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NECA Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
Wave 01 Figures

by Lando da Pimp

I can tell you now that I am going through Harry Potter overload. The film, the video game, the soundtrack, the book, and most important the Harry Potter NECA action figures. The first wave of the NECA Order of the Phoenix action figures is out now and overall I love them. While they do have a few problems, the fact is that NECA was the right toy company for the Potter line.

Harry Potter
This is the second Harry Potter action figure produced, the first being from the Goblet of Fire wave. A huge improvement as the sculpt is not put into a wand dueling position. The lack of articulation is a big problem. Harry's arms don't bend at the elbow only allowing his arms to stick straight out. While none of the others have elbow joints their arms are slightly bent. The biggest problem is the coke bottle glasses. It is a good attempt but they are still too thick.

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The paint job is very poor on my Harry figure. This may just be my figure but the paint is very sloppy around the shirt and tie. I also have a few areas with no paint. The worst is his forhead. The skin color with the scar and his hair is poorly done having a hard time to see the details needed.

Sirius Black
At Toy Fair I was excited to see the two-up of the Potter figures but, was a bit disappointed by the pose that Sirius was in. To me it looked like Saturday Night Fever with Sirius Black. I was happy to discover that he is the most posable out of all the new figures.

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The likeness to Gary Oldman as the character likeness is great. He does however suffer from a bad hair sculpt. It appears that the hair is sculpted seperately from the head and looks more like a hat then hair. Sirius's paint job is the best of the four, and he needs to be. The painted shirt and watch are very well done. Who knew he had such red boots?

Hermione Granger
I said it a few months ago this is one of the best female sculpts. She actually looks like a girl and resembles Emma Watson perfectly. I love the little smirk they gave her. Her pose is also great as she is ready for wand battle. The biggest complaint, but not a surprise, is the thin legs supporting the weight of the figure. You need to use her stand that is included otherwise she will fall over.

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Hermione, like Sirius, also has a great paint job with one exception, her hair. The grooves of her hair are painted darker. I would have liked to seen them faded out a bit. It's really obvious looking down upon the figure. Oh and for all of you 14 year old kids out there what is painted under her skirt? You will have to buy the figure to find out!

Ron Weasley
The Ron figure suffers the same problems as the Harry figure, the weird arm. No matter what stance you put the figure in it looks odd. It almost feels like it was put on wrong. The only way the arm looks right is if you turn his head to the right. Overall the sculpt is decent. It does have look like Rupert (nose is a bit big). I also like that they don't have his shirt tucked in like Harry's.

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The biggest problem is that Ron suffers from a horrible paint job. His skin is more orange than the others. I also found the shirt and tie area to be a bit sloppy.

Final Thoughts
While all the figures have problems none of them kept me away from buying them. They are still the best Harry Potter figures made. My hope is that NECA will have more attention paid to the painting of the figures as I found the first wave to be very sloppy compared to the Goblet of Fire figures. The Hermione and Sirius figures are the best of the four. The likeness to the actors are very well done.

All of the figures come with very basic black stands. Harry, Hermione, and Ron each come with a piece to build a practice dummy for their DA training. Ron is packaged with the body, Harry has the dummy head and arms, and Hermione comes equipped with the base and wheel leg.

Wave 2 of Order of the Phoenix will be out later this summer. They include a Dumbledore, Snape, Harry, and Deatheater. I hope that NECA moves away from producing Harry Potter figures and starts to focus on the characters, of Tonks, Luna, Lupin, and Mad Eye Moody. All would make great additions.

Well like I said I am on Harry Potter overload. I plan on picking up the book tonight at midnight and ignore the internet until I have finished. Oh, and for those who are still wondering what is painted under Hermione's skirt you're a bunch of perverts! It's plastic!

 

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