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Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report Collector’s Edition Preview

In late 2013 it was announced that S.D Perry would be returning to the world of Alien literature with a new project called Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. It would be a fictional report written as if by the scientists at Weyland-Yutani chronicling what they knew about the Aliens.

In September 2014, Sideshow Collectibles announced they would be teaming up with publishers Insight Media to produce a Collector’s Edition of the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report . The Collector’s Edition should be released sometime this month (no solid date has been provided yet).

Copies of the book have been provided to contributors John Mullaney (who did the vehicle illustrations) and Markus Pansegrau, who the members of the online community will know better as Locusta (who provided the Alien illustrations) and they’ve been posting some pictures online:

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In addition to John’s pictures above, Insight Media also released a video teaser of  the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report Collector’s Edition on Friday:

Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report Collector’s Edition retails for $325 and is available to pre-order now. Whilst the French have already received their Standard Editions, there is no news as to the release of an English copy of the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report.

We spoke to Stephani Danelle Perry last year and she talked a little about her work on the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. You can find that discussion (and others) in our Interviews section.



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  1. HuDaFuK
    Certainly some wonderful artistry on display.

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the actual US release date for this was? It kinda slipped out without me noticing.

    Wait... phrasing.

    Serious question though.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Nice to see you posting again, SM!  :)

    I went to London Film and Comic Con yesterday so still haven't had a chance to really dig into the book but I flicked through it. The bulk of that huge package was the fancy-pants Alien cover. Very very cool, very heavy. The book itself is still pretty damn thick - bigger than the Vault. Lots of super cool artwork by Locusta - didn't see much of John's before I had to put it away but what I saw of John's artwork was really nice too. Lots and lots of extra goddies - can't wait to read Space Beast.

    Hopefully I'll get to start reading tonight - still got to pack everything away. And once I've read it and previewed it, should also be doing a podcast with Locusta towards the end of the month.
  3. Ultramorph
    Quote from: predxeno on Jul 18, 2015, 01:56:44 AM
    Yeah, but they had to edit Rage War because they said there would be contradictions between Rage War and Alien 5 despite the fact that they took place in two different continuities.

    I'm still wondering about that. I recall Lebbon saying that the changes were pretty minor, which brings up all sorts of questions, especially since the previous Titan trilogy had been edited to stay in canon with A3 and AR.
  4. predxeno
    Yeah, but they had to edit Rage War because they said there would be contradictions between Rage War and Alien 5 despite the fact that they took place in two different continuities.
  5. RakaiThwei
    Quote from: predxeno on Jul 18, 2015, 01:03:20 AM
    I suppose for the same reason why The Rage War trilogy of books being released for the old canon had to be edited so it didn't contradict details of Alien 5's new canon.  Shit don't make sense. :-\

    Assuming Blomkamp will be completely ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection, then his movie would regardless conflict with Rage War anyway. Wouldn't it? So that would already render Rage War obsolete.
  6. Elmazalman
    This book could have been a popular choice amongst fans if published as a standard edition-at a reasonable and more sensible price.As others have said,it's the contents that are of interest to us-not the fancy bells and whistles which add nothing to the reading enjoyment of the book itself.At $325 the few who do purchase this book would be loath to use it for reference ( which is it's purpose ) lest they damage it from constant manhandling.
  7. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: SM on Jul 11, 2015, 11:40:26 PMSome perspective, if I may.  Go and have a look at what other Alien related merchandise Sideshow sells.  Things that cost hundreds of dollars to sit your shelf and look cool.  The WYR also costs hundreds of dollars and sits on you shelf and looks cool.  The added bonus being a 160 book to read.  And of all the sculpted Alien works sold by Sideshow - this is the cheapest.

    But you're forgetting that other countries have got stripped-down, bare-bones editions. That's where the gripe comes from. We have to shell out for this when other people can buy the meat and potatoes of it for much less.
  8. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: SM on Jul 11, 2015, 11:40:26 PM
    Some perspective, if I may.  Go and have a look at what other Alien related merchandise Sideshow sells.  Things that cost hundreds of dollars to sit your shelf and look cool.  The WYR also costs hundreds of dollars and sits on you shelf and looks cool.  The added bonus being a 160 book to read.  And of all the sculpted Alien works sold by Sideshow - this is the cheapest.

    Yes, it's out of the price range of a lot of fans.  But so are the aforementioned sculptures and there doesn't seem to be any negativity aimed at them.

