ALIEN: 40TH ANNIVERSARY (NECA)
“Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says ‘right’. Just like a regular parrot.”
What good is a manager without some staff to manage? Parker’s definitely the brains of the Nostromo’s maintenance division, but he’s kept company by his slightly slower on the uptake subordinate, Samuel Brett. Played by veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton, Brett has the misfortune of becoming the titular creature’s first victim, but is never the less a memorable part of the film’s cast.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Brett joins Parker as part of the second series of NECA’s Alien: 40th Anniversary line, where the two ship alongside a variant of the main alien. If Parker’s been scarce as a toy, Brett’s only been scarcer, with only a Minimate preceding this release. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Much like Parker, Brett’s got a lot of articulation, but the range isn’t quite all there. It’s a little better here than on Parker, and the double joints on the elbows help a little more with posing. That being said, those double joints aren’t really much to look at, and do end up being more than a little bit jarring in regards to the flow of the sculpt. The actual quality of the sculpt’s not bad, but I’m not sure it’s quite as strong as Parker’s, which is interesting, because my opinions on the two were swapped based on the prototypes. Something seems to have happened in the production process, however, and the likeness in particular on this guy took a real hit. It’s not terrible, but it’s not nearly as spot-on as it looked to be in early shots. The rest of the body’s not bad, apart from the previously mentioned issue with the wonky elbow joints breaking things up. The detail work is crisp, and there’s a lot of effort that’s been put into making him look properly disheveled. The only part that’s not really got that disheveled look is the bottom of the shirt, which just ends up looking a bit too neat and even by my mark. Brett’s paint work is overall pretty decent. There’s a reasonable amount of accent work going on in the uniform, which helps the make the sculpted details pop. The head gets the worst work again, unfortunately, with the eyes in particular just seeming…off. Like, possibly misaligned? It looked like this on all of the figures I had to pick from, so it seems like a line wide issue of some sort. Brett’s packed with a motion detector and the same cattle prod that came with Parker. He can hold them both a bit better than Parker could hold his accessories, so that’s a plus.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Parker was definitely my most wanted member of the Nostromo crew, but Brett wasn’t too far behind him, so I was quite happy when they were confirmed together for this line-up. I find Brett’s got more issues that hold him back than Parker, but ultimately he’s still a good figure, and I’m glad we got them both.
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