Originally a character in 1992 comic series Alien versus Predator, Machiko Noguchi - a female human forced to fight for her survival alongside a clan of Predators against an infestation of Aliens – has now been brought to life in action figure form thanks to Hot Toys.
A member of the Movie Masterpiece series and the initial figure in the company new Hot Angel series, there’s something special about this piece as many fans – not just die-hard Aliens vs. Predator collectors – will appreciate the detail, sculpting, articulation and sheer sexiness of this figure. In fact, there’s little doubt SHE-PREDATOR, MACHIKO could be considered one of the finest 1:6 scale figures of 2008…
Packaged in a similar fashion to previously released Movie Masterpiece figures, the figure comes in a detailed slipcover window box featuring attractive graphics and photography.
Removing the slipcover reveals an impressive diecut window box in which the figure, accessories, parts and pieces remain housed in two form-fitting plastic trays.
The plastic trays ensure the figure reaches fans’ display shelves and keeps each part safe and sound while the box – fulfilling it’s duty – provides eye candy for the potential fan thanks to the detailed tribal graphics and eye-catching colors and photography.
Featuring the impressive sculpting for which Hot Toys is known, this is one figure fans of detail will appreciate. Considering the amount of work that went into making this piece (which can be seen HERE), those who appreciate action figure artwork will want to at least consider adding this figure to their collection.
Depending on who you speak with, the figure’s face sculpt reflects either actress Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman (see comparison photos HERE), neither of whom are unattractive.
The hair, reminiscent of the dreads worn by the Predators, and the clan scar, featured in both the AvP film and comics, are included as are a number of other minute details, including pouty lips, and even sculpted nipples on the breasts.
Likewise, the armor – including chest plate, thigh, tail and groin plates, gauntlets, and knee-high high-heel boots (Machiko is a fashionista, below) – impresses; featuring pitted battle scars and scroll work, the armor and netting cover this warrior woman just enough to keep her presentable.
From her deep maroon lips and shadowed eyes to her metallic battle armor and the red, bone and black necklace around her neck, Machiko comes beautifully colored and features a variety of detail in the color palate similar to the previously released Predators. The silver, gold, brown and black featured throughout the figure allow Machiko to fit into the Predator collection of figures while her flesh skin tones set her apart.
Based on a new female body created specifically for the Hot Angel line, Hot Toys has included an impressive amount of articulation, including a ball-joint neck, pin/pivot wrists, ball/pivot shoulders, cut biceps, double-jointed elbows, pin/swivel knees, a cut/pivot waist, cut thighs, ball/pin hips, and pin/pivot ankles.
While the armor and outfit restricts the shoulder, waist , thigh and knee articulation, a variety of battle poses can be accomplished which allow fans to display Machiko ready for action.
Machiko includes the regular Predator “tools of the trade" - telescoping combi-spear, bio-mask, wrist blades, and shoulder-mounted plasma cannon - as well as a number of unique weapons: an ornate sword and scabbard and an Alien dome shield (below) featuring minute detailing. Likewise, Machiko also includes a number of smaller accessories, including two blue blades and a small utility knife which hang from her waist.
The figure also includes a detailed display base which not only helps the figure stand, but also puts the character into a unique situation as the base features a Predator skull (above).
COST AND OVERALL IMPRESSION:
At $160, Machiko’s not a cheap date. That said, considering she’s a unique addition to the previously released Predator figure Movie Masterpiece series and the launch figure in the new Hot Toys Hot Angel line makes Machiko something of a solid investment. Considering many of the previously released Hot Toys Predator figures sell for twice their original retail price; and we’ll just say there’s little doubt you’ll lose money adding this beauty to your collection.
With a gorgeous face, ornate, detailed armor and accessories, an attractive display base, and impressive articulation, Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece SHE-PREDATOR, MACHIKO makes for a fine addition to any sci-fi fan, female figure fan or AvP fan’s collection.
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