Over the course of the last fifteen years or so I have collected an interesting assortment of classic and contemporary alien statues and resin kits. Most, if not all have appreciated dramatically in value as the franchise continues to grow and many of the earlier pieces have long since been out of production. The recent death of HR Giger, the individual who conceptualised and developed the 'Alien creature" has further pushed demand and individual auction values up. Giger's alien is considered by many to be one of the most terrifying yet beautifully rendered alien lifeforms in the movie and science fiction industry.
Outlined in the next few pages are some of the pieces that are currently, or were at one time in my collection.
Brace yourself. It's disturbing.
Pictured to the right is arguably one of the most sought after life size statues of the Alien creature. This piece was also cast by Hollywood Collectibles from the original molds and stands over seven feet (7) tall. The picture does not do it justice. The Alien arrived on a pallet containing five very large crates which took a full afternoon to assemble. The head was removed and sent off to "The Reverend" who performed a similiar restoration as the one outlined above. The interior of the mouth was airbrushed a pale, ghoulish white color and the jaw and lips were augmented along with tendons and tubes being added as well. At one point I considered bringing "The Reverend" down to Florida in order to paint the rest of the statue since the overall paint job was not accurate to the original movie.
Still, the changes to the head add tremendous realism to this unique and impressive statue.
This page was last updated: January 16, 2016
Clearly this is one of the most impressive alien busts that was produced a few years ago by Hollywood Collectibles Group (HCG). Using the original molds from the very first Alien movie they cast a limited run of these rather large, full size heads. The attention to detail was very good but the opaque white color of the dome was all wrong including a rather disappointing overall paint job. The mouth area is one of the most impressive features along with the chrome silver teeth but we knew that this piece would need additional work. I contacted my friend and fellow alien artist "The Reverend" and commissioned him to significantly modify the Alien. We added additional tendons to the jaw, augmented the lips that would have made Joan Rivers proud and airbrushed the entire piece that dramatically transformed it into one of the most realistic Alien busts in existence.
Sadly, this piece was recently sold to a private collector due to its large size and limited space in my man-cave.
I could probably write a book about this piece. It is one of my favorites and it took me almost two years to resculpt after being shattered into hundreds of pieces and shards during delivery. It was originally sculpted for me by an artist in the United Kingdom and it stands four feet tall. It is an original piece although it closely resembles a much smaller statue sculpted years ago by Palisades. The clear resin dome was removeable but the casting quality was so poor that I decided to paint it a smoke color which would reveal details from the skull but hide some of the casting imperfections.
I used several pounds of Aves Apoxy Sculpt to recreate this piece which worked well with cold cast porcelain material. Lots of pinholes and imperfections to fill but a really amazing piece nonetheless.
As of this date, I have yet to finish painting this unusual interpretation of the Alien.
These two full size sculpts were acquired from Black Heart Studios which is owned and operated by George Stephenson. The original sculpture was done by Joe Simon, I believe who is one of the most talented artists in the business.
The Medusa bust always brings me back to the classic movie fantasy "Clash of the Titans" when the hero played by Harry Hamlin stalks and eventually kills the ghastly mythological creature known as "Medusa". The attention to detail is amazing and the snakes were painted individually to bring out even more realism.
The Predator bust is also a full size piece and reflects tremendous detail. The mouth is particularly wild and you can almost smell the creature's foul breath as it stares you down. Both of these pieces are mounted on the wall of my den and my golden retriever refuses to come in the room because of these two.
Although there have been one or two resin models of the Derelict Spaceship recently made famous in Prometheus, there are none in existence as large and as accurately detailed as this one featured below. Joseph Jessup sculpted and cast this truly amazing piece which captures every detail of the original craft. The craft is over two feet in diameter and is mounted on a lightweight foam stand which contains a speaker and sound board with original sound bytes from the first Alien movie. There are only a small handful of these sculpts in existence and sadly, Joseph has recently left the industry altogether . Click on the image to enlarge.
This is the original statue before we made a number of modifications to the head including a whole new paint scheme.
The Alien Derelict Spaceship
The Pallisades Inspired Alien
The Predator kit before assembly. This part was easy but painting the creature was another story.
Once the repair was finished I sprayed a flat black base coat to prepare the statue for painting. The black paint will highlight the seams and crevices that make this sculpt so unique.
Pictured to the right are some of the larger chunks that were broken during shipping. There were literally hundreds of fragments lying on the bottom of the packing crate. The alien head was the only part of the statue that was not damaged.