If you need a reason to enjoy not voting for Mitt Romney, it might be that his company presided over the slow-bleed death of the once-healthy Kay-Bee Toys, a company which helped a lot of "lost" toys to come to market as exclusives as lines winded down. I found tons of great stuff there over the years and this Acid Alien was particularly exciting, as I remember hearing about this mold for quite some time before it actually made it to market. And when it did? They made it in two colors, this dark red-tinted one plus a blue-tinted Hive Warrior Alien. Because it looked a heck of a lot like the Alien3 creature, I took my bicycle to Kay-Bee toys and bought this one.
At about 5-inches tall, the Acid Alien has a great sculpt, a superior paint job for Kenner figures of his day, even though only two colors of paint were used. The figure was molded in a very deep red, and slathered in black paint. His teeth were painted silver, and he has this great sneer on his mouth. The figure sports fantastic digigrade legs, making him just a tiny bit freakier than your average Alien action figure. He sports three fingers and a thumb on each hand, and lacks the pipes coming out of his back which was basically standard issue on most toy xenomorphs, but not the dog/ox/bambi-burster. Since this figure came out in 1998, it has only 6 joints and stands perfectly without assistance. Of course, you have to make sure the tail is turned a specific way, but his ability to stand unassisted seems like a marvel today even though that was more or less normal for all action figures in the 1980s and 1990s. How sad things have become, no?
This was basically the final released mold in the ALIENS line from Kenner, and quite a few were left unreleased. I'm glad the line ended on something that was fairly movie-inspired, as the sculpt looks close to-- but is not a perfect replica of-- the movie creature. For example, if the head had a clear dome on top of the current sculpt it would be a fantastic replica. There's a lot of detail in this figure, and it-- as well as a lot of Kenner's 1990s toys-- has a unique charm that the likes of McFarlane Toys and NECA, with their increased paint budgets, will never attempt to replicate.
The figure's neck, shoulders, hips, and tall are jointed, and he has no accessories. While it would've been super-cool to toss in a Facehugger, it's basically just fine as he is. I was as pleased as punch to get him back when he came out, and I continue to kick myself for not buying the rest of the small 6-figure line. Hey, maybe I'll get to that after I dump some of my trading stash... that Night Recon Predator and freaky cyborg Hicks are fine, fine things.
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