Gear: Weta Workshop Mini Epic Xenomorph
Weta Workshop has announced a new vinyl figurine in its stylised Mini Epics series - one of the scariest cinematic science fiction creatures of all time that's being honoured in advance of its 40th birthday.
In honour of Alien Day, which is celebrated annually on 26 April (because today is "426" in dates used by the USA, which is the code for the planet LV-426 where parts of Alien
are set), and to celebrate the movie Alien
's 40th anniversary, which is taking place next month, Weta Workshop has announced a new toy in its Mini Epic line - the Xenomorph.
Weta Workshop is the Oscar winning New Zealand design and effects company behind creations in movies such as Thor Ragnarok
, the Lord Of The Rings
and The Hobbit
franchises, Blade Runner 2049
, and District 9
but in recent years it has also smartly branched out into merchandise with its sculptors creating toy lines and cosplay costumes and accessories for prominent speculative-fiction franchises such as The Lord Of The Rings
, the Alien Anthology
, and Star Wars
In the case of the Xenomorph, it is part of a stylised series of vinyl figures called Mini Epics in which certain parts of the characters, such as faces or feet, are enlarged to give the character a slightly cartoonish feel. Naturally this means it won't be to everyone's taste but the Weta Workshop Mini Epic Xenomorph sculpt, which is based on the alien in Alien
, looks quite menacing and well done, with principal sculptor Mauro Santini
adding fun points of interest such as retaining the original translucent skull from the Alien
design and incorporating a trail of drool that falls from its mouth.
The figurine is nine centimetres wide, 18.5 centimetres tall, and 9.5 centimetres deep (3.66x7.28x3.74" (WxHxD)), so it's quite large and can be displayed prominently. It weighs 200 grams (half a pound).
The Weta Workshop Mini Epic Xenomorph
will be available around July/August 2019 but it can be preordered now via the Weta Workshop web site for US$29.99. Also take note that the images are based on a pre-production prototype so minor changes might still be applied to the final product.
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