Today, I’ll be wrapping up my reviews of the second wave of NECA’s Aliens line. The focus of today’s review is the original big bad, the somewhat humorously named “Big Chap.” For a lot of people, this is THE definitive Alien, so this figure’s certainly got a lot riding on it, and is easily the anchor figure of the series. So, let’s see how it turned out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This guy is based on the appearance of the titular creature in the original film, ALIEN, otherwise known as the Big Chap to the crew of the film, and thereby many of the more die-hard fans as well. The figure isn’t officially called this on the box, but Xenomorph is a long word, and spell check doesn’t like it, so I’m gonna call this guy by his nickname. Anyway, the Big Chap stands between 8 and 9 inches tall, keeping him in scale with the rest of the line, and has 36 points of articulation. Initially, upon seeing this figure, I assumed he would more or less be reuse of pieces from the Xenomorph Warrior, with, at most, a new head and hands, and maybe feet. NECA’s really gone the extra mile on this figure, though, and the only pieces he actually shares with the previous figures are the pelvis, tail, and removable back fin thingy. The torso looks to share some of the same sculpting, but the tendrils on the back are space out differently, and the neck is a new sculpt, meaning it was tweaked, and would still require new tooling costs. So, how are the new pieces? Well, the quality is just as good as the previous aliens, and the details are all accurate to the Big Chap’s look in the movie. The most important part for most is the head, which is one of the biggest differences between the two alien designs. Kyle Windrix seems to have captured the Big Chap’s noggin perfectly, and there’s even the appropriate details hidden underneath of the misted dome, which is super cool. The figure’s articulation is a bit more restricted than the previous Xenos, but that’s actually quite understandable, as the design of the Bog Chap was said to be much more restricting, and that was the big reason for the change when they made Aliens. Like the rest of his series two compatriots, the paint is great all around. I was glad to see this guy wasn’t plagued by the same issues as the series one Xeno, as it really helps the figure. Like previous Xenos, the Big Chap doesn’t include any accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, this is it. Final figure in Series two of NECA’s Aliens. This guy was the one everyone was waiting for, and I feel NECA delivered. Looking at the series as a whole, I have to say I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this release. I mean, I had no problems with the tribute figure, the Xeno certainly looked a bit better in blue, and the original alien is always important, but for some reason, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm as I did when series one was released. However, once I received these figures in person, my opinion changed completely. As much as I loved series one, I think series two improves upon the quality of the figures in more than one way, and these three were a whole lot of fun to mess around with. I can’t wait to see what the lineup for series three is going to be, because I am totally hooked on this line!