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Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples Super 7, 2013
Day #792: November 15, 2013
Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples
Neat, but Rare

ALIEN San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Exclusive
Item No.:
No. TBD
Manufacturer: Super 7
Includes: ALIEN figure, removable dome, letter, Kane figure, removable helmet
Action Feature: Extending ALIEN jaw
Retail: $40.00
Availability: July 2013
Other: Sold Out on Preview Night

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Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples

The ALIEN Sales Samples were, without a doubt, the single coolest thing sold at SDCC 2013. They sold out on preview night, so it took much pleading and whining to finagle a set at a reasonable price - which eventually found its way into my hands in October. But the important thing is that they're here now, in appropriately "blue harvest" hardcopy colors, at a price point that while not great is certainly reasonable. On paper, yes, a 4 1/2-inch Alien and 4 1/4-inch Space Suit Kane must sound preposterous. On the other hand, it's based on actual, real unreleased figures from the 1970s which were shown in Tomart's Action Figure Digest when we were all young and impressionable. Naturally, we all wanted these, so it's no surprise they sold out quickly and jerkwads are selling them for $160 or more on eBay. I got them because they went far beyond a want - this was a need. I love old figures, I loved ALIENS figures, and Kenner-style 3 3/4-inch faux prototypes were just so delightful. I wish they made more, because items like this are the reason people like me collect toys in the first place.

Let's start off with the Alien. He's that familiar baby blue color any of us who collected, sold, or saw prototypes around 1996 knew very well. The only color are his extending jaw/tongue and the lever inside his removable clear dome, which is white. The blue itself will give collectors a deep psychological problem, given that this shade says "fragile, do not play with me" much as how neon colors say to keep away from a poison dart frog. You know the score here. The dome snaps off easily, and goes back just as easily. I assume this is better engineered than the original but having never seen it in person, what do i know? The hands have the creature's two thumbs, posed down in a bizarre manner unless he holds his arms out forward - then it's just kind of creepy. There are lots of sculpted details in teh tail, feet, arms, and of course the bony chest that are sure to make you mad that Kenner put so much work into this while its Star Wars siblings were so simple by comparison.

Articulation is as you might expect - the neck and tail turn, the arms swivel at the shoulders, and there's a v-crotch for the legs. The v-crotch was exceedingly rare in Kenner's line those days, appearing on the likes of the Ewoks and little else. Seeing the recessed eye holes in the dome and the simple sculpt of the legs, this feels like something that should have been in your toy box back in 1980. It's a crying shame we had to wait so long, but it's better to get them now than never to see them at all. I had to pre-order the painted figures at the show as well, so I look forward to seeing what the real deal will look like.

Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales Samples

Finishing up the set is Kane, John Hurt's unlucky role in which he gets to explode courtesy of an alien parasite. This figure has him in his Moebius-designed space suit, with a big round fishbowl helmet and puffy, armored limbs. The gloves seem sculpted as if to hold an accessory, but that accessory was lost to time and not included here. The dome is removed easily, plus it has blue elements on the top and back of his helmet.

Due either to Kenner's engineering or Super 7's choice, the figure's hips cannot bend at a 90-degree angle like most older Kenner figures. (Neither can the Alien.) Instead, the figure can lean back quite a bit and has a range of movement similar to 1984 Anakin Skywalker. The detail on the suit sculpt is impressive, with knobs on the shoulders and lots of folds and texture in the fabric of the space suit. It probably shouldn't bother you too much that he can't fit in a vehicle - it's not like we have a Nostromo we can go buy today anyway.

Super 7 ALIEN SDCC Exclusive Sales SamplesTogether, the play factor of both figures is very much like what the kids of the late 1970s were used to from Kenner - they feel a little cheap, but charming, accurate yet not quite right. Putting them near Walrus Man and Boba Fett gives you a sense of how Kenner designers must have felt when the license fell in their laps - what fun designs! What wonderful creatures! How lovely these figures will look on the aisle next to Star Wars. Alas, it was not meant to be.

I like ALIEN merchandising a whole bunch and I'm a huge sucker for actual vintage stuff - being able to get my hands on these weird blue figures allows me to look at them in a totally different light before the finals show up any day now. It's impossible not to love them, but perhaps that's due to my age and collecting proclivities. I assume anyone born after 1984 won't care, but to you older farts this is like catnip. If the chance comes up, get a set, you're going to love them.

--Adam Pawlus

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