She's not perfect, but she's easily the best mass-produced Ripley sculpt out there. I get enough "hey, it's Ripley" neuron activation looking at this sculpt than Hot Toys. Another important factor is how well the character's personality comes through. One of Hot Toys' early prototypes had that great determined/concerned look, but they gave the final product the same dead, doe-eyed expression they gave all of their female figures at the time.
In a nutshell, Prime 1 got close enough technically and managed to get the rest of the way there with the expression. The remaining issue for me is that she looks a little young, maybe a tad idealized, but let's be honest, that's not the worst problem a statue can have.
She was 29 when Alien was released, 36 when Aliens was released...I can see why she looks younger considering the character was in hypersleep directly after Alien, and the events on the colony were weeks / months (?) after she awoke...maybe Ripley just got more wrinkly in her cryotube!
I like the statue, seriously considering getting it if I can wrangle the funds together.
Best way I can articulate how the new pics make me feel: If that's what buyers got, I think it's decent to pretty good. Some angles are way better than others. The size and overall details are nice. But the proto to prod dip is what changes that.