It’s Day 8 of my post-Christmas review, and I’m continuing my reviews of Funko’s Alien ReAction line. If this is the first of the ReAction reviews you’ve read, go here to check out my review of Ripley, which explains the background of the line. Today, I’m looking at the Nostromo’s science officer Ash.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ash here was a part of the first wave of the Alien ReAction line. Ash has two looks over the course of the film, but they’ve depicted him here in the more formal uniform he wears for the majority of his time in the film. Ash stands 3 ¾ inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. Ash’s sculpt is pretty on par with the rest of the line. It’s not bad, just simplistic, which isn’t much of a surprise, given when the figure was sculpted. All the important details are present, but he can seem a bit bland at times. The likeness on the head sculpt is iffy at best, but it bears a passing resemblance to Ian Holm, which is about as much as you can ask of a figure of the time. As with the rest of the wave, Ash features a rather simplistic paint scheme. It’s all pretty well done, and looks pretty good. I do have one complaint, though. They’ve painted Ash’s hair black, while Ian Holm looked to have grey hair in the film. The black hair was also present on Kenner’s prototype, so perhaps that’s what the studio wanted. Ash also includes the motion detector that he builds to track the film’s alien. Like with the flamethrower, it seems a bit on the small side, but it fits the style of the line, so that’s alright.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with the rest of the series, I received Ash as a (slightly late) Christmas gift from way-too-supportive-of-my-crazy-habits parents. Ash probably takes second to last place as far as my line-up of the wave goes, but that’s not a bad thing. He just suffers from a slightly blander design than, say, the Alien or Kane in his space suit. Like Dallas, Ash adds a lot to the wave as a whole, and I’m sure will go over well with fans of the film.