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This is easily the line that has inspired me most. I can't get enough. Between army-building all the xenos and making customs of characters that appeared on-screen as well as off, I'm not ready to see it go.

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I'd say zero since it appears DST has dropped the license. ☹️

Except for Bishop, Ferro, a dropship, a xenomorph and about a dozen characters from Alien 3, the crew of the Betty, a hybrid and Ripley from Resurrection, almost the entire cast of Prometheus and a few others from Covenant, not to mention all the comic book and video game source material available, they've mostly milked the property dry.

 

Mostly.

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I could be wrong, but I think the assortments that weren’t based on the first two movies (“Legacy” and Covenant) didn’t do as well.

Clean Bishop is definitely a hole in the line, but he’s not much of a draw without the dropship, and that much tooling seems like it would be hard to justify based on specialty orders.

We probably could have gotten a Bishop and rave Xenomorph two pack at some point, but I think that ship has sailed.

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Covenant Minimates were pretty lame. The TRU assortment didn't have any human characters, just poorly executed critters and a Walter synthetic mislabeled as "David."

The specialty wave offered a couple main characters in spacesuits they hardly wore, a Shaw who was barely seen in the movie, and the same mislabeled "David." Pairing them with aliens was a no-brainer but, again, these were the same poorly executed critters available at TRU.

It's hard to tell how well the Legacy assortment might have performed since it was intended for TRU but released to specialty. Obviously the quantities would be skewed. Personally I loved the variety offered in that wave and I've lost track of how many Ripley/Dillon sets I bought to create the other inmates of Fury 161 (Ten?) but I thought it was a relatively strong assortment though it wasn't perfect.

The Dillon/Ripley set would have been better off with a couple extra heads to create others characters instead of the eggs (only one appeared briefly onscreen), the facehugger (which never appeared on anyone's face), and chestburster (which looked nothing like the one in the film).

The Isolation set was terrific! Adding Amanda showed promise. I was hopeful that this was an indication of where the line could find fresh blood.

Both Resurrection sets were solid. They were light on props but Call had an alternate look and the albino xenomorph that came with Johner was a fun variant. I was looking forward to more characters from that movie, especially since they didn't offer a Ripley.

I'm just not sure how you can't get retailers jazzed about the Alien franchise on its 40th anniversary but we're talking about a toy company that can't sell Gotham even when Batman finally shows up.

Sidebar: I honestly think that TRU's shared characters across the Minimates brand killed interest at specialty, especially when the MSRP is $9.99 a 2-pack while TRU was offering them at $7.49.

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And I know FYE only has 228 locations but if they take Vinimates in sufficient quantities, wouldn't they be able to stock 4-packs of Minimates?

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I think with Predator, I'm pretty happy. I finally got my Hawkins, and the first movie is really the best, so I won't die if I can't complete the Lost Tribe.

But with Alien, man we need a clean Bishop. I get that a dropship is probably 99% unlikely at this point, but Bishop and Ferro are needed to put a bow on this line and call it done.

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On 5/19/2019 at 4:12 PM, Mystery Man said:

Agreed. I’m dying for a clean Bishop and Ferro. 

Me too.

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