I am still one generation behind as far as gaming consoles go, meaning that I have no means of playing Borderlands 2, a game that served as inspiration for the subject of today’s review.
I am talking about the Psycho Bandit, made by NECA for their Player Select Series. This Player Select line usually takes one or two characters from each license and then moves on to another franchise, never delving too deep into the character gallery on any of the games that serve as inspiration.
For Borderlands 2 in particular, NECA decided to go for the ClapTrap robot which, as I understand serve as mission data delivery nodes for the player, and the Psycho Bandits, which appear to be the most common type of antagonists the player face in the game.
I think the Psycho Bandit looks like a type of low rank villain from Batman. His physique is rather thin and wiry, traits that are further enhanced by the puffy, bright orange pants he wears. These Bandits wear facial protection that resembles a combination of a hockey and gas masks. Overall, the amount of details sculpted on this character is interesting and really works well with the paintjob, but more on that later.
• Barbell mounted neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Pegged hinge elbows.
• Ball jointed wrists.
• Hinged torso.
• Swivel waist.
• Swivel hinge hips.
• Pegged hinge knees.
• Ball jointed ankles.
Articulation does have some limits, especially at knees and elbows, but for the most part the range works reasonably well to allow Psycho Bandit to adopt interesting poses.
The paintjob is possibly the more interesting part of this figure. The overall sculpture style is reasonably realistic, and the coloring itself on this sculpture is quite nice, with subtle gradients of color on both clothes and the bare skin areas. However, there is deliberate black line work applied on key features of the figure, lending him a cell- shaded look that would not be out of place in an animated show.
The Psycho Bandit comes with just one accessory; a club with a rotary saw attachment on one end. This weapon is nicely decorated with wiring and rust on it, but lacks the black lining I mentioned before, so it’s appearance doesn’t quite match that of the Bandit.
Even though NECA figures are generally made as 8-inch tall characters, I don’t think the Psycho Bandit looks too much out of place alongside my Marvel or DC 6-inch collection, which always counts as a positive in my book.