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NECA Aliens Series 7 Announced

NECA Aliens Series 7 has been announced. Series 7 sees the first release (for NECA’s line) of the Aliens from Paul Anderson’s Alien vs. Predator with the Grid Alien and a generic “Warrior Alien”. That’s not all though, there’s an extra special surprise for this series:

“Series 7 includes the long-awaited release of brand new figures from Alien vs Predator, which are the perfect companion pieces to our currently available AvP-based Predator figures. The Warrior Alien and Grid Alien feature over 30 points of articulation and bendable tails, and stand over 9” tall.

Also in this series is our very first concept figure based on the original prototype suit for the “Big Chap” Alien in the 1979 movie. H.R. Giger originally had the suit cast in a translucent flesh-tone but, in one of the many technical hurdles that had to be overcome to bring his creature to life on screen, repeated difficulties with the material forced the change to the coloring seen in the movie. The figure features 25 points of articulation and bendable tail, and stands over 9” tall.”

NECA Aliens Series 7 including Grid Alien, AvP Warrior and Translucent Big Chap. NECA Aliens Series 7 Announced

NECA Aliens Series 7 including Grid Alien, AvP Warrior and translucent “Big Chap”.

Whilst collectors have been asking for the Alien vs. Predator Aliens for some time, the announcement of the translucent “Big Chap” is quite a surprise and if I do say so myself, a very welcome one. For those who might not be aware, the concept of a translucent suit was explored during the production of Alien but was ultimately abandoned.

The concept of a translucent suit was explored during the production of Alien but was ultimately abandoned. NECA Aliens Series 7 Announced

The concept of a translucent suit was explored during the production of Alien but was ultimately abandoned.

AvPGalaxy staff member Valaquen has an extensive article on the subject over at his fantastic blog, Strange Shapes“They built special ovens for this plastic material,” said Giger, “like hot-melt vinyl, but it was not transparent enough to see through to the person behind it and it didn’t work.” Giger explained that had he been given time, then the transparent suit might have been feasible. “Andrew keeps producing more and more transparent costumes,” he wrote. “However the ideal solution has still not been found, because the material is not resistant enough and tears … Unfortunately he still hasn’t produced anything we can use, and time is running short.”

Series 7 is currently slated for release in late April 2016. Series 6, which is based around Alien Isolation, is due for release by the end of December 2015.



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  1. khas
    I completely agree with you. Neca reuses much of their molds to make the same figures over and over again. I am not convinced at all that policy. I think one of the few options we have is "bombing" Randy in his twitter account, asking for new characters.
  2. windebieste
    Oh... I didn't realise they recycled Amanda's Ma as well.  lol. 

    In that case I completely understand why we get these 3 choices then.  Aside from some accessories and limbs, no new complete sculpts were created for this set - just a few adjustments to existing sculpts.  Lengthen some legs here, add a pony tail there and give 'em each a fresh lick of paint and... Hey, Presto!  New set of figures. 

    That explains everything; and I'm totally fine with that. 

    Would still like to see W. Joe one day.  At least.

    -Windebieste.
  3. Xenomrph
    The "Amanda in Jumpsuit" figure is a retooled and repainted version of 'Alien' Ripley in a jumpsuit, it's especially apparent when you have them side-by-side like they were at my local Toys R Us today.

    The "problem" with making a Working Joe is no matter how much or little detail they put into the figure, it would still be an entirely new sculpt, which means all-new molds for the factory.
    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to get a Working Joe figure too, but I understand why they made the three figures they did.
  4. windebieste
    For sure.  I totally understand Stompy and Amanda in her compression suit are retooled sculpts from previous items.  I understand NECA take such short cuts to deliver fresh characters - it's totally acceptable.  The other Amanda figure is a new sculpt, though.  It just surprises me that NECA believe 2 Amandas will be popular.  I've already seen more than one person express interest in purchasing multiple Working Joes for dioramas and staging them as crowds if they were available.  A pair of Amandas just can't deliver that - or make any sense - in that context.

    There's also the ease with which a bald plastic faced figure with a bland expression permanently fixed on its face would be as an action figure.  A plastic likeness of a Working Joe face is ideal for action figure format.  Beyond that, it's just orange overalls, hands and shoes.  It's nothing like the kind of detail that has to go into some of the other characters.  I'd even go to say it would be great for the maintenance jack to be an accessory.  It's something that would have been great with Amanda in her jump suit, but hey.  The flamethrower, backpack and motion tracker were all good choices.

