Of all of the games, FNaF 4 got the most visceral fear reaction from me. It just tapped into all my memories of being a nightmare-stricken litle fraidy kid. In this game, you are no longer a security guard – you’re a child, in your room in the middle of the night, trying to ward off the monsters. All you have is your flashlight. The game relies on audio clues, telling you when to shine that light, and when to hold the door shut. Nightmare Bonnie and Nightmare Chica come in through the halls, Foxy (and Mangle) hides in the closet, and Freddy forms on the bed. The end result is extreme dread mixed with horrific, nearly-violent jump scares, and a shortened lifespan for you. McFarlane has made two large and two small sets from the game, and honestly I’m hoping for more. It’s so uniquely terrifying! Let’s have a look.
Despite the game taking place in a child’s bedroom, the bed isn’t the main focus (please don’t take this line out of context). But the bed is important, trust me. The kid has a little plush Freddy on it, standing guard against night terrors… but the nightmares always seem to win, don’t they? The bed is behind you, and thus easy to ignore. But if you don’t keep an eye on it, you might look back and find that your plushie has been joined by… a friend. If you wait a little longer, you’ll see two of them. Then three. And if you keep waiting, Nightmare Freddy himself will jump you! Look up the Freddles if you want, and try not to scream at their actual appearance – it’s genuinely scary, from animation to sound, and helps build a nice feeling of dread all through the game.
Well, here’s the bed. And now you’re going to see my big complaint about this set: STICKERS. Stickers, stickers, stickers! STICKERS. Basically, you cover the bed with stickers for that quilt pattern. This means that the stickers must curve and contour over its surface, which is a losing gamble. They simply would not stay down, and I eventually had to glue them – it’s unfortunate to realize how this set has a serious, serious flaw in its basic construction, because otherwise it looks fantastic. Honestly, they should have tampo-printed the pattern onto the bed, and it would have been fine. But other than THAT, it’s pretty nice. And it also comes with figures!
This is the Freddy plush. It’s rather tiny, but fits securely onto one of the pegs on the bed’s surface.
And this isa Freddle. All three Freddles are unique, and correspond to the ones seen in the game. They’re really great little super-mini figures, and easily the star of the set. However, they aren’t perfect, either.
And here are all three. The thing is, the Freddles in-game were slightly more dilapidated, with their robot skeletons showing. Not so with these ones – it’s surprisingly not a big deal, but it is a genuine inaccuracy. The only other problem is in the bed’s pegs – there are three pegs, but four figures meant to use them! You can’t securely pin all four figures down for a game screenshot, though you can certainly make it look good on its own, regardless. the thing is, the terrifying little monsters are geat enough even with those issues.
In fact, with a tiny enough spotlight, you can simulate the game quite well!
Nightmare Freddy is rearkably detailed for one of these mini figures, although the limitations of the format begin to show – the empty, torn-away portions of his body can’t be fully replicated, for example. He looks rather manic, as oposed to purely menacing. But he is quite terrifying the way he is, especially with those eyes and teeth.
Really, this is like a child’s nightmare given form.
You can link all the bedroom sets together for a reasonable room playset, even though this is not how they were arranged in-game.
And here’s the closet. In-game, the closet provides another thing to keep you away from the side hallways. Nightmare Foxy makes his home in there, and if you wait too long, he’ll come after yo. What you have to do is open the door to ward him off – exactly what you see when you open it tells you waht to do. A tiny Foxy plushy is fine. His shadow lurking in the dark is a little worrisome but also all right. his face near the door is rather urgent. A genuine attempt to bite you is urgent enough that you have to slam the door shut and hold it, then check again. It ads another element of stress to the game, as you literally hold the closet shut form the nightmares therein.
The closet itself has fully hinged doors! Because of the nature of any legolike set, theydon’t work perectly (they have a tendency to fall apart), but thy are surprisingly usable. Unfortunately though, we see the return of my arch-nemesis: STICKERS. And as you can see, these ones don’t want to stay on, either.
The Foxy plush looks adorable and fierce, as he should! It’s funny how Foxy is consistently the least kid-appeal character, but there’s plenty of evidence that children in the games just love him. Cute plushie, though.
And yes, they are the same size. Rough ‘n tuff!
Now, when you open the closet like this, you know everything’s fine. Foxy is standing guard.
Something doesn’t seem right… wait, this isn’t Nightmare Foxy…
CLOSE THE DOOR! CLOSE THE DOOR!
It’s Nightmare Mangle! Nightmare Mangle is from the gane’s Halloween Edition, which altered and swapped out most of the animatronics. Odd that we don’t get Foxy, but Mangle is a sight ot behold. The original Mangle was a Foxy substitute that got demolished by kids, until management left it that way. And so, in Five Nights at Freddy’ 2 you have a horrific spider-robot coming for you. Nightmare Mangle has nightmare eyes and teeth, and a surprisingly more coherent body structure than the original.
Nightmare Mangle positively towers over most of the playset, which is kind of hilarious. It does have an “ordinary” animatronic body with attachments, which gives it a ton of articulation. Some of the pieces can be fragile, though, so don’t force anything.
Mangle is like Foxy, only pink. A Nightmare Foxy would have a repaint of this head, likely.
And the human skull isn’t anything to sneeze at, either!
Nightmare Foxy’s head does fit, too, if youw ant to alter it in that way.
As far as the mini sets go, this one has the least “set.” With only an end table and a patch of floor, it lacks the chunk of wall that the others include. As servicable as the furnishings are, this lays the entire weiht of the set on the figure included.
Nightmare is a special surprise in the game. Near the end, all the animatronics get replaced with Nightmare Fredbear, a horrific version of Godlen Freddy. But if you make it to the end, even he disappears, and soon it’s just you and Nightmare. Nightmare is a color-swap from Nightmare Fredbear, which is the most aggressive animatronic, attacks from all angles, and resets your game when he gets you. Interestingly, he sould be transparent – Nightmare is see-through, with visible suspended internal organs – but this works, too.
Nightmare is easily the most menacing minifigure in this whole series, with nothing about him that can possibly come off as “cute.” It fits his terrifyingly menacing apearance and presence in the game, most certainly.
He even looks eerie with only his animatronic core in place of a head, just because of the dramatic contrast.
When entirely headless, he appears to function just fine – well, he does have a belly mouth!
And rather than Freddles, you see his disembodied head on the bed, ready to get you.
The figure i pretty impressive in low light, as well, adding to the horrific, nightmarish atmosphere.
The figure is certainly worth it, even though the furnishings are fine.
FUN WITH BALLOON BOY
Again the Halloween Edition changed a few things. In the original, between nights you had a bonus game – “Fun With plushtrap,” in which you sat in a darkened room and tried to use your flashlight to make the advancing mini-Springtrap stop on an xm rather than devour you. In the Halloween Edition, it became Nightmare Balloon Boy!
About a million times freakier than the original Balloon Boy, this nightmare is the only one not dilapidated or torn up in any way. Doesn’t make him friendly though. He has so any teeth that his head i sdetached from itself, and his claws are like needles!
There really is no comparison with the original, is there?
The game begins simply, with him on a chair. Note the stubby legs – they’re designed to function without “foot” pieces.
Uh oh, he’s closer…
Is it just me, or is the animatronic core always creepy?
So, despite the… grrr… stickers, these are really fun sets. Okay, the stickers are horrible. ARGH STICKERS! But despite them, they’re really nice! Scary figures, great sets, and excellent creativity! It’s possible to survive the issues on all of them, and I really hope that McFarlane continues to produce more.