Since NECA is re-interpreting the Kenner figures, they are going to have to make some choices about certain elements of those figures. What works with the NECA brand Predators stylistically, thematically etc. The black chest piece wasn't a part of that vision.That's a super-duper lame cop-out, they absolutely could have done the black chest-piece if they wanted to. It might have been cost-prohibitive, but don't give me that "stylistically, thematically, part of the vision" nonsense.
If you'd like to call my response nonsense, that is your prerogative. If you were to pose the question on Neca's Twitter page, I'm sure you'd get a very similar answer. No need to be rude.
But it is nonsense, straight up. It's a cost-saving measure and nothing more, and trying to disguise it as anything else is disingenuous.
I'm totally fine with them making changes to the Kenner figures, but let's not pretend the changes aren't done as a means to save money where possible in order to make the figures justifiable at mass retail or whatever.
Them not including the really distinctive black chest piece on the Ambush Predator has nothing to do with "their vision", the piece was cost prohibitive for them to include at mass retail so they left it out. It has nothing to do with their "creative vision" or "reinterpretation".
Incidentally I straight up asked them
on twitter, so let's see what they say.
I'm totally cool with reusing parts and stuff, especially with precedents set by the movie. I've got the majority of their Predator figures and I don't mind reused parts (or straight-up repaints, like with Lava Planet/Cracked Tusk) so long as it's "accurate" to the movie/source material and there's a precedent for it.
But when they're changing stuff (like a non-removable mask on Lava Planet/Cracked Tusk, or skipping Ambush's chest piece) we don't need to pretend it's in order to preserve some "artistic vision" or some nonsense. They're a business that's trying to make money and justify making these toys for mass retail, so they're going to make concessions where it can save them money.
"Don't buy them" is a retarded cop-out way of handwaving complaints. I'm still going to buy them because it's the only way to get an Ambush Predator remake, and not having the chest piece isn't a dealbreaker. I WISH they'd include the chest piece, but I can understand why they didn't. And that reason has nothing to do with the sanctity of their vision as artists or whatever.
Comparing Stan Winston to NECA seems wrong.
The way Winston recycled set pieces and props was done so gracefully that the only way to know what hearing about it in special features.
In NECA's defense, their reuse of parts for the Lost Predators was done really, really well as well, and it's what got me to buy the entire line (and continue buying their Predators, despite the reuse of parts). They're able to disguise reused parts through great paint apps or certain other resculpted/mixed-and-matched parts which make the Predators *feel* different, so it disguises the fact that they're drawing from the same 3 Predator bodies over and over.