In the run up to the 35th Anniversary of Alien, 20th Century Fox has opened the merchandising flood gates. In particular, they have just announced that for the first time ever, toy manufacturer, NECA, will be producing an action figure of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley.
In fact, you'll be able to get hold of action figures which will span the franchise. Unfortunately we've receieved no images yet, but Joblo are reporting we'll get a Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit to be followed by a Ripley from the 1986 movie, Aliens.
Check out a statement from Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products, below:
As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, we are thrilled to introduce an array of commemorative products across different categories in partnership with iconic brands including NECA, SEGA and many more. In addition to the highly anticipated release of Alien: Isolation™, hardcore fans can finally add Lieutenant Ellen Ripley to their ALIEN collections as we welcome her NECA figures into the family of officially-licensed merchandise. Many other exciting first-time and limited edition products will also release to celebrate this exciting milestone this year.
And now, here's a complete list of all the different bits of merchandise you can expect:
- Bandai - Bandai’s premium collectors label “Tamashii Nations” will release super-articulated S.H.MonsterArts figures featuring diecast material. S.H.MonsterArts ALIEN Big Chap will be available May 2014.
- Dark Horse Comics – A new comics program will debut later this year which includes Alien, Prometheus, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator.
- Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles – New collectibles including MiniMates block figures, vinyl banks, bottle openers and a reproduction of the original 18-inch Alien figure, available this summer/fall.
- Insight Editions will produce a highly-illustrated and a detailed guidebook to the Alien creature.
- NECA - Figures, board games, bobbleheads, plush and toys will hit major retail stores beginning in March 2014. Prototypes of the Ripley figures will debut later this summer at San Diego Comic-Con.
- SEGA – The highly-anticipated first person survival horror game Alien: Isolation will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in late 2014.
- Sideshow Collectibles – High end, limited edition Alien franchise products, including an immense bust of the Big Chap Alien design, available for pre-order in April 2014! Check out www.SideshowCollectibles.com for Alien Franchise products, and more!
- Super7 x Funko – Glasses and retro ReAction Figures currently available online.
- Titan Books will release all-new canon fiction novels based on the film franchise, followed by a 35th anniversary retrospective called “ALIEN: Archives” which will be the most comprehensive book ever created about the ALIEN franchise with new exclusive interviews with and and content that has never been released.
What do you think? Which of these piece of merch do you want to get your hands on? Let us know below.