1979 Kenner Alien Original Price?

Started by Count Zachula, December 28, 2019, 11:41:02 PM

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Quote from: Mord on December 30, 2019, 08:41:22 PM
That's the thing, kids DIDN'T see the film.

Sure they did. They just had to be accompanied by an adult.
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Quote from: Mike Scott on December 30, 2019, 10:02:38 PM
Sure they did. They just had to be accompanied by an adult.
An irresponsible parent?

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Quote from: Mord on December 30, 2019, 06:03:47 PMI think that hopes were high, but most products failed (which explains the current demand). The Topps cards were very disappointing. There were only a few cards that actually featured the Alien.

True. But then again, the Alien was actually in only a very few frames of the movie. The cards I acquired about twenty years ago. I keep them in a binder for Monster/Horror cards (not including ones drawn by Jack Davis which have a binder all their own)!  ;)

Quote from: Mord on December 30, 2019, 08:41:22 PMThat's the thing, kids DIDN'T see the film. It was rated R and was not kid-friendly. Kenner got the license because it was a sci-fi movie and Star Wars was all the rage. They dropped the ball on Star Wars by not having any toys ready when the movie first came out. They didn't want to make the same mistake with Alien.

I think Kenner must have got the licence for Alien long before the movie hit theatres.

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Quote from: Count Zachula on December 30, 2019, 07:03:25 PMDid kids actually get to see the movie and like it?  Or did they just want it because it seemed like a cool adult thing? Kind of like a Robocop or Jason Voorhees situation.

Quote from: Mord on December 30, 2019, 08:41:22 PMUnfortunately, it wasn't a hit with kids (hence, the lack of products and demand from collectors & fans).

I think the movie was a "hit" with kids even though very few got to see it in theatres precisely because of the forbidden fruit aspect.

The fact that I didn't bother to pick up one (let alone a bunch) of the Kenner Aliens in 1979-80 still irks me though. Like I say, I was already seriously collecting vintage comics and cards and a pile of Kenner Aliens was on display at Silver Snail Comics. So why did it not occur to me that the Kenner Alien would in just a few years be considered a "must have" classic? I mean I could see that in representation it was a cut above the other stuff being marketed to kids at the time. But I simply wasn't into collecting toys or even model kits for another three years.

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Quote from: Mike Scott on December 30, 2019, 10:02:38 PMSure they did. They just had to be accompanied by an adult.

I had heard nothing whatsoever about the movie when I decided to take in a showing at a grand old movie house on Bloor Street just west of the uptown area in Toronto. The newspaper ads were cool and had caught my eye. When the movie was done I remember shaking my head and thinking "Wow! That was really something and a cut better than any other horror/sci-fi flick I've seen before!" And ever since I've wished that I could have taken my very old school father who'd been born in the old country in 1911 with me that day. I think he would have been stunned!

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Quote from: Joseph_Baeza on December 30, 2019, 09:57:20 PMCount Z...that's an INCREDIBLE gift and it goes without saying that your girlfriend is a keeper!

You bet! Put her away immediately in your best cabinet with your most highly prized collectibles.

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Quote from: Hepcat on December 30, 2019, 11:09:41 PM

I think Kenner must have got the licence for Alien long before the movie hit theatres.

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Absolutely. I'm sure they had no idea it was going to be an R-rated "adult" movie. Btw, MPC put out an Alien model at the time (exactly half scale to the Kenner figure).

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Quote from: Mord on December 31, 2019, 12:27:34 AM
Btw, MPC put out an Alien model at the time.

I bought it when it came out. Long gone, now.
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Quote from: Mike Scott on December 31, 2019, 02:08:05 AM
I bought it when it came out. Long gone, now.
You're right. Wait...you bought something that wasn't The Creature? I'm shocked.

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Quote from: Mord on December 31, 2019, 02:31:23 AM
Wait...you bought something that wasn't The Creature? I'm shocked.

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Quote from: Mike Scott on December 29, 2019, 03:02:31 AM
J. C. Penney 1979 Christmas Catalog .


Hmmmm, interesting! It seems that the Kenner Alien Blaster Target Set that retailed for $9.98 in 1979 is the one that's really tough to find these days. All I can find on Ebay including completed listings is a near complete boxed one listed for $850:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Kenner+Alien+Blaster+Target+set&_sacat=0

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