Last time, we looked at more of the Final Faction human releases. This time, we'll look at the three alien figures in this first wave of releases.
The backstory is that a lunar impact has exposed an alien ship buried on the moon, and now the alien Kharn want Earth's resources to build more weapons, armor, and Synthoids (their equivalent of big robots).
Lowest in intelligence are the Kharn Brutes, which come with separate guns. These figures stand about 4.5" tall, with moveable arms, legs, and head. The wide feet make them stable when standing. There is one attachment point on the back (for optional parts), and two gripping hands.
According to the background, Brutes are slow and clumsy, have tough armor, and need to be controlled by a commander. In the official video, they talk in broken English about smashing things.
Drones are the basic grunts in the Kharn forces, dumb but not as dumb as the Brutes. The figure is about 3.5" tall, with moveable arms and legs, twisting head, and two gripping hands. The wide feet provide stability. Comes with separate gun, and attachment points on the arms and back.
Both Brutes and Drones are molded in gray with silver highlights. The official video shows a more complicated coloring, which gamers might want to try.
Toughest of all are the Synthoids, which are said to be equivalent to the human A.C.R.M. mechs (except that Synthoids have autonomous AI). They are strong and fast, but low in agility, stamina and durability. In the official video, the 'mouth' creates some kind of vortex or wave.
The Synthoid comes with no optional parts. The upper body has a gap where the left arm is inserted, which gets larger if you try to move the arm. Both arms have a tendency to fall off. There are two attachment points on the back.
The concept seems to be that the Kharn attack as a horde; in the official video, one of the heroes says her score is 23 aliens. For a game, that would probably mean wave attacks (i.e., when an alien dies, it regenerates at the edge of the table) or multiple scenarios (humans finish one scenario, move on to next table full of aliens, etc.).
Shown in the official video but not available in this wave of releases are the mining machine, characters (general and queen), or the alien-disguised-as-human.
These figures seem to be popular – they've already vanished in some of the local stores. There are also several packs of optional parts, which I've never seen in the stores yet. The figures can also be ordered in quantity online.