McFarlane Toys Corporal Hicks
Written By: Monkey Boy
When McFarlane got the license to produce Alien and Predator figures back in Movie Maniacs 5, I was among those who needed to change their pants. I've been a fan of the Alien and Predator genre for a very, very long time, loving the designs of the creatures, and in the case of the films ALIENS and Predator, the human designs. I've collected almost every Alien and Predator piece McFarlane has produced, mainly excluding the 12" Alien and anything labeled a "stealth" variant.
So finally for Movie Maniacs 7, as everyone knows, McFarlane unveiled their first human figure for the series in the form of Colonial Marine Corporal Duane Hicks
, as portrayed in the film ALIENS by longtime James Cameron collaborator Michael Biehn. This figure was controversial for so many reasons it's not even worth getting into it here.
The Collector's Club Exclusive Hicks is the first exclusive I've purchased from McFarlane. Sans shipping, it cost $10. In total it cost me $17.87. Considering that retail hicks cost me $13, that's not too bad, especially since he's now sold out. In McFarlane terms, a sold out exclusive is not something you're likely to see again.
Even though McFarlane touted the exclusive version as "radically different", his sculpt is over 90% identical to retail Hicks. There are a few main differences in the figure itself. The most obvious is the addition of a (non-removable) helmet. It's fairly accurate, has a nifty
clear eyepiece, and helps to take attention away from the wonky face sculpt, which appears to be the same as the retail (helmetless) version. There's also a pretty cool little chin strap that wasn't very prevalent in the pics on the spawn website. another difference is the addition of a
shotgun holster on exclusive hicks's back. It looks a tad oversized, although I'd have to check the source material to be absolutely positive. It fits the shotgun nicely, but it's a bit fragile and the flap on top was torn a bit right out of the package. The final difference I can find
is that the "heart" painted on hicks's chest armor is brighter and more vibrant in the exclusive version than in the retail version. What does all this mean? Well, basically that most of the shortcomings of the retail hicks are still present. This means that the headsculpt/expression is still weird, albeit somewhat obscured like I mentioned. I've come to the conclusion that is IS Michael Biehn, if he was sculpted saying "Ah-WHA?!"...It's the paint that bothers me on him.
Movie Maniacs 7: Corporal Hicks
Collector's Club Exclusive: Corporal Hicks
Another complaint that still remains is the overbulked, awkward arms. If you see film stills, biehn's arms ARE very buff, but the articulation on the figure makes them look weirdly attached to the body. I think another problem lies in the paint here, too. Then there's the stance. A big,
wide, moronic stance! Other details on the figure are pretty much nice and accurate. All the costume details look really neat, like the light on his shoulder and all the little mechanical doodads on his chest and stomach armor.
Paint: I think this is really where most of the problems with both Hicks are and I think it's largely the skin tone and the hair. Basically, Hicks's hair is painted too dark and his skin is painted too light. Biehn was pretty tanned in the film, and his skin was ALWAYS sweaty and dirty. This figure is too CLEAN. It just doesn't fit! Having said that, the camo paint on the armor and clothing looks good. The heart on his chest looks a little weird, but everything is clean and detailed.
Articulation is hardly worth mentioning in a McFarlane figure, but we get a little bit more than we're used to with Hicks. Basically it's the same as Retail Hicks, with ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, cut right bicep, cut wrists, cut waist, and cut shins. One thing to note
about Exclusive Hicks is that his head has a bit less freedom of movement, at least on mine.
Accessories: Here's where this figure becomes worth it to me, and where it really kicks retail Hicks's butt something fierce. The first thing to mention is that in the original Hicks debacle, Retail Hicks was supposed to come with his shotgun and be available in both helmetless and helmeted versions. He was also supposed to have his motion tracker. These were all scrapped when retail hicks was released, and he ended up coming with his pulse rifle, a base, a tiny survival knife that fits in a sheath on his chest, and a teeeeeny tiny motion tracker that I first thought was a footpeg for the base. for those who don't know yet, even though it's been beaten into the ground, this tiny tracker/locator was used to track the bracelet which Hicks gave to Ripley who in turn gave it to Newt. This bracelet is present in the figure, as it initially was in the beginning of the film, on Hicks's left arm.
It's worth mentioning that after Retail Hicks was released, McFarlane Toys did two things in response to fan furor over the Retail Hicks: #1, they offered the shotgun through a mail-away offer for free. As of this writing, no one has yet received their mail-away shotgun, and Jon Goff; McFarlane Toys Staff Member
has stated that they were waiting to produce the exclusive Hicks's shotguns before they sent out the mail-order guns so they could all be made at the same time. #2, mid-way through the production run, McFarlane Toys decided to include the motion tracker with Retail Hicks. Unfortunately, this was AFTER I had bought mine.
So the difference in accessories between the two Hicks's will depend on which retail version you have. In any event, CC Exclusive Hicks includes the highly sought after shotgun, a face hugger to hang off the barrel of the gun (to re-create a scene from ALIENS), an open alien egg piece of a base that fits like a puzzle piece next to the original hicks base (also included), the motion tracker, the tiny locator, and the little knife. It's worth noting that this is a NEW SCULPT face hugger, designed to hang off the barrel of the gun, and it also has some extra sculpted goop on it.
The exclusive edition of hicks does NOT come with the pulse rifle, even though it was shown in initial pictures of the exclusive hicks prototype.
If you get both hicks figures, then what you end up with is one fairly decent version of hicks. The ideal version would be a hicks with two interchangable heads, and all the accessories of Exclusive Hicks plus the pulse rifle of Retail Hicks. Even with the weird arms, face and stance, both versions are probably still the best space marine figures we've received, and in the end I'm just happy to have someone besides predators to fight with my aliens.
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