In October of 2014, the game that became the first – in a long line of not-so-memorable games – to accurately capture the horror and excitement of the Alien movie franchise would be released. Alien Isolation, developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, is set 15 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien, and follows the daughter of Ellen Ripley, Amanda, as she tries to find out what happened to her mother. To honor the franchise and the success of the Alien Isolation video game, NECA has created three new figures that very accurately captures the essence of the game’s main characters; Amanda Ripley and the Xenomorph. These action figures are highly detailed, infinitely posable and would make a great addition to any Aliens fan’s collection.
These awesome NECA action figures for Alien Isolation are the sixth set in the series with two versions of Amanda (one in a jumpsuit and one in a spacesuit) and the Xenomorph herself. The Amanda Ripley in the Torrens Spacesuit boasts a removable two-piece helmet and a handgun accessory while the Amanda Ripley in the Jumpsuit comes with a backpack, the iconic flamethrower and a motion detector. The Xenomorph features a see-through carapace and a bendable tail. The paint jobs on all of the figures is absolutely superb. Combined with a detailed sculpt, it faithfully captures the textures of the materials that Amanda is wearing on both figures and the shiny, armor-like skin of the Xenomorph. All can be posed in as many different positions as you can think up as each figure sports joints at the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, torso, hip, knee and ankle.
The first thing that will undoubtedly jump out at you about the Xenomorph is its incredible detail and the fact that it stands at a full 10″ tall. Every inch on this figure screams quality as you can see every little detail from the ribs to the razor-sharp teeth to the bone ridges on the tail. The highlight of this figure is the see-through carapace which protects the brain and the top of the face of the Xenomorph and the long, bony tail. While the description of the figure states that the tail is bendable, I had a hard time getting it to stay in a different position than the one that it came shipped in. Other than that small issue, I was able to get the figure into many different cool poses with the help of the supplied stand.
Amanda Ripley (Torrens Spacesuit)
Of the three figures released in this wave, this one is my absolute favorite. The detail on the Amanda Ripley in her Torrens Spacesuit blew me away and I couldn’t believe that there are so many intricate parts to it. The helmet actually comes apart into a top-half and a bottom-half and fits snugly on Amanda’s head. There are also two hoses that you can plug into the helmet from the spacesuit to add that small touch of authenticity. The details in the dials, knobs and gauges on her air-tank unit also helps to bring the realism up a notch. Even the shoulder pads adjust as you raise and lower the arms to put her into different poses. Amanda also comes with a huge handgun for when she runs out of juice in the flamethrower.
Amanda Ripley (Jumpsuit)
The Amanda figure in the Jumpsuit comes with the coolest accessories. The brown jumpsuit that she is sporting is very detailed right down to the cinch string that runs along the back of the suit. This figure comes with a backpack, the iconic flamethrower from the Aliens movie and the motion detector. The detail on these three accessories if just as high as on the figures themselves and rounds out this set very nicely. Amanda’s headset, the patch on her shoulder and the folds in the material of the jumpsuit are the details needed to make her feel alive. While this is the smallest of the three figures, this one is just as sturdy as the rest so putting her in many different poses shouldn’t worry you.
All of the figures feel very solid and substantial when you hold them in your hand. I know that the Amanda Ripley in the Jumpsuit looks dainty and fragile in the pictures, but I assure you, she is not. The level of detail in each of them shows how much work went into making these figures something to be proud to display with the rest of your memorabilia collection. The level of articulation possible is an impressive feature of these figures so that you can set up your own action scenes to represent how you see Amanda facing off with the Xenomorph.
This review is based on a product provided by NECA.
In space, only the Xenomorph can hear you scream
+ The level detail is astounding
+ The coloring of the figures is spot on
+ Having so many points of articulation is a must
+ The accompanying accessories area nice touch
- The tail of the Xenomorph doesn't stay where you pose it