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 footage has made me remember how much I love the old films, warts and all.
One of the best parts of the Alien films were the awesome toys to come out. Since a lot of us here at Tomopop also are Alien fans, we figured that we should let all of you know some of our favorites. After all, there are so many toys out there and so little time to get them all! So go ahead and hit that jump to see some of our favorite toys involving xenomorphs.
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.
Alien 'Big Chap' Maquet
"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]
Chest Burster & Facehugger chopsticks
"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.
Movie Masterpiece Power Loader with Ripley & Diecast Power Loader with Ripley and Bishop
"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]
Horrorclix Alien figurines
"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!
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