Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off. – Ellen Ripley, Alien (1979)
NECA has been doing amazing things right at the edge of my collector’s notice these last few years. Seriously, I wish I wasn’t so hung up on Barbarians & Superheroes because I’d like to give them more of the toy budget than I do. I do collect most of their amazing video game line, some of the more colorful Predators, etc. but I look at what they’re doing with Alien and I want to go more in than I do. I try not to because I don’t *love* the Alien franchise, I merely like it. I don’t think that I need the crew of the Nostromo in action figure form, but I swear NECA is trying to convince me otherwise.
They’ve made some fantastic new Xenos, which I’ve collected in more shades of black than I should admit to. They’ve done a few Marines. They did Bishop & Dallas. And now they’ve gone and down what was pretty unpossible. They’ve made Ripley. They’ve actually made like three Ripleys, but I’m starting here today with the one I strangely wanted most. And to be honest the fact that it is Ripley kinda hasn’t mattered a whole lot. Maybe I should save my “they made Ripley shti ” for her more unique figure’s review.
I love astronaut figures. I had a really hard time passing on Kane & Dallas. Well, Kane was easier because I would have to buy two Dallases to get an unbroken helmet and blah, blah, blah. But, I held off, because I also like things to look clean. So Ripley was always my target. A nice relatively, clean space suit. Hopes & Dreams. And here we are.
The space suit buck is every bit as fantastic as I thought it would be as I peeked inside Kane’s packaging. I haven’t grabbed movie stills, but it looks extraordinarily faithful to the film. There is a ton of little details throughout, including little straps and stitching that I surely would’ve never have missed had NECA overlooked them. And the textures are just right too, the padding, the straps, and the actual technical, fabricated bits all look spot on and make for a believable astronaut uniform.
Inside the helmet is really nice Ripley likeness. It’s frighteningly good and it looks even better with the helmet on and the light reflecting off the gloss for added realism. It’s a sharp looking little piece. I do have some trouble getting the helmet fully in the grooves, over the right clavicle in particular, but it closes up enough to not leave much of a gap and so that works.
Visually, the only sticking point is that Ripley seems a little small in there. There are definitely reference pics of her head deep and sunken back inside the helmet, but there’s also plenty of images with her head taking up most of the space and being near the glass as well. I’m guessing this is just a function of her head being comparable in size to the other Ripley figures while the body requires the reuse of the existing mold. In theory, you can overlook it for the most part, but it just throws things off every once in a while when you look at the figure from a certain angle. Continue to Page 2…