We’re guessing few people were more excited about the news that Sigourney Weaver has finally officially acquiesced to the idea of Ellen Ripley action figures than KPCC managing editor, digital Patrick Lee. That’s because his Twitter handle (@ripleycal) mashes the last name of her character in Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi classic with that of Winona Ryder‘s in 1997 sequel Alien: Resurrection.*
At right is some initial concept art. Although we’re personally excited that there’s a hint of Jim Morrison, chances are that will not make the final toy-cut. From this week’s announcement:
The officially licensed Ripley action figures from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) will span multiple movies within the Alien saga: initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie Aliens, directed by James Cameron…
“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, we are thrilled to introduce an array of commemorative products across different categories,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products.
Prototypes of the Ripley action figures are scheduled to be unveiled at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. They should easily trump what’s out there now.
*Correction (February 26):
Our apologies to Mr. Lee for this careless conjecture. Per his comment below, the Twitter handle @ripleycal is not an Alien/Alien: Resurrection homage.