NECA did an incredible job with these figures. The detailing is extremely realistic. If you rub your finger along the body, it feels like rough, wrinkled skin. NECA also managed to get quite a bit of articulation, including wrist, leg, elbow, shoulder, and two neck joints (one at the base and one near the head). E.T. is around 6-7 inches tall, but he's a pretty bulky figure and looks quite large.
The "Galactic Friend" figure comes with a wraparound towel. The towel is moulded, not cloth, so you can really only dress E.T. up in it one way. However, it looks great on him. It can be removed to get a "naked" version of E.T. One warning with the towel is that at a few points some of the white paint rubbed onto the figure. I was initially pretty upset, but I noticed that just rubbing those spots with a wet cloth completely removed the white paint and solved the problem.
This figure also comes with a neck extension so you can make the neck longer. It looks great, although admittedly is a bit tough to get on. You have to position the "ball" in the ball socket straight so you can push it in. My advice is to just switch to the longer neck and leave it.
My only complaint is that the small Reese's Pieces accessory doesn't have a label, it's just an orange bag of candy (the trademark was probably left off for legal reasons). Still, that's a pretty small complaint.
The "Dress Up" figure comes with moulded hair, dress, and a mink scarf, just like from the scene in the movie. He also comes with a small bag that you can take off. The clothes and hair are not to my knowledge removable. They seem glued on, although in theory you could probably rip them off and still have the base figure.
The thing I love most about this figure is the face. Rather than simply using the same head as the "Galactic Friend" figure, this E.T.'s face has a very concerned/puzzled look, just like in the movie. The mouth looks a bit scrunched up and the upper lip starting to frown (as opposed to the other E.T. figure's smile). It's awesome that NECA took the time and effort to add that amount of detail.
It took 30 years, but finally we have an E.T. figure worth of the film! Well worth the price!
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Dominic J Nardi (FreeDom4)
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more