Main
Features
 FOTD
 HasCon 2017
 SDCC 2017
 Toy Fair 2017
 SDCC 2016
 Toy Fair 2016
 SDCC 2015
 Toy Fair 2015
 SDCC 2014
 C2E2 2014
 Toy Fair 2014
 SDCC 2013
 C2E2 2013
 Toy Fair 2013
 SDCC 2012
 C2E2 2012
 Toy Fair 2012
 NYCC 2011
 SDCC 2011
 Toy Fair 2011
Archives
 Books
 DVD
 Music
 Statues
 Prop Replicas
 Toys
 Video Games
Credits
Contact



Favorite Links:
16bit Tumblr
16bit Twitter
ASM
Awesome Toy Blog
Battle Beasts
Battlegrip.com
Doomkick
EE Podcast
Galactic Hunter
Glyos News
OSM News
Parry Game Preserve
Shortpacked
Toyfinity

Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Kenner, 1994
Day #397: May 11, 2012
Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure Mantis Alien
Vicious Alien Warrior

ALIENS Action Figure
Item No.:
n/a
Manufacturer: Kenner
Includes: Mini-comic
Action Feature: Bone-Crushing Arm Action
Retail: $5.99
Availability: ca. 1994
Other: Based on the Gorilla Alien mold

  PREVIOUS RSS NEXT  

Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action FigureThe Mantis Alien was a thing I originally didn't intend on buying until I saw it had an on-pack mail-in offer for an "Ambush Predator," and any kid can tell you mail-in figures are exciting stuff. What could be better than getting an exclusive action figure for "free?" Not much. It didn't matter that this figure had the same torso and gimmick as a toy I already owned-- I wanted that Predator, and I liked things that were green. So buying this wasn't much of a hassle.

Towering over the Space Marines, this guy is, for all intents and purposes, ridiculous. The silver paint over the clear green body with bright gold teeth looks overly blinged out, and the in-universe logic of the design is kind of weird. A facehugger would have to somehow mount a praying mantis, and they're small, and this giant thing would gestate inside it and someday grow to a hulking full size? This is why we don't apply logic to retro toy lines. We just enjoy them.

Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action FigureIts arms are big nasty club-like appendages, connected to levers on the figure's back. Squeeze the levers, and the arms spread apart. Let go of the levers, and they clamp down on whatever prey is inside. It's virtually identical to the Gorilla Alien, but it also shows that you can reuse tooling, with a few new parts, and get almost an entirely new toy out of it. Or if you're a kid, the lesson is "buyer beware." This isn't all that much better than the Gorilla Alien as play value goes, plus the Gorilla had a squirting head and a bonus alien facehugger accessory.

Today the figure is worth $4-- or less-- before shipping. Sealed samples or open ones are quite cheap, and of course you can probably get this figure in a collection for pennies on the dollar. They're neat and fun to play with, but as you can see it's ultimately kind of a stupid design. That doesn't mean it's not lovable. It's just kinda dumb in that charming, "remember when figures weren't ten bucks?" kind of way.

--Adam Pawlus

Additional Images

Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure
Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure
Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien Action Figure

