NECA Half-Life 2 – Prop Replica - Zero-Point Energy Field Manipulator
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- Glowing Orange LEDs
- 2 handles
- 2 triggers
- 4 unique sounds
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The Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator (ZPEFM), is a full size 1:1 model of the tractor beam type weapon featured in the Half Life video games and used by Gordon Freeman. The replica is created directly from the digital data supplied by Valve and is fully accurate and authentic to the in-game model. The ZPEFM is nearly 2 feet in length and features glowing orange LEDs, 2 handles, 2 triggers, and 4 unique sounds directly from the game. As a bonus, a carefully concealed fold away kick-stand allows you to display your device on the shelf or desktop when not in use.
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The lighting effects are more impressive in person than I had expected. One thing to note is that the LEDs at the ends of the three poseable extending arms are orange in color, not white/blue like currently shown in Amazon's product photo. The orange plastic diffuser in the center of the gun does a great job of creating subtle color variances when turned on, giving a very real sense of depth to the lighting. It also looks spectacular from the front of the device.
The only real disappointment is that there is no feature to keep the pulsing light and "humming" sound effect on. Truthfully, I probably wouldn't want the sound constantly going, but it would be very cool to have the ability to keep the pulsing light going constantly. As it stands, the unit just glows a steady orange when turned on with no sound effects unless you press a button.
Speaking of the sound effect buttons, NECA has done a great job of recreating the in-game sounds and doing so with plenty of volume. Aside from the red "on/off" switch on the right-hand side of the device, there is a small button under the main handle of the gun and a larger red button next to the handle on the left. Pressing just the bottom button makes the "shooting" sound, pressing just the left button makes the "grabbing/holding" sound, and pressing both buttons together gives a third sound - the loud "bwoop" that means something in the game is unable to be picked up. The unit also pulses brighter when pressing the buttons.
While NECA makes a separate stand for its Portal Device replica, the Gravity Gun has no such options. Thankfully, NECA had the foresight to know that folks were going to need a way to display this item without resting it on the front arms, and the built in two small flip-out stands in the bottom of the device. They are very unobtrusive when flipped out and blend right in with the rest of the device to the point where you probably won't even notice them. When you're ready for a little cosplay (or scaring the cat in the middle of the night), they flip back up into the gun away and out of sight.
Last but not least, the box this device comes in is pretty impressive itself. Instead of a run-of-the-mill product box, it has been made up to look like some short of shipping crate for the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator from the fictional Black Mesa labs who invented the device in the video game. It is definitely display worth if you so desired and would make a great base upon which to perch your Gravity Gun proudly.
I've bought a lot of toys, replicas, and figures over the years from movies and games I love, only to later experience a bit of buyer's remorse for paying so much for something that doesn't do much more than just sit there. I feel no such feelings towards this prop. It is glorious. It is beautiful. And if you love Half-Life, it should be yours. Hands down my favorite replica I've bought in the last 5 years, and most highly recommended.
In Half-Life 2, this device is used to solve problems... or to pick up and hurl heavy objects at attackers, or to hold items in front of you as shields. It can be used to handle hazardous items (like plasma spheres which will kill you if they touch you) or to move planks around to cross gaps.
The introduction of this device into the game made Half Life 2 so much more than just a "shooter" game, in other words... it meant you had to THINK, not just "run and gun"... and that made the game far more enjoyable to me.
The replica has been a long time coming, and was delayed several times. I received mine (unexpectedly, at this point!) on Saturday, and it's Monday today, so it's still new to me.
You'd expect it to come with an instruction sheet, but there is none... so a little "problem solving" goes into setting it up. I actually thought the little silver screw on the handle end was a real screw, in fact... be careful, because the silver "screws" are molded and don't turn! (I nearly damaged mine!)
It takes three "C"-cells (not included), and comes with a bit of duct tape (the in-game device has tape over part of the indicator dial, holding it to the body... you have to apply the tape yourself... so look at pictures from the game to get it "just right. And that's all that's in the box. The device, the left-hand-side handle grip (which just inserts and rotates to lock into place) and the bit of silver duct tape.
The unit has a pair of hidden "feet" near the front, which snap down so that the device can sit on a tabletop in an upright fashion. I do hope that they make a STAND for it, similar to the Portal Gun stand, though, as I'm displaying both as a "companion set" of sorts. The "kickstands" work fine, though.
THe whole front end includes a lot of translucent orange plastic. I had sort of hoped for plain (or even "metal-appearing") plastic, with the color provided by orange LEDs, so that the ability to put in blue LEDs (for the "supercharged" version from the game) would be more practical. I do suspect that, at some point in the future, NECA will release a "Deluxe" version of this which can operate in "normal" (orange) or "supercharged" (blue) mode, but that's likely a long ways off, given how this one is made.
There are three controls. On the right-hand "side cylinder" is the on/off switch. There's no sound when the thing powers on (of course, it's always powered-on in-game, so they'd have had to INVENT something for that, so I get why not!) but the front end lights up and it looks just like in the game.
Next to the left-hand side-cylinder (and the side grip) is a button which replicates the "gravity hold" sound effect. On the underside of the main grip is a trigger button which replcates the "toss/push heavy object" sound. And, if you press both buttons simultaneously, you get the "can't do it" chirp from the game. So, that's pretty much all the real in-game sound effects.
The three "mandibles" are nicely articulated and reasonably sturdy (maybe moreso than the rest of the prop replica???).
Overall, this ia a great replica of something really cool... but it's BIG, and it's PRICEY, and it's not PERFECT. And, it requires a little work on your part to make it a bit more realistic (I plan to provide further weathering on mine, especially on the orange bits, using ground pastel chalks and a fixative spray). And, if you don't get this now, don't be shocked if alternative/improved versions come out eventually (as was the case with the portal gun... the final version was quite a bit superior, and less expensive, than the original release version!)
I just really, really hope that a full stand is forthcoming sometime soon.
From the handles (the side one gets attached very quickly and easily) to the claws at the end, this replica is an exact recreation of the Zero-Point Energy Field Manipulator (or Gravity Gun) from Half-Life 2. The build is sturdy, the look is worn just like the in-game model, and it even comes with a fresh strip of duct tape to attach on the side. It has an on/off switch for the lights and sounds (both from the central portion and on each of the claws) and a button on each handle to make the holding and firing sounds. There are also conveniently hidden kickstands for displaying the replica.
The only real downsides I've found are that there is no insert as the outside of the box claims (so you have to kind of do the best you can to position the duct tape over the meter, which is only a bummer from the standpoint of a fan who wants it to be an exactly accurate placement) and it seems that the sound effect for pulling is nonexistent, just the sound effects of holding an object and firing it. But that's hardly something to really detract from the incredibly detailed recreation of the tool/weapon from one of the greatest games of all time.
Overall, any fan of Half-Life 2 who wants a very cool, very accurate prop replica from one of the two most iconic weapons of the game should get this.
Plus it looks great next to the NECA replica Portal Gun