NECA and McFarlane toys used to be the two rival kings of horror and cult-movie toys, a rivalry escalated by the fact that NECA's Randy Falk and Kyle Windrix used to work for Todd. But in recent years, McFarlane ceded that crown to focus on licenses he knew he could get into mass retail: sports and Halo.
And guess who came knocking. McFarlane still owns the 4-6 inch action figure category, but NECA just scored the rights to minifigs, Heroclix, 18-inch figures, Spartan motorcycle helmets and more.
The new line will be available to consumers beginning in April 2014, and will include a wide assortment of products, including 1:4 scale action figures, mini figures, DOT-approved motorcycle helmets, prop replicas, board games, and HeroClix miniatures games for a variety of platforms.
What with Joyride and McFarlane having exhausted most possible variants, I'm not sure what's left - but an 18" Master Chief sounds about right. And no, I'm not talking about the one in your pants.