Cage Goes Into The Water? NECA’s Hooper Figure Goes Into the Cage?

We’ve got another Hooper on the way! Last year we reported on NECA’s Matt Hooper action figure, fresh off the boat and ready to cast skepticism on the “boating accident.” Today NECA announced that the self-important oceanographer has now suited up and is prepared to go into the water.
Coming this September, Hooper stands 8″ tall and comes with a fabric wetsuit. Unfortunately, the academic does not come with an underwater cage. What he does have to fend off the great white shark is the following:

  • Flippers
  • Wetsuit
  • Spear
  • Water-proof light
  • Knife
  • Oxygen tank
  • Shark dart
  • Wristwatch
  • Alternative head

NECA is excited to announce a new 8″ clothed figure featuring the licensed likeness of Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper from the 1975 classic.
Based on the shark cage scenes, standing at 8″ tall, the young oceanographer is equipped with screen-accurate accessories (flippers, spear, underwater light, knife, and oxygen tank) as well as swappable heads. Window box packaging.

Hooper can be pre-ordered at The Big Bad Toy Store for $39.99, but he’ll probably also show up at Target as Quint did. In addition, NECA sometimes produces accessory packs for some franchises. So, maybe they’ll produce a cage for Hooper, or perhaps a diorama of Ben Gardner’s boat.
I’m hoping Hooper’s alternate head is a little more wide-eyed in the final release to match that close-up view during the cage scene. This really makes me want a to-scale Orca, but I doubt NECA will ever make something that large.

So far, we’ve got one Quint and two Hoopers. Where’s Chief Brody? OK, to be honest, I’d really rather have a figure of Amity Island’s mayor, Larry Vaughn. He has to come with that gray anchor suit, though. No deal otherwise.
What do you think of these NECA figures? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.
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