Happy HIDEOUS 1st Anniversary!

Today is the first Anniversary of this website and the year sure has flown by quickly! Content has increased dramatically since it was just a few pages of photos and a couple of reviews way back in late 2016. Since then, there’s been over 200 News and other posts made to the front page – I like to keep the content on the front page turning over as regularly as I can so frequent visitors have a reason to come back. I’m trying to keep up with your expectations. I’ve also kept my dedication consistent and there’s been no hiatus for me – just a determined effort to keep updating the site – and its reputation.  That’s not stopping any time soon.

There’s over 80 pages of content here, now; and it ranges from action figure reviews, of which there are over 30 along with a selection of other articles and features. There’s the gallery pages that showcase the 1979 Kenner ALIEN and its successors.  Also a growing showcase featuring Kenner prototype ALIEN figures. All of this content is expected to see additional growth during the next 12 months. So, yeah.  I got content covered; and you want more? It’s coming!

Generally, I am looking forward to what this coming year brings and this website is ticking over very well.

It’s been an eventful and positive experience running HIDEOUS PLASTIC. I did slightly alter the focus of the site after an unsuccessful KickStarter campaign for my book earlier this year.  I  increased the amount of content here so more people would find the site rewarding and become aware of the book that is just sitting in the background, waiting. I’ll be continuing to manage the site in the New Year with this goal in mind. Hopefully, the book will make its way out to the world late next year. There’s no rush, though; as my publisher is patiently sitting in the wings, waiting for me to be financially viable to proceed. See update below.

Please bookmark this site. It is frequently updated with News, reviews and occasionally other items of interest to anyone who is an ALIEN toy and action figure enthusiast.

Thank you to everyone who has visited during the course of the past year. It means a lot to me to see you return.


HIDEOUS PLASTIC – The Book – December Update.

The HIDEOUS PLASTIC web site was originally set up to serve as an information outlet for the book of the same name; and to this end it’s still providing updates. So let’s take this Anniversary occasion as opportunity for this year’s final update regarding HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream.

For those not familiar with this Project, this book investigates almost everything you could  want to know about the very first ALIEN action figure made by Kenner Products in 1979. This hefty volume is now at a very advanced stage in its development and the 250 page manuscript is almost complete. Most of the content is finalised and locked down with some work still to be done. The next task will be to arrange for accuracy and fact 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

ALIEN: Isolation Screenshot Utility.


Most people know I’m a big fan of the game, ALIEN: Isolation.  Many of them know I like to post screenshots of the game online.  Some of you have been asking me, how to do it yourselves?

The answer is a little program called Cheat Engine.  Download and install it.  You’ll also need an additional piece of software called a Cheat Table – which is basically a custom Continue reading

Cool props 1:3 ALIEN Maquette.

Cool props have a gallery stocked full of images of their upcoming statue of the creature from ALIEN.  At 1:3 scale it’s going to be a decent size.  As the Alien measures about 8 feet tall, this statue will be around the 2’8″ in height.

The Cool Props website is completely in Japanese – so we’ll have to wait until an official English website by Sideshow collectibles is available – so information is a little restricted.

I’ve been wondering why it’s called a ‘maquette’.  A maquette is a 3D concept piece, a sculpture used as a model to further aid in the development of a Project – and not a finished piece, which this is.  This is more of a statue than a maquette.  Japanese do things a little differently, I guess.

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