Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device Replica

By sheer dumb luck I was able to grab a Portal gun replica before they ran out of stock. With only 5000 produced, these things are in high demand. Several are being sold on eBay for 3 to 4 times the retail price.

I’ve heard that some retailers just slap a UPS label right on the product box, and it arrives scuffed up and torn. I got my ASHPD ┬ádirectly from NECA Club. It came shipped in a cardboard box, so the original packaging was in good shape.

I’ll start with the good news. The gun is a spot-on reproduction of the one in the game. The construction feels mostly solid. The claws on the front aren’t flimsy, but do feel like they could break off if not handled with care.

The gun grip inside is roomy enough to accommodate my big hands. A slide switch changes the light color, and a trigger activates the sound effects. The trigger and switch feel sturdy. They should stand up to frequent use. The red LEDs on the claws are super bright. The blue and orange lights look great. However, the light on top bleeds through the white plastic housing. The sound effects, while accurate to the game, don’t sound very clear.

For the most part, this is a quality replica. But there is one glaring flaw that sours the entire product for me. Where the wire attaches to the top claw looks like it was glued together by my 3-year-old niece. I can’t believe this made it past quality control. There is super glue residue all over the place.

I should be able to clean it up. The majority of the residue will probably wipe off with a little soap and water. Some of the heavier spots may require acetone.

The only NECA product I’ve purchased prior to this was the Bioshock EVE Hypo. That one also left me underwhelmed. The needle fell off right after I opened it, and the batteries inside were corroded. I’ll be leery of buying anything else from NECA in the future.