NECA releases a new figurine to celebrate the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing, recreating the iconic movie poster in plastic form.
NECA launches unique new toy for John Carpenter The thing by turning the movie poster into a detailed figure. Carpenter’s 1982 film is a remake of the 1951 film The thing from another worldwhich was itself based on the short story Who’s there? by author John W. Campbell. Carpenter’s film was hated when it came out in the 80s, but has since become one of his most popular films, right up there with Halloween, Fogand Escape from New York. The thing revolves around a group of researchers in Antarctica who encounter a creature that kills their crew members before taking their appearance.
Like many 80s horror films, The thing had a unique poster to announce its release. The now iconic poster was designed and painted by Drew Struzan, who has also designed posters for other blockbusters like star wars, IndianaJonesand Back to the future. The poster was created in 24 hours, and Struzan having not seen the film or received much direction from Universal, the poster features an unidentified man with a light shining on his face. The film starred Kurt Russell (MacReady), Keith David (Childs) and Wilford Brimley (Dr. Blair), but none of them appeared on the original poster.
NECA give now Things iconic displays the plastic treatment by transforming the work into an articulated figurine. The Things The 40th Anniversary figure stands approximately 7″ tall and comes with interchangeable faceplates as well as an LED light to effectively recreate Struzan’s poster. The toy is a Comic-Con exclusive selling for $50, but NECA will also put limited stock on its website available for pre-order on June 3. Check out images of the figure from NECA’s announcement on Instagram below:
Fans who want this collectible will need to act fast to get one. Fortunately, NECA does The thing figure available for people who can’t attend Comic-Con this year, but given the limited supply, this figure will sell out quickly on their website. It’s hard to guess how many NECAs will have at Comic-Con, so trying to pre-order the toy online is the best way to get one. $50 is more than most NECA retail figures; they usually range from $35 to $40. However, since this is an exclusive agreement, resales of The thing the price of the poster will likely increase online after Comic-Con.
NECA is no stranger to horror products, with the toy distributor having a number of licenses for the biggest horror franchises, including A nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday 13, to name a few. Almost every major horror character has been made into a NECA figure, but the most recent The thing toy is one of the most unique and creative they have released. Turning the poster into a character is a smart idea, especially since the art features an unnamed character. The thing is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and NECA’s release of this toy is a great way to honor one of Carpenter’s most memorable films.
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