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I’m a big fan of the Alien franchise and a gamer, so when I heard there was going to be a video game, I was really excited.

While I don’t usually play horror games, I have enjoyed Alien: Isolation immensely and it’s become one of my most favorite games that I’ve replayed multiple times. I really wish there was a sequel, since the game is more or less open-ended.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I have awesome friends who buy me cool stuff for my birthday and Christmas. Once I was gifted an Art of Alien: Isolation book, which I reviewed on my blog here. On another such occassion, I was gifted an action figure of Amanda Ripley from the game.

Overview

  • Manufacturer: NECA
  • Height: 7 inches (~ 17.78 cm)
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces (~ 204 g)
  • Material: PVC
  • Items included: motion tracker, flamethrower, backpack
  • Packaging: blister

Blister packaging is often very frustrating when it comes to action figures. If you can cut it open, it will leave sharp edges that can and will cut you as you try to get the action figure and its accessories out.

Sculpting and Paint

The Amanda Riley action figure is very well made on first glance and it has a nice weight to it.

I was pleasantly surprised that a lot of the details like the numerous zippers and ties on her jump suit are actually sculpted and not just painted on. The shoes are sculpted as well.

The paintjob is really precise, there is no bleeding. I also like that they added some weathering to the jumpsuit and the shoes. One of the eyes is a little bit wonky though.

As for her likeness, that’s one thing I’m a little bit iffy about. I’m not sure what it is, but something feels off to me. I’m not sure whether that’s because of the wonky eye or whether it’s the lack of dimension on the face. They could have used paint for her lips at least.

Sculpting and paint rating: 9/10

Joints and Posing

There are 14 points of articulation, some joints feel looser than others.

  • Head – Her head can be rotated 360° left and right, but there’s a limited range of movement up and down.
  • Shoulders – Typical ball joint movement, up/down and forward/back. There’s full range of motion.
  • Elbows – Elbows have a double hinge joint.
  • Wrists – Wrists are a little bit limited, they can only be twisted, can’t be bent, which can be a bit tricky when trying to pose with accessories.
  • Torso – Torso has a limited range of movement, it can be bent a little forward and backward, little bit to the side. It can be twisted but it looks a little bit weird because the jumpsuit has a full length zipper and by twisting the torso, it would be weirdly disconnected.
  • Thighs – A bit stiff at first but that’s to be expected. The lower part of her top is made out of softer plastic, so that her thighs can go up and down. You can make her sit without any major problems and she is stable.
  • Knees – You can twist them around but unfortunately you can’t bend them too much, less than 90 degrees.
  • Ankles – They can twist left and right 360 degrees but have next to none up/down/left/right movement, so her feet are practically always at a 90° angle to the lower leg.

I think a stand would be beneficial as the poses can be limiting without it.

Joints and poseability rating: 8/10

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Accessories

The figure comes with a motion tracker, a flame thrower and a backpack. There is no stand included.

  • Motion tracker – Fits in both hands but is made to be held in her left. Her right hand isn’t closed completely around the handle and the motion tracker can slip out. It doesn’t slip out from her left hand but it’s a bit loose and wobbles around.
  • Flamethrower – The flamethrower comes with a soft plastic strap, though I’d be concerned about the fastening snapping or twisting off from the flamethrower, so handle with care. I like the paintjob and the weathering on the front.
  • Backpack – I have a slight issue with the backpack. The strap isn’t made out of the same soft plastic like for the flamethrower and it’s not easy to put it on her the way it was intended because the hole is not large enough. You have to lift her right arm in the air and then squeeze her head through. I think this would benefit with the softer plastic or even a string. I do like the sculpt and detailed paint on it though.

Accessories rating: 8/10

Other Alien: Isolation Statues & Action Figures

There are two more figures from the same series:

Amanda Ripley Torrens Space Suit Figure

  • Brand: NECA
  • 7″ tall, 11.2 ounces
  • comes with a handgun and a helmet
  • Detailed sculpt, paint is precise and vibrant

Xenomorph Series 6 Action Figure

  • Brand: NECA
  • 10″ tall in full height, 10.6 ounces
  • 16 points of articulation + posable tail
  • Comes with a support stand
  • Highly detailed sculpt, great paintjob
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Conclusion

I think the Amanda Ripley jumpsuit action figure is definitely a must have for any Alien: Isolation fan, and even for fans of the Alien franchise. It has some minor issues as mentioned above but it’s certainly a quality figure.

My overall rating: 8/10

If you have any questions about the figure, let me know!



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