After many years of waiting, collectors finally have a highly articulated, accurately detailed action figure version of Ellen Ripley, as played by Sigourney Weaver, from Ridley Scott’s Alien, thanks to NECA.
As the first true Ellen Ripley figure offered in the 6-to-7-inch scale and at this quality, the initial rush to judgement of NECA’s Alien Ripley will be the figure’s likeness to Sigourney Weaver. NECA did a fantastic job capturing Weaver’s likeness as Ripley and even translated her awkward ’80s perm to perfection. While the sculpt looks great, I’m not as impressed with the paint applications on the portrait. NECA has been known to use a skin-resembling intrinsic plastic on many of their figures, but with Ripley they went with a more doll-like paint application that reminds me a lot of the portraits on Hasbro’s figures. The paint loses a bit of realism resulting in a more ceramic look, but there’s still no mistaking that this is Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.
NECA’s Alien Ripley comes dressed in her Nostromo jumpsuit, which we see her in for the majority of her on-screen time. NECA did a great job of not only capturing Weaver’s slender frame and silhouette in the jumpsuit, but translating the folds and texture into the sculpt. The jumpsuit’s many pockets, zippers, patches and badges are accounted for with solid paint applications and tampo printing. The jumpsuit sculpt allows the figure to be well-articulated, but not necessarily hyper-articulated. Keeping a clean and seamless aesthetic on the jumpsuit meant some of the articulation points in the upper torso, such as the shoulders and elbows, are a bit limited. While I’d take issue with this in many instances, with Ripley I’m forgiving because the figure can hold the included flame thrower accessory extremely well. In addition, the lower torso has a less-limiting range of articulation that allows you to stand the figure in some more dynamic poses. My figure did suffer from a torn seam in the softer plastic that comprises the jumpsuit around the hips, so you’ll want to be very careful not to extend the legs to extreme positions.
Besides the flame thrower, Ripley includes honorary Nostromo crew-member Jonesy the cat. Jonesy has a pre-posed short hair cat body with a ball-hinged head. The head has a wide range of articulation allowing Jonesy to look around as well as up toward Ripley from the ground. While Jonesy looks great standing by Ripley’s side, it would have been a nice addition to get an extra pair of hands for Ripley that would allow her to hold Jonesy.
Overall, NECA delivered on a character that many of us have waited a long time to get in figure form. NECA nailed the likeness of Sigourney Weaver in the figure’s portrait, did well finding the right balance of aesthetics and articulation and gave us some great accessories with the flame thrower and Jonesy.
NECA’s Alien Series 4 Ellen Ripley figure has started arriving in the U.S. and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.