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Click to see! 1/12 Scale Die-Cast Powerloader
Exclusive with mutilated Bishop
by Mr. Stinkhead

2007 Toy of the Year

Really? Toy of the year? That's a braaaave statement there Mr. Stinkhead. I say easy. This Powerloader meets every single expectation I had in a toy, plus more. Yes, it's a little pricey, but I think it's more than worth it. Our good friends at YouBuyNow.com have this limited edition version (with mutilated Bishop) and the standard version, that comes with Ripley's guns. They wanted to know what we thought about this toy, and frankly I'm still pumped, even days later. Is it the Toy of the Year? Well prior to this, my favorite figure to come out was LCBH's PITT, however, there is just something so much more fantastic about this set, it's difference is like watching bum fights and filming bum fights.

Click to see!The Price of Freedom
With any collectible, you have to consider the cost. Even with a discount, this figure is $118 from YouBuyNow.com. $100 (plus) is quite a bit over my price threshold. I've spent big amounts on Optimus Prime (20th Anniversary, and the Microman style Hybrid) but been pretty happy with the purchase. Here is something I think we've all wanted pretty badly (a n articulated powerloader) for more than 20 years, so the build up can help the value. But once you really get it in your hands, you can see that is well worth the money. I think if this set had any limitations, then the price would really cut into the enjoyment, however I feel it's fully justified. Plus it's imported, and in case you missed the title, it's die-cast metal. The 9" tall body section is all die-cast. The arms are a solid plastic, but the legs and trunk are die-cast, giving it a terrific weight.

Click to see! Articulation
When considering this toy online, the first question on my mind was the articulation. Every joint that could be articulated, is. The ankles move both front to back and side-to-side. The knees and hips ratchet, the main claws can rotate and go in any direction. You can get any pose from the movie (and more) and get it really in the grips of claw-to-clamp combat with the Alien Queen. No short-cuts were taken. The team that designed this toy, loved it, and you could tell.

Click to see! Detail
I have found a popular trend in American toys is to sacrifice either detail or articulation, in the favor of the other. The overly-articulated are not much to look at, and the overly-detailed are just static chunks of plastic. Not here. It helps that the source design was articulated and machinelike, so that's a bit easier problem to tackle than an ample young lady. Mmmmmm how I'd love to tackle an ample young lady right about now. Anyway, there was a certain level of detail that would have been acceptable, and then there's what we got. There is expert weathering done to the overall look, so even the plastic pieces look metal. It took me about an hour to plug in all of the hoses in the back. There are working pistons all over the damn place. The pistons are everywhere, and they all work. Even the tiny ones on the ankles. Amazing.

Click to see!Play Value
This is where it cinched it. I've gotten some really cool looking sets that just were not meant to be played with. Get the pose, and then set it on the shelf. It was like a Ron Popeil cooker (Set it and forget it!) But this one has so much you have to really fiddle with to see it all work. The grasper clamps are spring loaded to close... so these will grab onto anything you stick in there. Most of the joints are racheted. The Ripley figure (with a strong Asian influence) is superbly articulate. Mainly so that once you strap her into the chair, the figure will match any position you put the power loader in. The knees have ball joints and hinges, there are two joints on the wrists, they thought of everything. Looking at Ripley, she is just about Marvel Legends scale. Maybe a ML Spider-Man would fit right into her seat. They did a great job on the figure, even if the likeness is quite a bit off, but we know why they did it. The bottom line, and this is really why this has my vote for toy of the year, is because you are meant to play with this toy, not just stick it out of reach of others. I wouldn't recommend throwing it down a flight of stairs (or airlock?) but it's built to be posed and re-posed. The ratcheting joints mean it was also intended to be posed and keep a pose, but definately open this up and play with it. You'll see in my pictures I've posed it with the Alien Queen from AVP which is a bit smaller than McFarlane's original Alien Queen (with chest-bursting figure) I should go ahead and track down that one, as the scale will probably match a bit better.

Click to see!Extra goodies
To really top it off, this limited edition set comes with a (solid piece) dismembered Bishop. It's a bit cartoony looking, but the attention to detail on his guts are great. It seems a tiny bit smaller scale than Ripley, but it goes wonderfully with the set. As I mentioned eariler, the other set does not come with Bishop, but does come with Ripley's guns, so you can play with her figure (whoops) outside of the power loader. Either way, this, all of the rubber tubing, and the working pistons, pushed this figure well into the "well worth it" category.

I can't say enough about this toy, it's everything I was looking for in a power loader toy. I wouldn't change a thing. The die-cast metal makes it a high end collectible, the posability makes it a fun plaything. Just like small orphan children, they're fun to play with, and collect.

You can get this set, plus other awesome Alien toys at YouBuyNow.com

Check out all of our collected Alien coverage.

You may debate the Toy of the Year status by nominating your own in our message board

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Article and photographs are ©2007 MillionairePlayboy.com.


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