I remember seeing Alien at the theater in 1979. The hype machine had done a great job, and both the posters and the tagline ('In space, no one can hear you scream') had the horror fans geeked. The relatively unknown actress Sigourney Weaver starred, with a solid cast of character actors supporting her. The film combined a great script with excellent direction and acting to create one of the top horror movies of all time.
But no matter how good the rest of a horror film might be, it absolutely has to have a fantastic monster design to become one of the greats. And Alien, and the follow-up films Aliens, Aliens 3, Alien Resurrection and Alien vs. Predator, had exactly that. The main protagonist was designed by the great H.R. Giger, who won an Academy Award for his work. The alien (or Xenomorph, as it was referred to in later films) taps into our basic fears of all things insect-like and slimy, and when you throw in not one but two sets of big nasty teeth, you've got the perfect nightmare on two legs.
Hot Toys has been producing sixth scale figures based on the various films. We've got the marine Hicks, with Apone, Hudson, and Drake along with Ripley coming soon. A sixth scale Power Loader for Ripley was shown at Toy Fair, and you can order all these goodies from Sideshow. They are distributing the figures in the U.S. for Hot Toys.
But what good would all those people be without Aliens to battle? Today I'm looking at their Alien Warrior based on the look in the film Alien vs Predator. They are also doing a Warrior based on the Aliens film that will be released in 2007. How far off can an Alien Queen be?