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Gentle Giant Re-Animates Controversial 1979 'Alien' Figure

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Gentle Giant Alien

Back in 1979, Kenner released an 18" Alien figure, which quickly become one of the most controversial toys to ever hit the market. Though an awesome figure, especially for the time, Kenner was forced to completely pull it from shelves, amidst parental complaints that it was just too terrifying for their children to play with. In more recent years, the banned figure has become a highly sought after collectible, and they typically sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay, and even into the thousands if they're still in the original box.

Check out the original 1979 commercial for the toy...

Over 30 years after the release of the controversial action figure, toy company Gentle Giant is bringing it back from the dead, in the form of an exact replica that measures a whopping 24". Their 'Alien Vintage Jumbo Figure' is a faithfully rescaled version of the original Kenner toy, right down to small details like the chrome teeth and mechanically-activated jaws. The figure is packed in a period authentic box, and even includes copies of Kenner's original poster and instruction sheets.

Gentle Giant Alien

The retro-inspired Xenomorph is now available for pre-order from Gentle Giant's website, selling for $499. If you place your pre-order before February 22nd, you'll get $100 shaved off that price, as part of a special introductory sale. The figures are expected to begin shipping out late this year.

This isn't the first time retro Alien figures have been given a second life. Check out Super7's Alien ReAction Figures!

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