Here is an interesting bit of news that was pushed through the mail slot at the Retroist Vault this morning. Apparently on the 26th of this month a slew of collectible companies are teaming up to celebrate James Cameron’s 1986 classic Sci-Fi/Action sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece.
April 26th has been chosen as Alien Day by these retailers because of the designation of the planet that the movie takes place on, LV-426. Two of the items that I’m most excited by are the Reebok produced replicas of Ellen Ripley and Bishop’s footwear.
These two items will be available at Reebok.Com and in very select stores worldwide. But that is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can expect as the Press Release also boasts we can look forward to:
ALIEN DIGITAL PINBALL – Fox Digital Entertainment, in partnership with Zen Studios, will launch three digital pinball tables via iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation Network, XBOX Live and Steam.
DC ENTERTAINMENT – Together with Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment will re-release the fan-favorite Batman VS ALIEN comics for the first time in over a decade
FRIGHT RAGS – Horror apparel retailer Fright Rags will release limited edition ALIEN-themed apparel
THE UPPER DECK COMPANY – The leading trading card company will launch ALIENS Anthology Collector Trading Card and the ALIENS “Vs” Trading Card Game system
HOT TOYS – The Hong Kong-based collectible manufacturer is announcing an all-new ALIEN Ripley 1/6th figure
KOTOBUKIYA – The Japanese manufacturer unleashes an assortment of highly detailed collectables this spring including a 1:10 scale Warrior Drone ARTFX+ statue from ALIENS and mini “Big Chap” figurines posed to strike up conversation around your home or office!
INSIGHT EDITIONS – The illustrated pop culture book publisher will release the trade edition of the Weyland-Yutani Report
An all-new ALIEN Internecivus Raptus Statue from Sideshow Collectibles
SUPER 7 – The San Francisco based designer toy and apparel company has developed several toys in honor of the ALIEN DAY: ALIEN Muscle figures on card; ALIEN ReAction carrying case with exclusive ALIEN figure; Nostromo playset Kit Bash kit; Japanese vinyl Queen and ALIENS Glassware
LOOT CRATE – The monthly mystery subscription box for pop culture fans will launch a limited-edition ALIENS 30th Anniversary crate on 4/26 filled with exclusive merchandise, collectibles and more from all core licensee partners.
MEDICOM TOY – Japan-based toy company MEDICOM TOY will release VCD (vinyl super deformed) ALIEN figure and retro style ALIEN figure via Diamond Comics
USAopoly – Launches a pair of classic board games with a thrilling twist: YAHTZEE ALIEN VS PREDATOR and CLUE: ALIEN VS PREDATOR
HOLLYWOOD COLLECTIBLES to release a large-scale model of the Derelict from Alien, molded from an original model that H.R. Giger created for an exhibition in Las Vegas
NECA announces the first ever Lieutenant Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) and Newt (Carrie Henn) figure; as well as the release of a Kenner toy-Inspired Ellen Ripley figure
An ALIENS Queen & Power Loader and Ripley figure set in the tradition of their wildly popular ReAction retro action figure series from Funko LLC
Dark Horse Comics expounds upon Brian Wood and Tristan Jones’ ongoing ALIENS comic book series with exclusive covers for participating retailers and a deluxe 30th anniversary hardcover version of the original ALIENS series from 1986
Titan Books launches the brand-new novel Alien: Invasion (The Rage War book 2) by Tim Lebbon
Available on Audible; a brand new audio drama, Alien: Out of the Shadows – starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner and Batman Begins) in his first audio role, Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter film series) and Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum) is a terrifying fight for survival and an intense struggle between human and artificial intelligence.
Now you might think that with it being deemed Alien Day that it would be nice to be able to see the film on the big screen again, well, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations and partner venues will be showing a double feature with Alien and Aliens. Check the link to see if a theater near you will be hosting an event!
As to those awesome Reebok shoes…I have a feeling you are going to have to be really lucky to snag a pair…I think that for most of us it’s just going to be a case of “Game over man, GAME OVER!”