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Alien gets soft and squishy

Fourth soft vinyl figure debuts
Dec 27
// Soul Tsukino
Super 7 and Secretbase announced the release of the fourth vinyl figure of the Alien Xenomorph on December 23 at 12 (noon) Pacific Time. The figure is cast in glow in the dark vinyl for just that extra bit of Alien goodn...
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NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya drops some bombs at their panel

Mass Effect Bishoujo Tali, among others
Oct 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Andres is on the ground at NYCC (having the time of his life, I'm sure) and was able to get a part of the sweet action at Kotobukiya's panel. Usually at US events, Kotobukiya's emphasis is more on properties that western coll...
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Well, technically Robocop never left this world but there's still time for an "In Space" sequel
Funko has released images of its long-awaited Science Fiction Mystery Minis series. This blind-boxed series features characters from a multitude of science fiction movies (in much the same way that the Horror Mystery Minis se...

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What could be a cooler than a Borg Ice Cube?
In space, nobody can hear you scream about Diamond Select Toys' awesome new items in the latest issue of Previews. The selection includes a Borg Ice Cube make, a Rarity vinyl bank, Godzilla Minimates series 2, Buck Rogers Min...

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Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo's Mega Sofubi Advance

Amazing-est Alien ever?
Jul 28
// Kristina Pino
Did I just completely miss this whole arm of Kaiyodo's corpus? I'm always awed and amazed (sometimes not in the best way) by super-huge toys. In this case, I definitely got a good impression, though. As I turned the corner, I...

Hail to the (Alien) Queen, baby!

Jul 02 // Scarecroodle
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A figure fit for a queen
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the scifi classic Aliens, NECA has announced plans to release a massive Alien Queen in scale with the company's other Xenomorph-themed offerings. She's available for pre-order now. NECA's ...

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Lunartik releases Alien The Nostromo Collection

Another great blind box collection from Matt Jones
Jun 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
Matt Jones is on a roll with creating figures from popular series! First it with was Doctor Who, then Breaking Bad, now it’s Alien. Partnering up with Titan Merchandise again, Lunartik is releasing a collection of 12 f...
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Toy Fair 2014: NECA

Coverage full of Bioshock, Aliens, Predator, and more!
Feb 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
NECA unveiled a lot of new items during NY Toy Fair. We already talked about their new classic Godzilla line, and the new Godzilla figure that must not be seen. So now here we have coverage of the new figures that can be sho...
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Alien Big Chap is being added to the S.H.MonsterArts line

Celebrating Alien's 35th anniversary, Big Chap gets its own figure
Jan 31
// Vanessa Cubillo
It feels like everything lately is celebrating a milestone anniversary. Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon, Kill Bill, Ghostbusters, and now Alien. Tamashii Nations has just announced that to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Alien, t...
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In space nobody can hear you scream about Minimate Aliens

On Tomopop, not all titles fit so commas need to be dropped
Jan 18
// Scarecroodle
A product image of Diamond Select Toys' Aliens Minimates has shown up on io9. We saw some concept art during a panel at SDCC '13 and the figures themselves were on display at NYCC that same year. The first series of 2-packs i...
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Super7 Alien figures

Super7's Alien ReAction figures available for all as set

Pre-orders shipped out, but if you missed out, here's your chance
Dec 18
// Brian Szabelski
Though they went up for pre-order earlier this year, Super7's Alien ReAction figures are finally heading into retail. The figures are shipping out to everyone who pre-ordered them — and they're including a sixth fi...

