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Alien 35th Anniversary

Toa Quarax February 22, 2014 User blog:Toa Quarax

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Here's some of the stuff being done for the 35th anniversary of Alien (released in 1979).

Press release

35 years later, fans are still “screaming” in space as Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products celebrates the 35th anniversary of the groundbreaking film ALIEN, one of the most enduring sci-fi horror franchises of all time, with multiple iconic partners for exclusive branded merchandise available worldwide.

National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, in association with Fox Consumer Products, announces today the first-ever action figures of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley that feature the likeness of actress Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for ALIENS in 1987. The officially licensed Ripley action figures from NECA will span multiple movies within the ALIEN saga: Initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie ALIENS, directed by James Cameron.

“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, we are thrilled to introduce an array of commemorative products across different categories in partnership with iconic brands including NECA, SEGA, and many more,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products. “In addition to the highly anticipated release of Alien: Isolation™, hardcore fans can finally add Lieutenant Ellen Ripley to their ALIEN collections as we welcome her NECA figures into the family of officially-licensed merchandise. Many other exciting first-time and limited edition products will also release to celebrate this exciting milestone this year.”

Prominent partners participating in the ALIEN global anniversary campaign include:

  • Bandai - Bandai’s premium collectors label “Tamashii Nations” will release super-articulated S.H.MonsterArts figures featuring diecast material. S.H.MonsterArts ALIEN Big Chap will be available May 2014.
  • Dark Horse Comics – A new comics program will debut later this year which includes Alien, Prometheus, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator.
  • Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles – New collectibles including MiniMates block figures, vinyl banks, bottle openers, and a reproduction of the original 18-inch Alien figure, available this summer/fall.
  • Insight Editions will produce a highly-illustrated and a detailed guidebook to the Alien creature.
  • NECA - Figures, board games, bobbleheads, plushes, and toys will hit major retail stores beginning in March 2014. Prototypes of the Ripley figures will debut later this summer at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • SEGA – The highly anticipated first-person survival horror game Alien: Isolation will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in late 2014.
  • Sideshow Collectibles – High end, limited edition Alien franchise products, including an immense bust of the Big Chap Alien design, available for pre-order in April 2014! Check out SideshowCollectibles.com for Alien Franchise products, and more!
  • Super7 x Funko – Glasses and retro ReAction Figures currently available online.
  • Titan Books will release all-new canon fiction novels based on the film franchise, followed by a 35th anniversary retrospective called “ALIEN: Archives,” which will be the most comprehensive book ever created about the ALIEN franchise with new exclusive interviews with Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver and content that has never been released.
  • Other partners include Hollywood Collectibles for highly-detailed prop replicas, Upper Deck for an all-new collectible card game, Hallmark for ornaments, Square Enix for Aliens: Colonial Marines Play Arts KAI action figures, Titan Merchandise for stylized mini vinyl figurines, Rizzoli for wall calendars, and Rubie’s Costume Company for amazingly detailed Halloween costumes in addition to even more partners with apparel and additional collectible merchandise to be released throughout the year.

Figures

NECA is releasing figures based on characters in Alien, which are packaged in 35th anniversary packaging. They will also be releasing figures based on characters in Aliens and, for the first time, Alien3. Alien releases include a remake of the Alien figure, Kane, Dallas and Ripley. Super7 also recently released the five Alien ReAction figures. Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles will be releasing MiniMates block figures and a 24-inch reproduction of the original 18-inch Alien figure, available this summer/fall. Bandai’s premium collectors label "Tamashii Nations" will release super-articulated S.H. MonsterArts figures featuring diecast material. The S.H. MonsterArts Big Chap figure will be available May 2014. Square Enix will also release Lurker and Spitter Aliens: Colonial Marines figures. Finally, Titan Merchandise will be releasing stylized mini vinyl figurines.

Games

Alien: Isolation, which draws inspiration mostly from Alien, will be released late in the year. There's also Prodos' AVP miniatures game, which will be released in summer, Upper Deck's Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and the slot machine game thing.

Books

A new retrospective book published by Titan Books and written by Mark Salisbury titled "Alien: The Archive" will be released. Not much is known except what was included in the press release: "Titan Books will release all-new canon fiction novels based on the film franchise, followed by a 35th anniversary retrospective called “ALIEN: Archives,” which will be the most comprehensive book ever created about the ALIEN franchise with new exclusive interviews with Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver and content that has never been released." Titan Books is also publishing a trilogy of Alien books; Alien: Out of the Shadows, Alien: Sea of Sorrows and Alien: River of Pain. Alan Dean Foster's novelizations of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 will also be rereleased.

Insight Editions will produce a highly-illustrated and a detailed guidebook to the Alien creature: Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report.

Comics

Dark Horse will be releasing Alien, Predator, AVP and Prometheus comics later this year.

Other stuff

Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing high end, limited edition Alien franchise products, including an immense bust of Big Chap, available for pre-order in April 2014, Hollywood Collectibles will be producing highly-detailed prop replicas, Hallmark will be releasing at least one ornament, Rizzoli for wall calendars (not sure if the Quadrilgoy 2015 calendar is theirs), NECA will also be releasing board games, bobbleheads, plushes, and toys in March, Super7 has released Alien glasses, Diamond Select will be releasing vinyl banks and bottle openers, Rubie's will be making "amazingly detailed Halloween costumes" and the press release talks about "even more partners with apparel and additional collectible merchandise to be released throughout the year."

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