He helped developed the ‘lived
in’ but also semi corporate look of the
hardware, uniforms and the EVA suits, and that brings us on nicely to
Alien is way up there in my top ten movies, hell
it’s in my top 5, I was 12 years old when I snuck into see it and it
effected me profoundly, in much the same way as Star Wars had just a
couple of years earlier. Everything about the movie just worked! Great
performances, great effects, great story, an amazingly scary
bio-mechanical nightmare of a creature and the coolest spacesuits I had
seen since the Apollo missions (later shamelessly ripped off in the
Sean Connery vehicle, ‘Outland’) so in a nutshell I was taken to the
edge in Sci-fi heaven with this movie. Scott then tipped me over
completely three years later with Blade Runner (this one tops my
favorites’ list!). You can see some of Moebius concept
art here, here
to give you an idea of how influential his designs were.
And here are my other ALIEN related reviews to date-
ALIENS- black + brown ALIEN comps
ALIENS- Power Loader
Absolutely outstanding, these boxes are a bona fide work of art!
The outer sleeve shows the
exterior of the Moebius designed helmet with a cut away where the glass
should be, inside this hole is a sheet of transparent acetate so you
can see…the inner box, which has, in the case of Dallas his face and on
Kane the face-huggered head (the acetate on Kane’s box even has a
die-cut hole to mimic where the face-hugger has burnt
The rest of the package is
covered in photos of the figures. The inner box is the traditional
flap-fronted design with the inner flap having a brief bio and the
window opposite shows the disassembled kit form figure. Slide the tray
out and the other thing that becomes apparent is that to add a little
extra protection to these potentially fragile figures, they come
nestled in formed Styrofoam trays, this is a great idea and reminded me
of my old Aoshima
Endoskeleton and of course many statues. This
material has a far higher ability to absorb any knocks your figure may
experience in transport and means there’s a lower chance of the
contents being damaged, a very well thought through and beautifully
designed bit of packaging, Dixon Chan and Monster Jnr have created my
favourite Hot Toys box to date.
Lordmasterprince over on SSF has
already done a great mini-review of these two figures, here’s Dallas
there are some great shots there, and I’m sooooo freakin envious of the
Giger designed, Harkonnen
chair he used as a very impressive back drop.
Yep, that’s right, four whole stars for both! The sad thing is the Kane
figure ‘obviously’ looks NOTHING like John Hurt, and that is a real
shame, especially when you see how well LM Ling’s work on Tom Skerritt
as Dallas came out. But I just can’t mark Hot Toys down for something
that is completely out of their control. We’ve all seen the outstanding
likenesses that HT can give us when they are ‘allowed’, but in this
case that permission was sadly declined. Now, I would have loved this
to come with a perfect likeness, but as that wasn’t ‘legally’ gonna
happen we get a generic sculpt (looking like a cross between John
Holmes and Freddy Mercury) but this head won’t see the light of day
with many collectors, as they also include a ‘face- huggered’ head and
an acid melted face glass for the helmet, so all is very far from lost!
Because of the PVC/rubber nature
of the suits everything here is sculpted (another reason for my full
score), but sculpted beautifully. I was rather disappointed when I
first realised these wouldn’t be cloth/mixed media suits, but the
intricate nature of the Moebius design would have made that neigh on
impossible at this scale and the price would probably have to be
Dallas’ face is a fantastic
sculpt of Tom Skerritt as he appeared in the movie, he has neutral but
reasonably ‘determined’ expression. A few hairs just flick out from
under his sculpted, inner leather flight helmet, this is sculpted
beautifully as well, in fact, in the first few proto pics I saw, I
thought it was fabric. There’s some fantastic work on the seams, straps
and studs etc. but once behind the visor you’d be hard pressed to tell
it wasn’t a separate garment.
Kane’s face, as I’ve already
gone over, is in no way, shape, manner, or form anything like John Hurt
(quiet sigh!) but is still a beautiful, all be it ‘random’ generic
sculpt. When I first saw pics of the new head, I pondered if they had
tried to make it look a little like John
Finch, the actor who originally started filming as Kane, but
had to drop out because of illness, however, the more pics I found of
him I began to think better of it, would have been cool though!
