NECA Sin City: Nancy Review (Page 2)
Although, Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, Fantastic 4) hasn’t been in that many high profile movies, she still seems to be quite popular, especially amongst the general male population. Thus it will be no surprise that many action figure collectors, mostly of who are male, will be extra picky regarding its resemblance to Alba. Well, the picture speaks for itself; it doesn’t look exactly like Jessica Alba. But it’s close enough! It’s not that easy to sculpt a head in the first place, especially a head of a woman—a very well know woman on top of that! I mean it’s much easier to sculpt, say, Marv or the Yellow Bastard, because they look bad to begin with. They can’t look any uglier! The same can’t be said for someone as beautiful as Jessica Alba of course. Finally, the most important fact is that the face looks like Frank Miller’s Nancy Callahan. The selling point shouldn’t be a figure of skimpily clothed Jessica Alba (like how the studio marketed the film), but should be a figure of Nancy Callahan from Frank Miller’s graphic novel.
The major variation is the paint: black & white and colour. In a society made to believe that colour is better than black & white, I thought the B&W version was better. Firstly, it’s not black and white only; she’s in grayscale, which looks very nice…and somewhat more “artistic” in my opinion. And let’s not forget that the majority of the movie and Frank Miller’s graphic novels are in B&W. But of course that is just my opinion.
Nancy has six points of articulation: head, shoulders, elbows, and only the right wrist. I’ve heard she has one of, if not the least, amount of articulation in the entire Sin City Series 1 line up. But that is to be expected since more articulation would have ruined the sculpt. Thus, I’m quite satisfied with the amount of articulation given.
Although her legs are slightly flexible, she won’t be sitting down anytime soon. However, it is still quite difficult to keep her standing. A display stand is highly recommended.
Accessories include 2 guns, a cowboy hat, and two interchangeable right hands: one holding the attached lasso made of real rope and another empty hand moulded to hold her gun. As said before, all of her accessories have a lot of detail and are quite nicely sculpted and painted. Everything fits almost perfectly. However, her guns and her hands are somewhat difficult to put on and take off. But once on, they look great.
Because of the incredible attention to detail, Nancy’s “costume” seems quite accurate to what Alba wears in the movie. Although it’s important to point out that she has two different “bras” in the movie: one with tassels and one without. All four variations of the figure don’t have tassels on her bra.
Even with the slight flaws, Nancy is the rarest and most thought after figure in the Sin City Series 1 line up. It looks like NECA’s scheme of giving her four different variations paid off; all four variations are hard to find. If you are a fan of the movie or maybe just Jessica Alba, this figure is highly recommended.