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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.