Can you really go wrong with this format? I don't think that you can. Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. has four great sets - with more coming for the sequel! Seriously, we've got Power Loaders and Queens coming. But for now, you'll want to catch up with Set C and the rest. If you're a fan of the format or the film, these are a decent buy. And probably the only way to get the entire cast in any figure format for less than $100.
Having recently passed, it's nice to see that they don't skimp on tributes to John Hurt. Courtesy of his affliction and many costumes, you get multiple figures like Kane with Facehugger here. This line also has space suit and chestburster flavors. He's basically in an undershirt and boxer shorts with the reproductive stage of the alien life form stapled to his face. The hands are down, wide, and open. I assume you should display this figure on a table, but the shoeless feet stand just fine. It's a pretty simple figure - basically a facehugger alien on a mostly naked dude - and as such it passes the test of being decent.
Joining him is the Attack Alien, which vaguely resembles one of the more awkward shots in the film. His arms are up, his "tongue" set of jaws are out, and it looks like he's going "booga, booga." It's exactly what you need out of a comical classic toy pose. The tail is curved in toward the body, the arms are raised, and of course the secondary jaws are clearly visible and open. Courtesy of the figure format, it looks more like a guy in a suit than other figures or the movie counterpart. It's charming. The double-thumbed six-fingered hands are here, as are the bony, creepy exoskeleton. The dome is even done right - and being cast in a fleshy color, it certainly makes it easy to see various elements of Giger's design philosophy come to light. This is probably the reason most people will buy the set.
Rounding out the set is Harry Dean Stanton's Brett, bringing you an actor who has probably been in more movies than you'll ever see, and you probably can't name more than five of them. Despite having a most impressive IMDB credit list, he gets very few action figures - unless I'm mistaken, Brett toys are probably it. Of all of the characters in the movie, his costume best evokes the "space trucker" idea - there's a baseball cap with the ship's patch on it. He's got a jacket with a Hawaiian shirt underneath. His pants are a little baggy, and he's a little scruffy. Everything's a loose fit - I think the jacket should be a little tighter, but it's generally a good recreation of the costume from the film, complete with cargo pants from the uniform. They did a nice job recreating someone that really doesn't get his due in the movies, and odds are this is going to be more appealing to movie buffs than fans of Alien. I dig it.
If you're at all interested in this line of toys, you want an Alien creature - which is available in only two of the sets so far. As such, you'll probably want to buy both of them because this one has a Facehugger and Brett, while the other one has Ripley and Ash. You can't go wrong, is what I'm saying. The price is nice, the form factor is sound, and it's a rare opportunity to effectively collect an entire cast from a genre movie at a pretty low price. Get it if the chance comes up - which is to say, order it online.
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