Sunday, 21 April 2013

New old Alien toys

Back in the late 70s sci-fi was all the rage thanks to a small film called Star Wars. Off the back of the Lucas jugganaut was a goldmine of merchandise sales the likes of which Hollywood had never seen before. Toys were, of course, a massive part of this cash cow. When Fox greenlit another sci-fi film the eyes of Kenner's execs clearly changed to dollar shapes and went 'ker-ching!' and they started sculpting 3¾" figures. The trouble was no one told the poor beggars that Alien was going to feature liberal amounts of inter species oral sex, chest-bursting, tail rape and Sigourney Weaver in her pants.

Kenner did famously release the large Alien doll, now a collector's item which fetches hundreds. They canned the 3¾" line but it has lived on in fan culture as one of the most famous 'nearly-made-it' merchandise items (helped by the fact we have photos of the prototypes). Well, the company Super7 have clearly been wining and dining the right folk at Kenner for they are releasing figures from these original prototype molds! They even come complete with retro-backing cards, dodgey likenesses and woefully limited articulation.

The line features all five of the original sculpts. Included is the full grown alien, with removable transparent head dome, extendable jaws and glow-in-the-dark details. Preorders will begin at Comic Con and each figure will be $19.99.

Via The Toy Box

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