View Full Version : ALIENS small scale "army men" figures and playset!
07-26-2004, 05:30 AM
At Comic-Con in San Diego, I spotted something new and really cool over at the Palisades booth. They're putting out, along with "Tree House Kids," a line of very small (2" to 4") plastic army men type Aliens figures. There will be soldiers (9 that I can see) and Aliens (I think around 4) as well as a two story plastic and cardboard playset. They're super basic and have little to no articulation, but they looked like a lot of fun.
Palisades was selling 4 different boxed sets with two figures (a human and an alien) for $5. I picked up one set, and there's pics below...
07-26-2004, 08:43 AM
Very cool. A great way for a lot of toy to movie tie-ins to go. Especially when you have a young padawan that likes to play all the movies. A cheaper yet somewhat realistic toy would be greatly appreciated.
07-26-2004, 07:20 PM
Yeah, it is a cool idea. Mostly it's just nice to have something unique and I'm a sucker for Alien toys anyway.
As far as them being "kids" toys goes... I asked the question, "Do you think that toys from the movie Aliens are really kid appropriate?" It's funny, because I always thought that the Kenner Aliens toys were ridiculous (but great) because none of these movies are at all appropriate for little kids. The Palisades guy laughed (I'm glad, because I was half kidding) and said -- sure, kids always like to have toy soldiers and aliens that can battle. On the one hand, I think he's right, but on the other, I'm not sure just how they're gonna really sell these to the kids if they can't tie it into a movie that they're familiar with.
I suppose they'll probably aim for that 25+ year old kid market, if they're smart. ;)
07-26-2004, 09:54 PM
The Palisades guy laughed (I'm glad, because I was half kidding) and said -- sure, kids always like to have toy soldiers and aliens that can battle.
Because, as we all know, it's perfectly fine to indoctrinate our children in the fine arts of battle yet the minute anything remotely sexual is hinted at, call the Religious Right! :rolleyes:
I've always been amazed at what some people put on their Christmas Trees too, so I guess there aren't any true boundries anymore anyway.
Bring 'em on! I've got cash. Titillate me! :crazed:
07-27-2004, 12:52 AM
We've actually had a thread about this playset & minifigs for months in the Micro Machines section, back when it was only coming out in the UK. Personally, I think it looks cool but far too late.
07-27-2004, 01:10 AM
Yeah? How long ago did they announce it and who's putting it out in the UK?
I'm not sure about it being too late -- well, maybe 18 years too late. ;) McFarlane has their Alien thing going, and I'm sure with Alien vs. Predator coming out that Palisades is trying to get in on the action just a little.
You know, the first thing that I thought, was that they seemed a lot like Japanese candy toys.
07-27-2004, 01:46 AM
Gashapon? They seem a little simple for that I think. :D You should see some of the Trek, Aliens & SW gashapon they've been showing off in the Micro Machines section, super-amazing paint jobs and sculpts, way above anything we have here. Of course, in Japan, the machines they come out of charge like $5 each for 'em, crazy Japanese collectors.
I finally found that thread, wasn't exactly what I thought though, but it is a mention of this set from 3 months ago: 323170
07-27-2004, 07:53 AM
Kids and army men work with any theme. The little plastic dudes still have a lot of appeal. So to introduce an alien and a cool looking soldier should work even without the movie.
At our house there isa bucket with civil war, cowboys and indians, knights and dragons, green army, brown army, zoo, farm and police plastic guys. Aliens would be a welcome introduction.
07-28-2004, 12:09 AM
I think they would have worked better back when the movies were big, even if they are not marketed for kids. With all the other toy and collectable options out there, it's a little much for cast plastick figure IMO. it's still cool that Aliens can pull that kind of product, and after Alien Vs. Preadator, maybe we'll see even a larger push for more Alien stuff.
07-28-2004, 04:01 AM
Gashapon? They seem a little simple for that I think. :D You should see some of the Trek, Aliens & SW gashapon they've been showing off in the Micro Machines section, super-amazing paint jobs and sculpts, way above anything we have here. Of course, in Japan, the machines they come out of charge like $5 each for 'em, crazy Japanese collectors.Oh yeah! We have one of those Enterprise D toys -- worst thing about buying them is that the boxes don't tell you which ship's inside. They're really nice though. (I could tell you where to find them at retail in the LA area if you want to know.) Wish I could have found those Alien toys... never saw them at all.
As far as detail goes... yeah, most gashapon, especially lately are more detailed. Though, the alien figure kind of reminded me of a few other alien/monster gashapon that I've got (see pics below.) :)
The little plastic dudes still have a lot of appeal. So to introduce an alien and a cool looking soldier should work even without the movie.This is true. They're the perfect "backyard" toy really.
07-29-2004, 07:16 PM
The randomness of Gashapon really freaks me out, I'm paying as much as a SW figure but I could end up getting total junk.
Yes, I am interested in where and how much those Trek Gashapon were.
07-29-2004, 09:59 PM
There are a bunch of dealers out there who do sell the gashapon in sets (they open them for you, but you still get the box) sets generally range between $25-$35 dollars depending on what it is, how recent it is, and how many pieces are in the set.
