LT ELLEN RIPLEY
So, change of pace. Moving away from the Batman stuff for a bit. Today we’re looking at a figure from another Kenner line: Aliens. This line is nominally based on 1986’s ALIENS, though it was originally meant to be a tie-in line for Operation: Aliens, a scrapped Saturday-morning cartoon adaptation of the film.
Ellen Ripley is the sole survivor of the Nostromo, drafted by the colonial Marines to save a colony that has been attacked by a hive of creatures like the one Ripley faced before. At least that was what she was in the movie. I have no idea what her backstory would have been in Operation: Aliens, though if the comics included with each figure are anything to go by, she was going to be one of the marines.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The figure is a pretty decent representation of Ripley from the movie, though her palate’s been tweaked a bit to make her more colorful. The figure’s also a bit soft on the details, but that makes sense given it was based on the cartoon design. The face actually isn’t too bad of a Weaver likeness for the time. The figure included a pretty cool flamethrower, but I’ve since lost that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Though the figure was released in 92, I didn’t get mine until 2003, when I saw ALIEN for the first time. I know I had this figure and the accompanying Hicks before seeing ALIENS itself because I sat through my first viewing of the film clutching both of them very tightly.