Simply put, the NECA Aliens: Helmeted Corporal Hicks Vs Battle-Damaged Xenomorph Warrior figurines are stunning.
Let’s start with the Xenomorph. Ironically, this Alien is mind blowing, literally and figuratively. The amount of detail put into this sculpt is simply astounding. It is one towering figure that really makes you feel the threat that this creature poses. However, this Alien has come off second best in the battle against Hicks. The Xenomorph has an acid filled splitting headache. You can see its tongue flailing amongst the acid blood as the top of its head is blasted off. The top of its head is also sculpted accurately, in order to show the extent of the damage Hicks has caused. It is worth noting that this makes for a rather delicate piece, so you may not want to fiddle with it.
The blue shades used in the paint applications on the Xenomorph really make it seem more alien and as though it is a creature of the shadows. It also creates a strong contrast between its body and the blood. The Alien also has another spot of blood, where it would seem that a round has penetrated its exoskeleton. The tail on this Xenomorph Warrior is also fully versatile, thanks to a wire insertion which allows the sculpt to perform various poses.
Hicks’ sculpt is even more amazing. No detail has been left out and every armour decal is present. The sculpt resembles the character well enough to be passible. However, depending on how you look at it, his eyebrows may not be striking the exact message he may have wanted to get across. Many people will be wondering if the helmet is removable. Unfortunately it is not.
The body armour on this figure is made of a soft rubber that oozes that new toy smell and the accuracy is really jaw dropping. It is filled with straps, weaponry and tech. Most of these are present as accessories in the 2-pack. Everything with Corporal Hicks looks spot on, from his size and his boot design to his tattoo and hairy arms. I also like the fact that the hair on his arm has been moulded into the forearms of the sculpt, preventing hair loss due to cheap paint application. That said, the paint applications on this figure are far from being cheap. NECA has not held back on this figurine.
Both figures feature over 30 points of articulation. The Xenomorph has a ball joint head that is somewhat limited due to the sculpt. It also has pin socket shoulders (even though they look like ball joints, they do not move as easily), upper bicep swivel, double jointed elbows that are able to swivel, swivel hinged wrists, torso ball joints, pin socket legs, swivel at the top of the thigh, double jointed knees, ball joint ankles, pivot toes and the wire tail.
Hicks is also boasting a wide range of articulation; ball jointed head, pin socket shoulders, upper bicep swivel, double jointed elbows (that are able to swivel), swivel hinged wrists, mid torso ball joint (that is difficult to move due to the gear), pin socket legs, swivel at the top of the thigh, double jointed knees, ball joint ankles and pivot toes.
While the Alien comes with no accessories (although a non-battle damaged head would have been nice), Hicks comes with various weapons such as a pulse rifle, shotgun, motion detector, shoulder lamp and a welding torch.
The NECA Aliens figures are packaged in one rather secure clamshell. The back of the packaging has a film synopsis and an epic standoff picture. Whilst the side of the packaging features a gallery of posed figurines, some background art has also been included for your own re-enactment pleasure.
I think that this NECA Aliens set is a must have for fans of this franchise. They truly are value for money and will make one heck of an addition to your collection.