There's nothing quite like a bit of Alien-inspired merchandise when it comes to retail therapy.
What with Sigourney Weaver’s willingness to star in another Alien movie, Prometheus 2 just around the corner, the 35th anniversary figure of Ripley, and the impending release of the upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation, Alien fans need to start gearing up for later this year and 2015, when things are going to start getting real. We’ve rounded up ten awesome pieces of Alien merchandise that you need in your life. From plushies to USB-powered action figures, there’s something in here for everyone.
Alien Xenomorph Plush
ThinkGeek Price: $9.99 - Buy It
This cuddly Xenomorph toy is more interested in cuddling up with you than it is ripping into your flesh, but you might want to keep it away from your other toys, just in case. You never know what might happen when your back is turned.
USB Alien with Illuminated Tongue
Amazon Price: $40.57 - Buy It
Pop this bad boy into the nearest USB slot in your computer and see what happens. Better yet, do it while someone is sitting at the computer and watch for their eyes to pop out of their head when the LED-lighted tongue pops out of this Xenomorph’s mouth. It may not be functional, but just look how cute it is!
Stainless Steel Alien Ring
Amazon Price: $9.99 - Buy It
As someone who actually owns this swanky ring, I can tell you it’s well worth the cheap price you’ll pay on Amazon, plus you’ll have people drooling all over it and asking where you got it. It’s a real conversation-starter, so if you’re looking for people to talk Alien with, this’ll do the trick.
Aliens Omnibus, Vol. 1
Amazon Price: $18.93 - Buy It
This excellent Dark Horse release collects the first three Aliens series Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum, and Female War in a 400-page omnibus for your reading pleasure. It’s in full-color and an invaluable go-to tome for fans of the Aliens mythos, with even more volumes to pore through when you’re finished with this one!
Alien Minimates 35th Anniversary Box Set
BigBadToyStore Price: $17.99 - Buy It (Preorder)
These adorable Minimates are only up for preorder right now, but they’ll make an excellent addition to any self-respecting Aliens collector. Ripley, Kane, Parker, and Big Chap are up for grabs in this set, and each are fully poseable. They also stand two inches tall. That’s two inches of awesome, if you were wondering.
Weyland-Yutani Corporation Shirt
ThinkGeek Price: $19.99 - Buy It
Show the world where your loyalties lie with this Weyland-Yutani shirt, a piece of officially licensed merchandise that you can feel good about wearing. That is, until you stop and think about what said corporation has actually done. Then you might want to start feeling like an awful person for supporting them.
Amazon Price: $30.89 - Buy It
Haven’t seen the Alien films or just want to catch up? This gorgeous and extremely convenient (did we mention affordable?) hard-case collects all the pertinent movies for you to devour in a single night. Okay, maybe you can skip the fourth movie, but the director’s cuts of the other three make this worth the purchase. And you’ll definitely want to spend some time poring over the special booklet that’s included.
Funko POP Movies: Alien Vinyl Figure
Amazon Price: $10.88 - Buy It
Have you ever seen a cuter Xenomorph? I mean, besides the ones on this list. Funko does it again with this fearsome and totally endearing POP Movies vinyl figure. It’s durable in case you want to leave it on display, detailed for collecting, and adorable so it can collect all the “awws.” You might even want to pick up the Predator to keep it company.
Alien: The Official Movie Novelization
Amazon Price: $7.09 - Buy It
Ever wanted to read the official Alien novelization? Give it a whirl with this paperback edition of one of the most famous sci-fi adventures of all time. Read up on all the details you may have missed during your repeat viewings, and check out Alan Dean Foster’s expertly-penned adaptation.
Amazon Price: $59.95 - Buy It (Preorder)
What would this list be without mentioning the actual Alien: Isolation, due out later this year for an October 7 release. Follow Amanda, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, as she’s pursued by a Xenomorph while trying to figure out the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance. It looks like a sweeping return to classic survival horror, and should be a vast improvement over last year’s Aliens: Colonial Marines. Yeesh.
What kind of Alien merchandise do you own? What’s your favorite kind to collect? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check back for more news regarding one of the most venerable franchises in sci-fi history!
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