VINIMATES (DIAMOND SELECT TOYS)
“After surviving the xenomorph attack that killed her crewmates, Ellen Ripley was found and awoken years in the future to learn that the discovery site of the lifeform, planet LV-426, had since been colonized. Joining a military expedition to the planet, Ripley knew that even a single xenomorph would pose a danger to the entire colony, and if any escaped the planet, they could threaten the galaxy.”
Hey, while we’re on the topic of competitors to Funko Pop!, why not take a look over at Diamond Select’s stab at the world of collectible vinyl figures, Vinimates! My Vinimates collection is modestly plugging along, and so far is only made up of figures just from my favorite properties. Of course, I’d so far missed my all time favorite movie, Aliens. Let’s fix that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ellen Ripley was released in August of 2016, as one of the two Aliens-themed Vinimates (the other being the Alien Warrior). Like the first proper Ripley ‘mate, this one’s based on her hive-storming look from the end of the movie. It’s a distinct look, so it’s a good choice. She stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and she has an articulated neck (a ball-joint, just like the others in the line). Ripley’s sculpt is, of course, all-new to her. It’s notably divergent from the smaller-scale take on this same design. The hair should, in theory, be a little closer to Weaver’s from the movie, since it’s a new piece rather than a straight re-use, but I personally find it to be too close cropped for her hair. It’s not terrible, though. She’s posed hunched over, like she is while she explores the hive, holding her combo pulse rifle/flamethrower. It’s a good look, and pretty standard for this particular look. Her paint work is decent enough. The base colors are pretty good matches for the movie, and the application is mostly clean, though there are some fuzzy lines. The face is a decent enough likeness of Sigourney Weaver, though it’s kind of funny that her eyebrows aren’t filled in. I would assume that’s not an intentional change, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I kept meaning to pick up Ripley, ever since she was released, but I just sort of kept forgetting. Admittedly, Vinimates are not usually at the top of my priority list. I ended up finally getting her because she was marked way down during Luke’s Toy Store’s Black Friday sale, and that was enough to prompt me. She’s decent enough, though I don’t know that she’s quite as exciting as the other two.