Thursday, April 25, 2013

News: Kenner's Abandoned ALIEN Action Figure Line Finally Coming... After 34 Years!

I don't often cover news about new retro-Space: 1970's era merchandise, but this one's a little different. Back in '79, Kenner inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to release a line of toys and action figures based on their new sci-fi film, Alien. That deal resulted in an awesome 18" figure of the titular xenomorph - a toy that bombed when parents found it too scary for their kids. Also, there was some controversy about making toys for children based on an R-rated horror film (collectible toys for adults was a market that didn't exist yet). Kenner reacted by cancelling their plans for a line of Alien action figures at the 3.75" size of their popular Star Wars line.

Well, after After 34 years, fans of the Alien franchise will finally be able get their hands on the abandoned toy line thanks to the folks at Super7. With the aid of collectors and toy industry employees, Super7 has acquired 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.

From their website:
“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”
For more info and photos, check out the Super7 website.


  1. Okay, that's super damn cool.

  2. Now that's one line I would have LOVED to have had.

  3. So, how long until we get a "Ripley in underwear" variant?

  4. Damn, I've got to get these. $20 a pop is pretty steep, though.

  5. Now they just need to re-release the Alien toy they pulled from the market after parents complained about how creepy it was.

    1. ah, as a kid back in 79', there was a schoolmate that had this Alien toy and brought in - and yeah, it was very cool to see...

      Even then to me, it was weird to me to see a "action figure" based on Alien...

  6. Been tracking the progress of this line for a while now. Essential purchase! I still have my giant Kenner Alien figure from when I was a kid... found on clearance at Zellers!

  7. I stil have my Kenner ALIEN mom bought for me in 1979. They will look good on the shelf with him.

  8. Back in the day, I would have had these guys fighting the Alien on the Millennium Falcon or in the Death Star. Just imagine that bad boy in the trash compactor, popping out of the hatch.

    It would have been an awesome crossover series. :)

  9. ¿does the Alien have two right hands or two thumbs on each?

  10. Had Kenner actually produced these back in the day, "Big Chap" would've made a great addition to the Creature Cantina playset, alongside Snaggletooth and Walrus Man. Beyond cool.

  11. Ivan, two thumbs. The alien was supposed to be six fingered.