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It’s 4/26…So Happy Alien Day 2018!

Much like Star Wars Day, 20th Century Fox realized there are many fans of the Alien franchise. Which is of course why for third year, Alien Day is making a return. So what can you expect from the festivities for Alien Day 2018? It turns out some pretty fun stuff as a matter of fact. Best of all, for Alien Day 2018 you won’t actually have to go toe to toe with any Xenomorphs…unless you want to of course.

Naturally the reason April 26th has been chosen for all Alien Days is simple. You will recall that in the 1979 masterpiece, the crew of the Nostromo land upon LV-426. You might remember that this first encounter with a Xenomorph doesn’t go favorably for the crew members.
Alien Day 2018 - Give Me A Hug

I think we might as well start with Alien: Descent for this Alien Day 2018 coverage. Descent is a brand new free-roaming VR experience at The Outlets at Orange, located in 20 City Blvd W, Orange, California. What is it you might ask?
“Join an elite squad of Colonial Marines sent to investigate a distress signal from a Weyland-Yutani mining outpost. Just before losing contact, the facility reported some sort of infestation. It’s up to you and your squad to contain the threat, quarantine any survivors and get everyone off-world safely.”
Alien Day 2018 - Alien Descent

You can book Alien: Descent for your group of four by clicking on the link here.

The esteemed Mondo has some choice offerings this year. First up is a limited edition Alien inspired movie poster by Pascal Blanche.
Alien Day 2018 - Mondo - Pascal Blanche

Who on the official Mondo site had this to say about appreciation for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film.
“ALIEN is my favorite Horror and hard science space movie. I’ve watched it countless times whether it was for the music or going back to this uncanny sequence on LV426. The slow rhythm of the landing, the expedition, the alien ship reveal … everything in there has hooked me for years and is still a big influence on my work. I am honored and privileged to pay tribute to this classic movie with my poster.”

They are also offering a new T-Shirt which features artwork by Martin Ansin. The subject matter? Why none other than Jonesy, the feline companion to the crew of the Nostromo. As well as depending on how you look at it, the reason most of them didn’t make it out alive!
Alien Day 2018 - Jonesy

20th Century Fox is also joining in on the celebration. Apparently earlier in the month they were offering sweet deals on digital versions of the Alien film franchise. It began on the 21st, with a new movie each day, so for today only you can grab Alien: Covenant for $4.99, by using the Movie of the Day app.

[Via] 20th Century Fox

That is not all the ways you can celebrate Alien Day 2018:
“Gamers can win Alien franchise movies on Blu-ray and other fantastic prizes by competing in Zen Studios’ Aliens Pinball FX3 tournament! Everyone who plays the Aliens table on Five-Minute Mode between April 26 and May 3 is eligible, with the best prizes going to those who top the leaderboards. Players can download Pinball FX3 for free on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 or Steam. The Aliens table is part of a three-pack known as Aliens vs. Pinball, which also includes tables based on Alien vs. Predator and Alien: Isolation.

Beginning today, Shop.FoxMovies.Com unveils all-new apparel commemorating Dark Horse’s upcoming Aliens: Dust to Dust comic series which launches today.”
Alien Day 2018 - Aliens Dust to Dust

Immerse yourself in the horrors of the ALIEN Universe from the safety of your home. Binge your own ALIEN marathon as HBO On Demand, HBO GO, and HBO NOW will offer a special presentation of the franchise films including Alien (Director’s Cut), Aliens, Alien3, Alien: Resurrection, and Alien: Covenant.
Plus, fans should stay tuned for major merchandise announcements, limited edition releases and exciting unveils to take place on and in the days leading up to ALIEN DAY. Among the key licensees returning to the ALIEN DAY celebration include Dark Horse Comics, Eaglemoss, The Loyal Subjects, Fright Rags, Geek Fuel, Mattel, Super 7, Diamond Select, Wonderdice, Park Agencies, Heighway Pinball Limited, Titan, NECA, Mondo, Prime 1, Trevco, Changes, Funko and more.”

So there you go, friends. Certainly a whole lot of options to celebrate Alien Day 2018!

[Via] Alien Anthology

Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens

The Decepticon Shockwave Was In Aliens?!

Let that sink in for a second. The Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. As a matter of fact I didn’t learn of this interesting piece of trivia until having the chance to see Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

[Via] 20th Century Fox

In addition to enjoying Scott’s latest entry in a film series he helped to create. Being told that none other than the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens, certainly put a cherry on the top of the night. At first I will admit that I thought my friend was pulling my leg. How could I not know about this with my love of both Transformers and the Alien series?!

By all means let me point out the scene that Shockwave makes his live action film debut. To say nothing of the fact that there are three Shockwave toys in this scene.
Decepticon Shockwaves was in Aliens - Daniel Karhunen

As can be seen in that image from Daniel Karhunen. Shockwave could be spotted during the moment when Ripley attempts to get the attention of the Colonial Marines. Moreover a tense moment in Aliens as Ripley realizes that she and Newt are locked in the medbay with two free roaming Facehuggers.

Equally important is the fact that our two heroines are in that dangerous situation, thanks to the coldly calculating Carter Burke. Fitting I think you’ll agree that the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens during that moment. As the character was likewise known to be cold and calculating.
Decepticon Shockwave was in aliens - Spec Card

Despite my observations on the similarity between Shockwave and Carter Burke. This is most likely the reason why Shockwave can be seen in Aliens. Back in 1983 Toy-Co created a robot that was also a ray gun called the Astro Magnum.