    Oh well.  Still looking forward to seeing mine arrive in the mail.  Probably happen sometime early in the New Year.

    -Windebieste.
  5. Xenomrph
    Talk about cutting it fine to get them out before Christmas but it's still nice to hear that they are now available.  It will be a few weeks before they hit the deck here in Australia, I am guessing. 

    I'm looking forward to getting ahold of these items.  I still think it's an odd decision to release 2 Amanda Ripley figures and no Working Joe.  That decision still amazes me.  I would have preferred a Working Joe figure over Amanda wearing a compression suit.  Neca have already released 3 characters in suits, Kane, Ripley and Dallas. 

    Do we even have a Lambert figure in a compression suit..?  No, but we do have 2 Amanda Ripley figures. 

    I sometimes wonder about NECA's marketing.  Maybe we will get a second run at the game and a Joe will be part of that - but I'm very sceptical that will happen.

    -Windebieste.
    The only reason we got an Amanda Ripley at all is because they could get away with retooling and repainting existing figures, which saves on manufacturing costs. A Working Joe figure would be awesome, but it's unlikely because it would require an entirely new sculpt.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we got a Lambert figure in spacesuit figure in the future, unless Veronica Cartwright won't sign off on the likeness.
  6. PRJ_since1990
    Scouring my local TRU proved fruitless as usual. The place was a mess from Christmas shopping. Guess I'll have to order them all online lol.

    QC never bothered me since 90% of my NECA figs were ideal out of the box. 2 Aliens had weak joints  that caused breaks but that worked out for battle scenes quite easily.

    Lambert will happen. Give it time. But I can live with Isolation figures as that was the best thing to happen to the franchise in a long time. We will hopefully get the android figure in the near future. As soon as a teaser for #facehuggerfriday shows it....you always know a Working Joe.
  7. windebieste
    Talk about cutting it fine to get them out before Christmas but it's still nice to hear that they are now available.  It will be a few weeks before they hit the deck here in Australia, I am guessing. 

    I'm looking forward to getting ahold of these items.  I still think it's an odd decision to release 2 Amanda Ripley figures and no Working Joe.  That decision still amazes me.  I would have preferred a Working Joe figure over Amanda wearing a compression suit.  Neca have already released 3 characters in suits, Kane, Ripley and Dallas. 

    Do we even have a Lambert figure in a compression suit..?  No, but we do have 2 Amanda Ripley figures. 

    I sometimes wonder about NECA's marketing.  Maybe we will get a second run at the game and a Joe will be part of that - but I'm very sceptical that will happen.

    -Windebieste.
  8. Xenomrph
    The Alien Isolation figures are out at retail now, I picked up Amanda Ripley (jumpsuit) at Toys R Us today. All in all it's a cool figure and I like it quite a bit. However didn't the initial sculpts come with the door-opening tool from the game? The final figure doesn't have it. Also to nitpick further, the likeness is... passable? Amanda Ripley in the game hardly looked like Kezia Burrows, and the figure looks like her even less so. If I showed the figure to friends or whatever, even those who are familiar with Alien Isolation, it isn't going to instantly pop out at them "oh hey that's Amanda Ripley!" like NECA's Ellen Ripley figures do.

    They also had the 'Alien Isolation' Alien, but I passed on it after seeing it in person. It's basically Big Chap with a new coat of paint and new feet. Not that it isn't a cool looking figure, but it's not enough of a difference from the Big Chap figure I've got to justify the price. Money and space shelf are at a premium in my house, and that's ~$20 I could spend on something else.
  9. windebieste
    Ya.  I got a good one.  Despite this, I was very aware that other people weren't so lucky so it at least got mentioned in the review that the QC on the figure is inconsistent.  On these grounds, it had to be mentioned.  One thing I did miss out on that should have been present was any appraisal of the paint work.  I should have mentioned that it was a decent job with some fine details and highlights and the selection of colour might not suit everyone's taste but the attention to detail is overall positive.  Oh well... I never did write a perfect review.  I attribute that omission due to the uncomfortably hot weather that day.   Better luck next time.  Promise.

    -Windebieste.
  10. Elmazalman
    Ya.  It's a sizable figure by any standards:

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Neca_22inch_01.jpg
    "This son of a bitch is huge! I mean, it's like a man; it's... it's big!"