We also get the head with the
face-hugger attached; this is a welcome extra, especially because of
the likeness issues. It’s a good solid sculpt but lacks a little of the
definition that marks HT best work. In fact one of the continuity bug
bears that often crops up amongst ALIEN fans is just how did that
big’ol face-hugger get through that tiny melted hole in the helmets
visor…well it did…just accept it!
Working down the body it would
be just too complex to try and describe every detail, I’m hoping my
pictures can ‘paint the thousand words’ but in brief they both have
identical outfits with different colour schemes. I shall cover the
details in slightly more depth under the ‘outfit’ section.
You also get two rather cool bases; each shows a section of the egg
chamber floor and has a pre-formed sinewy cup for the supplied ALIEN
egg to sit in. Purists will realise these are closer in scale to the
eggs from the latter movies, as in ALIEN they stood a little higher.
The two bases are essentially identical, but the eggs differ, the one
with Dallas is closed and Kane’s is open, showing the top of the
albumen sack and the exposed tail of the face-hugger within. The
‘unopened’ egg is the same design as the containers used on the HT
snap-kits for the ALIENS series, but even though re-used, they make for
a far more interesting stand and base than the plain black ones usually
Suffice to say these two figures
show some absolutely outstandingly detailed work, and even though I
admit to having an ALIEN bias, these have shot to the top of my
Now where is Lambert and of
course Ripley in their respective spacesuits? C’mon Hot Toys you have
to at least complete the away team…and I’d love the crew in their
normal outfits but most importantly we want the big chap himself!
Both the heads with their
attached leather helmets are painted accurately with some great
subtlety and absolutely no slop, the eyes don’t look as wet as some of
HT more recent figures, but they are still an outstanding job. The
‘huggered’ head doesn’t fare quite as well. It still looks fine when in
the helmet, but doesn’t have the close, accurate attention to detail we
are used to from the HT stable. So if you are contemplating a bash of
Kane in the Med-centre you may want to get your paintbrushes out!
Because of the nature of the
rubber suit, the rest of the figure is also painted, they have
different colour schemes, Kane is yellow and Dallas pink, but
essentially they are same in all other respects. Some nice washes have
been used to help pick out the ‘ribbing’ of the material and some very
fine work has been used to pick out the network of laces that run
around the limbs and up and down the torso. All of the solid parts are
painted to look like a dull grey metallic, iron alloy type of colour
and have some very convincing weathering and patinas. They both also
have some finely detailed decals applied, both have their respective
names on their chest plate armour, this is repeated on their
back-packs, in fact the back-packs even have a small ‘Wayland Yutani’
logo as well, I’m pretty sure the originals didn’t have this as ‘the
company’ was nameless in the first movie, but it’s a nice nod to what
I love the dirty, slightly
beat-up nature of these suits and as they are the EVA suits of a deep
space, mobile refinery that visits remote mining facilities it has just
the right mix of utilitarian protection and industrial chic, just
Both can stand up to some very close scrutiny, but from a slight
distance on a shelf the job is just breathtaking!
Both use the true-type described here but just
like in the real world, and just like the actual outfits used on set
(trivia - small versions of these outfits were also made for children
to wear while filming, giving the illusion of the film-set being a much
bigger scale) these will restrict movement. However, the PVC/rubber
used is pretty soft, and I don’t think you’ll have any real difficulty
getting them into any of the positions you saw in the movie.
This is the only area these figures differ a little.
- pistol with sheath
- portable crane
- Figure Display Base featuring an Alien egg in 1/6th scale.
Kane comes with-
- pistol with sheath
- extra bonus: face-huggered head and damaged helmet
- Figure Display Base featuring an open Alien egg in 1/6th scale.
I can’t think of any thing else these two could have had, and just like
the ALIENS Colonial Marines the attention to detail on all their
hardware is fantastic, my only slight gripe is that it would have been
so cool if the portable crane/winch could have opened up, but that’s
just wishful thinking. I really like the pistols as well, but you’ll
find the hands can’t grip them particularly well because of the bulky
gloves, in the movie Kane is seen holding his gun briefly, as he
prepares to peer into that fateful egg, so it’s just nice that they
gave them this attention to detail.
