XENOMORPH VS SUPER POWER LOADER
ALIEN COLLECTION (LANARD TOYS)
I had my first look at Lanard’s new Aliens line yesterday with the line’s star piece, the Alien Queen. But, what good is an Alien Queen without a Power Loader to do battle with, and at least one minion to be all Queen-ly with? Practically no good at all! Fortunately, the line offers up both of those things in one convenient package! That’s some fairly smart planning right there. It got me to buy them, anyway.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Xenomorph Vs Super Power Loader set is part of the next step down from the Alien Queen on the price scale for the Alien Collection line, the “Xenomorph Attacks” sets. There’s this set, and an APC (which, somewhat amusingly, is the only set at launch to not have a Xeno packed in, despite being in the “Xenomorph Attacks” sub-set).
There’s one of these in just about every set Lanard’s put out so far. Currently, we’ve got two styles of Xeno drone: one based on the Aliens Warrior, and one based on the Alien 3 Runner. This one is the Warrior. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Stylistically, much of this sculpt matches up with the Alien Queen, which is no surprise. It’s fairly faithful to the film design, while still dialing things back a bit to make it a little more kid-friendly. The various Xeno elements are all present, and things are pretty sharply defined. The articulation is pretty well implemented, though the lack of elbow joints is a little bit restricting. Additionally, the joints on mine are already starting to get rather loose from regular usage, so I’m not sure how well they’ll hold up to long-term play. That said, it’s a fairly impressive sculpt, with some cool little touches. Though he lacks the inner-mouth action feature of the queen (forgivable, given the size), he’s still got the details of the inner mouth sculpted on the interior of his jaw, which is a nice touch. Like the Queen’s vibrant purple, the smaller Xenos are all privy to some Technicolorization, with this one being a rather eye-catching metallic green. It looks pretty nice, and it’s something different, so I really don’t mind the change-up.
SUPER POWER LOADER
Though the most unique piece of this set within the context of this line, the Super Power Loader is the most clear-cut re-use (similar to what we’re used to seeing from Lanard), and does feel like more of an after thought to make sure there’s a Power Loader to face off against the Queen. This release takes a pre-existing mech-suit from Lanard’s Corps! inventory and re-purposes it for something more familiar. It’s not terribly far removed from the Power Loader of the movies, but it’s not terribly similar either. It’s big and yellow and one of the hands is a claw. That’s about where the similarities end. That doesn’t stop it from being a respectably cool piece, although one that feels more designed for conventional weaponry than the glorified forklift from the film, which I suppose is really just an extension of the slightly more weaponized Loader from Kenner’s line. It does make the name of the machine feel increasingly like an artifact, though. The construction is fairly hollow, since it’s really just a shell for a figure, but it doesn’t feel too light weigh or like it’s going to break or anything. I do like the color scheme a lot, and the caution stripes and bright yellow do a lot to sell this as the genuine article. Power Loaders don’t always include a pilot, but this one does. He’s not much to right home about, being one of Lanard’s cheapest figures. He’s got the basic 5 points of articulation, and is very hollow. Not particularly impressive, but okay for being essentially a glorified cardboard cut-out that’s only there to fill out the Loader in the box. He’s armed with a pickaxe of some sort, which doesn’t feel like the best choice of weapon when your opponents bleed acid. Whatever the case, I fairly quickly replaced him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ll admit, I kind of got swept up in the awesomeness of the Alien Queen, and found myself buying this in the same purchase. I like having Loaders to face off against my Queens and this one was sitting right there, and was admittedly quite affordable. The Alien’s the better of the two items here, definitely. Clearly Lanard’s put their resources into making the Aliens cool, and is filling in everything else as cheaply as possible. Given that the Loader was not part of the first batch of items we saw, it wouldn’t surprise me that this was a somewhat later addition, which would explain the more blatant re-use for the Loader. It’s not a piece, mind you, but it’s not nearly as impressive as the Queen. That said, they still look pretty impressive sparring off against each other.