Thanks to VicSage’s excellent post about Super7’s forthcoming line of Alien action figures based off 1979 prototypes, I knew that this was a booth I wanted to visit at Comic Con. It turns out, I had to make two trips, because crowds prevented me from getting anywhere near it the first time.
Eventually, I was able to chat with Frank Supiot, Director of Licensing for Super7. He told me that his obsession with these figures began in 1995 when Tomart’s Action Figure Digest published some photos of the prototypes. He spent the next several years conducting “toy archaeology” in an attempt to track the originals down. Things began to really take off about four years ago when, after acquiring as many of the prototypes as possible, he began working with 20th Century Fox to obtain the necessary licensing. Their goal was always to maintain as much of the 1979 authenticity as possible – down to the fonts and coloration on the blister cards.
Priced at $20 apiece, these aren’t cheap, but the throngs at the Super7 booth certainly didn’t seem to mind as pre-orders piled in, and several Comic Con exclusives sold out. Given the time and effort that went into bringing these to life, I think the price is fair. Now, I wonder if we’ll see some Prometheus figures come out 34 years from now.