So some brilliant Friday the 13th fan by the name of Will Edwards painted a custom Jason Voorhees figure so it would look just like his purple and blue 8-bit character incarnation from the original Friday the 13th NES game. Awesome idea, right? Well it gets better. He tweeted the image to the NECA toy company, and they loved the figure so much, they decided to actually produce it! Behold:
You can't tell me that isn't a thing of absolute beauty. Now, I've scored some great Comic-Con exclusive figures in the past, but I'm more excited about this one than anything I can remember. It even glows-in-the-dark and will come with NES tribute packaging! The only thing I would change is I think they should include a weapon that looks exactly like a scrubbing brush, just like how Jason's axe appeared to be one in the original game. Still, this figure is an absolute must-have! Huge kudos to Will Edwards for coming up with such a killer idea, and kudos to NECA for recognizing that it's something that all action figure collectors, horror fans, and video gaming enthusiasts alike would want to own.
Friday the 13th is one of the few NES games I still own complete in the original box. Despite it being far from my favorite game, I always loved how colorful the packaging was. Rarely do you see Jason Voorhees bursting out of some trippy rainbow world with neon shreds of fabric dangling off his upper torso, and man did it ever work. The game itself was frustrating as hell for anybody who played it, especially when those damn words "You still haven't defeated Jason... and he's even stronger!!" popped up on the screen. Still, I have fond memories of it, even when I was fighting wolves, bats, and zombies instead of Jason himself. If you've never played the game, here's a seriously impressive speedrun done in under 5-minutes that would've absolutely blown my mind had I seen it when I was a kid:
I'll be sure to post more details on the Jason Voorhees NES figure once it's in my hands. Man... SDCC 2013 simply can't come soon enough. In the meantime, you can learn a little more about the figure here.
darkvare on 05/13/2013 3:25 pm
must own this so i'll gog work the streets until it's released
GoodnightMoon on 05/13/2013 3:33 pm
That's so cool! I love it when a company will go out of their way to make something unique like this for the fans.
Will Edwards (Guest) on 05/14/2013 11:32 am
Boy, it's a strange thing to see your name on blogs and sites that you've visited for years!
But really it's the overwhelmingly positive reception that the figure is getting that blows me away. I just did it as a lark, and now look! Thanks for posting this, sir.
McFly on 05/14/2013 12:47 pm
This was one of those games that would make you want to throw your console across the room... Especially when you were close to beating it only to have the game tell the obvious words flash across the screen. I still have not beaten this game as of today. Maybe if I fire up my own console and get my own glow-in-the-dark action figure, I will finally let those kids at Crystal Lake breathe easier.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 05/15/2013 4:36 pm
it melts my beart to see that toy companies give a care about classic and obscure nostalgia like this.
JDizzleD (Guest) on 05/15/2013 9:42 pm
We like your stuff, please, please more frequent updates!!!!
sewnupsmile on 05/23/2013 3:09 pm
Ya know, it's a terrible thing to admit, but most times I would just pitch ol' Camp Counselor George, down into the bottomless pits of the cave, because he was too damn slow to rescue even one of the screaming brats on the other side of Crystal lake. Either that, or just ignore the whiny little bastards all together....oh the shame.
Dano (Guest) on 05/24/2013 6:42 am
I need this! The colour scheme alone would warrant a pickup without the history.
The Ice King on 05/31/2013 10:01 pm
NECA is such a good company. I've owned lots of their products (their Freddy glove's are my favorites for the price) and they all seem to have some level of care put into them. I wish more people could adopt that kind of costumer appreciation, and NECA needs to do more things like this, because that Jason figure is amazing. Now I just have to find a way to get my hands on one.
Will Edwards (Guest) on 08/22/2013 10:29 am
Rog, did you ever get one of these? Also: they are making a Nightmare on Elm Street NES figure too!
-RoG- on 08/22/2013 12:15 pm
Will - Yeah, I picked one up at Comic-Con early one morning when there was still a fairly short line at the NECA booth. I'll definitely pick up the Freddy Krueger NES figure as well. I love that they're making it and hope they find a way to do some other ones, but the Voorhees figure is still my favorite of the two... I just love the color scheme and that it has glow-in-the-dark elements.
Will Edwards (Guest) on 08/23/2013 12:51 pm
Just don't forget to look at the back of the box every now and again, and gaze upon the glory of my name! Haha.
NECA is working on other stuff, repainting figures to see what works... I myself repainted a full-size blank hockey mask light blue. Others are getting in on the action. Check this out: http://31.media.tumblr.com/e52d8cbd2cac71935ff2ab664b178bd7/tumblr_mrbzbpXDv11rfr6nbo1_1280.jpg
-RoG- on 08/23/2013 1:21 pm
Hehe, believe me, I think it's so awesome that they credited you on the box since it was your idea. Can't wait to see what other stuff you (and NECA) come up with! Got any photos of that new mask you painted?
As for those other mini horror figures, yeah, I posted about them earlier this month on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151753529145138&set=a.266915460137.141580.127390080137
Speaking of which, if you're not already on our Facebook page, would love to have you joining in the discussions about all the awesome horror toys!
Will Edwards (Guest) on 08/23/2013 1:39 pm
-RoG- on 08/25/2013 12:36 pm
That is a thing of beauty. Does it glow-in-the-dark too? If you have any other photos, send 'em to my firstname.lastname@example.org account. I'd love to share 'em on our Facebook and/or Tumblr pages to show people what you've been up to.
Will Edwards (Guest) on 08/26/2013 8:01 am
No, it doesn't glow. Wasn't thrilled about that aspect of the NECA figure. I have a couple pokers in the fire, but nothing really horror related. I am looking for a good Batman figure and some more blue and purple paint, though. Wonder if Mattel and Sunsoft would be interested in making a figure...
-RoG- on 11/26/2013 7:45 pm
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