    -Windebieste.
    Good review and pics!I quite like the milky-coloured carapace and think it's an improvement over the previous large scale figure.The new head sculpt and paint app is also more screen-accurate IMO.
    The size of the figure surprised me at first but i've gotten used to it;for $200 i want it BIG!
    Your'e lucky yours looks to be in flawless or near flawless condition considering all the QC issues with this release,i,m still trying to get rid of some stray paint from the dome on mine.
  11. Elmazalman
    Silica gel?
    Yeah.I think you're right.Used to combat moisture.
    Also useful for pelting your coworkers with in a bird-shot-style attack. Tiny little gel balls. They bounce. ALOT.

    Hoping to find the Big Chap in stores to see it first hand. Then I'll fall in love and bring it home.
    It's a nice-looking figure-big too!
  12. Flexserve

    - As said in one of the review videos, it's very hard to get the alien's back spikes in properly, as you have to assemble that yourself. It really hurt my hands. I even had to lubricate one of the parts, with lip gloss which I had handy, to get it in properly.


    FYI
    Just dip the part in hot water. The plastic expands and it goes on easily. It cools and contracts and therefore stays in place. Lubricant will stay and cause the part to be loose for a very long time.
  13. windebieste
    I completely understand where your paranoia is coming from.  The stand in the photo above is 15cm diameter -  not much bigger than the one that Vark_ linked to.   I also spent around AU$200 for the NECA item and I'm happy to use that stand for the more valuable Kenner item and keep the NECA secure in a box for now.  I have no qualms about recommending a stand of that nature; and for sure, the wider diameter base is desirable and you should be able to find something more accommodating to your needs.

    It's too bad I only have one of those stands.  I gotta buy more of them.

    -Windebieste.
  14. Elmazalman
    Yes. Those stands are very good.  I'd recommend it.  I actually have something very similar in use for this figure:

    http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/windebieste/MetalDisplayStand.jpg

    It's height adjustable at the back, too, so finding an ideal position to display the figure is easy.  I need more of these things; but for now, I've packed the new figure back into his box until I get around to buying more of these stands.  He's safer in the box.  I don't like the idea of it falling over and getting damaged.  I've had enough experience with dropping figures to want to avoid that happening again.  I don't think it would be repairable if the head came off.  lol. 

    -Windebieste.
    The base width is only 13.8cm wide,i'm not sure that a 1/6 scale display is suitable for a 1/4 scale figure?I like that it's metal and not plastic,something larger,but the same style would be perfect.

    Sorry to hear about your 35 year old figure taking a dive;that must burn.I'm paranoid about this new figure and want to do the best by him.The little f**ker set me back $200AU.
  15. windebieste
    Yes. Those stands are very good.  I'd recommend it.  I actually have something very similar in use for this figure:

    http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/windebieste/MetalDisplayStand.jpg

    It's height adjustable at the back, too, so finding an ideal position to display the figure is easy.  I need more of these things; but for now, I've packed the new figure back into his box until I get around to buying more of these stands.  He's safer in the box.  I don't like the idea of it falling over and getting damaged.  I've had enough experience with dropping figures to want to avoid that happening again.  I don't think it would be repairable if the head came off.  lol. 

    -Windebieste.
  16. Elmazalman
    Mate finish black display stands may do the trick with this figure rather than translucent ones. You have a wide variety of them on the web. I'd choose a smooth shaped base if i were you, fits better the design of the Alien than square / angled ones IMO. Besides, some are cheap and yet worthy, no need to buy the 50$ Hot Toys stand for instance.

    An example :
    http://www.kghobby.com/black-metal-c-shape-stand-for-1-6-action-figure/
    Very stylish,should complement the figure nicely.Thanks!
  17. Elmazalman
    Ours are probably part of the same production batch - All of them in Australia might have that curled lip feature.  It will be interesting to see if everyone here who buys one here receives the curled lip variant.  If they are all part of the same batch, then they will possibly have the same level of QA as well.

    Aside from some design issues that will be inherent on all samples (It's top heavy and lacks stability, some assembly required.), mine appears to be near flawless.  I'm happy with it; but the inconsistent quality reported so far is a concern.

    -Windebieste.
    Mine is in good condition too(no issue with the lips or air bubbles with the dome)but i noticed that once removed from the box,the dome has a couple of black line marks(paint)on the middle right hand side.I tried to remove them with some warm water and a couple of drops of dish washing liquid,some of it is gone but its a slow process.Would you recommend a better method of removing paint from such a surface?The heatwave here in Australia is a blessing in disguise,i had no difficulty in attaching the dorsal spines and tubes to the figure as the heat had already softened the plastic.

