Shameless Self Promotion Opportunity. Hah! Let’s do it.

News is always a little sparse this time of year – and last year was a bumper crop with all that ALIEN Covenant stuff happening as well.  So I’m taking this opportunity to promote this feature on HIDEOUS PLASTIC.

Yep.  It’s the 1979 Kenner ALIEN action figure gallery.  All 12 figures are represented on these pages.  That includes the original figure from 1979 and all the derivative and tribute figures released since then.  Some as recently as 2017 – and as we already know, another one is coming.  Most likely to be released this year.

Check out the 1979 Kenner ALIEN gallery!  It’s one of this site’s great features.  It consists of a dozen pages featuring dozens of photos and product information on Kenner, Tsukuda Hobby, Halcyon, Gentle Giant and Super7 versions of the classic action figure.


Improvised Jar Lid Display Stand Works.

There’s no doubt the Kotobukiya ArtFX figure is one of the best you can buy.  I reviewed it and was recently fortunate enough to pick up a 2nd one, extra cheap.  Mind you, it was cheap for a reason – the sale included nought but the figure itself.  No box.  No display stand.  No mini flashing disco strobe light to show it off… just the figure itself.

As the figure is highly dependent upon being set up on a stand – and none was present with this particular purchase, it raises a big question:  How can I display this wonderful iteration of the Alien to its maximum benefit and not have it fall over and risk breaking?  How..? Continue reading

Diamond Select ALIEN Covenant Bust Bank Now Available.

Not sure how long this item has been available but we’ve known it was coming for some time now.  Here’s the purchase page for Diamond Select’s latest offering in their popular line of ALIEN piggy banks.  This one is dressed up in all the latest emaciated ALIEN Covenant trimmings.

“…this approximately 7” bust captures the creature in exquisite detail. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, this vinyl bank features a coin slot on the back, and an access door in the base…” and is going to cost US$29.  It is available online now. 


Hand Made ALIEN Crochet Pattern.

It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves cuddly little toys that want to rip your face off.

The pattern for crocheting this super cute 8 inch tall Alien can be purchased here, on Etsy.  Once paid for, just download the pattern as a PDF file.  Apparently, the pattern is really easy to follow and results are terrific.  Here’s what the designer has to say about it.  “This pattern is for the medium advanced crocheters but if you are ready to try I am always ready to help. You should know basic crochet stitches including chain, slip stitch, single crochet, decrease, increase and how to start with magic ring.”

I guess you could use off white wool along with some small modifications to the pattern to crochet a Neomorph, too, if you wish.


It’s Official: Disney Buys Fox.

The Walt Disney Company and Twenty First Century Fox have announced a ‘definitive agreement’ for Disney to acquire Fox’ film and television studios.  Significant movie properties Disney now own and control include Marvel titles such as X-Men, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four and all upcoming James Cameron Avatar sequels.  Television shows now also owned by Disney includes Modern Family and The Simpsons.  It’s assumed that both ALIEN and PREDATOR movie series are now also owned by Disney.  The deal has cost Disney in excess of $52 billion.

As to how Disney will treat a property such as ALIEN is yet to be seen.  No doubt one of their associate studios will be responsible for the production of any  future ALIEN movies as the meaty chestbursting fiend isn’t exactly family friendly fare that Disney itself is known for. Continue reading

Cool Props 1:3 Scale ALIEN. Pre-orders Now Open.

 The Cool Props Giger’s ALIEN 1:3 scale maquette/statuette is now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles.
This nearly 3 foot tall statue is going to cost you a dollar shy of US $1,500.  That’s actually not bad considering the quality that appears to be on display here. Here’s what Sideshow has to say about this astounding piece. “At the H.R. Giger exhibition held in Japan known as “H.R. GIGER EXHIBITION IN JAPAN 87”, the Alien statue on display was made from the screen-used suit for the movie “ALIEN”. Many fans were fascinated with its beauty still hold this Alien display as a holy grail.

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38 Years ago, in Melbourne.

Today is December 6, 2017.  Exactly 38 years ago I saw ALIEN on its day of release in cinemas here in Australia. That means I’ve been a fan of this long running series for 38 years.

While the movie was originally released in the US on May 25, exactly 2 years to the day after Star Wars, here in Australia we had to wait 6 months for the movie to land on our shores.  6 months is a long time to wait and today, such a delay would be unthinkable.  Back then, however, the internet didn’t exist, piracy was a non-problem and spoilers were limited to print media that took months to cross the Pacific.  There was no rush to get entertainment media to Australian shores back then.  My, how the world has changed.

As a marked contrast, ALIEN Covenant was released here on May 11, 2017; The US didn’t see release of the movie until a week later, on May 19.  The wait may not have been so protracted but it was reversed.

I Still think ALIEN Covenant is a great movie.  I am looking forward to seeing where Sir Ridley Scott takes this series next.  Will I still be interested in these movies and the flood of weird junk that accompanies them in another 38 years?  Maybe.  I can’t tell.  I’ll at least be around for the movie’s 40th Anniversary.  In 2019.


Mamegyorai’s 1:3 ALIEN Project Images.

Stunning images have emerges from the recent Tokyo Comic Con 2017 of what appears to be a prototype of a new statuette of the Giger designed Alien creature.  The Japanese maker, Mamegyorai, had some incredible samples of their work in progress on show at their booth at the event.

The statuette is in the 1:3 scale range and posed in the classic stooped over stance.  This is an uncommon pose for manufacturers to adopt for sculpting the Big Chap but it is Continue reading