“Look, this is an emotional moment for all of us, okay? I know that. But, let’s not make snap judgments, please. This is clearly-clearly an important species we’re dealing with and I don’t think that you or I, or anybody, has the right to arbitrarily exterminate them.” Carter Burke, Aliens
A few weeks ago, we had Zach Oat 1 from Diamond Select on the Fanboy Factor podcast. When Zach announced that Diamond was releasing the long awaited Aliens Minimates, I don’t mind admitting here I was pretty excited.
Well, after an almost 2 year gestation period, the Aliens Minimates are hitting toy shelves.
And believe you me, they were worth the wait.
Based off of James Cameron’s sequel, Aliens, the initial wave of Aliens Minimates has them individually packed. This assortment includes Dropship pilot Spunkmeyer, Colonial Marine Wierzbowski, resident corporate jerk, Carter Burke, and three different Xenomorphs. Unfortunately, no Ripley or Hudson this time around. But, keep your fingers crossed for the next wave of figures.
Just like prior Minimates, each figure stands 2 inches tall, features interchangeable parts and has 14 points of articulation. I gotta tell ya, though, the sculptors at Art Asylum put a serious amount of love into these figures. The humans are spot on. It’s funny (and more than a bit creepy) how much Carter looks like actor Paul Reiser. Spot on.
But where does Art Asylum’s work really shine? The Xenomorphs. From the green acid scarring of the “battle damaged” Xenomorph to the ready to bite your face off “tongue” sticking out of the “opened mouth” Xenomorph, they really captured the creepy/scary feeling of the Aliens. Let me put it to you this way, I’m not sure how comfortable I feel leaving these things in my room. You’ve seen the movie Toy Story, right? Little known fact, it’s based on a true story.
I could pontificate all day how much these figures look like the Xenomorphs. And they do. But, one of the best points of these figures? They have extra long tails that move at two different points. Sure, that might not be much of a selling point, but when you’re posing these guys, you’ll thank the artists at Art Asylum for being so thoughtful.
The figures retail at $5.99 and art hitting comic book store shelves now.
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- many thanks to Zach for sending the samples ↩