LAMBERT – COMPRESSION SUIT
After two weeks, I’ve finally finished up with the Star Wars reviews. Well, for now, anyway. I feel certain there’ll be more to come. Of course, I’ve been writing about nothing about Star Wars for two weeks, so I sort of need to ween myself off of things. So, how about a review from *another* sci-fi franchise that was launched in the late ‘70s? Yes, today I’m setting my sites on Alien, and taking a look at another of the Nostromo’s ill-fated crew, Navigator Joan Lambert. Yes, Joan is really her first name. Take it up with James Cameron. Onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lambert was released in the eleventh series of NECA’s Aliens line. She’s the only movie based figure in the assortment, and the fourth member of the Nostromo crew to see release in the line. The figure stands about 7 1/2 inches tall and she has 24 points of articulation. Lambert is seen here wearing her compression suit, which she wears during the mission to explore the derelict ship on LV-426. While Lambert is perhaps the least prominent of the three crew members during that sequence, but it’s still a more visually interesting design than what she wears around the ship, and it also completes the away team trio. And, most importantly, it also gives NECA an excuse to get another use out of their awesome compression suit mold. This marks the body’s fifth use, following Kane, Dallas, Ripley, and Amanda, and it’s still very much one of my favorites. There’s also an all-new head sculpt, which is one of NECA’s best yet. Unlike Kane (who’s lack of likeness was hidden by a facehugger) and Dallas (who was close but not quite there), Lambert’s likeness really is dead on. Like Hudson before her, Lambert’s panicky personality has been captured in this figure’s expression. It’s a really great recreation of Veronica Cartwright’s scrunched up, screaming face from the film. The head’s wearing the cap from the film, which is fantastically detailed and matches the rest of the suit’s detail quite nicely. There’s a second head included, which has her without the cap and with a much calmer expression. While it’s not quite as dead-on a Cartwright likeness as the other head, it’s still a solid likeness. I just wish I had a non-compression-suited body to put it on. As far as paint goes, Lambert is pretty decent. There’s a little bit of slop here and there, but nothing major. The weathering on the suit, particularly the metal parts is really nice, and her face is particularly lifelike. Like Dallas and Kane before her, Lambert is packed with a removable helmet, a flare gun, and a flashlight.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve fallen a little bit behind with my NECA Aliens purchases, I must admit. I knew Lambert was being released, and I totally meant to order one, but just kept getting sidelined. I ended up getting a gift certificate to All Time Toys earlier last month, and decided to use it to grab this figure, since they had her in stock. There’s not a whole lot new to this figure, but that doesn’t at all stop her from being an awesome figure.