    You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?
  9. drsmuts
    Yep, no interest in the cover as on a shelf it just sits hidden surely?

    It's the contents that people are interested in and at 160 pages it's not exactly huge in page count.

    I paid £100 for the James Bond archives book by Taschen (which was very costly and to be honest, I regret buying it now) but it's got over 600 pages in it.
  10. TheBATMAN
    The difference here is that a majority of fans are wanting to buy this literally just for the book and the information it contains. Many have no interest in the fancy sculpted cover that will 'sit on the shelf and look cool'. It's just the book we want, hence why the price tag is just not viable.

    Personally I think the cover is horrendous.
  11. SM
    Some perspective, if I may.  Go and have a look at what other Alien related merchandise Sideshow sells.  Things that cost hundreds of dollars to sit your shelf and look cool.  The WYR also costs hundreds of dollars and sits on you shelf and looks cool.  The added bonus being a 160 book to read.  And of all the sculpted Alien works sold by Sideshow - this is the cheapest.

    Yes, it's out of the price range of a lot of fans.  But so are the aforementioned sculptures and there doesn't seem to be any negativity aimed at them.
  12. Elmazalman
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Jul 11, 2015, 01:50:09 PM
    I'll be honest, part of me still suspects we will get a cheaper edition. I get the feeling they've put this price tag on it and are worried they won't sell any if people know a cheaper version is coming, so they're claiming this is it to try and push a few more into buying.

    Could well be wrong, but that's what I suspect.
    Yes i agree,a low act if true.I'll just wait for a public Library to secure a copy of the standard edition-when it's available.
  13. HuDaFuK
    I'll be honest, part of me still suspects we will get a cheaper edition. I get the feeling they've put this price tag on it and are worried they won't sell any if people know a cheaper version is coming, so they're claiming this is it to try and push a few more into buying.

    Could well be wrong, but that's what I suspect.
  14. Elmazalman
    Yeah,£25 sounds about right.No way that book is worth $325,even with the fancy cover and bonus materials,just exploiting the die-hard fan's wallets.The book on Jaws (2011) had the good sense to offer fans a choice of limited hardback with bonus DVD or standard edition so all the fans could benefit and not a select few.
  15. predxeno
    Yeah, they should have just done what the Star Wars books are doing these days and just made it $70 or so with a cheaper cover, going to Sideshow Collectibles was just plain overkill.
  16. drsmuts
    Sorry, I made a typo in my earlier post...I meant I'd pay no more than £25, not £20. That also refers just to the standard softback without the extras.

    The art is lovely, especially the cross sections.....but a lot of other books have this. I think $325 for the special book even with the extras and fancy cover is really pushing it to be honest.

  17. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: locusta on Jul 10, 2015, 01:45:31 PM
    Quote from: drsmuts on Jul 09, 2015, 07:55:40 PM
    I've watched the youtube reviews of the French edition, one which goes through every page of the book............and it's not worth 32 dollars let alone 325.

    Some great art throughout....but that's it. Lots of photos seen hundreds of time before.

    I'd buy a standard softback edition for about 20 pounds, no more.

    Never saw nor found this French review. Link please, thanks

    C'est ici monsieur Locusta:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Rx4Hxxjbk

    Although this appears to be the Spanish edition.

  18. locusta
    Quote from: drsmuts on Jul 09, 2015, 07:55:40 PM
    I've watched the youtube reviews of the French edition, one which goes through every page of the book............and it's not worth 32 dollars let alone 325.

    Some great art throughout....but that's it. Lots of photos seen hundreds of time before.

    I'd buy a standard softback edition for about 20 pounds, no more.

    Never saw nor found this French review. Link please, thanks
  19. MrSpaceJockey
    But one of the main ideas behind this book is the words written - it details the history of Weyland Yutani and presumably fleshes out the history of the company and the world behind ALIEN.  Hopefully that adds some more value.

    I think saying it's not worth 32 dollars is a bit harsh.  Sure, it includes a lot of old images...but theres such a wealth of fantastic CGI art by Locusta and those great cross sections and the number of physical collectibles (Burke's card, and couple of pages from Morse's book???) that come with the book.  You have to be enthusiastic about that sort of stuff though.
  20. drsmuts
    I've watched the youtube reviews of the French edition, one which goes through every page of the book............and it's not worth 32 dollars let alone 325.

    Some great art throughout....but that's it. Lots of photos seen hundreds of time before.

    I'd buy a standard softback edition for about 20 pounds, no more.
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