Vintage Kenner Returns in Latest NECA Aliens Series

When you think of diversity, you probably don’t immediately think of the Xenomorphs from 20th Century Fox’s Aliens  franchise; they are a hive mind, after all.  Anyone with more than a passing knowledge of the franchise’s lore, however, knows that the Xeno’s take on certain genetic traits from their hosts, which has led to some imaginative bio-diversity amongst the species in the comic and action figure offshoots… elements the fine folks at NECA have fully embraced in their Aliens line of action figures. Accordingly, NECA has recently shared the final in-package shots for the thirteenth wave of Aliens figures, continuing to pay homage to the Kenner Aliens line of the 1990’s.

This isn’t NECA’s first foray into mining the nostalgia of a previous action figure line. They have reimagined Kenner’s vintage offerings previously with the Terminator and Predator franchises… as well as releasing a Kenner-styled Ripley and Mantis Alien in prior releases… but this series stands out in that it brings an all-new, never-before produced Colonial Marine to Neca’s line-up in Sgt. Apone.

“You secure that $h!+, Hudson.”

The figure is an amazing throwback to the action figures of my childhood, when violent, R-rated movies were turned into children’s properties, and we were all the better for it.

It was a simpler time.

But that’s not all; NECA is also bringing us updated versions of Kenner’s Scorpion Alien and the horrifying Snake Alien, respectively.

“Get over here!’
Wait… wrong Scorpion.
Aaaaaand I just realized I’m missing that Vasquez.
We have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is… you don’t have a tapeworm.

NECA’s official release is as follows:

Series 13 in NECA’s bestselling Aliens line is dedicated to the classic Kenner Expanded Universe Aliens of the early 1990s! Taking inspiration from those designs, our team has transformed these Kenner classics into modern versions with all of today’s detail and articulation.

It includes the long-awaited debut of Space Marine Sgt. Apone as well as the frequently requested Snake Alien and Scorpion Alien.

Space Marine Sgt. Apone stands approximately 7” tall and features an extraordinary bio-mechanical right arm and heavy-duty grenades on his back. The figure is highly articulated and comes with a rifle accessory. Snake Alien feature a 12″ long bendable tail and ball-jointed fingers for attacking its unlucky prey. Scorpion Alien has over 30 points of articulation. Both highly detailed figures measure over 9” tall. The clamshell packaging is an homage to the classic Kenner art, featuring custom illustrations and a color palette reminiscent of the toy shelves of the early ’90s.

Oh, NECA. Please never stop your fleecing of my wallet.

Aliens Series 13 is due to hit retail shelves next month, so start saving those pennies, and stay frosty, soldier.

 

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