Eaglemoss Special Edition Queen Alien.

Just in case you haven’t had enough Queen Aliens in your life, Eaglemoss have a special offer you may enjoy.  Available from their webstore is this detailed 8.5 inch tall, 1:16 scale figurine.

This special edition piece will set you back US$59.95.  It may not possess any articulation but it’s a damned sight cheaper than most other Queen Aliens made by other companies.


Super7 Exclusive NYCC 2017 Glow in the Dark Queen Alien.

Super7 have announced they will be releasing an exclusive new sofubi inspired glow in the dark blood spattered Queen Alien at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Here’s what Super7 have to say about this limited edition item: It would not be NYCC if a Xenomorph didn’t stow away with us and this time it’s the exclusive Glow-In-The-Dark / Blood Splattered Alien Queen 5-inch Japanese soft vinyl figure. It’s from Japan, man! Quantities will be bloody limited.

New York Comic Con is October 5 through October 8.  Stocks are limited.


ALIEN: Covenant Life Size Head Pre-Order.

Sideshow Collectibles are now taking pre-orders for the latest in life size xenomorph heads with the imminent release of the Cool Props piece based on the Aliens seen in ALIEN: Covenant. The new Cool Props 1:1 scale replica head is based on the final design of the Aliens as seen in the movie.  It’s a whopping 35 inches long (Just shy of a meter.) and will set you Continue reading

First Glimpse at NECA’s Upcoming Snake Alien.

NECA’s #Facehugger Friday has returned after a 2 week hiatus and with it comes this work in progress image of one of their upcoming Alien figures.

This exquisitely detailed item looks to be the back of NECA’s interpretation of Kenner’s Snake Alien and will be part of their 13th series of ALIEN action figures, also focusing on a trio of items inspired by old Kenner toys.  It will be a while before this series of figures hits store shelves as no release announcement date has been made yet. Continue reading

WARNING: Choking Hazard.

This interesting juxtaposition  was pointed out to me sometime back on Facebook.  I forget who called it to my attention but it’s a great sample of why some toys shouldn’t be removed from their packaging.

Nonetheless, this is NECA’s ALIEN Series 3 Kane with facehugger attached; and is badged with the most appropriate use of this Warning on an action figure I’ve ever seen.


Hadley’s Hope ALIENS 2 Pack Soon.

TOYARK have posted a review of the upcoming NECA Hadley’s Hope 2 pack featuring Weyland Yutani representative, Carter Burke, and a concept Alien that serves as a bridge between the creature seen in the 1st movie and those that appear in the 2nd.  The new domed ALIENS warrior figure looks spectacular while the Burke item appears to be a near perfect likeness of actor, Paul Reiser.  I’m looking forward to this release.

Head over to TOYARK to read their review and check out their gallery of images for this pair of slimy bad guys.   NECA’s Hadley’s Hope 2 pack is expected to be released in a few weeks, in October.


New Prototype Figure Gallery Added to Site.

This past week I’ve been working on adding a new content rich feature to the site.  Now open for visitors is an image gallery of prototype Kenner ALIEN figures.

This new gallery features images and descriptions of early work in progress versions of action figures from last century.  As of now, there’s several figures entered into the growing gallery – and more are expected to be added soon. Continue reading

HIDEOUS PLASTIC – The Book – September Update.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the book I’m writing, HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream. A little over a month now, actually, so an update is due to keep people who are interested in its progress up to speed.

The manuscript is almost complete – and has been for a while now. Nonetheless, there’s been many small changes and revisions to the text and upgrading of image content during the past month and at this point there’s just a few holes that need to be plugged. Just a few questions that need to be answered and one or two images I want to include that I am seeking permission to use. Right now this is where the challenge lies for me to bring the ms into a finished and ready state for editing.

These final pieces of information are important – but not critical. For example, how many of these 18 inch action figures did Kenner manufacture in 1979?  That’s definitely a detail I would like to include in the book – but I don’t even know if an answer is possible.  Everyone I have asked so far simply draws a blank.  If I can’t find answers to this – and similar such questions – I still have a manuscript consisting of more than 250 pages and worthy of publication.  It’s answers to a handful of questions of this nature that remain and if I can acquire them, such information will give the book the full depth and polish I want it to have.

At 250 pages long, it comprises almost 60,000 words and features over 200 images (photos, diagrams, drawings and illustrations). It’s a massive manuscript dedicated to the Kenner ALIEN figure.  It documents its history, how to repair one, what to look for if you wish to purchase one and its many derivative descendants released since 1979 until this year. There’s so much content here, it’s incredible.  I anticipate the book will compact down somewhat after professional editing, typesetting and design has been completed. I guess it will eventually be around 200 pages long when published.

Right now, that’s the goal and if nothing else, I could publish the book today and achieve that ambition without any additional input; but to go beyond what it currently is and initiate that final push to make it the best it can possibly be is the goal now.

Then, it’s off to the Editor.

Essential third party services have already been organised.  People involved in undertaking the necessary tasks of editing, proofing, typesetting – along with cover and interior design – are ready to receive the manuscript and shape it into its final form. I’ll be sending the ms to those people soon. The book will most likely enter this phase of its development cycle in early 2018.  I’m allowing myself a few more months to add the final elements to the book prior to sending it on.

Then, it’s off to the printer and the distribution of the book.  It is anticipated to become available sometime in the middle of next year.  Maybe a little later, to be on the conservative side.

Right now, it’s progressing very well. The legal aspects were addressed 12 months ago.  I’ve been working on it since June 2015 and despite an unsuccessful KickStarter earlier this year, its preparation has developed and progressed more or less as planned. No big deal, really. This is more or less the stage I anticipated the book to be at with or without such funding.  The only major difference: it will be released next year instead of being available Christmas this year.  So be it.

Thank you for your attention. If you have any questions about HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream or you have some contribution you wish to make to this unique book, please contact me. Such contributions will be appropriately recognised and credited in the acknowledgements section and any copyright image content used will be respected as such.


Unpainted 3.7 Inch Alien Resin Kit.

Here’s something a little different.  This chibi styled Alien item is available on Ebay It’s unlicenced.  It’s unpainted.  It needs some assembly.  It’s super cool.

Sometimes the homegrown variety is just as good as the official corporate stuff.  Maybe even tastier, just like tomatoes! This stunted variety Alien figure with its protruding tongue Continue reading

Eaglemoss Glow in the Dark Variant Grid Alien.

Silly me.  I have been neglecting to mention the Eaglemoss series of collectibles here on HIDEOUS PLASTIC – and these things have been appearing regularly for quite a while now.  Well, anyway, I’ll attempt to keep an eye out on these items a little more.  Anyway, here’s their glow in the dark variant of the Grid Alien, a character that appears in the ropy – but generally fun – ALIEN vs PREDATOR movie from 2004.Here’s what Eaglemoss have to say about these collectible items:The Alien and Predator Figurine Collection features the most iconic characters and creatures from all of the Alien Continue reading