Tomopop Review: NECA Prometheus David and Deacon

Nov 27 // Vanessa Cubillo
Figure Name: Prometheus Series 2 David and DeaconFigure Maker: NECARetail: US$34.99Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Entertainment Earth NECA packages their figures in clamshells that you can’t possibly open by hand. It's good if you never plan on opening your figures and want them to survive intact. If you do want to open them then you have to cut carefully through the plastic to get the figures out. It's funny, many sites list these figures as a two-pack, but they come as two individually packaged figures. David 8, the android who was kind of evil even though it was never explained, stands at seven inches tall with 20 points of articulations. He comes with an interchangeable head, removable helmet, and specimen case with a flashlight. Portrayed by Michael Fassbender, the figure is sculpted in his likeness. I’ll admit, since I have a huge crush on Michael Fassbender, I was excited to get a figure that looked just like him. When I saw the prototype of the figure’s face, it was incredibly detailed and looked almost exactly like Fassbender. The actual figure’s face is pretty different, and because of that, it doesn’t look so much like him anymore. I know they always say that the actual product will vary from the prototype, so this really isn’t such a surprise, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be disappointed. Also, the more I look at this face I'm starting to see Neil Patrick Harris.  David wears a dark blue space suit just like in the movie, and the suit is quite accurate. It has all the emblems, padding and equipment the real suit had. None of the padding and equipment is removable, so its best to not try and pick at it. I did that to see if it could actually come off and I saw that I was peeling it off. Not a good sign! Still, I think his utility belt is cute with all his little equipment on the back like the flashlight. There's also a long black cord that connects to his pack that you can re-position around David. Where the wire connects to at the top is really rather delicate. When I was trying to put on the helmet I accidentally hit it and then it broke off. Just my luck! I always end up breaking my toys. At first I thought it was ok because I firmly placed it back in and it held, but it keeps popping back out. As mentioned earlier, this figure comes with an interchangeable head and a space helmet. The second head shows David wearing space head gear that has his name on it. I criticized the other head for not resembling Michael Fassbender well, but I actually like this one much better. This head looks so much more like him, so of course I'm happy.  His space helmet is made of plastic and can easily be put on and removed. All you have to do is align the grooves on the helmet with the grooves around his head. To make sure its secure you'll have to push until you hear a click. The hands on this figure are pretty standard. They're not articulated and are both made in the same position. It's alright since David only comes with one hand accessory; the flashlight specimen case. Still, you can only have him hold this in one way so it's pretty uninspired.  I've already talked about the two interchangeable heads, but I haven't addressed how they're changed. NECA chose an interesting approach. The body holds a small blue stick inside the neck that can move around when you touch it. Each interchangeable head is made with a small hole on the bottom that will fit onto that blue stick. So it's like putting a head on a pike. You just have to wiggle it on to get it to place correctly. Once in place it holds great... too great actually. When you want to take it off you have to tug a little harder to get it out. Overall, David 8's quality and many details that stick true to the movie far outweigh the negatives I've found. Any Michael Fassbender is better than no Fassbender at all.  The Deacon only had a brief cameo in Prometheus, but it was still an important part of the movie. Compared to David 8, the Deacon comes with many more accessories. It comes with two Hammerpedes, an Engineer's head with removable helmet, and a clear stand. The way this figure is painted makes it feel very smooth and it has a nice shine to give it that moist look. Aliens, as you know, are always secreting something so they do have a shine to them. Close to seven inches tall, this figure is fully poseable. Also because of its body type, the figure is more flexible and not anywhere near as breakable as David. The Deacon comes with a special feature that I almost missed. I was looking at the packaging and noticed that the Deacon was posed with its tongue shooting out. I looked at my figure and saw its mouth was closed. So I touch the mouth and it drops open. I can open its mouth! The jaw can be extended to an open mouth by pulling it out as far as it can go. The tongue can also be raised a little bit in the air to try and capture that shooting out look. I won't lie though, it's not a smooth transition. You really have to pull to get the mouth open as wide as possible, and it slides back so easily that it can be hard to keep the mouth in the desired position.  As mentioned earlier, the Deacon comes with its own stand. It is possible to stand the figure up without the stand, but you have to position it certain ways. As I found out with this stand, it's not that different standing it on this either. The stand has two clear raised backings that remind me of how a Barbie doll's foot looks. Insert the holes from the stand into the Deacon's feet and you can get it to stand up, but it also only works in certain positions. Since the two backings are close together, if you position the figure in a wild pose the feet will come off the stand.  As said before, this figure comes with two Hammerpedes and an Engineer's head. For those who don't remember, Hammerpedes were those worm-like Alien creatures that the Prometheus team encountered. The two that come with the figure are not identical, but both are bendable. So you can turn them into any sleeking worm position you can think of. The Engineer head comes with their helmet that fits very nice and secure on them. When you remove it, you can see the fine details that make the head look exactly like the Engineer from the movie. NECA always does a good job when they're recreating figures from TV and movies so I'm not surprised. There's even a slight opening in the mouth that I was able to put my nail into. They really didn't skimp on those details! The Deacon is a really good Alien figure from NECA. Without the stand, you can pose this figure in so many positions. It comes with a fun mouth opening feature and cool accessories that stay true to the movie. Prometheus, for all of its unanswered questions and slight confusions, still was a good movie in my opinion. In the very least, it was a movie with a beautiful design and special effects. The figures from NECA show that. For fans of the movie, these figure are great collectible figures.  [Thank you so much to HobbyLink Japan for providing these sample for review!]
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It doesn't matter if you hated the movie, these figures are nice
Released in 2012, Prometheus was one of those movies that had fans down the middle. It definitely generated a lot of buzz, but I can’t say that most of that was a positive. Designed as a prequel to the Alien series, Pr...


