After two pretty cool waves, it seems that the ReAction Alien line is in a holding pattern. At least, we haven't seen the other space suit figures and have yet to get a Harry Dean Stanton. Now we've got three versions of this character, as Kane (with Chestburster) is arguably the entire reason this movie happens. As is typical for modern horror movies, he's not careful and gets pregnant. No wait, that's not it. Well, yes it is - and this figure is sort of a beautiful spoiler become flesh.
The 4-inch tall figure is tall and shares parts with his sibling, Kane (with Facehugger). The chests are unique, but the heads are the same. Interestingly, paint is used to simulate closed eyelids on the "dead" version of John Hurt after his rib cage is chewed up from the inside. Truly, a horrible way to go - especially when you see his nice white clothes stained. His legs and everything below the belt is clearly based on Ash from the earlier series, which gives it a real flavor of authenticity for the 1970s. Painted white, the garments aren't glossy like the classic toys of the 1970s or 1980s but other than that, it's a good fit. The skin tone is shiny and a little pale - appropriate for a space ship - plus he has a patch on his right shoulder and a badge on his chest. And a bonus surprise friend.
The non-removable alien chestburster is the kind of thing you'd always want to see as a kid, but would never, ever see out of Kenner. It's glossy and gross, leaving a stream of almost realistic blood in its wake. It looks spectacular as it's a striking, horrifying scene mashed up with familiar-looking action figures, but it's also kind of weird. After all, if you were replicating the era this sort of gore would be a tough sell to the bulk of America, who still mostly thought of toys as things for ages 4 to 11. There's a decent amount of pooling and splatter soaked in to the white shirt, meaning this is probably one of the goriest figures in the entire ReAction lineup. No blood would feel just as wrong, and seeing someone penetrated from the inside is the kind of thing you don't get as a toy as often as you might like. The detail is light and appropriate for toys aping this style, so kudos to the Funko and Super7 people for their direction here. I'd be curious to see what a bloodless version might look like, or one with a legit toy action feature not unlike Luke Skywalker's Star Wars lightsaber from 1978.
This is a believable 2014 update of a 1979 concept, but I am dying to know what the actual toymaker Kenner would have done. For example, would they have ignored the creature completely? Would the clear spoiler be too much for kids? Would it just be a hole where you can pull out a small creature? We may never know, but as the kids say it's fun to speculate. The designers came up with a good possibility, so for ten bucks it's probably worth your while. It's not like you've got too many bleeding action figures on your desk, after all.
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