See more Kenner figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 98: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Noctorro Action Figure
Day 99: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Air Hammer Action Figure
Day 100: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Torca Action Figure
Day 101: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Terragator Action Figure
Day 102: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Quickstrike Action Figure
Day 114: Kenner Total Justice Mail-In Superman Action Figure
Day 133: Kenner Q*Bert Wind-Up Q*Bert Action Figure
Day 138: Kenner Jurassic Park Chaos Effect Compstegnathus Action Figure
Day 172: Kenner Jurassic Park The Lost World Chasmosaurus Action Figure
Day 195: Kenner ALIENS Arachnid Alien Action Figure
Day 211: Kenner Predator Cracked Tusk Predator Action Figure
Day 234: Kenner ALIENS Scorpion Alien Action Figure
Day 250: Kenner ALIENS Panther Alien Action Figure
Day 256: Kenner ALIENS Gorilla Alien Action Figure
Day 261: Kenner ALIENS Bull Alien Action Figure
Day 285: Kenner ALIENS Hive Wars Warrior Predator
Day 317: Kenner ALIENS vs. Predator 10-Inch Alien Action Figure
Day 346: Kenner Jurassic Park Ian Malcolm Action Figure
Day 356: Kenner Action Masters Predator
Day 359: Kenner ALIENS Hive Wars Acid Alien Action Figure
Day 365: Kenner ALIENS Vasquez Action Figure
Day 366: Kenner Jurassic Park Ellie Sattler Action Figure
Day 381: Kenner ALIENS Action Masters Ripley
Day 397: Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien
Day 398: Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Clayface
Day 408: Kenner Legends of Batman Future Batman
Day 421: Kenner Bone Age Crag the Clubber Action Figure
Day 437: Kenner SilverHawks Copper Kidd Action Figure
Day 441: Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn
Day 443: Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Machine Gun Joker
Day 444: Kenner Batman: The Animated Movie Mask of the Phantasm Phantasm
Day 446: Kenner Legends of Batman Knightquest Batman
Day 457: Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Ra's Al Ghul
Day 533: Kenner Jurassic Park Chaos Effect Amargospinus
Day 848: Kenner Transformers Beast Wars Terrorsaur
Day 903: Kenner Transformers Beast Wars Rattrap
Day 956: Kenner Transformers Beast Wars Claw Jaw
Day 1,140: Kenner M.A.S.K. T-Bob with Scott Trakker Action Figure
Day 1,180: Kenner Jurassic Park Alan Grant Action Figure
Day 1,198: Kenner Jurassic Park Tim Murphy Action Figure
Day 1,212: Kenner Jurassic Park Chaos Effect Ian Malcolm Action Figure
Day 1,248: Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure
Day 1,445: Kenner Transformers Beast Wars Cybershark
Day 1,452: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Fuzors Injector
Day 1,486: Kenner Beast Wars Transformers Spittor

See more ALIENS figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 195: Kenner ALIENS Arachnid Alien Action Figure
Day 234: Kenner ALIENS Scorpion Alien Action Figure
Day 250: Kenner ALIENS Panther Alien Action Figure
Day 256: Kenner ALIENS Gorilla Alien Action Figure
Day 261: Kenner ALIENS Bull Alien Action Figure
Day 285: Kenner ALIENS Hive Wars Warrior Predator
Day 317: Kenner ALIENS vs. Predator 10-Inch Alien Action Figure
Day 359: Kenner ALIENS Hive Wars Acid Alien Action Figure
Day 365: Kenner ALIENS Vasquez Action Figure
Day 381: Kenner ALIENS Action Masters Ripley
Day 397: Kenner ALIENS Mantis Alien
Day 792: Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples
Day 821: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Ripley
Day 844: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Dallas
Day 852: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Alien
Day 857: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Kane in Space Suit
Day 861: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Ash
Day 1,149: Super7 x Funko Alien Egg Chamber Action Playset
Day 1,183: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Alien (with Metallic Flesh)
Day 1,199: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Ripley (Spacesuit)
Day 1,272: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Kane (Chestburster)
Day 1,277: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Kane (Facehugger)
Day 1,324: Diamond Select Toys Aliens vs. Colonial Marines Figure Set
Day 1,327: Super7 x Funko Alien ReAction Nostromo Crew (Dallas, Kane, Lambert)
Day 1,656: Super7 Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. Set A
Day 1,676: Super7 Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. Set C
Day 1,686: Super7 Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. Set B
Day 1,693: Super7 Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. Set D

Want to buy this figure? Check ALIEN availability at our sponsors:
Entertainment Earth

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

Click Here for 2010 & 2011
Figure of the
Day 2012
January 2012
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031
February 2012
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
26272829
March 2012
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
April 2012
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930
May 2012
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031
June 2012
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31
July 2012
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031
August 2012
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
September 2012
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30
October 2012
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
November 2012
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930
December 2012
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031
Click Here for 2013

16bit.com is best not viewed in Apple's Safari browser, we don't know why. All material on this site copyright their respective copyright holders. All materials appear hear for informative and entertainment purposes. 16bit.com is not to be held responsible for anything, ever. Photos taken by the 16bit.com staff. Site design, graphics, writing, and whatnot credited on the credits page. Be cool-- don't steal.
We know where you live and we'll break your friggin' legs.