    At the moment i'm looking around for a display stand for this figure,any recommendations?

    I noticed a small satchel packed underneath the dorsal tubes.Any idea what purpose this might serve?
     
  18. windebieste
    Ours are probably part of the same production batch - All of them in Australia might have that curled lip feature.  It will be interesting to see if everyone here who buys one here receives the curled lip variant.  If they are all part of the same batch, then they will possibly have the same level of QA as well.

    Aside from some design issues that will be inherent on all samples (It's top heavy and lacks stability, some assembly required.), mine appears to be near flawless.  I'm happy with it; but the inconsistent quality reported so far is a concern.

    -Windebieste.
  19. windebieste
    Ah, you mentioned earlier that there was 2 versions.  I was wondering what you meant.   It's the lips, is it?  Well, in that case I prefer this arrangement.  The other set of lips look like the alien is wearing a mouth guard.  The figure I have does look like it's snarling.

    -Windebieste.
  20. Elmazalman
    Mine arrived about 2 hours ago.  I don't seem to have the lips issues like others appear to be experiencing.  But yes, you will need a display stand to get the most out of the potential poses this figure is capable of.  Otherwise it will spend a lot of its time lying on its face.

    http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/windebieste/NECA22Inch.jpg

    Other than that, it's a nice item, well detailed with a great range of articulation throughout the figure.

    -Windebieste.
    Looks like you have the variant with the lips curled back.
  21. windebieste
    I think NECA will have to deal with a lot of flak from some very irate fans on this figure.  It's not stable enough to stand up straight on its own, people are reporting issues with its lips.  That's already well documented.  Also, the whole assembling of the figure is poor as well. 

    The assembly process is made a LOT easier if you dip the ends of the dorsal appendages into very hot water to soften the piece before you apply it to the figure.  But really, this assembly shouldn't be necessary at all.  NECA should have made sure the box was large enough to accommodate the complete figure in the first place.  I can safely bet that this method was employed so that an additional row of boxes would fit on a shipping pallet more than any other reason.  The truth is, no one cares about how many f**king boxes can fit on a pallet - all they care about is a complete quality product that fulfills expectations. 

    Yes.  It is an improvement over the original 1/4 scale figure, but it also feels like a trade-off in some areas.  At least it (almost) stands up when removed from the box.  At least it has its legs attached.  Nonetheless,  this seems to be an item where QA spent their time down at the pub rather than doing their job.  I am not sure how you would get around the top-heavy problems of the figure not standing, but the issues with lips and assembling the thing shouldn't exist.   Instead of being an 'OK figure ...with some caveats' this could easily have been a top item.

    -Windebieseste.
  22. StayFrosty
    I have my 1/4 Big Chap now and I love it.

    There are a few problems, however.

    - As said in one of the review videos, it's very hard to get the alien's back spikes in properly, as you have to assemble that yourself. It really hurt my hands. I even had to lubricate one of the parts, with lip gloss which I had handy, to get it in properly.

    - The inner jaw is hard to get out all the way. I seemed to have loosened mine a bit now, but at first the only way I could get it out all the way was by using my TEETH to pull it out. I basically had to make out with the figure. Good thing about it is, once you get it out, the jaw extends quite far.

    - I turned the left foot too far, and it popped off. I can pop it back in easily, but now it keeps coming off if you apply too much pressure.

    - The legs are hard to move, and the clicking sound they make sounds awful, like it's breaking. At first I thought I was indeed breaking it. Not the case though. But when I took it out of the box, they were extremely hard to move and I was quite confused.

    - There are marks on the dome you can see from where it's glued together. They're not extremely noticeable, but they're there. One guy mentioned wanted to return his figure because of this, and other reasons, but this issue is going to affect pretty much all of them, as it always has on Neca's Big Chaps. At least my dome is sealed down properly.

    Overall, the figure looks great, and the articulation is good. I don't regret buying it at all, but it's depressing to hear about the problems people are having. Neca needs to get their act together. Still, this is great improvement over the original 1/4 Big Chap they released in 2008 or whatever, which also had quality control problems.

