S.H. MonsterArts Alien Big Chap Figure

by Jay Cochran
February 02, 2014
Tamashii Nations is proud to announce the newest figure in the "S.H. MonsterArts" series, which is renowned for incorporating both accurate sculpting and posability. A monster that changed the face of moviemaking in Hollywood: the "original" Alien, also known as "Big Chap!"

The S.H.MonsterArts Big Chap action figure was developed from the ground up to replicate poses from the Alien film. The overall style dictated by the long arms and legs of the actor inside the suit, and the finely detailed sculpting of the suit itself as designed by Geiger, are replicated in the product in exquisite detail. And it goes without saying that the Big Chap's distinctive translucent head carapace is rendered with a separately-molded semi-translucent part, allowing the precision-sculpted skull beneath to show through (as a side note, a real skull is said to have been used for the movie costume).

Posing was designed around the concept of a suit actor portraying the monster on-screen. For this reason, it was designed with a completely different joint system than that of the previously-sold Alien Warrior, which was rendered on-screen with 3D computer graphics.

This faithful attention to design allows the figure to feel like a suit being worn by an actor when displayed. In other words, an Alien figure that looks exactly like the Alien on-screen, that can be posed exactly like the Alien on-screen.

In order to make the figure achieve poses just as seen in the film, we utilized different joints than those for the previously released "Alien Warrior" figure. The neck attachment incorporates a triple-joint, allowing the head to be posed with its distinctive forward tilt. The bottom rear of the head can also be moved in conjunction with head posing. The figure was specially designed so that its components do not interfere with one another during poses. The legs and stomach feature multi-joint construction, allowing you to replicate the Alien's distinctive crunched or squatting poses.

Each joint was custom designed to fit into the figure in such a way that it does not break the overall silhouette of the figure during poses. And the load-bearing thigh joints are molded in die-cast metal for additional stability and strength during poses. Posable toes allow the feet to make fuller contact with the ground, allowing the figure to balance even when replicating delicately coiled poses from the film.
The set also includes a display stand and support rod, allowing you to display the figure even in poses that it couldn't support on its own.

The Big Chap's distinctive offensive weapons are its snarling inner mouth and spiky tail. The S.H.MonsterArts Big Chap pays special attention to these two portions of the figure as well.
The jaw opens just as seen on screen to reveal an extendable inner mouth that is rendered with exquisite detail.

The bone-like tail is built from 18 individually jointed segments for enhanced detail. It can be posed in smooth curves to enhance poses. And its all-important offensive tip is rendered in diecast metal for a realistically sharp and ferocious appearance.

S.H. MonsterArts Alien Big Chap
Retail Price: 5,940yen (incl.tax)
Release Date: May 2014 Japan
Specs : Height 180mm
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