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Titan Announces Alien – The Colouring Book

Titan announces Alien – The Colouring Book! I can honestly say that that is not a headline I expected to be writing. Via Bloody Disgusting, Titan has unveiled an Alien colouring book due for release May 2017!

“Coming from the fine folks at Titan Books, who know that Bloody Disgusting readers are the biggest Alien fans in the world, we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover of the adult coloring book featuring 80(!) pages of iconic scenes from the entire Alien series of films.”

Titan announces Alien - The Colouring Book Titan Announces Alien - The Colouring Book

Titan announces Alien – The Colouring Book

The original Alien haa a bit of a history regarding “children’s products” being made and marketted for a film with an R rating. An 18″ Alien figure from Kenner was met with negative response and many complaints from parents causing the toy to be pulled from the shelves.

Alien – The Colouring Book is due for release May 2017, just in time for the release of Alien: Covenant. It is available for pre-order from Amazon now.

Thanks to Willie Goldman and SizzyBubbles for the news.



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  1. windebieste
    I am definitely the pot calling the kettle black.  lol.  As a toy designer, I have loads of toys that I designed or for reference.

    So that's how you spend your time.  Nice. 

    The 2015 Gentle Giant figure is a digital scan to the best of my knowledge.  It has a weird 'glassy' finish to it.  Some of the super fine surface detailing observable on the Kenner item is missing.  You'd expect it to be amplified by 25% to match the upscaling but instead it feels like it's been 'smoothed out'.  I'm thinking it's a limitation of the technology, either at the scanning or 3D model rendering stage prior to preparing the molds for its production run.

    Here's the torso of each compared side by side.

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ComparisonTorso.jpg

    As you can see, the 25% larger Gentle Giant item on the right looks like it's actually from a 25% smaller figure.  I attribute the loss in fidelity and sharpness in detail to the scanning process or later in development. 

    Anyway, it really shouldn't have been released as a kid's toy way back in '79.  That in itself is a remarkable story worth telling!  Would have loved to have seen a colouring book back then.  At the very least 'The Illustrated ALIEN' has been declared to be one of the greatest movie based comics ever made.  That wasn't kid's stuff, either.

    -Windebieste.
  2. Perfect-Organism
    Yes. Adults like colouring in books.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I know a ton of adults (myself included) who are vary proud of their toy collections - including some of you - so why not colouring in books?

    Speaking of toys... the 1979 Kenner Alien wasn't just based on an R-rated movie - it was the first toy to be made based on a movie of such a rating.  And yes.  It was marketed at children. 'AGES 5 AND UP' is clearly visible on the box upper right corner of the figure's box recommending the manufacturer's age group the item was intended for.  It set 2 precendents  right there.  Combine them together and you get The first R-rated toy ever made was marketed at kids.  Too much lols right there.

    Interestingly enough, when Gentle Giant released their massive 24 inch Kenner tribute figures, which are basically oversized repressings of the original 1979 Kenner figure, they were also age recommended.  On their figure's box, however, you will see 'AGES 14 AND UP' badged in exactly in the same location. 

    That was in 2015.

    -Windebieste.

    I am definitely the pot calling the kettle black.  lol.  As a toy designer, I have loads of toys that I designed or for reference.  But I am a toy industry professional.  I don't know if its a good or bad thing on a society level that so many adults are into toys these days.  I don't even know if the idea of good or bad really applies here.  To each his own.  But I can say without much doubt that it is a serious change from previous generations, and what it means for society, time will tell.  Can you imagine a guy from the 18th century playing with toys?  (I know collecting is a different matter, but still)

    Regarding the 1979 and 2015 alien "dolls", it seems to me that they used a pantograph to literally scale up the original alien (or a digital scan).  If I remember correctly, even some of the etching errors of the original mold came through in the new version.

    Damn that hissing kid is the most freaky part of that commercial...   :laugh:
  3. windebieste
    Yes. Adults like colouring in books.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I know a ton of adults (myself included) who are vary proud of their toy collections - including some of you - so why not colouring in books?

    Speaking of toys... the 1979 Kenner Alien wasn't just based on an R-rated movie - it was the first toy to be made based on a movie of such a rating.  And yes.  It was marketed at children. 'AGES 5 AND UP' is clearly visible on the box upper right corner of the figure's box recommending the manufacturer's age group the item was intended for.  It set 2 precendents  right there.  Combine them together and you get The first R-rated toy ever made was marketed at kids.  Too much lols right there.

    Interestingly enough, when Gentle Giant released their massive 24 inch Kenner tribute figures, which are basically oversized repressings of the original 1979 Kenner figure, they were also age recommended.  On their figure's box, however, you will see 'AGES 14 AND UP' badged in exactly in the same location. 

    That was in 2015.

    -Windebieste.
  4. Perfect-Organism
    I don't think that the subject matter has become any less mature.  I just think that adults have become a lot more immature.

    Is it possible that there are monsters like these out there somewhere?  There is a long debate about that in another thread somewhere, but you really need not look any further than our own planet.  Would you rather be stuck in a room with an alien or with a hungry Bengal Tiger?  Or a 20 foot alligator?
  5. lol
    Well there are many reasons and origins behind such science fiction creatures or monsters in general.

    - 1 of wich is the hunter - prey relationship.  - long ago we humans were hunted.
    What we see here is an animal life form that is capable of hunting and killing man , despite all of mankinds technology and weaponry. - basicaly putting us back down on the food chain.

