The newest assortment of NECA’s Cinemachines is now available in stores and online. Their line of diecast metal vehicles continues with new releases based on the Alien and Predator franchises. For the second wave, NECA brings fans the Narcissus from Alien, the Scout Ship from Predator and the Lost Tribe Ship from Predator 2. Each ship is constructed using a mix of diecast and plastic parts, with all three including a flight stand.
We picked up the Cinemachines from Toyark sponsor Entertainment Earth. We have over 110 high resolution photos and a review for you to check out. Read on for the gallery.
NECA Cinemachines Series 2
- Excellent sculpts
- Great paint application
- Lots of fine details
- Flight stands included
- Narcissus peg hole seems a little small
The packaging for the new series of Cinemachines is very similar to the designs used for the first series. They come in collector friendly window boxes, modeled after classic scaled diecast vehicle packaging. the windows are large enough to see the full vehicle in the boxes. the back of the packaging adds further details about the ship. Each sits on a plastic tray and includes the flight stands in a plastic bag. Outside of the stands, no assembly is required.
Alien – Narcissus
This is based on the iconic escape ship used by Ripley to flee the Nostromo in the original Alien film. This vehicle measures about 6″ in length. It features a stark black and white paint scheme, with additional colors, such as the blue thrusters and silver exposed panels. There is a fine paint wash over it to give the ship a very used, slightly dirty look. Of the three, this is the lightest in weight.
The only issue I had was the peg hole for the stand seemed a little too tight. The peg, when removed, had noticeable scratches and took some extra care to attach and remove. The intricate detail work on the small panels, exposed wiring and great use of paint really come together nicely here. I felt like this one looked like an actual replica from the film. The small sculpted details throughout are stellar and realistic, even up close. The Narcissus wound up being my personal favorite of the three as.
Predator – Scout Ship
The short range ship from the Predator franchise, used to drop Yautja off on planets to begin a hunt, is represented well here. The ship has a wonderful pearl-like paint application to the main hull of the ship. It gives it an almost iridescent look which is balanced well against the bronze colored supplemental paints.There appears to be a good amount of diecast here, as this was a fairly heavy piece. The fin on the bottom makes the included flight stand an invaluable addition.
Paint washes are used a bit more sparingly here, as the ship is presented in near pristine condition. There is a nice scorch mark to the one side, and a lightly applied wash to the underside. The bronze painted areas feature metallic paint flecks. It represents the film version very well. Unlike the other two ships, however, the original ships design here is more sleek, with only a few spots allowing for finer details to show through.
Predator 2 – Lost Tribe Ship
In Predator 2, we got a look at a wildly different ship. The Lost Tribe Ship features a very organic design, combining futuristic tech with ridged fins, and serpent like scales. It’s a design that appears to be from a vastly different group compared to the scout ship. This vehicle is the smallest of the 3 in the wave, but is still fairly heavy. It has a dark, metallic paint scheme, with fine silver and bronze detail paints. The texture is much more rough than the other two, with the ship looking like it’s seen a lot of action. the brushed metal style paint washes add to that look.
The inclusion of the Lost Tribe Ship was exciting and risky at the same time. In the film, only part of the ship is glimpsed from the back. NECA had to essentially finish the design themselves, pulling from every piece of Predator art, screens and more. Everything here, thankfully, feels very cohesive. The ship, front to back, fits in with the Predator series aesthetic.
The second wave of Cinemachines is a solid addition to the growing line. I think the first wave may feature more iconic overall designs, but it’s hard to go wrong with nearly any ship from the Aliens and Predator franchises. With Aliens and Predators being NECA’s two most popular licenses, these are going to be nice additions to fans of those lines. Check out a few of my select photos below, with over 110 total photos in the full gallery.