NECA has offered a first look at the first two action figures being produced for Blade Runner 2049. Blade Runner, of course, is finally getting a sequel this fall, 35 years after director Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic was released. Even though the film had a proven star in Harrison Ford as the Blade Runner Rick Deckard and memorable characters like Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty, Daryl Hannah's Pris, and Sean Young's Rachael, the film never received an action figure line. After all, the film was released in 1982, and the use of action figures was still a relatively new proposition since Star Wars only revolutionized the movie marketing industry with toy tie-ins a mere five years before.
And while other classic films from the late 1970s and '80s like Alien, Rocky and Predator got their own action figure lines in the ensuing years, fans have been denied a Rick Deckard figure until now.
According to ToyArk, specialty toy and collectibles-maker NECA has revealed the first two 7-inch tall figures from Blade Runner 2049 – Deckard and Ryan Gosling as Officer K. For the time being, the figures are pictured with only one accessory each – handguns – but since NECA normally provides their releases with prop replicas for the movie, more will likely be pictured in upcoming photos for the items.
NECA says the Deckard and Officer K figures are from Series 1, so with any luck, a second or third series will be produced and feature more characters from the film, which also stars Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and David Dastmalchian. Edward James Olmos is also appearing in Blade Runner 2049, reprising his role as the mysterious Eduardo Gaff from the 1982 original.
The release of Blade Runner 2049 is big news for action figure collectors, considering that it marks the first time a toy line has been produced in conjunction with the property. Granted, fans won't be getting the version of Deckard they have come to know and love from the original Blade Runner, but now they're getting figures of both Ford and Gosling, whose star has risen considerably in the last few years with memorable roles in The Big Short, The Nice Guys and last year's La La Land, which landed him his second Best Actor Oscar nomination after Half Nelson.
For Ford, Blade Runner 2049 marks his umpteeth appearance in the action figure world, which began with the original Star Wars and continued on through the Indiana Jones films and back again with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. No matter how many times the actor's likeness is immortalized in plastic, every time you see a new figure like his Deckard from Blade Runner 2049, you can't help but have the feeling that there never can be enough Harrison Ford action figures.
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017