ULTIMATE ALIEN WARRIOR — BLUE
I have this running gag with my family where we all refer to Aliens as one of my favorite Christmas movies. It all stems from me setting up some last minute decorations on the 23rd of December one year, and being a little Christmas movie-d out, I threw on Aliens, since it’s kind of my favorite movie. The thing is, there’s kind of a solid rhythm to it, so it just kind of stuck, and now it feels weird to have a Christmas without it. So, I guess this review is me starting to get into the holiday spirit?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Ultimate Alien Warrior is NECA’s latest entry in their ever-expanding Aliens line. It’s a stand-alone, boxed release, just like all of the other “Ultimate” offerings they’ve been doing, shipping in cases split between the two color variants: brown and blue. Both figures were shown off a ways back (like, more than a year ago), and seemed to be stricken with quite a few delays, but they’re here now, and that’s the important thing. The figure reviewed here is the blue variant, because that’s my favorite version. The Xeno stands 8 inches tall and has 39 points of articulation. He uses the new and improved Aliens Warrior body, which we got a preview of with the Concept Xeno that was packed with the Burke figure last year. As I noted in that figure’s review, the body is aesthetically very similar to the Series 1 Xeno body, but it’s far more posable, and just generally sturdier than the prior body was. The details also look to be a little sharper, but this could just be improvements in the manufacturing process. This figure, of course, trades in the domed head of the last one for a more Aliens-accurate ridged head. I think it’s just the same one we saw on the earlier figures, which seems sensible enough. This new Xeno’s paintwork is, of course, heavy on the blue accenting, as I mentioned above. This replicates the lighting scheme of the movie a bit more accurately. What’s quite impressive about this particular release is that it’s a lot more subtle than prior offerings, and it melds the blue with some varieties of brown, making it even more clear that the blue is more of a lighting thing. Essentially, it matches the Warrior to NECA’s Alien Queen figure, which definitely works for me. Prior Xenos have been sans-accessories, but as an Ultimate release, this one’s actually nicely accessorized. There’s the egg and face hugger combo like we saw with the half-Bishop, as well as a newborn chestburster, previously seen in the creature pack. It’s always nice to get some extras of these, and especially nice to see the Xeno actually get something for a change.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When NECA’s Aliens line launched, I was pretty firm on only getting six Xenos total (because that’s the number of Xeno suits used in the film; it’s a very geeky thing). I long ago surpassed that. But, back in the Series 2 days, when I had just gotten my first Blue Warrior, I thought I might actually be able to stick to it, because he was my favorite and I didn’t think he could be surpassed. Then, while I was taking photos for my Queen review, I picked up the blue guy, and his leg didn’t come with him. At this point, he was rather expensive to replace, so I just solemnly placed him at the back of my display. Needless to say, when NECA announced the Ultimate offerings, I was thrilled, and now that I have this guy in hand, he’s undoubtedly my favorite Xeno figure. I’m glad to have a blue leading the pack again!
This guy was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys. As of this writing, the figure is still in-stock, so if you’re interested in this figure, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.