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Awesome Merchandise Every Alien Fan Should Own

Catch Alien Resurrection this month on IFC.

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Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien gave moviegoers an iconic action movie baddass in Ellen Ripley and spawned a franchise which would define sci-fi for decades to come. And like other big screen behemoths, it birthed a slew of awesome and sometimes downright bizarre merchandise. Before you catch Alien Resurrection on IFC this month, take a gander at some of the coolest Alien items ever sold. In space, no one can hear you shop.

1. Nostromo Disco

Released in 1979, this 7″ disco record version of Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic movie theme is the most unexpected Alien item to attack your head since the facehugger. Taking their name from Ripley’s ship, the group Nostromo went on to remix other themes, including Disney’s The Black Hole. Grab a copy of this rare item and get your space boogie on!


2. Liquid-filled record

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Mondo

The Alien soundtrack remains one of the most atmospheric scores ever recorded. Adding a visually slimy element to some chilling tunes, Mondo released an ultra-limited edition run of 75 vinyls filled with green liquid. Each record is hand-made and takes an hour to assemble, which is less time than it would take Ripley to wash off all that alien drool.


3. Retro Action Figures

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Back in 1979, Kenner Toys was hoping to ride the Star Wars wave with a line of Alien action figures. However, it proved to be a hard sell: kids may have wanted to play with tiny versions of Ripley, Dallas and the rest, but they were too young to see the scary R-rated movie. The line went unproduced, until the folks at Super7 revived the figures in 2013 for its Reaction series of retro-styled toys. Finally, we can act out Kane’s screams of agony as a baby alien bursts from his chest.


4. Alien Micro Machines

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The Micro Machines line of tiny vehicles offered up plenty of licensed movie swag, but the Aliens toys from the mid ’90s were some of the coolest. Score a set on eBay and recreate mini scenes of space carnage.


5. Seductively posed Alien Figure

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Kotobukiya

Toy company Kotobukiya has been releasing some seriously detailed Alien figures. Featuring various types of aliens, the toys demonstrate incredible detail and can be posed in a variety of ways. This one above seems more interested in gossiping with Ripley about that dreamy Dallas than having her for dinner.


6. Alien Movie Viewer

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Kenner

This was the last Movie Viewer Kenner ever made, released in 1979 and quickly removed from the shelves. (Unsurprisingly, a toy where kids could watch scary moments from Alien while alone in their dark bedrooms proved to be controversial.) It’s a collector’s item now, fetching steep prices on eBay.


7. Egg Chamber

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Super7/Funko

Every ’70s and ’80s toyline worth its place in playrooms had awesome playsets for recreating iconic pop culture moments. The folks at Super7/Funko struck gold with this retro Egg Chamber playset that would’ve led to some hefty therapy bills if had actually sat on toy shelves next to Star Wars and He-Man.


8. Aliens Inflatable Bop Bag

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Kid Dimension

Released in 1993, this inflatable Aliens punching bag boasts 48″ inches of terror. Even creepier, the psychedelic painting on the bag suggests a peyote-crazed alien with rainbows instead of acid for blood. Of course, punching an alien in the face wouldn’t be super effective what with its sharp teeth and deadly spittle. Grab one pretty cheap on eBay and work out your mother issues on ugly mother alien.


9. Chest-bursting Glasses

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Super 7

Super7 understands the sheer joy of Alien-themed merch. These detailed drinking glasses aren’t ancient relics from decades past — they debuted at Wondercon 2013 to capitalize on the recent retro resurgence. Hopefully whatever you drink out of these won’t cause an imminent gut explosion.


10. Reebok Sneakers

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Reebok

Reebok recently celebrated Aliens30th anniversary in the coolest possible way, offering up exclusive pairs of Ripley’s famous sneakers. Following some controversy when the original release only included men’s sizes, Reebok corrected the mistake by noting that the shoes are unisex and come in a variety of sizes. Good on ya, Reebok. You don’t want to cross Ellen Ripley or her fans.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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