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Some Aliens Have Complex Motives, But I See Right Through This One

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NECA

NECA has made, or is in the process of making, just about every xenomorph that has ever appeared onscreen, plus a few that have only appeared in comics. So what’s left? The original concept Alien! Before it was black – like pretty much everything H.R. Giger ever draws – the idea was to have the monster be translucent, with the silhouette of the actor inside visible as if it were the skeleton. In the end, it wasn’t possible to make the costume strong enough to hold up to wear and tear, so they darkened it. Probably for the better, as the figure above looks very cool, but the darker classic is scarier.

Giger would eventually get his translucent monster in Species, once CGI negated having to find a real material to make the thing out of. And while I love Sil, the Big Chap is more intimidating in the end. Also, McFarlane Toys never managed to make the Species action figure truly translucent like this.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist