Surprise NECA week! Funny thing is, I was actually going to review that fantastic Kenner Lava Predator today. But as I was checking my local Toys R US last night, I happened across a fresh case of Alien figures. So I took this nice coincidence and bumped poor Lava back a bit for a review of Big Chap, the first Alien.
I haven’t had a lot of luck with NECA’s aliens so far. I never saw the brown one in stores. I did see his Marine buds though. The Genocide two-pack wasn’t as difficult to track down. Unfortunately my red xeno’s leg broke straight out of package, and there weren’t any left to exchange. So Chap here is actually my first, and I have to say I’m pretty happy with him.
When it comes to sculpt, chap is a mix of new and old parts. What stands out right away is the classic xenomorph head from the first movie. While similar in shape, it’s a little less detailed with fewer ribbed cables running along the side. Then there’s the fantastic translucent dome with a visible sculpted skull underneath. I’ve always loved this creepy human influence on the monster, and the figure reproduces it really well.
Next up are the hands and feet. Instead of three long fingers, the original Alien had six shorter ones, with the four middle digits grouped together in twos. His feet were also a lot less animal claw-like and more like a human’s. His forearms are also new, just being one long bone instead of having that side piece jutting out.
Even though he looks a bit plain, chap has a pretty detailed paint job. The skull under the dome has been given a light gray color with black over the sculpted textures. The rest of the figure has been molded black with a dark gray layer covering almost all the raised surfaces of the sculpt. This adds a ton of depth and allows those deep recesses to shine along with the sculpted exoskeleton. Chap’s also got some silver detailing on his claws and teeth, and the whole figure has been given a glossy coat to make him look a bit slimy. Continue to page 2…