic Predator head so I decided to put it on the series 1 body.
Just a few shots comparing the series 1 Predator figures to the series 2 figures. The first is a shot of the Classic Predators, the colour variation is hard to see here, but trust me its there. The second is a shot of the Berserker Predators, here you can obviously see the colour variation, which do you prefer?
Here’s a shot comparing the size of the Predator toys to my 7 inch Hellboy action figure, they are slightly larger than Hellboy, but it may just be due to their large heads haha. And a shot of all 6 Predator Figures together, wow…so many Predators!
I really like this range of Predator toys, they are really beautifully sculpted and on the whole well painted, they also do offer a fair amount of pose-ability which can provide you with hours of fun. If it weren’t for the fact I had to write reviews for these toys, I’d probably limit myself to just getting a couple, but it will be hard to choose which ones to get hehehe…
Check out the Series 1 Neca Predator review here!
Thanks again for reading my toy review, hopefully this was informative in some way!