TOY FAIR 2013 COVERAGE !!!
What a welcome return for this license, especially in the hand's of NECA who does the best figures one could ever hope for with all of 20th Century Fox's classic sci-fi licenses (Terminator, Aliens, Predator).
While we've had many, many Alien figures over the years from several companies (Kenner, McFarlane) it's a rare treat when we can get figures of the Marines, especially ones this accurate and detailed. Of course, the hope of every collector is that Hicks and Hudson are just the beginning of the Marines that we'll see for the line, I'd advise to not get your hopes up. Many actors are notorious for not giving away their likeness rights and NECA has already stated that we should be happy to be getting these two Marines and consider any other human characters a "surprise" and not a "given".
Back in the 80's-- which is a pop culture goldmine for many companies today-- movies were made without the idea of merchandising or collectibles, so toy companies had to bring the actors to the table in order to negotiate likeness rights. Of course, that has change completely in modern times, with merchandising being a huge part of almost ever summer blockbuster with the rights to many actor's likenesses already built into their movie contracts.
While my dream is certainly to have as many Marines from the original squad as we can get, more than anything, I'd love a Ripley and Power Loader. At the moment though, that's just a dream.
Series 1-- due in April-- will feature Hudson, Hicks and an Alien Warrior. The warrior is said to have two variations, one with a brownish deco, the other, blue. (See pics below) There will also be two 2-packs, each with a Marine and battle-damaged Alien (See pics). The Hicks and Hudson in these 2-packs will have different head sculpts and different gear (hopefully helmets, too!)