It’s the 40th Anniversary of the classic 1979 Alien film and NECA Toys is offering the first wave of this line, which includes Brett, Parker, and the Bloody Big Chap Alien. This is just the beginning, as we’re getting more of these characters that fans can look forward too as revealed back at New York ToyFair. This wave includes all-new figures of Samuel Brett and Dennis Parker, along with a blood covered Big Chap Alien. Finally, Series 3 will be coming to Walmart stores soon. The third wave includes an all-new Ash, a Gilbert Kane with the actors likeness, and a Big Chap Alien.
Thank you to NECA Toys for providing their Alien 40th Anniversary figures for review.
Availability: August 2020
Each figure is packaged in a window box with artwork that inspired from the Alien figures of the 80’s, and has a great retro style design, and we also have seen this style of packaging used for Alien figures by other companies. These window boxes include a checklist on the back to collect the entire line-up.
The crew of the USCSS Nostromo had no idea what they were up against when they encountered this species. We saw each member of the crew get eaten and die a death that none deserved, except for Ripley as she was the sole human survivor, and if they had listen to her about quarantine and the risk of contamination, the crew fate would have been different.
Parker and Brett were more underdogs in the film and both are two of the most memorable characters. Their portrayals by actors Yaphet Kotto and Harry Dean Stanton were believable. Getting these two characters in this line is a gift, as you normally don’t get the crew of the USCSS Nostromo often enough. Interestingly enough, in this science fiction series, the crew don’t all wear the same uniforms that you see in other franchises, and Parker, Brett, and other characters are all shown in civilian type cloths, such as the headband, hat, and Hawaiian shirt.
Parker always seemed to the biggest and probably the strongest of the crew, and NECA has done a great job capturing him scale wise in proportion with other figures, including Big Chap. Parker comes with his trademark headband, and dressed in his white outfit with a wash on it, and detailed that include the USCSS Nostromo patch on his shoulder, pockets, pouches, buttons, knee pads and sculpted wrinkles in the clothing. The outfit is primarily white, with one of the pockets having red trim, the patch in various colors, and a blue headband with a black wash. His head sculpt has a great likeness to it, and they bring the character to life.
Parker includes a flamethrower, an interchangeable hand to hold the flamethrower, and a cattle rod that was used to hunt the Big Chap. The articulation is standard for the line, and works well for possibility and display.
Brett is another great release for this line, and his outfit includes various details such as the USCSS Nostromo logo on his hat, and various patches. He comes in a leather jacket with nicely done sculpted details and paint washes, a Hawaiian shirt, a hat with the logo and sculpted details, and all of this has a great contrast of details that you don’t normally see on a character on a space ship. The back of the jacket has the name of the ship written in black (Nostromo), and there is some nicely done sculpted details on the sides of his arms.
The likeness on his head sculpt is even better than Parker’s, and they got all the facial hair and facial details to look just as you would remember in the film. The expression on his face is also incredibly done, and they did a great job on that as well. This expression seems to be based on his look when he was staring up into the face of the Big Chap, likely at the moment he was probably sure we was about to die.
Parker and Brett share the same sculpt on the legs, and given a newly tooled torso, arms, head sculpts, and sneakers.
Brett includes a Motion Detector, and a cattle rod. The articulation on him is also standard for the line.
The Big Chap figure uses the same sculpt as the Ultimate Big Chap, which works great on him as well. The new bloody deco gives you something different in this release, and they did a terrific job on this new deco. This figure is given the same great sculpted details and attention to detail that you see on modern Xenomorph figures. The sculpt features the same great details including the ribs on his chest, as well as the high-end quality textures and all of the tiny details that NECA offers with all of their Alien Xenomorph figures. There is a lot of detail going into the sculpt and the more you look at it, the more you’re going to love it. In addition to that, he also has the tongue that pops out, a hinged jaw, a clear done on top of his head that is not removable, and a bendable tail. This sculpt has the updated articulation, which is listed below.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, double-hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles, and hinged toes. He also has a hinged jaw, a bendable tail, and a tongue that pops out. Some key changes to articulation includes changes to the knee and elbows, the bicep swivel has been removed, knee joints enlarged, and the ankles allow more poseability.
Overall, Alien 40th Anniversary Wave 1 is one of the best offerings this year and it gives you such great updates to these memorable sci-fi characters. These changes are enough to warrant another purchase if you already have them, and when you get all 3 waves, this is going to be one great looking collection!