Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Dallas Super7 x Funko, 2013
Day #844: January 28, 2014
Dallas 34 Years in the Making
Alien ReAction Figures
Item No.: Asst. 3813 No. 3797 Manufacturer:Super7 x Funko Includes:Flamethrower Action Feature:n/a Retail:$15-$20 Availability: December 2013 Other: Available on blue (early bird pre-order) or black (retail) cardbacks
I actually laughed when I popped Dallas out of his cardback, due to my huge surprise when I saw the back of the figure's jacket read "Nostromo" on it. This was a real surprise detail, and one that likely would not have been on the final production figure had he been produced by Kenner in 1979 as planned. If you ever wanted a Tom Skerrit toy, your ship has come in. It's a small ship, but it's a ship all the same.
The 3 3/4-inch figure seems to faithfully reproduced the original Kenner prototype as much as possible, and it really does feel like it could be a contemporary of General Madine or a Bespin Security Guard. The paints look better than the figures of that era, casting more shadows on the various buttons and folds on his outfit - the shirt in particular. The quilted sculpting matches what we saw during The Empire Strikes Back toy line, and the proportions are unquestionably close to those older figures - the head is a little big and it works. The figure's back legs are a little squared-off when he sits, but the important thing is that he can sit. Dallas passes The Landspeeder Test, which means he can sit in a Kenner Landspeeder toy. That's my requirement of a figure achieving true Vintage articulation - if he can sit, he's legit. It rhymes, too!
If you want a figure stand, he's compatible with all vintage (VINTAGE vintage not fake vintage) foot pegs, as well as the Alien stands Super7 distributed at Comic-Con 2013. He won't need it, as figures from the 1970s and 1980s were usually designed to balance on their own. I didn't realize that this was a special thing until the 1990s during Kenner's Power of the Force relaunch, where most of the figures couldn't stand unassisted or unless you spent a lot of time finding the "sweet spot" where they would balance until the time you so decided to sneeze.
The paint on the figure is quite good, with white sneakers and red shoulder patches plus a blue "Nostromo" on the back of his jacket. (Confidential to anyone: I want to buy a replica of the jacket from this movie in my size.) The flamethrower weapon is the same as Ripley's, and it can also fit in the hands of other actual real Kenner figures.
Ripley's outfit coloring is vaguely close to the movie, but Dallas' isn't. In the movie he has white pants and his jacket isn't blue, but these weird errors are what make up a ton of the charm of a Kenner figure. Have you ever seen their "Walrus Man" from Star Wars? It's less accurate to the movie design than most knock-offs. It's still a thing of beauty, but riddled with errors which were eventually canonized by an appearance on The Clone Wars 30+ years later - but I digress. Dallas is a great recreation of a prototype figure that most of us would otherwise never see, let alone own. If you are vaguely interest in Alien or are interested in real, actual vintage Star Wars toys this figure - and indeed this set - is a no-brainer. Buy it. And then join me in demanding Jonesy, Lambert, Brett, Parker, and a non-suited Kane. Dallas is a wonderful collectible/artifact and hopefully a sign of great things to come out of Funko in this style of figure. I can't imagine being let down by more of these.
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Notes: The brown cardboard boxes are different. The brown box marked 3813 contains 1 set of black carded figures - this is an "inner" as it ships from Funko. The 3813.1 box shipped from Super7 with a carded set of 6 blue card figures inside. Blue cards were shipped to people who ordered the set for $100 direct from Super7 at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 or through the Super7 web site after the show. The group shot above is of the opened black card set, which cost $65.00. The blue card set included a bonus clear grey Alien figure available nowhere else at this time and is expected to be exclusive to this release. If the 16bit.com sample is opened, we'll update this photo.
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