NECA has always found a way to bring the unique elements of a video game to life in three dimensions. Their Assassin’s Creed line has faithfully followed Ubisoft’s franchise character to character, but with this year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive, they’re letting us see protagonist Ezio Auditore in a whole new way. The Eagle Vision Ezio Auditore from Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood finally gives fans a way to see the character the way he sees the world.
In Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise, all of the protagonists share a special gift: the ability to see the world with Eagle Vision. A rare trait few Assassins acquire, Eagle Vision gives players and the character they’re controlling a focused view of the world that pinpoints key objects, characters, and paths. As an avid fan of the Assassin’s Creed games, I can say unabashedly that you will utilize Eagle Vision quite frequently in order to get the most out of the game. Similar to Batman’s detective vision in the Arkham games, Eagle Vision is a key tool in completing Assassin’s Creed video games.
Everything gets cast in a eerie light when Eagle Vision is activated. Every thing in the world has a specific color coding, with the protagonist (Ezio in this case) taking a blueish hue. NECA’s Eagle Vision Ezio is an identical figure to the original Brotherhood Ezio, save for this exclusive casting in blue plastic. Some parts of Ezio are transparent, whereas others are not. Unlike the Cloaked City Hunter, Ezio isn’t supposed to be invisible, so the non-transparency of some body parts is perfectly fine. The flexible plastic emulating the cloth of Ezio’s costume works well, and allows you to pose him with great variety. Just as much credit is due here to the amount of articulation the figure has, which certainly helps in bringing such an agile character to life.
Like the regular Brotherhood version, Ezio has his retractable hidden blades in both wrists. They pop out if you pull them too far, but they do manage to stay in place fairly well otherwise. Ezio comes with a few different hand types to utilize as well. From open palms to clenched fists, you’ll be able to mix and match to get the desired pose you want out of the character.
This exclusive Ezio also comes with an actual eagle, complete with a perch. Eagles play a big part in the game, as they signify to players the locations of the ever-important viewpoints. Viewpoints are used to get a lay of the land, so to speak, and fill out a player’s map with key locations once he is perched atop one. The eagle is a nice accessory, and is, in typical NECA fashion, sculpted meticulously. The wings flap, but there is no other articulation on the eagle.
I’ve got a nice collection of Assassin’s Creed figures building, and Eagle Vision Ezio will definitely stand out amongst the crowd. Fans of the game will want to seek out this very interesting take on the character, even if they already have an Ezio on their shelf.
The Eagle Vision Ezio Auditore will be available exclusively from NECA at San Diego Comic Con, and will cost $25.