COLONIAL MARINE & XENOMORPH
MEGA CONSTRUX HEROES
You know, there was a time when being an Aliens fan wasn’t so easy. Back when I first saw the film (in the early ‘00s), the only real action figure options were courtesy of Kenner’s hardly film-accurate line from the ‘90s. As late as 2012, I was excited beyond belief that we were getting things like Pulse Rifles included with some of Hasbro’s Pursuit of Cobra figures. What a difference 5 years makes. Of course, even with NECA’s plethora of product, I didn’t really expect to be finding new Aliens toys in the building sets aisle of my local Walmart. And yet, here we are.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Xenomorph and the Colonial Marine are both part of the first series of Mega Bloks Construx Heroes. The line is taking the basic concept put forward by the Halo Heroes line and applying it to a handful of other licenses. Also featured in this first series are Picard and a Borg Drone from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as He-Man and Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. But those are hardly as cool as Aliens, right?
Rather than focusing on one particular member of the Colonial Marines, Mega Construx has instead gone for a more generic Marine…sort of. In actuality, he’s this odd amalgam of Hicks and Hudson. He’s got Hudson’s armor graffiti, but Hicks’ shotgun shells and lack of sleeves. In a pinch, he works as either. The figure stands about 2 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. This guy uses the same standard construction as all of the ODSTs I looked at, but with more Colonial Marine specific parts, of course. The lower legs are new, as is the head, and then he’s got removable chest armor and a helmet, which is pretty fun. The detail work on the armor is pretty solid for the size and style. It definitely looks the part. I appreciate the removable nature of the helmet, though I doubt anyone will be displaying him without it. This will at least make it easier to make other specific Marines should you want to do that. The paint on this guy is pretty simple, but gets all of the important details down. There are a few things left unpainted (like the helmet cam), but it’s pretty decent work as a whole. The Marine includes his standard issue pulse rifle (which is super, super awesome), his shoulder lamp, a knife, and a display stand.
Like the Colonial Marine, the Xeno here goes generic army builder. Of course, I’m hardly going to complain about that. I don’t need named Xenos (I’m looking at you, Grid!). The Xeno is a little taller than the Marine, at about 2 1/4 inches tall, and even gets an extra point of articulation at the base of its tail. The Xeno uses largely new construction, rather than relying on clip-on pieces. As with most Xenos these days, this one’s based on the Xeno Warrior as seen in the second film. It looks pretty awesome, actually. The Xeno definitely translates really well to the style. The level of detail work seen here is definielt higher than I’m used to seeing on Mega Bloks, and I’m really impressed. Also impressive is the paint. They could have just left the figure solid black, but there’s a nice silver airbrushing, which further highlights the awesomeness of the sculpt. The Xeno includes a pair of clip-on claw pieces, as well as two different face huggers, one crawling, and one that fits over the face of the Marine. That last one is seriously cool, by the way. There’s also a display stand, so that’s cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These totally snuck up on me. I genuinely found out about their existence about an hour before I got them. They were actually my consolation prize from the day I tried and failed at buying the Force Friday figures early. I gotta say, these two are pretty darn awesome. I’d like to see a Ripley and maybe a few more specific Marines.