Courtesy of Zach Oat of Diamond Select Toys’, What’cha Reading/UMU were sent the “Aliens Minimates” toys to review!
It’s been a little over one month since Alien Day (April 26th) and while fanfare has died down a bit, the Ridley Scott original and James Cameron sequel are still just as relevant and exciting as they were a month ago when screened nationwide. Aliens is a film celebrating its 30th anniversary and while the film released in 1986, it was six years later in 1992 that the Kenner action figures were released. It’s of no surprise that 30 years later, while the Kenner toys have become collectibles, that modern companies like Diamond Select Toys are still producing merchandise based off of the hit films.
Keeping up the great tradition of Aliens merchandise are modern companies like Diamond Select Toys. DST have produced countless collectibles in support of the film series, with less of an emphasis on Alien Resurrection (which I loved). In support of Alien Day 426, Diamond Select Toys sent me some really cool Alien minimates that can currently be found at your local comic shop and even a Toys R Us here and there.
First up is the Aliens Minimates Queen Alien with Warrior Alien and Battle Damaged Bishop. The appeal of Diamond Select Toys’ long running mini-mates series has existed for a long time and their line of mini-figures are just as cool, if not even cooler than Lego. The minimates feature screen accurate or page accurate representations of the given character from film/tv/video game or comic books. The Queen Alien, Warrior Alien, and Battle Damaged Bishop are exceptional and truly capture the design of the film creatures and of the benevolent synthetic.
There’s a real authenticity to the Aliens Minimates assortment and they also come with really cool accessories like a chestburster alien and three eggs.
It’s amazing how much articulation is packed into each figure considering just how small they are. The Aliens Minimates are very impressive as they serve as excellent mini-figures, but as excellent figures in general.
The Queen Alien and Battle Damaged Bishop are really fun especially due to the fact that they represent one of the most shocking yet iconic scenes from the film Aliens. *Spoiler Alert* The Queen Alien rips apart Bishop near the end of the James Cameron film. This leads to…
…the Power Loader with Ellen Ripley! By far the most crowd pleasing and exciting of moments in not just action, horror, and sci-fi, but rather a modern classic that won’t soon be forgotten is the final battle Ripley has with the Alien Queen. Outfitted with the Colonial Marines heavy duty tool – the power loader – Ripley saves the day, protects Newt, and defeats the Alien Queen.
As great as Diamond Select Toys’ minimate of the Power Loader with Ellen Ripley is, it is a little challenging to assemble. There were a few moments that I was hesitant to take apart Ripley, to only reassemble her within the power loader due to a worry that she might break. She didn’t. But I must say to use caution when assembling Ripley and the Power Loader.
The Ellen Ripley in the Power Loader minimate is just too cool and while it makes for great play time, it’s also a solid collectible to add to any Aliens and/or Ellen Ripley collection.
The Aliens Minimates by Diamond Select Toys are really fun and while I’m personally more of a DST’s PVC statue and action figure fan, there’s no denying how great their minimates are. Each figure set is also packed with numerous accessories like multiple alien eggs, some hatched and unhatched, and face huggers. Perfect for Aliens fans!
Universal Monsters Universe/What’cha Reading would like to thank Zach Oat of Diamond Select Toys for providing us with these samples to review. For those interested in purchasing the DST Aliens minimates, they can be found on DST, Toys R’ Us, and at your local comic shop. The Aliens Deluxe Queen and Power Loader Minimates set is also currently available on Entertainment Earth for $24.99
For those interested in winning the samples we were sent, stay tuned to the Universal Monsters Universe Facebook page for more details that will be posted soon.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)