Tuesday, March 19, 2013
For June: NECA's Aliens: Genocide Action Figure 2-Pack
With its new line of figures based on the 1986 sequel Aliens, NECA is taking a cue from its line of Predator figures--namely, to produce and release figures based on creature designs that appeared outside of the Alien movies. The first example of this strategy will be hitting the shelves in June as an action figure 2-pack that's based on the Dark Horse Comics' miniseries Aliens: Genocide.
For those of you who haven't read any of the Aliens comic books, Genocide is about a group of humans who insert themselves into a war between two rival Alien hives. In an obvious nod to the Aliens' ant-like social structure, one hive consists of black Aliens while the other consists of red Aliens (think black ants versus red ants). Thus, NECA's 2-pack will feature 9-plus inch black and red Alien figures, each with over 30 points of articulation, extending inner mouths, bendable tails, and double-jointed elbows and knees.
You could argue that all NECA is doing here is giving toy collectors the same figure twice in the same pack but with different paint jobs. Maybe so, but the vivid coloring of the red Alien would make it the ideal complementary piece for NECA's Big Red Predator figure.