Custom Made Monday: Cuddly zombies and bunnies

Wooden toys, cross stitch, and custom plush dolls
Oct 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
Monday already? This weekend was pretty big! New York Comic Con, the release of Pokemon X/Y, and the new season of The Walking Dead premiered. All good things, especially if you're into all three. Now after such an awes...
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Thanks for reminding us about the RoboCop reboot, Square Enix
On the film and comic license side of things, Square Enix brought plenty of Play Arts Kai with them. The Spock and Kirk Star Trek Into Darkness figures were shown off in their painted forms for the first time, and we saw a fe...


Bandai previews S.H.MonsterArts Alien vs Predator figures

Fans can see both of these figures at NYCC
Sep 24
// Vanessa Cubillo
At SDCC we got our first look at the newest franchise that would be coming to Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts line; Alien vs. Predator. Now, we're finally getting a full preview of the first two figures that will be released, Alie...
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PAK Aliens

PAK Aliens show at Tokyo Game Show 2013... in color!

Invading a solar system near you
Sep 20
// Scarecroodle
Cyber Gundam has posted photos of a painted Play Arts  Kai Aliens: Colonial Marines Lurker and Spitter Xenomorph which were on display at Square-Enix's Tokyo Game Show booth. The duo were last seen unpainted at SDCC. Whi...


Aliens, robots, and Simpsons, oh mogwai!
Jul 21
// Scarecroodle
Aliens, cowboys, superheroes, mecha, the undead, monsters, and other such oddities once again found a home at NECA's very eclectic booth. Highlights included a first look at the Simpsons "25 of the Greatest Guest Stars" figur...

SDCC 2013: Super 7

Jul 20 // Vanessa Cubillo
Exclusive designer vinyl toys and ReAction Alien figures
This year, Super 7's booth had many designer vinyl exclusives and Alien merchandise. There were 15 limited edition designer vinyl figures available. The limited exclusives were Crystal Mecha, Kandy Kaiju Foster, Zombie Fight...


SDCC 2013: Square Enix

Star Trek, Aliens, RoboCop, and more greats from PAK
Jul 19
// Vanessa Cubillo
Square Enix's booth had a lot of new surprises this year. At their booth, they had plenty of new and upcoming figures likes PAK DC Variant figures of Wonder Woman, Batman, Batgirl, Green Lantern and The Flash. There were also...
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S.H. MonsterArts AVP

SDCC 2013: S.H. MonsterArts Alien vs. Predator

I've got my money on Predator winning
Jul 18
// Andres Cerrato
One of the bigger surprises of the night was Tamashii Nations' revelation that the western franchise coming to its S.H. MonsterArts line was Alien vs. Predator. The titular creatures will be coming to the line in 2014 with re...
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SDCC13 - PAK Aliens:CM

SDCC 2013: PAK Aliens:CM, Star Trek, & RoboCop

Not sure if you can walk past them
Jul 17
// Andres Cerrato
File this under unexpected, as Square Enix has announced three new license acquisitions. The first of which is the Lurker and Splitter of Aliens: Colonial Marines, the second being Captain Kirk and Lt. Spock from Star Tr...
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SDCC13 - Tamashii Nations

SDCC 2013: The leaks erupt from Tamashii Nations' booth

Well, didn't see that coming
Jul 17
// Andres Cerrato
[Update: Now with the full SHF MMPR lineup] The doors haven't officially opened to San Diego Comic Con just yet, but as you saw from the prototype S.H. Figuarts Sailor Jupiter, that hasn't stopped news from flooding out. The ...
Super 7 is looking to give SDCC attendees a good Aliens experience
In April, Super 7 announced that they would be releasing Aliens action figures that were never released in 1979 as part of their ReAction figure series. Pre-orders for these figures will begin at SDCC, and now Super 7 has ad...


