Whether it’s 1885, 1955, or 2015, there are always two constants: Trannens and bullying. Although, of course, some bullying is a little more severe and deadly depending on the Tannen. While not as murderous as his ancestor Mad Dog Tannen, Giff of 2015 is no less hostile and maybe a little less sane.
Continuing its Back to the Future figures, NECA will be releasing the ‘Ultimate’ Griff Tannen action figure this September. Like the other figures in the series, Griff will come with an assortment of screen-accurate accessories. The thug with the illegal bionic implants is outfitted with his “Kirk Gibson Jr.” Slugger 2000 bat and Pit Bull hoverboard. The name of the bat was changed for obvious legal reasons. Griff also comes with an interchangeable head minus the helmet.
In Back to the Future Part 2, Marty and Doc experience the adventure of a lifetime in an unlikely time machine as they travel to the past, present, and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! Standing approximately 7” tall, this Ultimate Griff Tannen figure is a menace! Includes telescoping bat, interchangeable head, hoverboard, and flight stand accessories.
NECA’s figures have stayed within the ranges of the three main characters of the trilogy. We’ve not seen a George McFly or anyone else so far. But could we get Griff’s gang? Data, Spike, and Whitey have unique looks in BTTF II and would make for cool action figures. Getting the rights to these actors’ likenesses would probably be easier than dealing with Crispin Glover.
I picked up the 2015 Marty McFly figure last year. As far as detail goes, it was terrific. The build quality, though? Ugh. The stand used to create the hover illusion had a loose connection to the hoverboard. So, Marty would always drop to one side and off the shelf. Also, one of his arms was wobbly, so I never tried to rotate it out of fear of falling off. I’m not sure if this is a common thing with NECA products, but it has always made me second guess picking something up unless I was going to keep it in the box.
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