The Aliens line from NECA has recently released its 9th wave which they promised to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the James Cameron sequel. Included is Private Vasquez (a must buy), Private Frost, and yet another (5th!) repaint of the Warrior Xenomorph. After the series having been around for so long, what could possibly make you want to get yet another Xeno Warrior repaint?
The aptly named “Albino Drone Xenomorph” is exactly the same as every Alien Warrior that has been previously released. The only difference besides the color? It has a long tentacle like tongue instead of an inner mouth. This figure is actually the second concept figure NECA has done for the Aliens line. In the original script, Cameron had the idea of smaller aliens working at the Queen’s inner chambers of the hive. The albino drones would emit a tongue like probe from their jaws that would spit out a substance to help build the hive. They were also in charge of cocooning the human victims and transporting eggs. Now that I think about it, this brings up possible theories that an albino drone was actually responsible for stashing the two eggs on the Sulaco at the beginning of Alien 3. Thus explaining how they got on board instead of bad writing and studio meddling for a dud of a movie. Ultimately, the idea for the albino drone was cut, probably because a white Xeno would look out of place with the dreary atmosphere. In addition it would look way too obvious as man in a rubber suit. There’s a reason why it’s really dark when those action scenes take place.
I sound like a broken record with NECA and its paint jobs at this point, but while the drone is white it also has underlying pink tones all over. This gives it a gross flesh-like appearance instead of a bone-white walking skeleton the ‘79 concept Big Chap evokes. Articulation is exactly the same as previous Xeno Warriors so don’t expect anything new in that department. The proboscis/tongue is removable and has a bendy wire just like its tail so you can do all kind of weird, fun, and disgusting poses with it.
There really isn’t much more to say about this that hasn’t already been said about the previous Alien Warriors. So is this figure worth getting if you aren’t into repaints and already have a Xeno Warrior or two? If you’re looking to expand your hive/army I would say absolutely. If you weren’t a fan of the previous Xenomorph Warriors this one probably won’t move the needle for you unless you really want that tongue.
That sounded way less gross in my head.
David Boyce has a YouTube channel where he infrequently makes bad decisions with food and or music. He also has a podcast called “The Clouded Judgement” Podcast where they look back to see if things in pop culture actually hold up.
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