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Did you know that Kenner tried to put out a 3 3/4 line based on ALIEN for the first film? True story. But the plans were scrapped when the movie was released with an R rating. You really have to wonder how the licensing deals were structured in those days for 20th Century Fox to get money out of Kenner for a movie they wouldn't be able to properly release toys for.
LJN would later learn this lesson when they tried to merchandise Freddy and Jason merchandise.
However, before McFarlane showed the major companies how to sneak these items onto shelves - by marketing them to adult collectors - Kenner made another try with ALIENS.
Again, 20th Century Fox convinced Kenner that they were going to push ALIENS in a manner similar to Star Wars. Licensees were lined up (a quick search of the trademark database shows that products were lined up for clocks, coin purses, plates, and more), and a CARTOON was going to be put into production (titled "Operation: Aliens", probably for copyright reasons).
Somewhere along the way, someone realized that there was no way this was going to fly with the parents groups of that era, and the whole plan was canceled. Some merchandise slipped out with the O:A name, but the major linchpin of this concept, the Kenner figures, carried only the film logo.
As the toys were based on this animated cartoon style, they did not resemble the film in many circumstances. Bishop is a very different design, and Apone wears an outfit with a cybernetic arm. The basic storyline would have been that ALIENS occurred, in some fashion, but not exactly like the film. Apone and Hudson would have survived the events of the film, and the Space Marines traveled the galaxy, fighting ALIENS.
But not just any Xenomorphs! The facehuggers would have gone from planet to planet, infecting all kinds of animals (this was pre-Alien 3), giving us some crazy designs in Bull Alien, Gorilla Alien, and Wild Wolf Alien. Okay, I made up that last one - but who knows? If the toon had made it out and been a hit, it wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility...
So, Kenner started the line with Marines VS Aliens. Along the way, they picked up the rights to Predator, and announced that Dutch, Billy, and Blaine from Predator would be joining the Marines. However, this never happened. A change in line direction (based on poor sales and retailer apathy, according to Tomarts) pushed the Marines aside for Aliens VS Predator. This was not enough to save the line, and after a few short releases, the line was kaput.
KB Toys brought back the ALIENS a few times - as two packs, single cards, and (because the tooling had been cut) a special series called HIVE WARS.
A wealth of unproduced items were left behind by the change in direction and the end of the line, including additional Marines (with an insane Marine who disguised himself as a Predator), vehicles of the Drop Ship and APC, and a bunch of Aliens and Predators.
Although ALIENS merchandise is produced today, it is strictly based on the film. The animated series supposedly exists only as a pilot, and has never seen the light of day. The Kenner ALIENS designs will likely never be duplicated in any other form, making for a fun collectible line. - John K.

Basic Figures

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Alien Queen
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Alien Queen (Flying)
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Apone
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Bishop
 
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Bull Alien
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Electronic Swarm Alien
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Gorilla Alien
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Hicks
 
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Lt. Ripley
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Mantis Alien
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Night Cougar Alien
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Snake Alien
 
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Warrior Alien
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Wild Boar Alien
 

Aliens vs. Marine

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Hudson vs. Scorpion Alien
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O'Malley vs. Queen Face Hugger
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Vasquez vs. Night Cougar Alien
 

Action Masters



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4 Pack
 

Vehicles & Playsets

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Evac Fighter
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Power Loader
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Stinger XT-37