PRIVATE WILLIAM HUDSON
Yesterday, I spoke of my love of the movie Aliens, and my excitement for NECA’s new line of figures from the movie. In anticipation of the second series of the line, I’ll be doing reviews of the first wave.
Today’s figure is Private William Hudson, one of the lower ranking marines sent in to deal with the alien infestation of the colony on LV-424.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hudson was released in the first series of NECA’s Aliens line. He’s based on the character’s appearance in the movie. Specifically, he’s based on Hudson’s look in the scene right after the first attack on the Alien hive, right as he delivers his famous “Game Over, Man” line. Hudson stands 7 inches tall and has the same 30 points of articulation as Hicks. I’ve reviewed most of Hudson’s sculpt before, as he shares a good deal of parts with Hicks. He has a newly sculpted head and arms, which is really all he needs. His arms are similar to Hicks, but with his sleeves rolled down a little further, to make it accurate to how Hudson wore his uniform in the movie. The left arm is also bandaged, so as to properly depict Hudson following the acid burns he receives during the hive attack. The arms are nice, but the head on this figure is truly a thing of beauty. They’ve sculpted Hudson to evoke his expression of panic when he delivers the “Game Over, Man” line. It’s brilliant because it not only captures the expression well, but it also gets Bill Paxton’s likeness down perfectly. The paint on Hudson is a bit better than the paint work on Hicks. There’s far less slop, and the paint on the head shows off the head sculpt a bit better. From some angles, Hudson can look a little cross-eyed, but it’s not very noticeable in person. The detailing on the armor is up to the same level as the work on Hicks, with lots of those little details that really make the figure pop. Hudson is accessorized with a pulse rifle, a welder, a motion tracker, and a shoulder lamp. The rifle and welder are the same ones that were included with Hicks, but the shoulder lamp and motion tracker are new. The motion tracker is really cool, and even features detailing on the screen showing the aliens moving towards him. The shoulder lamp is well sculpted, but very difficult to get properly seated in the slot for it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with Hicks, I preordered Hudson and the rest of series one as soon as possible. While I was more excited for Hicks because he’s my favorite character, Hudson is hands down the best in the first wave. The head sculpt on this guy really pushes the figure over the edge. I was a bit disappointed with the difficulty of attaching the lamp, but that hardly ruins the figure itself.