NECA adds series 3 to Prometheus movie toy line

From the Aliens movie franchise, NECA gives Prometheus fans more figures
Jun 11
// Vanessa Cubillo
From the Aliens prequel, Prometheus, comes Series 3 of the Prometheus line by NECA. This series will have figures of the Engineers in their holographic form. Each figure will be over 8 inches tall and designed in high detail...

Super 7 releases lost Alien action figures from 1979

34 years later, Alien figures finally see a release
Apr 22
// Vanessa Cubillo
Super 7 is giving Alien fans something they never would have seen: lost action figures from the original movie that started it all. Prototypes for 3 3/4-inch action figures were developed in 1979, but for some reason th...

Check out this sculpture of an Alien embryo in a jar

The only thing I'd want popping out of my chest
Apr 18
// Vanessa Cubillo
Chinese artist Yanchuan1111 has created this highly detailed sculpture of an Alien embryo. From the Aliens franchise, this little darling seems to have been caught and preserved in a jar. I'm amazed at how realistic thi...

Alien, Ace Ventura, RoboCop, more show up in Pop! Movies

Funko brings in a few classics
Apr 18
// Kristina Pino
The latest slew of upcoming figures by Funko are collected into the Pop! Movies line, and it features Hannibal Lector, Ace Ventura, Alien and Predator, and RoboCop.  Besides Ace Ventura, who will be hitting the shelves o...

WonderCon 2013: Super7

Finally, all that Alien merchandise is revealed!
Mar 30
// Brian Szabelski
So what did Super7 have for WonderCon? Oh nothing besides all that Alien merchandise they were working on. That means both the retro cups and the retro figures based off the unproduced Kenner prototypes were at WonderCon in t...

Super7's March chock full of new items

Fossilla, ZombieFighter and Alien glasses among those making the rounds
Mar 14
// Brian Szabelski
Super7 has itself a busy couple of weeks coming up, with two new releases and a major event they'll be attending. The new releases are colorways, and will be available both in the brick-and-mortar store at 1427 Haight St., Sa...

NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya show display

Something for everyone at the Koto booth
Oct 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So what did Kotobukiya bring with them to New York Comic Con this year? Maybe it would be better to ask what they didn't bring? The Koto booth is packed with an impressive display ranging from US$9.99 Evangelion ice tray...

NYCC 2012: Super7

Can we interest you in some fine Alien glasses?
Oct 12
// Brian Szabelski
Super7's booth at New York Comic Con was much smaller than their San Diego Comic Con set-up, and the one big new item was the reveal of the designs for their Alien collectible glasses. Based on the kinds of glasses you'd...

Custom Lego Xenomorph gets a bit prehistoric

Aug 23
// Emily Smalara
We've seen a lot of Lego custom designs thrown around, but this is definitely one of the more badass and scarier models. Deviantart member Retinence has produced some awesome Lego models before, with a Gyarados from Pokemon e...

SDCC 2012: NECA (part two)

Jul 16
// Kristina Pino
Oh hey, it's more NECA! In case you missed it, be sure you take a look at part one of our coverage of this booth. In this gallery, we're looking at some more Predator (Predator 2 series for October), Engineer, face(body?)-hug...

SDCC 2012: NECA's Booth (part one)

Jul 15
// Kristina Pino
NECA's booth was just chock full of awesome things. Unfortunately (for me), a lot of these things have little to do with each other (except for the repeated instances of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger), so the g...

SDCC 2012: Super7

Jul 13 // Brian Szabelski

As usual, Super7 brought a ton of awesome collectibles to San Diego Comic Con, and this year, there was some unexpected surprises to go with the kaiju. The biggest newsmakers from the Super7 crew were from the new licens...

