PVT JEANETTE VASQUEZ
No one likes Aliens more than me. Okay, that’s probably not true. A lot of people like Aliens, and some of them are pretty devoted. I’m pretty sure the original Queen model is still in the possession of a private collector. I can’t really top that. What’s my point? Right, I like Aliens. I like Aliens a lot. I’ve been absolutely loving the plethora of new Aliens-themed merch this year. After virtually none for most of my lifetime, it’s been a refreshing change. I think NECA’s Aliens line is perhaps my favorite of all the Aliens stuff, since they’re killing it not just in terms of line-up, but also in the level of attention granted to each individual figure. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Aliens, they’ve been pulling out all the stops, and giving us a couple of figures that had previously been thought off-limits. One of the most anticipated new releases is today’s focus figure, Private Jeanette Vasquez, perhaps the most pivotal character still left un-released.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Vasquez is part of Series 9 of NECA’s Aliens line, which has been entirely devoted to the anniversary of Aliens. It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten an all Aliens set, so I’m pretty happy about that. The figure is about 6 1/2 inches tall, which is about right for Vasquez’s height compared to the rest of the line, and she has 26 points of articulation, plus a moving eye retical, and 6 points of articulation on the smartgun. That’s a whole lot of articulation! Vasquez is sporting an all-new sculpt, and it’s a really impressive one at that. Every time I think NECA can’t top themselves, they turn right around and do just that. Seriously, this is easily one of the best NECA’s ever done. Heck, it’s just one of the best action figure sculpts I’ve seen, period. Her build is just right, the armor is perfectly translated, and the level of texture on things like the bandana is nothing short of amazing. Perhaps the only slight issue might be the likeness on the face, and even that’s just a slight issue. It’s more than clear who this is, but there are some angles where she’s just a little off. It’s more than acceptable for a translation into sculpted action figure, though, so I’m not complaining. This sculpt is really impressive. The paintwork is pretty good too. There are a few small details, such as the tear drop tattoo under her eye and the “Adios” written on her gun, which are missing, but everything else is phenomenal. The headband stands out again, with the pattern being very well-rendered, but as a whole, she’s just a very sharp looking figure. Even the eyes look good, and those throw most companies. Vasquez’s main accessory is her smartgun, which is the same as the one included with the Alien Day Kenner Ripley figure, just with the arm attached. Fortunately, Vasquez’s hands are actually molded for the gun, so she doesn’t drop it all the time like Ripley tends to. Vasquez also includes a removable shoulder lamp (the same as the previous Marines), as well as a blast effect piece for her gun. The blast effect is a lot of fun, and I hope we see more things like this with future figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ever since Vasquez was shown on Alien Day, I’ve been anxiously awaiting her release. Unfortunately, she hit stores right as I was in the midst of a move, meaning I had no time to go looking for her. So, I had to wait until things had settled a bit. I found her at my new local TRU, which was very exciting. Vasquez is a fantastic figure, the best of NECA’s Marines (no small feat, let me tell you). I’m really happy to have her, and round out my Marines just a little bit more. Now I just need a Drake to go with her…