Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Nostromo Crew (Dallas, Kane, Lambert) Super7 x Funko, 2015
Day #1,327: December 4, 2015
Nostromo Crew (Dallas, Kane, Lambert) Old Body, New Heads, New Deco
Alien ReAction Figures Special Action Figure Set
Item No.: No. 37447 Manufacturer:Super7 x Funko Includes:3 helmets for 3 figures Action Feature:n/a Retail:$44.99 Availability: October 2015 Other: 5 Space Suits, Ah Ha Ha
Owing much of its design aesthetic to the original Kenner Star Wars and Alien lines, Super7's New York Comic Con exclusive Nostromo Crew (Dallas, Kane, Lambert) further fleshes out a very interesting, glacially paced line of releases. The ship crew has been growing, but still isn't complete - this set gives us our very first Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) figure in this format, with another Dallas (#2) and another Kane (#4). These figures were teased - a very Kenner move - on the Alien Egg Chamber Playset Box and (of memory serves) at San Diego Comic-Con a couple of years ago, so actually getting these figures is a nifty thing in and of itself. All that's left is ship crew versions of Lambert, Jonesey, Parker, and Brett. I think that'd be sufficient.
Each 4-inch tall figure has the exact same body and helmet as Kane, save for an updated copyright date - oddly, 2014. I'm guessing these were delayed a bit. They have the same poses and same articulation, the same hand poses, and the same lack of accessories beyond the helmet. It's a classic toy manufacturing move - swap the heads, repaint, release. Repeat. It works! The retro feel is consistent throughout, and the colors are close to the movies. Not perfect, but close. They're a bit brighter and not all of the elements are totally perfect, but Kane's movie suit is a yellow color and while it's not this Lemon Starbursty, it's closer than the tan one we got a couple of years ago.
While Kane's head sculpt is the same, it is now cast in flesh plastic with a painted flight cap rather than the other way around. It's an improvement - the other heads were handled the same way.
Dallas has a new head which looks a lot like the face from the regular figure, now given a fancy new flight cap. The eyes are exquisitely Kenner-esque, and the flight cap looks great. His left arm is a little loose, but it's a pretty convincing figure whose flight suit, once again, reminds me of Starburst candies - this time Strawberry.
Rounding out the set is my very first Lambert, with a very loose left arm. The coloring is pretty nice and bright, with a light, pale blue body suit and some darker blue straps. Like all the other figures, her oxygen tank has red buttons on it and her helmet pops right off. She has blue eyes - a nice touch - and a new flight cap. The face is, to me, new - if this is reused from something I don't recognize it. Thanks to the stylized head sculpts and the big suit, it's not obvious Lambert's a woman. In other words, Super7 nailed how Kenner would have done this figure.
I like it. At $45 plus shipping it's probably $20 too expensive, but it's neat and I'm dumb enough to buy more things like this - I'm very fond of the Super7 Alien stuff because unlike some of the other ReAction lines, Alien really does belong in that late-1970s Kenner style. This is a great sibling line for Star Wars and I hope they - or someone - pulls the same trick again with the original unreleased Ewoks and Droids cartoon figures. Or more Alien cast members. If the price is right (or you're collecting the line) this is a neat pack in a box that nods to some of the harder-to-find gift sets from 1978-1982. Truly, this is a job mostly nicely done - those loose joints are really my only legitimate complaint.
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