Life in Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Thermal Alien (NECA Toys)

 

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Well, here we are with another Alien!  I know this review will be uncharacteristically short, but it’s harder to justify so many pictures and commentary for a repaint.  A great repaint, yes, but a repaint.  You saw this exact body with the Grid Alien quite recently, as it’s the AVP design.  But this one has a quirk – it’s painted in Pred-O-Vision!

 

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Just like the Thermal Dutch Schaefer already released, this Alien is olored as if it’s being viewed through Predator heat vision.  Mind you, in this case, that makes it a single color, as they seem to have pretty even heat signatures.

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The cool thing about this toys R Us exclusive isn’t just its bright green paint, it’s the fact that it glows in the dark! Just like Stalker Predator from last week, this alien glows!

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Now, aside from its glorious glowing visage, the questionremains: How is the figure?

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As previously stated, this is a straight repaint. Despite appearances, it has more than one color, but the gradient shades are subtle. It’s actually a rather striking shade of green, and even if the figure did not glow, it would look good.

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The AVP body is somewhat thicker than most Alien bodies, especially in the limbs – it’s got a solid stance, and a heavy tail that it can use to help stand.

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The head is fairly heavy, and sits kind of loosely on the peg – at least with mine, it’s easy to pop off this Xeno’s head, and as a result the neck joint is very visible.

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The lack of any kind of heat-vision diorama makes figures like this kind of an anomaly – Thermal Dutha nd the Thermal Alien have nowhere to stand, as cool as they may look in person. But thankfully, the single color of this alien helps it in this case – instead of being obviously Predator vision, it’s just a glowing Alien.
This figure is a Toys R Us exclusive, and thus is shipped by the casfeul. It seems to be selling well, but is still pretty readily available.

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he lack of any kind of heat-vision diorama makes figures like this kind of an anomaly – Thermal Dutha nd the Thermal Alien have nowhere to stand, as cool as they may look in person. But thankfully, the single color of this alien helps it in this case – instead of being obviously PRedator vision, it’s just a glowing Alien.

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So, what to say overall? This is sort of an odd figure, especially when stacked up next to repaints and concept figures. But it’s visually striking, has a fun gimmick, and gets some use out of the AVP body. You should still be able to find it at Toys R Us, too!

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