    - 2 Also everything we understand comes from earth. - Teeth, Mouths, breeding, Viruses, parasites, deseases, all real stuff that gets translated into monsters in our imagination. - specialy when we speculate about alien life form. leading me to the third reason.

     - 3 is it not slightly possible that somewhere out there,  in the deep dark endless arms of our basic universe is a true monster.
    That nature can create living nightmares.

    - The thing that makes it feel like toys and us be like children - is because company's keep selling it and basicaly downgrades the entire things as mere products , products that look like the things we love.

    I hate the fact that they are making a colour book lol.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    I won't deny that it's fun.  But I honestly feel like I'm walking around with some sort of porno in my hands when I play that thing.  I consider it a guilty pleasure of sorts, being 41 years old, and I feel the same way about the whole Aliens thing, and even my entire career in the toy industry for that matter.  I just think as a society, we've become a bunch of big kids, but at the same time, I know it isn't harming anybody.  While I am a Canadian, I come from Poland and I remember all the hardships that my family endured.  I know it's harmless, but I can't help thinking that all of this "fun" makes me feel 20% more spineless.  It's just a personal observation.
  7. Perfect-Organism
    It's not as bad as those Pokemon Go players.  Fully grown ass man walking around everywhere playing this thing.  Everywhere!  I had to try it just to understand how it works.  I mean I work in the toy industry, but the stares I was getting from old ladies bit right into my soul...
  8. The Eighth Passenger
    Not sure how its any different than say adults playing videogames, watching pixar films, or collecting nerdy scifi merchandise.

    True, although many video games are only suitable for adults with regards to gameplay complexity and content. And Pixar films specifically cater for the more sophisticated adult sense of humour as well.

    Though I suppose there's nothing wrong with colouring-in stuff as a kind of relaxation therapy, just never thought that it could become a fad.
  9. 426Buddy
    Think of it like this.  You know that moment when you are on the phone with a client and you have a piece of paper in front of you and you start to doodle?  Same vibe.  It calms the nerves in some way.

    Don't get me wrong, I get it. I just didn't know this was a thing at the minute, that's all.  :)

    Me neither. And to be honest, I'd be a bit dubious of an adult colouring-in pictures in a colouring book with crayons. No offense.

    The images are actually quite intricate, far above a normal childrens coloring book. Also colored pencils are generally the tool of choice for them because of their intricate detail.

    Not sure how its any different than say adults playing videogames, watching pixar films, or collecting nerdy scifi merchandise.
  10. The Eighth Passenger
    Think of it like this.  You know that moment when you are on the phone with a client and you have a piece of paper in front of you and you start to doodle?  Same vibe.  It calms the nerves in some way.

    Don't get me wrong, I get it. I just didn't know this was a thing at the minute, that's all.  :)

    Me neither. And to be honest, I'd be a bit dubious of an adult colouring-in pictures in a colouring book with crayons. No offense.

    I just want to know if it'll feature pages on the death's of Parker, Lambert, Boggs, Rains and Elgin lmao.

    Remember to buy extra red crayons!  :laugh:

  11. Perfect-Organism
    Think of it like this.  You know that moment when you are on the phone with a client and you have a piece of paper in front of you and you start to doodle?  Same vibe.  It calms the nerves in some way.

    Don't get me wrong, I get it. I just didn't know this was a thing at the minute, that's all.  :)

    I've been meaning to pick one up myself, I did enjoy coloring alot when I was a youngster. Perfect timing for this bad boy to come out.

    Still got a teeny bit of a wait though!

    Oh, I don't doubt you get it.  I'm just explaining how it came to be that fully grown adults are coloring in books.  It's a bona fide phenomenon.  Even some adults here in Canada are baffled by this.  I once had to explain it to the general manager of the company I worked for.   :)
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Think of it like this.  You know that moment when you are on the phone with a client and you have a piece of paper in front of you and you start to doodle?  Same vibe.  It calms the nerves in some way.

    Don't get me wrong, I get it. I just didn't know this was a thing at the minute, that's all.  :)

    I've been meaning to pick one up myself, I did enjoy coloring alot when I was a youngster. Perfect timing for this bad boy to come out.

    Still got a teeny bit of a wait though!
  13. Perfect-Organism
    Yes, the adult coloring books are all over the place in Canada too.  Does it mean that North Americans have become a bunch of babies?  Maybe.  But in truth its more about stress relief.  The daily grind is quite intense in NA with most people having little vacation time.  So coloring books for adults have become a sort of escape.

    Think of it like this.  You know that moment when you are on the phone with a client and you have a piece of paper in front of you and you start to doodle?  Same vibe.  It calms the nerves in some way.
  14. 426Buddy
    I never expected it, but its a great idea. Adult coloring books are pretty big in the US right now.

    Are they really? Didn't know that.

    Oh yeah, they are all over the place now and a lot of big franchises have one. I know my wife and I were in Barnes&Noble last week and she wanted to get the Harry Potter adult coloring book, wasnt very cheap for a coloring book though.
  15. 426Buddy
    I never expected it, but its a great idea. Adult coloring books are pretty big in the US right now.

    80 pages too, thats alot of aliens art! Can't wait until they release this thing lol ;D
  16. Whiskeybrewer
    Hahahaha omg this is perfect. I never expected this, but will have to buy it. I just want to know if it'll feature pages on the death's of Parker, Lambert, Boggs, Rains and Elgin lmao.

    Also that advert hahahaha
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