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Awesome Merchandise Every Alien Fan Should Own

Catch Alien Resurrection this month on IFC.

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Photo Credit: Super7/Funko

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

Reaction Alien
Super 7/Funko

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

Alien Micromachines
Hasbro/Galoob

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

Alien Pose
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

Alien Movie Viewer
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

Alien Egg Chamber
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

Alien Bop Bag
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

Alien glasses
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

Alien sneakers
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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Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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