Combistick

Posted by Darkness on January 11, 2021 (Updated: 11-Jan-2021)

Spear CombistickThe Combistick, or Telescoping Spear, can be seen in Predator 2, Alien vs Predator, AvP Requiem and Predators. It’s another retractable weapon. It starts out short and extends by a couple of metres. It’s a great weapon for close combat and it can also be thrown at a target.

Predator 2 (1990)

In Predator 2, the City Hunter uses it to kill Jamaicans in the apartment and also to kill all of Keyes’ team with it in the meat locker.

Behind-The-Scenes: During production,  the filmmakers found it difficult to create something small that would extend as long as it did. As a result, two prop spears were made, one that would initially extend the two outer sections, and then another prop showing it full extended.

 Combistick

Telescoping Spear

Some early concept art for the Telescoping Spear:

 Combistick

Spear

Alien vs Predator (2004)

In Alien vs Predator, the Celtic and Scar Predators both have this weapon and use it quite a lot. One of the Predators uses his spear to kill one of the mercenaries on the surface, then again kills Bass with it. Celtic uses his spear to kill Stafford a little later on. Lex uses Scar’s spear to kill an Alien later too.

Behind-The-Scenes: During production, ADI constructed Predator spears both with extended and retracted shafts. Transitions between the two were handled with digital effects.

 Combistick

Telescoping Spear

 Combistick

Telescoping Spear

An early design for the telescoping spear from RK Post had retractable spikes and blades along the spear.

Spear
Predator

Aliens vs Predator Requiem (2007)

In AvP Requiem, the Wolf Predator first uses a spear to kill an Alien at the swimming pool and then it’s seen later in the movie.

 Combistick

Telescoping Spear

Predators (2010)

I’m not sure whether to class this as a Combistick, Speargun or an entirely new weapon. When the survivors are in the hunting camp, Mombassa is hit with something small. After a few seconds, the spear expands inside of him, jutting out in multiple directions.

 Combistick

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