As for the Aliens playset-- When I first saw this I was very excited (and still am) I've long lamented the demise of the plastic army man, which is essentially what was available instead of action figures when I was a kid , though we did have 12" G.I Joe, and later Megos. I'm glad someone is doing them again.
I've been buying some Marx toys on ebay on occassion, but none of the expensive stuff. I always thought it would have been great if the Louis Marx had lasted long enough to make simple, non-painted, non-articulated plastic army men versions of SW in various sets. There'd be a cantina playset with all the patrons, a death star playset with dozens of stormtroopers, etc., and each set would be about $20.
The plastic army men still appeal to kids today too. We recently visited my parents during part of our vacation, and I pulled up a bunch of my old plastic soldiers, knights, Indians,dinosaurs, whatever, and he had a blast with them the whole time we were there. I unfortunately forgot to bring them back with us, but that's why they invented shipping. He played with them appropriately too. Soldiers fought dinosaurs, then the Godzilla toys he brought on our trip trounced the soldiers. I'll be getting him the aliens set too it looks like.
07-30-2004, 05:04 AM
I have that Aliens playset on order somewhere in the US(preordered so long ago, I can't even think of the company)...can't wait...I may have to fight my son over it. He's taken over my old Marx Bros. Blue & Grey playset...he loves setting up "army men".
07-30-2004, 07:05 PM
You can still buy plastic army men today, usually in large buckets, often in green & tan with a vehicle or a barbed wire fence (lamest accessory in the line IMO ;)) and sometimes in different sizes even. The quality and variety isn't as good as when I was a kid in the '80s, but they're still out there even at Target & WM & TRUs. I think the interest simply isn't there anymore, kids have action figures, TV, and video games all of which are more detailed and do more of the "work" than little green statues (but none of those pretenders to the throne melt anywhere near as good as the classic :D). Also, there's a bit of an image shift in play, kids don't seem to be into the military and old west stuff as they used to, and modern toys have greatly changed the way they look at fantasy stuff (I was into the fantasy versions of little green army men more than old west and military when I was a wee lad), so little green army men and their ilk simply don't fit with play patterns and interests the way they used to. I do think that when a kid is bored enough and finds a big bucket of army men to set up and project his imagination into, the fun will still be there, but the desire to initiate that is not there anymore.
This is what got a lot of folks into the Star Wars Micro Machines line back when it began, the MM minifigs were painted and a little smaller but basically they WERE the Star Wars equivalent of little green army men (I myself am more of a tech fan, so I was into it for the ships). In fact, the SWMM line was the genesis of modern Star Wars collecting, growing in popularity over a year before the POTF2 line was released - old issues of the SW Insider from a decade ago had whole sections in the magazine and the Jawa Trader that were dedicated to SWMMs, the only SW toys being released at that time.
07-30-2004, 07:56 PM
I remember those days when the micro machines were all there was besides some bendies and a die cast set. It was so easy to be a completist back then.
I think the western in America is pretty much dead right now, but mainly because no one has found a succesful way to market it these days. As for fantasy plastic soldiers, I recently bought off ebay a big bag of little 2" plastic demons with swords and spears. Where were these when I was a kid? Man, my knights and soldiers would have been toast. I haven't decided whether my kids are getting those or not. Or, whether I'm going to keep them for myself. :evil:
07-31-2004, 01:44 AM
Yes, I am interested in where and how much those Trek Gashapon were.Torrance has some nice Japanese markets that have Gashapon over in the candy section (of course.) There's "Mitsuwa" on Western (South of the 405) and then (same road, north of the 405) there's "Marukai." There's also a small Marukai over in Costa Mesa on Harbor, I've found good stuff there. They had the Trek ships at one of those two in Torrance -- and yeah, they're just under $5.
He played with them appropriately too. Soldiers fought dinosaurs, then the Godzilla toys he brought on our trip trounced the soldiers. I'll be getting him the aliens set too it looks like.
That's really funny. That really is the "appropriate" way to play with them. Hah.
08-11-2004, 12:35 AM
I'd absolutely love to see something like this done with Star Wars! In fact, I've always wanted something like Star Wars "army men" with cool, cheap playsets! Aliens is a great start, and I hope they can get hold of more licenses for this type of toy treatment.
08-11-2004, 08:33 PM
Write to Hasbro, get them to reboot the Micro Machines line.
08-12-2004, 02:46 AM
Hmm, at this point I almost think that some other company -- that really wants to -- should get a crack at a MM size Star Wars line. Unless Hasbro jumps up suddenly and enthusiastically tries to re-launch the idea, I'd rather they didn't do it at all. We'd just end up with something really half-***ed.
08-12-2004, 03:34 PM
Hasbro is unfortunately very tight-fisted about their license, they were supposedly kicking and screaming against letting Code 3 sub-license die cast vehicles when Lucasfilm made them.
08-14-2004, 10:29 PM
Micro machines are a completely different concept than this here and wouldn't be good enough anyway.
08-14-2004, 11:40 PM
Agreed. These really need to be those 1 1/2" - 2" one color, non-articulated, molded plastic army men. Just think, a big bucket of stormtroopers (running, standing shooting, kneeling shooting, marching, etc.) for about $10. Wouldn't that be great?
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