Let's round out the nifty line of ALIEN M.U.S.C.L.E. figures with Set D. The good news is that it includes a creature inside Kane's chest, plus the rest of the main human cast.
More John Hurt is good, and you can see his agonized face with the Kane with Chestburster figure. This one is kind of brilliant. The face is expressive in a way that's atypical for the figure format, but what I adore is how they use the hands raised in the typical Kinnikuman style to indicate the pain and agony, rather than the "ready to wrassle" pose we normally see. It serves so many purposes! The toothy Chestburster alien bursts out of the t-shirt, leaving a generous helping of splattered, sculpted gore around the hole. Nice. The pants and shoes match the uniforms, plus the figure can stand or lay down and die, goodbye. Kane's gnashed teeth and forehead wrinkles are similarly unusual for this format, so it's a nifty variation on the usual style we see in these guys.
If you like Tom Skerrit, and math says that you do, you'll be happy to see Dallas. His jacket doesn't have a NOSTROMO thing on the back, but he does have a mighty beard and a nifty uniform that, at first glance, made me go "...George Lucas?" It's not Papa George - the hair and facial hair aren't a good match. His jacket has a couple of patches and the sculpted patterns on the uniform do a nice job of matching the film costuming. Hands are posed open and at an angle, ideal for wrestling toys or being eaten by alien creatures from Hell. I would like to see a little more texture on the jacket, but it's a good Dallas. It isn't amazing, but it's good.
Veronica Cartwright isn't a big toy actress, so I'm glad to see Lambert. We've had very few - almost no - figures in this format of women in the traditional poses, as Ripley had her flamethrower. Lamber has her hands up, feet apart, and face more or less normal as her slight build enters the squared circle. Like the others, you can see the pockets on her pants and familiar boots, plus the open vest with patches on her short sleeves. They did a solid job here, but I can't say there's anything that stands out. She hits the high notes with textured knees and cool pockets, and I like seeing how they're working with doing women in this format. More, please.
And that's it! I like it. I wish there was more to it, but ALIEN is a movie with a small cast and now we've seen them all. Who's next? ALIENS. Hopefully those will hit later this year, so until then you can just go ahead and enjoy these sets.
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