After 34 Years We Are Finally Getting Those Kenner “Alien” Action Figures!

Alien ReAction 1 - Super7
Most of us remember the Alien 18″ figure that Kenner released back in 1979, the poor sales of the toy are what doomed the expansion of the 3.75″ line of action figures. Why? I’m not sure but it could have something to do with the fact the 18″ was a thing of nightmares.

[Via] Fuzzy Memories TV
Can you imagine being the kid that tried to bring that to the playground during recess? The other children are playing Star Wars and you bring out that giant nightmare fueled toy?

After 34 years though we fans of Alien can finally get our hands on the abandoned toy line thanks to the folks at Super7. With the aid of collectors and toy industry employees, Super7 has got their hands on original reference material for the abandoned toy line from 1979 as well as 34-year-old prototypes and with authorization by 20th Century Fox the full series will be released this year with preorders beginning at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Super7 Alien Display

From the Press Release:
“Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.

Preorders will begin at San Diego Comic Con!

Collect all five ReAction Figures –

THE ALIEN (“BIG CHAP”) – w/ removable transparent dome, extendable jaws and glow-in-the-dark head!

RIPLEY – w/ Flame Thrower

ASH – w/ Motion Detector

DALLAS – w/ Flame Thrower

KANE IN NOSTROMO SPACESUIT – w/ removable helmet and transparent visor”
Alien ReAction Ripley - Super7

Alien ReAction 2 - Super7

Alien Catalog - Super7

Make sure to visit the Super7 blog to see even more fantastic photos of the upcoming toys. Now if you will pardon me I’ll need to clear some space on my toy shelf!


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9 thoughts on “After 34 Years We Are Finally Getting Those Kenner “Alien” Action Figures!

  1. hobgoblin238 says:

    You missed something….Super 7 has said if these do well then the other characters of Alien and possibly Aliens will see the light of day.

  2. Hobgoblin238, I think then that is another reason we all need to rush out and pick these puppies up…because don’t you agree that we need some Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, and Yaphet Kotto Yaphet Kotto figures to make the line complete?

  3. Spotted Feather says:

    Most of us remember the 18″ Alien figure ? Really ? Huh. Never heard of it until now. I do have several of the incredible Alien figures from the 90s. Very cool.

  4. I think the 18 incher was one of those things that once you saw it you never forgot it. My cousin had one and I obsessed over it.

    I also think the price point is a bit high. I think 15 would have been a better price (I will still probably try and buy the Alien)

  5. I think the first time I saw the 18″ figure was on the Siskel and Ebert “Sneak Previews” TV show. I cannot quite recall though if it was the review of the Alien movie or if they brought it up another show to comment how odd it was that Kenner had created a nightmare machine toy.

  6. OlderGamer says:

    I don’t remember this, but why were they expecting huge sales? In those days, it was NOT cool for adults or kids over 13 to have action figures plus the deluxe Alien was from an R-rated movie that kids under 13 shouldn’t see (unless they had really cool parents or really irresponsible parents). It would be a couple of years before Alien arrived on HBO (back then, blockbuster titles took forever to show up on cable and home video), so the market of people who had seen Alien in 1979 and would buy an action figure (and an expensive one to boot) would have been severely limited.

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