STELLAR FORCE (CHAP MEI)
In the collecting world, and in any promising business for that matter, there are always bound to be imitators. A common form is a straight rip off, something like the bootleg LEGOs I looked at a few months ago. However, the imitator isn’t always that blatant. Sometimes, they’ll just make a product that, while easily confused with the real thing, is a completely different item from a legal standpoint. No molds are stolen, no copyrights infringed. Such is the case with Stellar Force, a toyline from the early 90s, made by Chap Mei. The line had a few different components, but one of them was a bunch of monsters that could easily be mistaken for one of the Xenomorphs from Kenner’s popular Aliens line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
I don’t know much about this figure, other than the fact that it was part of the Stellar Force line by Chap Mei. The only name I’ve been able to find for it is “Green Alien,” but that’s probably more of a descriptive term than an official figure name. The figure is about 4 ½ inches tall and it’s only articulation is a ball jointed neck. From what I’ve been able to find, the figure was part of a selection of similar aliens, all using the same sculpt. The sculpt is actually not bad. It seems to ape the Kenner aesthetic from the 90s, and it does it pretty well. It’s not anything revolutionary, but for a figure that was most likely a dollar store figure, it’s quite good. It doesn’t have the softer features usually seen with such figures, so that’s pretty good. The figure’s paintwork continues the theme of being better than expected. It’s actually pretty clean, and there are even some areas of dry brushing to accent the sculpt. The figure also has a vac metalized spine and ribs, which are actually pretty cool. As far as I know, this figure didn’t include any accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, you know how these figures were designed to confuse people into buying them instead of something else? Yeah, that’s what happened to me with this figure. While I was on vacation this summer, I visited Yesterday’s Fun, a really cool used toy store in Delaware. They had a selection of Kenner Aliens figures for low prices, so I pretty much just grabbed the lot, assuming this figure was one of the authentic Aliens. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized what he actually was. Seems Chap Mei fooled me! Honestly, it’s actually a pretty good substitute for the real deal, so I’m not disappointed.