In January we reported on a new book, Hideous Plastic, an unauthorised compendium about the infamous 18″ Alien action figure by Kenner. Author Phil Wlodarczyk, also known as Windebieste in the Alien and Predator communities, has taken to Kickstarter to help fund the book!
“HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream is an upcoming non-fiction book dedicated to the Classic 18 inch tall vintage ALIEN action figure manufactured by Kenner Products and released in 1979. The book examines many, many aspects and features of the vintage toy and is currently in an advanced stage of preparation.
At over 200 pages in length, the book is an extensive volume thoroughly investigating the figure. Among other content present in the book you will find:
- Full documentation of the notorious figure’s curious and unique history.
- A complete spotter’s guide to identifying issues buyers need to be aware of when purchasing one of these old action figures.
- A comprehensive restoration and maintenance guide for owners of this vintage toy.
- Identification and exploration of the various post-Kenner derivative action figures from now defunct companies such as Tsukuda Hobby and Halcyon up to current manufacturers Gentle Giant and Super 7.”
Phil’s goal is to raise AUS$25,000 (just under $19,000 US/£16,000 GBP) before the end of April to publish the immensely detailed book. He has also released a preview edition of the book, which you can find on the Hideous Plastic website, so you can get a taste of what’s in store for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about the book or pledging to support the book, you can head on over to the Kickstarter page or the Hideous Plastic website. You can also check out the Hideous Plastic Instagram page and check out some cool photos of the legendary collector’s piece.
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