Some Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E. figure sets have three figures, Set D has two. You get a very large Power Loader with Ripley inside, plus Apone - complete with cigar!
First up is the Power Loader figure. The big hardware is still huge, although one leg seems a little bent on my sample - this seems to be a trend on the bigger figures. Many pieces of plastic were fused together to make a keshi with class. Each claw is open, and the cage is open - just like the movie - so you can see the pilot inside. Ripley comes complete in her alien stompers, with the suit itself having a lot of sculpted detail. You can see all sorts of pistons and cables, giving the mechanized hardware a much more menacing appearance. You can see how this is a foil to the Alien Queen.
The figure inside isn't removable, nor are any of the parts. It's a solid thing.
Smoking is relatively uncommon in movies and in toys, so Apone - with a cigar - is a real surprise. His hat is here, his fists are out, and he has a big mustache. He just plain looks right, capturing the essence - if not the actor's look - in a tiny toy. the pose mimics the original M.U.S.C.L.E. format well, but - as with others - the plastic doesn't seem interested in trying to copy what Mattel did in the 1980s. It's brighter, shinier, and features a little less texture overall. I can't say this is a figure of action but seeing the majority of the Colonial Marines represented in this format is a nice surprise for the collector in all of us.
This is the only set in the line to not include some form of alien, but the Power Loader is a decent substitution. While I would have preferred a vehicle with a removable figure like we got in Masters of the Universe series 3, that's how life goes sometimes. The line also has three versions of Ripley, so I guess it's not like we're hurting for Sigourney Weaver mini-figures.
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