Just look at the Alien in the Hadley's Hope two pack. It's a domed warrior and Neca's best alien to date.
Too bad you have to have Burke to get it.
But honestly, the Lurker has more diverse paint apps on its' head alone that the entirety of a NECA Alien.
The dome translucency is perfect. Not a single seam.
The articulation blows NECAs' out of the water and you'd know that if you ever held one that even the plastic feels like it's made of sterner stuff.
I'll give you an example about the articulation- can a NECA big chap or warrior crawl on all fours in the style of the Covenant Alien or the Runner, or even the Alien warriors in the vents at Hadley's Hope? No?
Well the Lurker can.
It's sad that an Alien figure can't crawl on all fours.
That's where I draw the line- that and misaligned domes.
When you look the face head on, it just looks wrong on the Lurker to me at least, not really the shape of Big Chap. The shape of the Neca dome is much more accurate. But I agree that the seams on the dome are poor design and that the translucent dome needs to be less translucent on the Neca one.
The paint apps on which one? On the original Big Chap from Neca? Yep, just a white dome and gloss black body. Not much of a pint job. Other than that one, all other aliens have great paint apps, from the '86 aliens to the dog alien, from the Defiance alien to the domed warrior as the best example to date. And they're getting better, that's my point. The quality is getting better step by step and the prices are still a lot less than the other companies.
Articulation? Don't agree completely. First point, Big Chap never went on all fours so I can't really fault them for that. Second point, Neca's Covenant and Dog aliens can go on all fours, no problem. But I will agree with you, it is very stupid that the alien warriors can't look up enough and go on all fours. The new warrior bodies can do that fine but they still don't have that crucial neck articulation that is so needed. And even though Big Chap never did it, I would like to be able to pose him on all fours. That's still something Neca should fix. I agree that Play Arts Kai fixed the neck and back spine problem marvelously! But that's the only articulation point that they have an upper hand in.
They have single jointed elbows and no finger/toe articulation. Apart from the Big Chap body, all other Neca alien bodies use double jointed elbows. And the updated Big Chap body uses them too (seen on the Blue Kenner tribute Big Chap and will most certainly use on the 40th anniversary Ultimate version) along with the new swivel in the knees. All have toe articulation and now both the AVP bodies and the new alien warrior bodies have finger articulation.
They had weak joints in the past but the domed warrior, Defiance alien and recent preds all have strong sturdy joints. Literally if they improve the neck articulation so that all xenos can go on all fours, I'll have no other complaints.
To each their own, I just don't believe the ever smaller difference in quality between Neca and Play Arts Kai doesn't justify the high prices.
If the prices would be a bit more reasonable and Play Arts Kai releases something like a Praetorian or a Predalien, I really would consider getting that.