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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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