Due to all the Friday the 13th court drama, we need to savor our Jason figures. It’s pretty fantastic that one of the figures that made it through before the cut-off is this beauty.
This figure represents Jason Voorhees from the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason film. He’s a bit bigger than their other Jason figures to match the Ken Kerzinger version of the character from the movie. He has three swappable masks – plain, bloody, and scratched; two machetes – one bloody, one clean; a teddy bear; and the best part is the fire effect you can add to the machetes.
The figure comes in the typical window packaging so you can display it as is. But unless you’re like me and buy two so you can keep one in the box, why would you ever leave such a glorious figure in its box?!
I’m just going to be upfront about this; the only reason I wanted this Jason figure is because of the flames. I love the movie, it’s a lot of fun, but the flaming machete is the best part about it. You also get a teddy bear — not sure why, it’s cute, funny even, but meh. The bloody mask and the regular mask, meh. I don’t know why anyone would want the machete without blood. Why would you need a clean one for a figure like this? None of these are all that exciting or impressive to me. The mask with Freddy’s slash marks on it? Iconic. The bloody machete? Pretty sure we already have seen this. But add the flames — that’s AWESOME!
My favorite Jason figures are the ones with bulk, the ones that feel solid and heavy — and this is one of those figures. I love the big-soled shoes. I love how this makes him a substantial figure (not likely to fall over, feels sturdy). The articulation was a little tight on mine and hard to manipulate into the positions I wanted, but it wasn’t a big deal.
The design overall, I really dig it. The face isn’t my favorite, not sure what part of the movie showed Jason with no mask (they only pull the mask partway up to do CPR if I’m not mistaken), but that’s an ugly mug only a mother could love. The skin looks all charcoal-like; maybe from being lit on fire, I don’t know. Then he’s got this Popeye look on his face, with a crooked three toothed grin and a closed up, right eye. Good thing we have options to cover that face up.
I like that they layered the clothing. He’s got the jacket, what looks like a ratty sweatshirt under that, and a nice splash of color with a blue t-shirt under the other shirt. The coat looks like it has layers too, with some of the “cloth” missing revealing the insides. Most of the details are fantastic.
The left arm of the one I got has this ugly bit of white paint along the inside part of the forearm. If it’s supposed to be some of the exposed interior of the jacket showing, NECA could have done better as they did elsewhere on the coat. I have no idea what they were thinking. Big white streak. What?
The bloody machete is fine, but it’s not that special, the red streak of blood looks like a red streak. But add the flames, and it becomes a menacing thing of beauty. They made the fire amazingly detailed, and the way that piece fits on the machete(s) is excellent. It’s nice and tight. The accessory fits just right. In other words, you can slip it up and down the blade to make it look how you want. The red of the blood contributes to the look because now your fire looks like it’s making the blade heat up a bit. And if you feel a bit experimental, the flames will probably fit other machetes.
But wait, there’s more!
Being ever so much the fan of blacklight reactive things, I always try to remember testing out the blacklight on anything I purchase for my collection. Though Jason was not designed for it, some figures can yield some pretty marvelous effects. This figure was a great surprise under the blacklight! Adding blacklight changes the color of the flames, the blood on the blade, some of the paint on the masks, and picks up little changes in the clothes. He looks really cool!
This figure not only stands out against the backdrop of all my other Jason figures but also just in general, of all my collection. This Jason has to be one of the most unique action figures I’ve purchased, and it is beautiful.
The Ultimate Freddy vs. Jason is still easily acquired, and you can grab it up for between $30 – $40. If you’re a fan of Jason Voorhees, this is a pretty terrific representation of the character. You get some cool accessories, especially the flames, and it’s an excellent display piece.
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