Freddy Krueger turns 30

The first thing you’ll notice about this exciting new offering from NECA and A Nightmare on Elm Street is its wild, bright packaging. It’s more than fitting, as the legacy of this supernatural slasher classic is anything but demure. Lie awake at night thinking about the villainous, blade-handed Freddy Krueger, ready to splice and slice anything that might get in the way of his bloody mission.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the now-renowned film franchise, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with good ol’ Freddy. He’s seven inches tall and will fit right in among your other figurines. We can’t be responsible for what gory things might conspire when you turn out the lights, though.

Everybody wants to snuggle up to Freddy.

Everybody wants to snuggle up to Freddy.

“Sexy” Freddy Krueger? Bet you never thought you’d see the day

The gorgeous bishoujo series has been a hallmark of creativity for Kotobukiya since it debuted. Now, in a delightfully surprising twist of aesthetic inspiration for their “Freddy vs. Jason” set, Freddy Krueger from the legendary 1984 film offering A Nightmare on Elm Street is getting the bishoujo treatment. But it isn’t in the way you might expect — instead of the gnarled male antagonist seen on the silver screen, Freddy is re-imagined here as a sultry, buxom blonde lady. (I mean, it might have been a bit more entertaining to see a “sexy” dude version of Freddy, but never mind. I guess we’ll have to wait for that one.) She may look nonchalantly blissful, but the razor glove on her right hand shows that she means business.

Talented illustrator Shunya Yamashita and renowned sculptor Takaboku Busujima (Busujimax) are responsible for conceptualizing this horrific beauty, who stands on a “pool-of-blood” base and will look amazing next to the upcoming bishoujo Jason! She stands seven inches tall and is perfect for a chillingly lovely display.

Oh, hey. Didn't see you there.

Oh, hey. Didn’t see you there.

Freddy Krueger NES Version Figure

Freddy Krueger NES Version Figure

 

Inspired by the Classic 1989 NES Video Game

Freddy is the companion piece to the Friday the 13th Classic Video Game Jason, one of the hottest SDCC Exclusives this Summer. Released in 1989 for the super popular 8-Bit home console, the video game Nightmare on Elm Street is so bad… it’s good.

A cult classic if there ever was one, NECA’s Freddy Krueger (1989 Video Game Appearance) will be a fully articulated 7-inch figure done up in that truly horrifying video game deco. This figure comes in a special window box packaging with opening flap to re-create the look and feel of the classic 1989 video game packaging.

Nightmare on Elm Street – Freddy’s Furnace

Cult classic villain FREDDY KRUEGER’s presence returns to the NECA collection with a brand new prop furnace based on the one in the film. It’s an item fans have clamoured for for ages and now it’s finally on it way to join your Freddy figures.

The furnace is in scale with the figures in the collection and features an LED-lit flame and a hinged door. A must-have if you’re planning your horror movie display or diorama.

NEW Nightmare on Elm Street Figures

Nightmare on Elm Street might have been a big success, but the continuation of the franchise and its strange popularity have allowed it to fall comfortably into the “cult classic” zone. And we’ve got two new figures that only serve as a reminder of what this has become.

You’ve got 2 choices of Freddy Krueger right here: Dream Warriors Freddy (including a teeny tiny Elm Street house) and Dream Master Freddy, featuring a number of parts from the bodies of his victims–charming, isn’t he? They’re made by Neca so you can expect some amazing sculpting and great design, plus a post that’s perfectly display-friendly.

The Living Dead Dolls do Freddy Krueger

Jackie Earle Haley recently took over for Robert Englund as the villainous nightmare-hopper Freddy Kruger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The reviews are generally rough on the film, but for the most part, critics are pretty kind to the lead, calling it a solid performance that doesn’t try to emulate his predecessor, but also doesn’t distance itself from it to the point of being unrecognisable.

What no one mentions, however, is that the winning formula to revamping Freddy might just be making him ridiculously cute:

That’s the new 10-inch figure from the Living Dead Dolls collection, a rendering of Krueger so sweet it might cause cavities–which might at least keep you awake!

He’s modelled on the 2010 incarnation of Freddy, so the glove is the updated version, but the rest of it (including the removable hat) is perfectly loyal to the original. The doll comes in a window box perfect for collectors, but if you’re so inclined you can take him out and make yourself one of the world’s most unnerving teddy bears.

New Nightmare on Elm Street Poster

There’s a brand new poster out for this year’s remake/reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. We’ve already seen Freddy’s complete new look in the A Nightmare on Elm Street action figures, but nevertheless the foreboding new poster makes us wonder what lurks in the shadow of the hat and just how terrifying it’s going to be. Some might lament the apparent loss of the humour that seems to be the hallmark of modern remakes (grim grittiness = awesome?), but at least the poster indicates that they’ve still got the original in mind.

I suppose I could have done without the added details of the beat-up hat and torn sweater (if he’s an immortal dream monster, why does he only have one set of clothes?), but I think we can all just keep our fingers crossed for the best while expecting the worst and try to enjoy the ride.

For the rest of our Nightmare on Elm Street items, from posters to figures, check our the Nightmare on Elm Street section over at CmdStore!