For this review, I felt it was necessary to include both versions of Henrietta. We will be looking at the Evil Dead II Henrietta and the Ash vs. Evil Dead Henrietta because they are both fairly different.
The Evil Dead II Henrietta has around 20 points of articulation. It released in July 2012 as part of a 25th Anniversary celebration of Evil Dead II. The figure included a stand on which you could make her “float” and a bendable elongated neck/head to swap out. The whole figure is that typical plastic/vinyl mix we usually get with just a little bit of hair on top of the long-necked head. It only featured one eye to represent the character after her eye had been popped out.
When the show Ash vs. Evil Dead went back and redid Ted Raimi’s make-up and costume for Henrietta, NECA also went back and redid the figure. There are some distinct differences in the sculpt, as with the make-up. The newer Henrietta looks more like Ted Raimi in costume — and that’s a good thing. Effects have come a long way since Evil Dead II.
The Ash vs. Evil Dead Henrietta comes with an updated 30 points of articulation. It released in July 2017 and also came with a swappable head. There is one significant difference in the extra heads for the two figures. In the updated Henrietta, the neck separates near the top. The split along the neck makes it look like Ash’s chainsaw did its job and severed Henrietta’s trunk-like neck. The long neck is not as bendable as the Evil Dead II figure, if at all, so be careful with that. Noticeably, it also features both eyes.
Both heads on the AvsED figure feature more and (I don’t mind saying) better hair. The jaw on the long-necked head now includes articulation so you can have more posing fun with that. This figure also comes with the same base to make the figure “float.”
The body sculpts are pretty much identical with only minor updates. They both even feature what I believe to be one of the grossest features on any action figure… a huge, gaping, rotted, underneath. I’m not sure this part of the figure is screen accurate, but they had to do something because of the lack of pants. The over all paint application is also a bit different to match each screen version of the character.
These are both incredible figures to have in your collection, they both look identical to their on-screen counterpart, but if you can’t get both I recommend at least getting one of them; probably the newer figure with it’s updated features for posing — or the older movie figure for value. It depends if you collect to display or for profit. You can still pick up the Ash vs. Evil Dead Henrietta relatively easily for around $20 almost anywhere. You’ll pay at least double that for the Evil Dead II figure after some serious hunting.
Whatever you decide, don’t have an Evil Dead collection without one of these figures. Happy hunting!
P.S. If you haven’t seen Ash vs. Evil Dead, you’re missing out on something awesome, and you should fix that situation as soon as possible.