When I was a kid, I wasn’t alone in being utterly dumbfounded by people who kept their toys on shelves, still cooped up in their original packaging. I mean, if you weren’t playing with something, what was the point in spending money on it? Wait, you say it cost how much? That’s like 40 Screwballs from the ice cream man. What kind of a dystopia am I living in? Luckily, it was just the 1980s.
It’s no question that the toy and design company Super7 understands that sentiment entirely, as shown by their upcoming line of previously unproduced figures from Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Alien, as part of their Reaction series. These toys, recently shown off in their full glory at WonderCon, existed only as prototypes from toy manufacturer Kenner, who chose not to go into production, perhaps not wanting to turn 1979 into the childhood nightmare battlezone that this commercial attempted to make it.
Thirty-four years later, Super7 is releasing the five figures in all of their original, cheesy-looking glory, including the original packaging and accessories. You’ve got the big alien with his removable dome, Ripley and her flamethrower, Dallas and his flamethrower, Ash and a motion detector, and Kane in the Nostromo spacesuit. I daresay Ripley looks like an Asian boy and Kane appears to be a wood nymph condom, but the alien looks pretty sweet. They’ll be retailing for $20 a pop, so the only thing you’ll want to do when you get them is put them on display and show them off while sharing a brew with a friend.
And what better way to have that beer than in the second part of the Reaction line: Alien pint glasses, designed as the fast food drinkware they were conceived for. Those will cost you $50 for a set of four. All of a sudden, the less-inflated days of the 1980s sound more utopian.