PVT RICCO FROST
“Guess she don’t like the cornbread either…”
I’ve seen Aliens a lot of times. When you watch a movie a lot of times, your perspective on different parts and characters from the from the movie can change with each viewing. Sometimes this is a cool line you missed in an earlier viewing, or a neat little moment of foreshadowing. Maybe you missed a fun little character beat. The thing that I gained from so many repeated viewings of Aliens is an appreciation for Private Ricco Frost.
Now, undoubtedly, I’m sure a lot of readers are thinking “who’s Frost?” He’s easy to miss on a regular viewing. He’s just one of the many Marines not to make it back from that fateful trip to the Alien hive. But, if you pay close enough attention to Frost, you’ll see that he’s easily the most realized of the secondary Marines, especially in the early establishing scenes. He gets a lot of memorable lines, he’s humorous, and he has clearly established friendships with Hicks and Hudson. He even finds himself at the front of many of the shots in which he appears, subtly pushing him as a main character. Frost is, in many ways, the face of the secondary Marines. Then, moments into the hive battle, he becomes the very first named casualty in the film. Bit of a gut-wrench, right? Well, it’s okay, we’ll get through that together, with this here Frost action figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Private Frost is the second of the two Marines in Series 9 of NECA’s Aliens line. The figure stands just over 7 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. Frost is built on the standard Marine body, which we haven’t actually seen since the second series of the line, way back in 2014. It was a really strong sculpt back then, and it still is now. Frost uses the Sgt Windrix variation of the body, which has the sleeves rolled down over the arms. If you want to get technical, Frost should actually have his sleeves rolled up ever so slightly to be truly screen accurate, but that’s the sort of detail pretty much no one but me’s likely to notice. Frost gets a few new pieces to complete his look. The most obvious, of course, is the head, which sports a decent likeness of Ricco Ross. It’s not spot-on (I think it’s a little too thin, myself) but it’s very close. Frost is notably the first Marine to feature a removable helmet, made possible due to his slightly closer cropped hair. The helmet is very nicely textured, with the cloth covering being properly depicted. It sits pretty well on his head, though it pops off from time to time while posing. Mostly, I just appreciate being able to display him both ways. In addition to the new head and helmet, Frost also gets a new web gear sculpt on his armor, which removes the welder and knife attachments and adds extra grenades and a holster for his side arm. Frost’s paintwork is very solid, and what we’ve come to expect from NECA for this line. The basic details are nice and clean, and he even gets all of the appropriate graffiti on his armor. Fun fact: the graphic on his back is not from the film. When working on the figure, NECA reached out to Ricco Ross to place some detail on Frost’s otherwise blank back, and he asked for this graphic to be placed there. It’s a very cool touch, and helps him stand out even more from the rest of the Marines. Frost is packed with a flamethrower (the same one that came with Windrix), a handgun, his shoulder lamp, and, most importantly, the bag of all the other Marines’ ammo, which Apone gives him during the hive scene. The only real piece missing is the pulse rifle, but that’s hardly a rare item in this line, and he comes with plenty of extras as it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Frost here at the same TRU where I got Vasquez. As soon as NECA announced another Marine would be in Series 9, Frost was the one I was hoping we’d see, and his figure definitely does not disappoint. As cool as Vasquez may be, this guy is kind of my personal favorite from this set. Can you believe we live in a world where you can own not one, but two Private Ricco Frost action figures?