Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gremlins - GRETA!

Reel Toys: Gremlins 2 The New Batch - Ultimate Greta - NECA Toys 2021

I just watched Gremlins 2: The New Batch for the second time ever (it's streaming on HBO). I saw it originally in the early 90s but I remember not liking it as much as the first one. But watching it now I can see it's a wholly different concept. Where the first movie was mysterious and a bit scary, the sequel was pure camp. I was just a little too young to pick up on the cues that it was one long running gag... like Christopher Lee as Dr. Catheter? Completely over my head. One thing that really stuck in my memory though was the green-haired female Gremlin, now known as Greta... no real details about her other than the visual though. When I watched the movie again this weekend I was excited to see which Mogwai she evolved from. But alas, the mythology was changed so that Gremlins could be spawned from wet Gremlins, skipping the Mogwai step altogether. Also, Greta is a male/genderless Gremlin who drinks a gender hormone and essentially becomes a sexual predator. Oh 1990s you are endlessly problematic.

I'm not a fan of rooted hair or soft goods on my action figures, but when early prototypes of Greta first started to be shown a few years ago I knew I would have to suck it up and deal with it. I think the bright hair is a necessary part of her garishness. And the feather boa is an added treat.

Greta comes with a pair of alternate hands, a feather boa, and a bottle of the gender hormone that the genderless/male Gremlin drank to become Greta.

While I own almost every Mogwai figure from this NECA line, this is the first actual Gremlin in my collection. It appears that her articulation is identical to the legion of male Gremlins released prior. Every joint is tight, and has a wide range of motion. I can't think of any missing or problematic articulation. NECA is always pretty good like that. As a perk, her ears are articulated too!

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Greta with Penny the Mogwai.

And here is my small Greta collection: Itty Bittys from Hallmark, Advent Calendar Figure from Jakks, NECA Greta, and Funko Pop.


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