Science Fiction Mystery Minis - Alien & Predator

Funko's Horror Classics Mystery Minis are perfect for Horror Month reviews, but sometimes the Science Fiction Mystery Minis have a little bit of crossover potential.

Alien is about an outer space penis monster who just wants to make friends. It's also the movie that everyone loves to unintentionally slight when they refute "sequels are never good" arguments by citing Aliens. Yes, it's "just" a haunted house movie set in space, according to Roger Ebert (jump to the 22-minute mark), but is that so bad? It takes existing tropes and drops them into a new setting. Harry Potter and The Matrix are both Plato's allegory of the cave, but does that make them identical movies? No!

The original Alien was designed by HR Giger, and was a mess of anatomical details and phallic imagery. The Mystery Minis style is to make things smooth and simplified, suggesting that, in theory, the two would be at loggerheads. In theory. In practice, they've been merged splendidly.

The xenomorph has an adorable squatty stance, and he's bent way over - this allows the figure to suggest the Aliens' excess height while still being small enough to fit in the standard box. Its head is smooth, marking this as being from the first film. It has sculpted ribs around the chest, dorsal tubes, and even the spike between its shoulders. He has the weird six-fingered hands, and although the feet are large, they have ridges on the front coming up from the toenails, plus a spike on the heel. There are subtle ribbed sections on the sides of the head, the forearms, the stomach, the tops of the thighs, and the back of the shins. Plus the sides of the inner jaw, which is sticking out.

The most common Alien Mystery Mini is available in a 1:12 ratio. Unfortunately, it's a "metallic" figure that's all in pewter and looks like crap. The version in this review, painted black and grey, is 1:24 - so it's not much harder to find, but why would you make the good one the variant?

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3 Responses to Science Fiction Mystery Minis - Alien & Predator

  1. Ridureyu says:

    These guys are fantastic - you missed describing the Predator, though.

  2. Wolf says:

    This alien looks a lot better than the POP they did. I agree with you about the Predator -- something is missing that prevents it from being a must-have -- maybe it's the mouth sculpt in tandem with the eye paint?

  3. My Common Sense is Tingling says:

    I'd pay money to see "Taken vs. Predator." Imax money.

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