Tomopop's favorite Alien toys

Jun 08 // Pedro Cortes
Pedro recommends... Alien Chest Burster & Facehugger plushies What better way to celebrate a tense horror thriller than with some replicas? I know, make those replica's about the same size as the originals, fill them with fluffy material and some how make them adorable. That's what's up with the plush Chest Buster and Facehugger. They are just the right size to toss around and freak out your buddies. Through the facehugger at the next person that walks through your door! Recreate the famous from Alien at the dinner table during Thanksgiving! All possible thanks to these little guys. [Order the Facehugger at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | ThinkGeek] [Order the Chest Burster at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | ThinkGeek]   Brian recommends... Alien 'Big Chap' Maquet Brian says: "Of course, if you're talking about top toys and price is no object, you've got the US$799 1/4-scale Big Chap from Sideshow, which is 28 inches tall and sculpted with some incredible detail." I'm speechless. This thing looks glorious. I mean, anything that costs US$800 better damn well look fantastic, but I've got to say this is one of my favorite pieces to come out of Sideshow. Besides the size factor, it perfectly captures how mean this bastard was in Alien. It's tall, it's lanky and it'll probably rip out your throat. The perfect piece to have on your desk! [Order the Big Chap at Sideshow Collectibles]   Natalie recommends... Chest Burster & Facehugger chopsticks Natalie says... "I am sorry to say I have never seen Alien and I probably never will. Anything even remotely related to it toy-wise gives me the heebie-jeebies. If I would have to nominate something based on the ick-factor, though, it would have to be those chestburster and face hugger chopsticks. I don't know about you, but my appetite just disappeared. Perhaps forever." While not technically toys, these chopsticks are creepy and amusing enough to include on this list. Not only that, but they are pretty cheap and you can find them just about anywhere. I'm curious to see if anybody out there has ordered these and used them. If you do, you have a stronger stomach than I. [Order the Chest Burster Chopsticks at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | J-List | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store] [Order the Facehugger Chopsticks at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | J-List | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store]   Kristina recommends... Movie Masterpiece Power Loader with Ripley & Diecast Power Loader with Ripley and Bishop Kristina says... "Another ridiculously expensive item but one I'd love to own if I could muster up the dough is this Movie Masterpiece 1/6-scale Power Loader (with Ripley inside) plastic model. It's pretty much awesome-looking and Ripley is one of the biggest names in badass women in movies."  Once again, we have a some expensive figures. However, you're also getting some pretty great toys that you can get a lot out of. The $835 Movie Masterpiece Power Loader from Hot Toys will probably cost you as much as a month of rent, but you'll be getting a massive (1/6 scaled) mecha with an appropriately-sized Ripley inside. In case you feel like allocating money toward unnecessary things like food and your power bill, Kristina also included a Diecast Power Loader that's only $237. It may be smaller at only 1/12 scale, but it also includes a torn-apart Bishop. Helluva accessory if I say so myself! [Order the Movie Masterpiece Power Loader at Plamoya] [Order the Diecast Power Loader at Plamoya]   Scarecroodle recommends... Horrorclix Alien figurines Scarecroodle says... "It'd probably be worth giving a shout-out to the Horrorclix merch for the franchise, given that even if you've never played (I haven't) they're still relatively low-cost army builders (think Aliens, AvP, etc.) This link features customized ones where the bases are retouched to kill the dials. The other neat thing is that the series had a kinda scaled Alien Queen." I've never played any of the -Clix series of games, but I've spent a fair amount of time looking at the figurines at various comic shops and book stores over the years. I never saw these on shelves, but I can imagine that they'd look pretty awesome when placed on a set up, much like the link that Scarecroodle provided. Hell, I'd imagine that putting them face to face with the various other series that appear in the -Clix line would be pretty sweet too. Imagine Marvel characters facing off against the xenomorphs. Let's see Wolverine get through one of these guys! Needless to say, there are a ton more Alien, Aliens and AvP toys out there. Let us know in the comments about some of your favorites and how you got them!

In the weeks leading up to the release of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, I've been dipping into my past love of the Alien franchise. Whether or not the film is a prequel to the seminal horror franchise is moot; the preview footag...


Some LEGO Aliens bookends while you wait for Prometheus

Jun 05
// Kristina Pino
I'm not all too surprised with seeing some Alien- or Aliens-inspired creations lately since Prometheus is just around the corner. Super Punch spotted this creation of note, some bookends made by Shannon Ocean with LEGO pieces...

Sideshow's Alien Warrior statue invades Planet Pre-order

Feb 04
// Brian Szabelski
Last week, we showed off the teaser for Sideshow Collectibles' Alien Warrior statue. The good news? It's pre-orderable in two versions. Both the regular and exclusive versions are 18 inches tall and feature the beastly Alien ...

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