NECA Planning Dog-Creature Figure From ‘The Thing’

by Thomas Tuna

This is one horror collectible that will keep your cat off the shelf.

Inspired by John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing, NECA has dropped a frightening image of a figure of the infamous dog-creature in the film. Check out the short video that shows two versions of the collectible–courtesy of–on this page.


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The two different–but horrifying–3-D concepts of the figure show the parasitic sled dog, complete with its mutant appendages and its familiar blood-red flesh. As indicated, these collectibles are works-in-progress and are awaiting licensor approval.

The creepy canine actually makes two cinematic appearances–first in the original horror film, and then in the 2011 prequel (also entitled The Thing) from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

The original The Thing–helmed by Carpenter from a screenplay by Bill Lancaster–was based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? and was one in a long line of horror films that was a flop at first, but achieved cult status on home video and TV.

The Thing–starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley and Keith David–follows a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter “The Thing”–a parasitic, alien life form that assimilates, then imitates, other organisms.

Released to mostly negative reviews (“instant junk” and “a wretched excess”), the movie earned less than $20 million on a budget of $15 million. But, through hindsight, it is now hailed as one of the best horror/sf films ever made, and has spawned haunted house attractions, board games, comic books and a video game.

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