You can't go wrong with Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, Set A is particularly clever. You get two figures in one. You get a monster. You get a blown-up robot. This is something you should buy just for sheer novelty - the fact that they're good toys at a good price is just a nice bonus.
First up is the Alien Warrior figure. The Xenomorph has an open mouth and is waving - it's a little weird, but it's not like they don't have license to make these interesting. The dome is based on the sequel design, with more bumps and ridges. Its hands have five fingers - Kenner's had six - but at least it can stand up easily.
The figure appears two be two pieces glued together, which makes sense as it's quite dynamic with big arms and a tail sticking out. It's really bulky and hunched over, requiring significantly more mass. Monster fans, give this one a look.
Next up is Ripley with Newt. Ellen Ripley has her pulse rifle with Newt clinging on to her like a koala baby - it's a good design. She is one piece of plastic and is much smaller then the menfolk in this line. She has no difficulty standing up straight, despite a giant weapon that could cause her to lean over and fall. Kudos to the sculptor on this one - they did good work putting it together was a challenge. Each has a distinctive hairdo and you can see bits of Ripley's costume behind Newt's limbs. I like it.
Rounding out the set is the android/replicant/whatever Bishop - this time, he's a good guy. He was good with knives, and you can see that as the story progressed he was revealed to be a real cut-up. The milky guts spill out from his severed torso, and the figure itself seems quite large - the limbs, head, and body are all big compared to other figures in the line. The shirt has a decent amount of sculpted detail, and his eyes look like they're rolling back while his mouth opens in shock. It has a lot of personality for a dying artificial being, and the design is quite clever with a flat base keeping him upright - the hands don't even touch the ground on my sample. This is a solid design.
I realize how repetitive this must be, but this is another great set. The only place these sets stumble is price, but given inflation and lack of interest from a mass market audience so far? Two bucks a figure is loads cheaper than the low-run keshi fans crank out in their garages. I hope to see a lot more of these, just from other movie series. Especially if that series is Predator.
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