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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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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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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.