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These Incredible Alien Toys Just Topped Your Collectibles Wish List

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Alien2014 marks the 35th anniversary of one of the best movies ever made, Ridley Scott’s classic Alien. You can argue whether or not it is a horror movie with sci-fi leanings, or a sci-fi movie with horror elements until you’re blue in the face. The fact of the matter is that, either way you look at it, this movie is damn near perfect. To celebrate the milestone, there are a number of things planned for this year, including a ton of incredible new toys and collectibles on their way. You should probably start clearing shelf space now.

First up is this awesome Egg Chamber from Super7. As you can see, this toy recreates H.R. Giger’s iconic designs and aesthetics, and there are little figurines for your kids to play with, or more realistically, for you to pose and not let your children anywhere near. And that’s if you even decide to take this bad boy out of the original packaging in the first place.

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Are You There, Aliens? New Horizons Has A Message For You

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new_horizonsIf you happened to encounter some aliens, what would you say (presuming they can translate/understand your human language)? Maybe the first thing would be, “Please don’t kill me,” but after a while you’d probably have a lot of questions about their civilization and technology, and what took them so long to make contact with humans. NASA has been asking itself the same question, especially as its New Horizons spacecraft prepares to finish studying Pluto next summer and head deeper into space. When it embarks on that journey, it will take with it a message for whomever or whatever it may encounter.

The message will stream to the craft next year, after it wraps up its Pluto mission. The message isn’t exactly something you could stick into a bottle — it’s really a digital record of sounds and images that would give its recipient an indication of what life on planet Earth is like. The information will resemble the Golden Record carried by the Voyager probes which were launched in 1977, and which are currently traveling through interstellar space. Both spacecraft carry messages on 12-inch, gold-plated copper disks. The contents were selected carefully by a committee that included Carl Sagan, and they represent a cultural cross-section of life on Earth: images, sounds, 55 greetings in different languages, and music.

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The Hybrid Trailer Splices Humanoid Aliens With Gun-Toting Mercenaries

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You know what you don’t see in movies? A team of mercenaries who take the week off to catch up on binge-watching shows in between volleyball matches. No, mercenaries get zero off-duty time in cinema, and they’re always under pressure to save the world from what often turns out to be a man-made threat. That appears to be the nutshell-encased plotline for Irish director Billy O’Brien’s sophomore feature, the action thriller The Hybrid, formerly known by the far more interesting name Scintilla. Explore. Discover. Blast. There is no other way.

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Aliens Recreated In Legos Is The Only Way To Be Sure That Everything Is Awesome

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KaboomOh, Legos. Is there anything you can’t do? I’m not sure what it is about the blocky little yellow guys that lend themselves to recreating iconic things, scenes, and characters in charming and awesome ways. But I do know it works marvelously when the original subject matter involves swear-happy Colonial Marines, children in dire peril, and acid-blooded xenomorphs whose hobbies include ripping themselves out of your midsection. Thankfully the folks from Missing Brick have given us precisely that, giving James Cameron’s Aliens the Lego makeover we never knew it needed.

I love the sheer amount of detail they’ve put into these. They got the hair right on Lego Ripley!

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Alien, Terminator & Mad Max Blu-Ray Box Sets Are Stupid Cheap Today

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AlienPrometheusYou there! Are you wearing pants? Do those pants have pockets? If so, is it possible one or more of those pockets might contain twenty bucks? Well, thank your lucky stars that you decided to cover your shame today, buddy, because that twenty bucks could get you Blu-ray collections of the Alien, Terminator, or Mad Max films — that’s one hell of a deal.

First up is the outstanding Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, a must-have for any Alien fan, which bundles multiple versions of all four films together with a ridiculous amount of bonus features. The fact that this thing is going for $20 is insane, and if you hadn’t ever bought it, congratulations, you’ve just mastered the art of the steal. To make things even crazier, your $20 will also get you a copy of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — as with the third and fourth Alien films, it’s not nearly as good a film as the original Alien and Aliens, but some people love it and, if nothing else, it’s a visually gorgeous film that looks amazing in high-def. Just consider it a cherry on top of the delicious ice cream sundae that is getting the Alien Anthology for nearly 80% off list price. The Anthology bonus features listing is nearly 1,000 words long and we’ve got over stuff to cover here, so just click over to Amazon and purchase/peruse at your leisure.

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Sigourney Weaver On The History — And The Future — Of Aliens

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RipleyThree and a half decades after she first played the role, Sigourney Weaver is still inseparably bound to the role of Ellen Ripley from the Alien films. It’s not a bad legacy to have — she hasn’t been so typecast that it’s hampered her career, and Ripley herself is one of the strongest, most iconic female characters in science fiction film history. Hell, forget gender; she commands a place in the top 10 of any list honoring the best of the best in big-screen sci-fi, no qualifiers needed. Earlier this week the The Hero Complex Film Festival held an event honoring Weaver, and she shared her memories about the past and future of the franchise that has helped define her career.

It’s easy to forget the fact that, before Alien opened, it was just another little science fiction movie — nobody could have predicted how influential it would become within its genre and across aspects of filmmaking as a whole. In fact, Weaver said that she was initially quite skeptical about signing onto the project. After all, one of the things that helped make Alien a classic was H.R. Giger’s terrifying designs for the creature, and Weaver hadn’t seen those up front. She recalled: