Have you ever wanted to have King Kong in your garden? Jaws in your swimming pool? The Batmobile in your garage? Well, in a series of articles, starting here, we’re going to introduce the definitive guide to the amazing replicas that money can sometimes just about buy, but other times really cannot unless you intend to sell everything you own.
Ranging from very limited edition replicas from the likes of Sideshow and NECA, through to promotional items auctioned by film studios after years in storage and then to amazing replicas made by fans and small companies for private displays, over the coming weeks we will have the ultimate guide to the good, the bad and the unbelievable that the vast, wonderful world of replicas has to offer.
Kicking off the series, we head into the dark, claustrophobic corridors where the Xenomorphic creations of HR Giger dwell, better known as the killing machines found in the Alien Saga.
Alien hit cinemas in 1979, starring Sigourney Weaver as kick-ass Ellen Ripley, and featuring one of the most iconic scenes in cinema with the infamous “chestburster” sequence. It also kick started a franchise that has run for almost 35 years. Since one man in a costume terrified millions aboard a claustrophobic spaceship, the series has seen its lead character die and be reborn and its main villain be cross-bred with both humans and Predators in the cross-over movie Alien vs Predator, along with its sequel.
Through all of this, the huge fanbase of the film has led to merchandise lines ranging from miniature die cast models and action figures to huge life-sized replicas for the serious collector only, as well as amazing artworks by the fans themselves. Here is our list of the best replicas ever created based on the world of the HR Giger-designed Xenomorphs.
Our first replica comes from the Alien vs Predator films that many Alien fans would not really count as part of the series, which began with Ridley Scott’s outstanding sci-fi horror. A full-sized Alien skull, which is in part based on a 1:4 scale version built by the former FX company Greyzone, would certainly be a talking point to have on your mantelpiece. This exceptionally detailed skull replica has a very authentic “old” feel to it, and being made of resin will probably last as long as the real thing would.
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