When idly waiting for a train in 2006, I spotted the figure and realised it was Neo lying beside the rail. When I travel freely on the line I occasionally remember to check the progress of our Matrix traveler at Mobil Avenue station.
And time moved on, by 2012 he had journeyed perhaps 10 centimeters, body rotated through 180 degrees, head buried beneath stone. A growing range of discarded rubbish beginning to aggregate in the Matrix.
I suspect when spotted in 2006 the Neo figure had been fairly recently lost, as it looked quite fresh and unweathered. Whether it was an original 1999 figure is not clear. Somebody may know ?
There are some possible clues to how it should sit typologically in the development of Matrix figure material culture. There are two green buttons on the back, which when pushed probably made a leg kick or arm punch. The almost vertical line of the robes, is perhaps more reminiscent of the calmer figure of 1999, my recollection is that many figures from the 2003 Matrix Reloaded depict a greater degree of swirling robes.
When Neo dropped out of circulation and became trapped in the Matrix of the railway line, he became a small piece of archaeological evidence in the landscape, slowly descending into the track ballast. Ironically it is possible the machines may have moved Neo, as he fell in a linear cultural railscape, which I think requires the ballast to be maintained by ballast regulators and ballast tampers trundling up and down the line when most of us sleep.