Review: ALIEN Xenomorph Figurine from Eaglemoss’ The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection
It’s Alien Day and in support of that, Eaglemoss Hero Collector have sent us one of the figurines from their highly detailed The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection to review. Luckily for us and most apt for the day the first figurine in their collection is the Giger inspired Xenomorph from the original ALIEN film.
While this figurine was provided without cost for the purpose of review, it should be stated all of the opinion and sentiment expressed in this review are that of my own. It should also be stated that I am a massive fan of the Alien franchise and of H.R. Giger’s art.
Eaglemoss’ Hero Collector series specialize in detailed collectibles from your favourite pop culture franchises. Past collections have seen characters from The Walking Dead, DC, Marvel, Game of Thrones and more all immortalized in one way or another as figurine or graphic novel collections.
The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection focuses on my favourite sci-fi monsters from across the entire Alien and Predator universe. Upcoming figures include Scar from AvP, the Dog Alien from Alien 3, the Deacon from Prometheus and many more. The collection promises to also include characters and monsters from the greater canon including those from the Dark Horse comics.
To kick this review off, here’s a full length shot of ALIEN Xenomorph figurine we we’re sent. This is also the very first figurine you’d receive from The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection should you sign up.
First of all it should be noted that the figurine was packaged in a window box perfect for display, the packaging also featured information and a description about the Xenomorph.
Also of note is that the Xenomorph figurine has a scale of 1:16, roughly 14cm high, as do all of the figurines from the greater collection.
On a whole this is a good looking Xenomorph figure, it accurately depicts the iconic creature of the original ALIEN film. Even the static lurching pose is iconic of the original film and while I’d prefer a more dynamic pose it certainly emanates the creature from ALIEN which was played by a man in a suit after all.
The overall colouration is good albeit basic, it’s a really dark brown that could almost be black. Most of the details have been picked out with simple dry-brushing but the teeth and claws have been dry-brushed with silver for a distinct look. The creature’s dome has also been slightly glossed and is subtly striped as you can see in the close-up image below.
You’ll notice that the dry-brushing in the above photo is messy in places and this holds true in several places across the figurine.
A lot of the detail on the figurine is shallow in depth, most notably around the mouth and jaw area. I imagine this was to avoid difficult undercuts in the moulding and casting process of the figurine but it does detract from the overall quality of the product.
On the plus side the subtle striping on the Xenormorph’s dome (which you can also see quite well in the below picture) is well done and adds much needed visual detail.
The back of the Xenomorph figurine is of course well detailed with all of the spines and tubing you’d expect to see from a Xenomorph.
However the back of the figurine also suffers from a fair amount of flashing and mould lines and this is most noticeable on the rib cage and back tubes in the image above.
One of the highlights of The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection are the little nods to the films these figurines are inspired by. In the case of this Xenomorph figure it’s the baseball cap on the base which features the crew logo of the USCSS Nostromo, as in the spaceship from the ALIEN film.
In terms of basing the entire range of figurines all have hexagonal bases which I personally feel adds a small amount of exoticism you just wouldn’t find with regular circle or square bases.
As you can see above, the Xenomorph is standing on a metal grate similar to the utilitarian flooring found throughout the USCSS Nostromo. Along with the crew cap the base is also detailed with some draped cloth, however the draped cloth looks terrible. It’s simple paint job and lack of detail makes it looks more like a pile of skin than it does a pile of cloth.
One thing I really want to point out before wrapping up is that while these figurines look great they are by no means high quality, as always in life you get what you pay for.
What is painfully obvious in the above image is that these figurines are painted quickly by people with little care for the product. Just look at that incredibly hap hazard dry-drushing on the Xenomorph’s hip and when viewed up close and in person it’s a mess. Luckily, these figurines look better from a far and since they’ll likely be displayed on a shelf the meek paint job becomes less of a problem.
You’ll also note that there are considerable amounts of flashing and visible mould lines left of the figurine after casting. These are easy to remove with a file and I know this to be true because I’ve built a fair amount of model kits over the years but apparently that same sentiment doesn’t apply to this mass produced item.
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Overall these are suitable run of the mill figurines for fans of the Alien & Predator franchises. This particular Xenomorph looks exactly like it should and while it’s in no means a high quality collectible, it is a unique and very affordable collectible for the mass market.
In the end this particular figure is a solid 2.5/5, I like it but only because I’m a whore for ALIEN / Xenomorph merchandise. If more care had been taken with the painting and mould lines of the figurine I’d have certainly scored it better as at it’s core this figure has a solid sculpt and a great concept.
These will no doubt look great as a complete collection on your shelf and a subscription to the collection may prove to be an advantageous gift for that ALIEN obsessed person in your life.
The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection works on a monthly subscription basis and each month you will receive two figurines from the collection for just £17.99 plus £3.99 postage per month. However the first month is somewhat different, in that you will receive only the Xenomorph figure from this review for just £9.99 with no postage costs.
There are also free gifts available for people who subscribe continuously with the collection including an exclusive Egg and Facehugger figurine that will be sent out to subscribers with their 10th shipment.
The Alien & Predator Figurine Collection is available worldwide and in local currencies, for our readers from the USA you can find out more information and sign up for a subscription here.