Packaging - ***1/2
This is one of the best of the Alien or Predator boxes so far. There's
more creativity here in how the graphics are positioned, and the overall layout
is visually more interesting.
Of course, it's as sturdy as always, and the foam insert holds the bust safe
Sculpting - ****
Similar to the Warrior Alien in detail, this is truly an impressive
bust. The texture of the skin and base gives the bust a nice, creepy
appearance, and the sculpted skull inside the dome sets this bust apart from all
The style of the sculpt is a little rougher than some might like, but I think
it fits in well with the source material. This interpretation is very
Giger-esque, reminiscent of the original film but with a slightly different
Paint - ***1/2
My favorite Alien mini-bust so far is still the Warrior Alien, and the paint
work is what makes him stand out. The SE Alien isn't as vibrant or
colorful, and less detail work.
The details that are here aren't quite as well done - I think the slightly
sloppy appearance of the teeth is a good example - but these aren't major
issues. At best it knocks off a half star of an overall excellent score.
Quality/Design - ***1/2
The design reminds me a lot of the old Mummy films, with the arms across the
chest, head tilted down. He was sleeping, until you just bumped into him
in the mother ship...he's bearing his teeth and raising his head slowly, in
anticipation of ripping your heart out.
You can imagine such scenarios with an excellent design like this. Some
may not like the tighter design - there's fewer claws and limbs sticking out -
but I really like it.
My only nit is the soft dome. Solid plastic would have been preferable,
but even this softer plastic isn't all that much of an issue.
Value - **
I'm grading this at the suggested retail of $65, but I have a couple
suggestions at the end where you can find it for ten bucks less than that.
I have to admit that I'm missing the days of the $40 mini-bust. It
seems as if all of them are edging up across the board, after several years
hanging in around that forty dollar mark. I'm not sure how much the market
can bear when it comes to price increases for these already high end items, but
I'm sure we'll find out this year.
Overall - ***1/2
I love the sculpting on the entire Aliens mini-bust line. This is
unique, because I tend to be a bigger Predator fan than Alien (in terms of
monster design), but I find that the mini-busts for the Alien line are simply
more eye catching than the Predator line.
The only thing holding this back from a perfect score for me are the slightly
less compelling color palette, and the steep price. Unfortunately, my dad
was right - it's not a perfect world. Actually, I think he may have said
something more along the lines of "Life sucks, deal with it", but you
get my drift.
Where to Buy -
I haven't seen one of these at a regular retailer since the Alien Queen, but
your local comic shop may have it in. On-line choices include:
- Aisle Sniper has the exclusive pewter
version for $250, and the regular version for $60.
- Southern Island has a great price
on the regular version at just $55.
- Likewise, Killer Toys has them
available at $55.