    I do NOT have problems standing mine upright as long as it's against a wall or something, which I usually do with my figures.

    http://s27.postimg.org/sgnhq4fwj/GOPR0133.jpg
  23. windebieste
    Mine arrived about 2 hours ago.  I don't seem to have the lips issues like others appear to be experiencing.  But yes, you will need a display stand to get the most out of the potential poses this figure is capable of.  Otherwise it will spend a lot of its time lying on its face.

    http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/windebieste/NECA22Inch.jpg

    Other than that, it's a nice item, well detailed with a great range of articulation throughout the figure.

    -Windebieste.
  24. Flexserve
    Yup, I've seen the lips thing on another forum, and some issues too as seen in the video. I've even seen a missing tail spike somewhere, talking about QC...
    Yet the most frequent complaints are about the softness of the leg joints and the overall stability, and it's not about weird / action poses, many say it can't even stand staight ! So be advised a 1/6 figure stand is recommended.

    After hearing about all this, considering the price this fella costs here in Europe, I'd better save my money for the Cinemachines.

    I got mine today and the top lips were not glued in, nor in the box. I have to return it and get another! Waited 8 months and got VERY poor QC'd figure.
  25. Vark_
    Yup, I've seen the lips thing on another forum, and some issues too as seen in the video. I've even seen a missing tail spike somewhere, talking about QC...
    Yet the most frequent complaints are about the softness of the leg joints and the overall stability, and it's not about weird / action poses, many say it can't even stand staight ! So be advised a 1/6 figure stand is recommended.

    After hearing about all this, considering the price this fella costs here in Europe, I'd better save my money for the Cinemachines.
  26. Corporal Hicks
    Not to get off point but even if they do retcon Alien 3 and Resurrection, it wont stop them being able to sell product related to them. It's not like they are actually removed from the face of the earth.
  27. Gridseeker
    Would Fox licence out such content if the movie was going to be retconned?  It's an interesting thought.

    Fox is in it for the money.

    It's interesting that you say that.  Just think of the lost revenue Fox will sacrifice resulting from retconning 'ALIEN 3' and 'ALIEN: Resurrection'.  I bet Fox are thinking about it.

    When those 2 movies are no longer considered a part of the series, there will be no more action figures for them.  No more Director's cuts.  No more re-issues on whatever format is around.  No more content relating to 'ALIEN 3' and 'ALIEN: Resurrection' on future Anthology releases.  Sure, they're in it for the money - but they're not killing their cash cow that easily. 

    Fox won't sacrifice that 25 year old revenue stream so readily just to appease butt hurt fan boys, either.

    No doubt we will see Blomkamp bring the USCM back to big screen bringing their pulse rifles with them in 'ALIEN 5'.  You can bet there will be no retcon, though.  As bad as 'ALIENS: Colonial Marines' was, it still endeavoured to fit in with established content of all 4 movies.  It can be done - it just doesn't have to be shit.

    After all, Fox wants to have their cake and eat it too.   They will want to sell action figures for all 5 movies... not just 3 of them.

    -Windebieste.

    That´s a good point and I think that´s the reason Fox delayed the pre production of Alien 5; probably they don´t wan´t do a retcon of the series, not such move could piss off those who love Alien 3 and Resurrection (includying myself)
  28. windebieste
    Would Fox licence out such content if the movie was going to be retconned?  It's an interesting thought.

    Fox is in it for the money.

    It's interesting that you say that.  Just think of the lost revenue Fox will sacrifice resulting from retconning 'ALIEN 3' and 'ALIEN: Resurrection'.  I bet Fox are thinking about it.

    When those 2 movies are no longer considered a part of the series, there will be no more action figures for them.  No more Director's cuts.  No more re-issues on whatever format is around.  No more content relating to 'ALIEN 3' and 'ALIEN: Resurrection' on future Anthology releases.  Sure, they're in it for the money - but they're not killing their cash cow that easily. 

    Fox won't sacrifice that 25 year old revenue stream so readily just to appease butt hurt fan boys, either.

    No doubt we will see Blomkamp bring the USCM back to big screen bringing their pulse rifles with them in 'ALIEN 5'.  You can bet there will be no retcon, though.  As bad as 'ALIENS: Colonial Marines' was, it still endeavoured to fit in with established content of all 4 movies.  It can be done - it just doesn't have to be shit.

    After all, Fox wants to have their cake and eat it too.   They will want to sell action figures for all 5 movies... not just 3 of them.

    -Windebieste.
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