Sunday, June 16, 2019

Pan's Labyrinth - OFELIA!

Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection - Pan's Labyrinth Ofelia - NECA 2019

I love the fact the NECA toys is making a line of action figures based on the films of Guillermo del Toro. I'm a big fan of his movies. Similar to Harryhausen and (early) Tim Burton movies, there is a wonderful sense of imagination and creativity in all his work... with an overarching aesthetic of creepiness. The only unfortunate thing for this blog is that there are very few female characters to expect. All of the super iconic characters, like Pan, Pale Man, and Amphibian Man (from Shape of Water) are decidedly male. So I was was surprised to see this figure of Ofelia as one of the first characters released. It's been more than 10 years since I've watched Pan's Labyrinth so the details of the movie are a bit fuzzy to me, but once I saw all the cool pack-in accessories in this set it all came flooding back. I had seen both this movie and Devil's Backbone within a few months of each other so my memories are a bit blended, but this toy is definitely making me excited to watch them both again. Let's check out Ofelia below!

Like a mentioned above, it's been ages since I've seen this movie, but it seems that the likeness to actress Ivana Baquero is pretty good. I always prefer sculpted clothing to soft goods, but skirts and dresses always pose a problem with limited leg articulation (or just access to the articulation that you know is under there). From some angles, I think Ofelia's legs look awkward and bowed-out.

The most impressive accessory Ofelia comes with is the statue with the missing eye. By replacing the eye, her fairy guide emerges from its mouth and her journey begins. I saw some images online that make me think the right eye is actually removable. I will check to see if this is the case. This statue weighs a ton, it feels like a real rock.

Her book can open and has illustrated pages inside. It is very detailed and cool.

Here is the key that she retrieved from the toad.

And best of all, she comes with three tiny fairies. I guess one is her guide through the Labyrinth and the other two could be the ones that the Pale One ate.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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