Alien (Big Chap)
Review by JoshB
While there seems to be a full-on resurgence of Alien in the toy collecting world, for me the only Alien that matters is the one from the first movie, dubbed "Big Chap". It's name is just used as a way to differentiate it from other Alien suits, earning the name the crew gave due to the size of the suit on actor Bolaji Badejo.
This S.H. MonsterArts release seems like one of the best of the modern releases. I don't have any of the other comparibles such as NECA ones, but this seems great.
The box is nicely done, but I would have taken advantage of the classic nature of the figure and gone full retro.
Out of the package, Alien has minimal accessories - just a special Tamashii Stage stand and one extra set of hands. The stand holds the figure well, but is really not needed for basic poses.
Alien stands 18cm tall and features a solid build and numerous points of articulation. Double joints at the elbows and knees, dual neck and chest joints and a host of others.
Even the appendages on the back are articulated.
The tail contains 18 individually jointed sections that end in a metal tip.
You can use the tail as a sort of prop to help stand the figure.
Jointed toes help.
The real draw is the large translucent dome that covers the Alien's head. Within you can see the human-like skull that is omitted from later versions. The dome seems to have just the right amount of smoky translucency. I can't vouch for how screen-accurate it is, but it looks good.
The jaw opens and you have to tap the back of the head to get the extending inner mouth out. I had to use a small tool to pry it out a few times. Also worth noting is that the jaw does not stay closed, ever.
The variant hands have fingers slightly spread apart. They pop off and on easily, although the ball is rather small.
Ooh scary scary, don't we look mean!
Overall it's a cool release that doesn't have a lot of extras. This is actually fine by me - less parts to lose. For more information, check out the Tamashii Nations page on the item which goes into more detail about its manufacture.
|Posted 14 November, 2014 - 10:08 by JoshB