The new, considerably more unnerving Freddy Krueger will be slashing his way into theatres (and nightmares) April 30th. But as usual, the film’s release is preceded by the action figures so here are the two new figures we’ve gotten of Jackie Earle Haley as the ravamped Freddy Krueger, taking over the role where Robert Englund left off and lending a far darker feel.
You can see Freddy here in both states: the vicious child murderer he was in life and the malevolent undead monster he would become following his death by fire. It’s clear that they went for a more realistic look here, reminiscent of actual burn victims, but whether this take on the character will be successful remains to be seen.
Each figure stands about 6 inches tall (though most figured nowadays tend to run a little larger than that) and the fact that they’re from NECA translates to expert sculpting and painting. Anyone looking forward to the film should check these ones out, but fans of the franchise as a whole will also be sure to find a ton of movie merch over in our Nightmare on Elm Street section.
As fans recently learned, the Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot stars WATCHMEN’s Jackie Earl Haley as the new Freddy Krueger, taking over from Robert Englund, whose absence is surely going to weigh heavily on audience’s mind no matter how good Haley’s performance. Besides a brief glimpse in the trailer, it’s been unclear just what the new Freddy would look like. And the truth, revealed by Figures.com via NECA, is here in this upcoming Freddy Figure!
It’s definitely a difference, but I’m thinking I like it: over the years, the Freddy Krueger ‘brand’, as it were, has become a true cult hero, but also a bit of a joke as he takes on unlikely foes and becomes more and more ridiculous. The new Haley Krueger definitely has a stranger stare, less of a smile and a creepier, more realistic burn-victim look, which makes him at once more accessible and more horrifying. Of course, it’ll come down to the acting in the end and as we’ve already seen from a number of shows, JEH isn’t low on talent. We’ll just have to wait and see.
But while we’re on the topic, here’s
a link to our selection of non-JEH Freddy Krueger figures from NECA. They’re all awesomely detailed and you should definitely pay special attention to the newest item, a 12-inch deluxe Freddy in real fabric clothing: lift his shirt up to reveal the souls of his victims in his chest!
Joining the six original members of Mezco’s Cinema of Fear collection are three new figures of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master’s Debbie Stevens.
Naturally, each one comes with a few buckets of blood tossed across severed limbs, ripped fabric or a vicious weapon and horror fans wouldn’t have it any other way! They’re available individually or in a set and have all arrived in-stock and ready to go.