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.


Wild Boar ALIENS Samples added to Prototype Gallery.

Our first additions to this site’s Prototype Gallery for the New Year happens to be a pair of  1994 Wild Boar Alien samples.  Also included in today’s post is an orthographic technical drawing of the figure showing side, front and top elevations.  A very revealing and welcome document providing insight into design aspects of how these figures were made.

I’d like to thank Steve Dwyer once again for his preparedness to share images and information of his latest acquisitions with us all.  It’s greatly appreciated – and I’m sure you will get a buzz out it as well.

Go check out the images and information regarding this plastic beast.

I’m always on the look out to showcase more Kenner ALIEN figure prototypes produced from 1979 to the end of last Century.  There’s plenty more out there; and if you own such an item and would be interested in contributing images to a growing visual documentation of content, then please contact me.  I only post images where I have permission to do so.  It’s all part of my policy to respect the wishes of all the contributors who have helped make the Prototype Gallery the eclectic area of the site it is today.  Thanks Guys!


Prototype Gallery Update No.4 – 1997, Newborn.

Photos of a prototype of the 1997 Kenner (Hasbro) ALIEN: Resurrection Newborn action figure have been added to the Prototype Gallery.

Thank you, Adam ‘Proto_hoarder’ Saker, for permitting the use of the photos on the page dedicated to this prototype sample.

This is the last of this batch of updates for the prototype gallery for now; and some terrific items have been added with this Round with the generous assistance of Steve Dwyer and Adam ‘Proto_hoarder’ Saker.  I hope to post some more images of Kenner ALIEN prototypes again soon.  Right now, all the images can easily be viewed from the link found on the PROTOTYPE FIGURE GALLERY menu item on the sidebar to the right; or you can  follow this link.

If you have any such figures in your possession and would like to see them appear on HIDEOUS PLASTIC, a site that respectfully showcases these figures, please contact me. and we can arrange to have images of them posted with appropriate credit and details.  I refuse to post such content without appropriate permission from the people who own them.  Thank you.


Prototype Gallery Update No.3 – 1994, Action Masters Queen.

For today’s hat trick of prototype gallery updates we have a sample for a figure already represented in our gallery.  This is the 2nd version of the Queen Alien making it an addition to an existing page dedicated to the die cast Action Masters figure.

Nonetheless, it’s a unique item in its own right and we’re proud and excited to have it represented on our pages. Kenner Queen Alien prototype – too awesome!

Thank you Steve Dwyer for permission to use images in this gallery entry.


Prototype Gallery Update No.2 – 1994, Kenner AvP Alien

I’m very pleased to present our 2nd addition to the prototype figure gallery for today.  Here is the 1994, Kenner (Hasbro) AvP Alien.

The very first ALIENS vs PREDATOR action figures were released by Kenner in 1994 in a neat 2 pack.  This particular figure also enjoyed later release in 1996 as the blue Warrior Alien – Vicious Alien Attacker! in 1996.  Go check it out.

Thank you Steve Dwyer for the use of images for this gallery item.


Prototype Gallery Update – 1998 Acid Alien.

The Prototype Gallery continues to grow and I have a number of updates coming in the next day or so.  Here’s the first one.  It’s pretty cool, too.

Go check it out!

The 1998, Kenner (Hasbro) Acid Alien Attack Warrior was Inspired by the creature seen in ALIEN 3, this item was designed in the mid 1990’s but didn’t see production until 1998 to be released as part of Kenner’s final ALIEN action figure range, ALIENS: Hive wars.

I’d like to thank Adam ‘Proto_hoarder’ Saker for the permission to use his images and making this contribution.


Dallas Mock Up Card Added to the Prototype Gallery

Yet another set of images of a unique item graces our ever expanding gallery of prototype and production items.  This time around we have a mock up backing card of Kenner’s Dallas action figure from their cancelled and unproduced 3.75 inch range of ALIEN action figures.

This card may possibly be the only one of its type still existing.  It is certainly one of the oldest known work in progress samples of such packaging for Kenner’s ALIEN range of products.

Thank you Steve Dwyer for contributing information and images of this item to be used in the gallery.  This item is a true gem.

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing relics and unique items to be found in the HIDEOUS PLASTIC Prototype Gallery.  If you own any production samples or prototype items like those being showcased on that page, let me know and I’ll add it to the gallery.  Full credit will be recognised and I don’t/won’t post items without permission from owners, either.


A Small Update for the Prototypes Gallery.

A small update to the HIDEOUS PLASTIC Prototype Gallery with the addition of a pair of images of a clear prototype faceplate for the 3.75 inch tall Kane compression suit figure.  It’s been added along with a couple fresh photos the figure to which it was intended.  You can view images of them right here.

Thank you, Steve Dwyer for sharing this content with the rest of us!  It’s great to witness such glimpses into the lost history of toys so many of us love.  It’s only in the hands of such collectors that many of these unique items have survived; and sharing such images raises their significance and public awareness.

Our Prototypes Gallery is slowly but surely growing.  You might be surprised at the content and support we are now receiving so go take a peek at it.  If you are in possession of any such prototypes, in particular any Kenner ALIEN toys from last Century, please drop me a line and we’ll organise to add them to the gallery with your permission.  As usual, you will be honored with full credit on your behalf.


The Secret Life of 1986 ALIENS Action Figures.

No ALIENS action figures or toys were made available as movie tie-in merchandise to accompany its release in 1986.  Nonetheless, action figures did play a role in the making of the movie.

This article outlines how one of the worst ALIEN action figures ever released contributed to one of the best action movies ever made.  You can read about it here.