- PVC/rubber spacesuit
- helmet featuring a clear and movable shield
- gloved hands
- back pack
- shoulder armour
- PVC rubber spacesuit
- helmet featuring a clear and movable visor plus acid damaged visor
- gloved hands
- back pack
- shoulder armour
Both have a PVC/rubber suit, sculpted to mimic a ribbed heavy coated
canvas material, this is interspersed with areas that have straps,
webbing, laces and pockets. This has a very convincing look, and is
split up to be separate trousers, vest and sleeves but thanks to the
overlapping with belts and the shoulder armour, you’ll hardly see the
joins. The feet are solid boots with the ankle posts ‘popping’ directly
into them giving a reasonably good range of movement for such bulky
footware. Strapped over the lower legs are two shin-pads, these are
solid items that strap to the legs using tiny-scaled ratchet grips,
ahh, takes me back to my days of playing cricket at school!
The hands/gloves are again solid
sculpts, but the material used has enough malleability to let them grip
the torches just fine. We then have the belt with holster and more
strapping holding the backpack, chest-plate, stomach-mounted control
box and shoulder armour in place. Next up is the fantastic helmet,
there are instructions included on how to put the helmet on and take it
off, and I advise you take note. When I first kitted up Dallas I had
trouble getting him to face forwards, but soon found that if you pop
the visor out (as in the instructions) you can gently manipulate and
twist the head till it faces fully forward, on screen the actors heads
were a little higher inside the helmets but this is still a good
approximation at this scale, and if it does bother you, they can easily
be modified to sit higher. Lastly, there are two solid control boxes
glued to the sculpted forearm straps.
Two very complex and highly
detailed outfits carried out to near perfection.
Action Feature - ****
Most of the time, when you see the words ‘action feature’ it means you
are about to be severely disappointed, but not this time though!
The backpack and helmet both
have small buttons, cleverly camouflaged to mimic parts of the design.
When pressed, small but fiercely bright LEDs light up, a row of four
small coloured ones on the back-pack, three small coloured ones inside
the helmet and a large white one on the head mounted torch.
This feature really helps bring
these figures to life and works fantastically well.
Fun factor- ****
It’s pointless even thinking about ‘playing’ with these, the price
alone will deter all but simpleminded millionaires from giving these to
anyone under 15 years of age. These are construct and display pieces
only, aimed squarely at your serious ALIEN fans and collectors, so
they’ve made this particular ALIEN fan extremely happy…now I’m off for
Sideshow had these for $149.99 a pop, but Kane sold out some time ago,
you can still get Dallas for that price on pre-order.
Now, $150 is a lot of moola for
a figure, but the level of detail, the cool light-up action feature and
the top notch packaging mean I actually think that price is fair, but
if you shop around at some of Michael’s sponsors listed below and
linked on the home page, you’ll find them for a whole lot less. These
are definitely $150 figures to me; I would not begrudge a cent!
I like these, I like them A LOT, can ya tell, huh, huh, can ya!
But I KNOW this will not be the
case for everyone.
I think this might be my first complete clean sweep of full marks for
every category, there were a couple of minor issues, but nothing that
detracted enough for me to ‘mark down’. Obviously, if the be all and
end all factor for you is Kane’s likeness, then the whole figure is a
no go for you, but if you’re more a dyed in the wool ALIEN fan, then
this is quite simply the best version of these characters released to
date. The price, though high, sadly reflects what we have to pay for
many high-end imported figures these days, and with that in mind they
certainly seemed to surpass many others released recently that carried
an even higher price tag.
These are fantastic
representations of two of the most striking outfits in the original
ALIEN movie, up until now all that had been available were the two
small Aoshima snap-kits. They were nice! But these figures give the
Moebius design enough room to show off all of its intricate, you could
even say ‘over-designed’ complexities, like the strange patters
covering the helmet that look like glyphs and the network of laces that
cover the suit. And to top it off we have the cool light-up features,
just amazing, one, nay two of my 1/6 prayers have been answered with
these two figures!
Packaging - ****
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ****
Accessories - ****
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ****
Overall - ****
Where to Buy -
As I said above, Sideshow imports them officially at the price quoted
above (Kane and Dallas), or you can try out the
list of approved
stockists below. If I were you, I’d go get one…however, I’m not, so the
ball’s in your court (cups hand over mouth and whispers, ‘go get
both!’) I think you’ll be very happy.
Both $134.99 pre-order
Both $134.99 pre-order
Both $149.99 pre-order
You could also try Michael’s
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