A toy that found itself being often reproduced under various names. Case in point the Radio Shack version known as Galactic Man.
Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens - Galactic Man

The answer is that the Shockwave toy is probably not used in Aliens but one of it’s clones. Looking at that image that Daniel provided it certainly appears to be the same color as the Galactic Man toys. But in all honesty they are nearly 100% the same toy.

However I prefer to believe that the Decepticon Shockwave is in Aliens.


Why? Because if you in fact go by the generation one animated series. Shockwave was left behind on Cybertron, to make sure the pesky Autobots didn’t use the space bridge to take the planet back. Who is to say that Shockwave in his infinite wisdom didn’t go planet hopping to check things out on LV-426?

[Via] Hasbro

Alien Game

Happy Alien Day! Let’s Play The 1979 Alien Game!

You might remember earlier this year when I shared my discovery of the 1979 Alien Game by Kenner. I was quite surprised to learn of course that a board game had been published for Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece. I would remind you that Alien is certainly a horror movie after all. In addition to the hard R rating the film received and for good reason!

Having said that I will point out that the late seventies and early eighties were a different era. Naturally. So I’m guessing that Kenner was attempting to reach out to those very kids that couldn’t see the movie. They did produce more than a few pieces of merchandising after all, right?

Check out the 1979 “Alien Attack” movie viewer!

Besides a terrifying 18-inch Xenomorph figure and the film viewer, it was the 1979 Alien game that most interested me. As I have written about on more than a few occasions I consider myself a pretty big fan of board games. It so happened that my co-worker at the Arkadia Retrocade saw my post and found a very affordable copy online. She surprised me with it at the arcade one evening and some of us stayed after work to play the Alien Game.

Furthermore I was delighted to learn that the game hadn’t been used before. Chiefly the player pieces for the Xenomorph and Nostromo crew hadn’t even been punched out.
Alien Game

I will admit to a small feeling of regret at having to alter what was pristine for 38 years. On the other hand the Alien Game was naturally meant to be played and enjoyed. At the very least it is now in the hands of those who will appreciate it the most.

As for the rules of the Alien Game, players attempt to get a single member of their crew from the Nostromo to the escape shuttle. All the while attempting to thwart their fellow players with their personal Xenomorph.
Alien Game

After choosing a colored starting area that matches the color of your playing pieces, you must travel clockwise around the board. I chose LV-426 or Acheron as my starting location, which is of course how April 26th was chosen as the date for Alien Day!

The Xenomorph also travels through the corridors of the doomed Nostromo. In addition to being able to pop up across the board by way of using the air shafts dotted across the board. Which I will point out that I used to great effect on one of my co-worker’s astronauts!

Consequently in the next turn she turned around and used it to greater effect on two of my three crew members. I know that Alien famously said that “In space no one can hear you scream“. I can you assure however that everyone could hear my screams of despair at the arcade.

There are a few safe spots for players to park their astronauts where the Xenomorph cannot reach you. Bear in mind that you can do nothing against the Alien itself besides running and hiding. From our few rounds of the Alien Game we found that it is one of the most tense board games we can remember playing.

In any event there can be only one winner in the game. While all of us playing managed to get within reach of the escape shuttle, it was the owner of the game that won. She even added the mental image of waving to us as she blasted off to safety.

I supposed I can take some small amount of comfort with this thought. Perhaps those of us left behind were spared the deadly kiss of the Xenomorph…when the Nostromo exploded. So if you get the opportunity I highly recommend you track down a copy of the Alien Game for yourself. I truly found this to be one of the best designed board games I’ve played in quite some time.

So if you cannot get your hands on the Alien Game why not celebrate Alien Day a simpler way?


Obviously I would suggest you spend it watching Alien or perhaps Aliens? In fact, why not take a moment and listen to Ridley Scott talking about directing the 1979 movie?

[Via] Film4

Super 7

Super 7 Adds Some M.U.S.C.L.E. To Alien!

I think for a child of the 80s this is one of the best times for retro themed toys. From the ReAction line of figures produced by Super 7 to Pop! Funko offerings, and of course our friends at Warpo. Never have so many pop culture related properties been getting quite so much love. In fact it seems like 1979’s Alien is getting quite a bit of of attention recently – no doubt due to the fact that Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters in May.

Super 7 however has gone a step further in their appreciation of the masterpiece that is Alien. They have decided to merge it with one of the best toy lines from the ’80s. A series of toys that I have to admit helped me develop a fascination with all manner of tiny collectibles. I am of course referring to those Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. More commonly known as M.U.S.C.L.E.s!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jreiNUKOsK0
[Via] Dig That Box TOYS

For their first wave of Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Super 7 has chosen to represent all the cast of characters from the film. Each pack comes with three characters. Pack A comes with Ripley, Ash, as well as the Xenomorph. I was rather impressed that the company decided to sculpt Ash with his weapon of choice…a rolled up magazine.
Super 7

Then in Pack B you get Kane in his spacesuit, an Alien egg, plus Parker.

Next up with Pack C you will find Kane once again – although this time he has been attacked by the Facehugger. In addition to getting poor, poor Brett and the Alien in attack mode.

Last but certainly not least is Pack D. In which you will find the likes of Lambert, Dallas, and Kane again – however this time he is suffering from the Chestburster!

I am not quite sure what gave Super 7 the idea to do this, all I know though is I need them. All of them. You can follow the links provided to visit their official page to start ordering packs for yourself and friends. I for one look forward to seeing how the Alien fares against my legion of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures!