MM6 Dog Alien

This is the final review of the new Movie Maniacs - at least until the Deluxe Queen Alien comes out!  Last week I reviewed the two Predators, and this week at Movie Poop Shoot I reviewed the Warrior Alien.  Tonight, it's time for the Dog Alien.

I've already ranted earlier about this change in the Movie Maniacs line, so I won't bore you with that again.  The Dog Alien is from Alien 3, another rather forgettable film but a solid looking beastie.  They are retailing for $10-$13 depending on where you pick them up, and I have a couple good, cheap on-line sources at the end of the review.

Packaging - ***1/2
I've said it a lot lately, but I like the clam shell packaging.  Sturdy, compact, and attractive, good for MOC'ers and openers alike.  I'd just like a little more text on the insert concerning the particular figure, and the particular series - not so much devoted to trying to sell me the other lines by McToys.

Sculpting - ****
The Predators were nice - the Aliens are excellent.  Every gory little detail is present, and this figure doesn't suffer from the seam running through the center of his head.  It's nice and smooth, and the mouth is open, with a spring loaded internal mouth.  Unlike my two pack Alien, this spring loaded mechanism works great.  The button is on the back of the head though, and some folks may find this detracts from the sculpt.

I prefer his look without the internal mouth jutting out, but it's nice to see that it works fine either way.  The sculpting on the rest of the head and body is perfect, and this figure has leaped to the foreground as my favorite Alien action figure produced to date.

Paint - ****
The paint application is clean and neat all around, and the stand out is the work on the dome of the head.  The colors and shading are fantastic, and the shiny finish complements the darker, more subdued appearance of the rest of the figure.

Again, McToys uses a paint wash like no one else can, and highlights all the excellent detailing of the sculpt.

Articulation - ****
The Dog Alien sports a ball jointed neck, waist, shoulders and hips, with good wrist and ankle joints as well.  There's also the bendy tail, and the articulated inner mouth.

All the articulation works great, and the best part is that this figure works great in two distinct poses - standing at full height, and crouched down in his 'dog' pose.  All the ball joints work well, but the ball jointed neck and waist are crucial to making both poses work well.

The bendy tail is great, and there's plenty you can do with it.  The bendy quality runs almost the entire length, and can also be used to support him in various poses.

Accessories - *
Unfortunately, the Dog Alien suffers from the same problem as the Warrior Alien - no real accessories.  He comes with his poster and poster base, but these are really weak.  The base is just a re-used accessory across the line, and the posters are so thin, it's getting ridiculous. At this price point, they needed something to go with the Aliens.

Value - **
Do yourself a favor and find these for around $10-$11 each.  You won't feel too bad at that price point, but if you pay the $12 or $13 that some specialty shops are charging, you'll definitely feel the pinch.

Quality - ***1/2
I had some quality problems with the Predator figures, so I wanted to mention here that this wasn't an issue for me with either Alien.  The construction of both figures is solid, and I was happy to see the inner mouth mechanism work much better with this version than with the two pack version

Overall - ***1/2
The Dog Alien is my favorite Alien action figure produced to date.  I had originally not planned on picking up this version - the film isn't one of my favorites, and in the package it didn't look that exciting - but I'm thrilled that I did.  He looks great on the shelf with the rest of the line, and I can't wait to see the deluxe version.

If this figure had an accessory or two, or a slightly lower price point, he would have been an easy four stars.

Where to Buy - 
I picked these up at a local Meijers, but as a Mid-West only store, you may not be so lucky. Since then, I've also seen them at Gamestop
and Kaybee, but at higher prices of course. On-line:

- Aisle Sniper has a great price at $40 for a set of the four, but you'll pay shipping as well. That's only slightly more than paying ten bucks each plus sales tax in many areas though.

- Beans Toys, a great small on-line store with excellent customer service, also has them. They've sold through on the sets for $40 though, but should have singles available soon. They also have an excellent pre-sell price on the deluxe Queen Alien set, just $23.


Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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