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Whatever Happened to the Original Line of Alien (1979) Toys?

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“Stop the growing Alien before it becomes the ultimate terror!”

The story of this article goes back a few days where the boss man here at Dread Central, Mr. Steve Barton, asked me if I could make a photo gallery of some cool retro horror toys.

I’m not too into old school toys, to be honest, but I knew that something was bound to catch my attention. And sure enough, after about two minutes worth of searching, I came across this classic merchandising mix-up.

We’ll call it the “Alien Oops” of 1979.

The story goes that after George Lucas’s Star Wars hit it big with merchandising back in the summer of 1979, Fox was all about seizing the opportunity for boatloads of cash and made plans to license toys for their next upcoming space flick.

This film ended up being Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of space terror Alien.

You see, the Fox execs were (somehow) unaware that Alien was a straight-up R-rated horror film, so they thought they had another kid-friendly space opera on their hands. Oh, boy.

20th Century Fox licensed Alien to mass market toy companies like Kenner and before anyone realized the film was as horror as horror can get, Toys R’ Us and other major toy outlets had their products on shelves. Much to the horror of parents around the country.

The licensed toys included:

Alien Blaster Target Set, Alien Chase Target Set, Alien Movie Viewer, Alien Action Figure, Alien Jigsaw Puzzles, and the Alien Board Game.

Years later there was the Alien Atari Game (1982) but this was after the fact. All the same, you can check out the retro commercial for the game below. It’s beautiful.

Basically, this 1979 “Alien Oops” kerfuffle equates to a studio exec nowadays thinking Stephen King’s IT, aka “that new movie with the cute little kids and the giggling clown”, is surely for children and mass marketing Pennywise toys to the youth of America.

I know. That would have been awesome.

Anyhow, along with the above-mentioned Atari commercial, below you can find a gallery of images from the brief Alien toy collection of 1979.

Enjoy!

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Mattel’s WWE Figures Showing Their Teeth…and Claws…And Other Monster Parts

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Mattel likes to keep us on our toes! Even though we attend Toy Fair every year, they still like to throw some surprises at us, often turning up in the toy aisles with no warning whatsoever. Such was the case with last year’s WWE Mutants line, which saw your favorite wrestlers transformed into crocodile men, scorpion creatures, and multi-armed freaks of nature.

This year we’ve got a similar monster theme going, with the horrific personalities utilized being from a more familiar stable.

This lineup includes:

  • Asuka as The Phantom
  • Braun Strowman as Frankenstein
  • Chris Jericho as The Mummy
  • Jake “The Snake” Roberts as The Creature
  • Roman Reigns as The Werewolf
  • Undertaker as The Vampire

Execution is a mixed bag here. Since these are lower priced figures, it’s understandable if some paint and sculpting details are lost in production; and for my taste, the “mishaps” in this line lead more to hilarity than disdain, making me want to buy them all the more.

LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MASK FACE FOR ASUKA!!!

It’s like those pictures you see of someone trying to replicate a famous baker’s pop culture cake and their attempt comes out resembling a melty, deformed monstrosity. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIMMY!! No…don’t cry…aw damnit, Timmy. You tried.

I’m also forced to point and laugh at their Frankenstein. I totally get the patchwork idea presented here, but they seem to have sewn his tank top to his body…and that’s hysterical.

Check out the rest of the line below, and look for the lot in stores and at your favorite online toy dealer now.

Jericho:

Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Roman Reigns

The Undertaker

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Must-Own: The One:12 Collective Ghostbusters Deluxe Box Set

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Are you a huge Ghostbusters fan like I am? You are! Well, then you’ll be equally as excited as I was to hear that The One:12 Collective has an all-new Ghostbusters Deluxe Box Set coming our way October – December 2018.

The five-figure deluxe set featuring all four Ghostbusters (plus Slimer) and each boasting two head portraits: one natural and one scared expression, their own proton pack with a light-up feature, and uniforms which feature working zippers, functional pockets, nametags, and the Ghostbusters logo.

On top of that, the set also features the likeness of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson and each is packaged in a special edition, collector-friendly metal tin.

You can check out pics of the features below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The One:12 Collective Ghostbusters Set is available for pre-order HERE and will make their way into stores October – December 2018.

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Sideshow Teaming with Project Raygun on New Court of the Dead Tabletop Game

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If you’ve been reading this site for the past few years, you should be well aware of Sideshow’s awesome collectibles known as the Court of the Dead. If you’re as big a fan of the line as we are, then you’ll be excited to hear that a Kickstarter campaign is about to kick off for a tabletop game titled Court of the Dead: Mourners Call.

Mixing creepy cool Court of the Dead artwork and a bunch of awesome new super-detailed 3D miniatures, the game is going to be a must-have for Court fans, as well as any dark fantasy and horror enthusiasts. This highly anticipated campaign marks the latest collaborative effort between Project Raygun and Sideshow, and it will be managed by James Hudson of Druid City Games.

The Kickstarter launch is slated to commence in late April and run through mid-May. Those who contribute to the campaign have a chance to score a bunch of insane exclusives, and you can find out more by clicking here.

“Court of the Dead: Mourners Call is more than just a tabletop game; it’s an immersive in-world experience,” said Tom Gilliland, Sideshow Chief Creative Officer and creator of the Court of the Dead. Through highly-detailed card art and ornate 3D miniatures, players will be transported to the macabre and magical Underworld. Players face grave circumstances: They must balance both cooperative and competitive objectives by working with the other players to appease the morally bankrupt, oppressive celestial overlords in a way that achieves their own individual vision of a unified Underworld, ready to rise up in rebellion.

Stay up-to-date on Court of the Dead: Mourners Call news (and sign up for updates)  at MournersCall.com. A steady stream of exciting Kickstarter exclusives, deluxe milestone rewards, and special stretch goals will delight campaign supporters. For more information and details, visit ProjectRaygun.com. Learn more about Court of the Dead at CourtoftheDead.com.

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