Here’s My Favorite Geeky Collectible: What’s Yours?


alienYou see this? It’s one of the original ALIEN action figures released by toy manufacturer Kenner in 1979. It’s something else, too: It’s my PRECIOUSSSS.

These things are very hard to come by, because they were only available for sale for an extremely short time. As it turns out, kids didn’t want a  13-inch, chrome-fanged, glow-in-the-dark skulled, demon entity from a movie that was too horrifying for them to see in the first place. The toy scared them, apparently, so Kenner stopped manufacturing them.

I’ll tell you one kid who wanted a demonic skull-fanged bitey-tooth critter: This one. I clearly remember seeing one of these bad boys on an endcap at a department store, and man, did I want it. I must have been six years-old, but I loved monsters and other scary stuff. My parents just kept pushing the shopping cart. (Not that I blame them!)

A few years later I saw ALIEN on HBO (My parents were pretty liberal when it came to sci-fi, horror and fantasy.) and it scared the heck out of me. To be absolutely honest, the creature still gives me the creeps, and I’m a 41 year-old man. Naturally, I became a big fan of the ALIEN universe. Go figure. Anyway, the love and fear I have for the “xenomorph” (and yes, I know that’s technically just a term meaning alien life form) made me want one even more. I kept looking for the Kenner alien over the years, but they got more expensive and harder to find and I eventually gave up.

Flash forward to a couple of years ago, and a buddy of mine calls me out of the blue and asks me if I want his. My answer was an emphatic “Yes.” He knew how much I wanted one, and apparently he had kept his in storage, and it just didn’t mean that much to him. He also knew that I wasn’t interested in selling it and would hold on to it forever. And I have. And will. FOR.EV.ER.

My alien is in practically perfect condition. It has all of its parts. The jaw still extends. None of the joints are loose. It still has its tail. Depending on who you talk to, it might go for $300 or so, but what’s money compared to the fulfillment of a childhood dream? I can look at it on my shelf, and smile as I remember being that six year-old squalling for the toy on that high endcap. No amount of money could possibly replace that.

I’ve got other collectibles that are supposedly worth a little cash here and there (I’ve got a McFarlane Toys Daryl Dixon action figure new in box that’s worth about $150, for example.)  but none of them have as much sentimental worth to me as my buddy’s ALIEN figure. It’s one of my most prized possessions.

So what about you? What’s your favorite collectible? Where and how did you get it? Would you sell it?

Psst: Yeah, I know it’s a silly picture. I like to make you laugh. And the red mark on my hand is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu injury, not a bite from the ALIEN. At least, that’s what it told me to tell you.

  • Troy

    I guess my favorite collectible was a paperback copy of Richard Bachman’s Rage, also know as Stephen King. I found it in a used bookstore in Memphis, TN for about $1.38. It was in the heyday of the internet so I sold it to someone for $250. Also found a Tasha Yar action figure from ST:TNG and sold that figure for about $250. I still love my signed novels from various conventions I’ve had the luck to attend.

  • I’ve got a tattered paperback copy of “Galapagos” signed by Kurt Vonnegut! Long story as to why that’s a paperback from a used bookstore, but his signature is directly above the used bookstore’s stamp on the cover page. 🙂

  • Archon

    I’ve got many of the old D&D action figures… Strongheart, Warduke, Kellek, Ogre King, Young Male Titan, Northlord, Zarak… I used to have almost all of the old PVC/bendy action figures too. Son’t actually remember what happened to those 🙁

  • Matt Staggs

    Archon, I had Strongheart, Zarak, the “Steadfast Men at Arms”, and the neo-otyugh, I lost all of my toys, and as an adult, I’ve been steadily repurchasing the ones that meant something to me on eBay. As you might have guessed, I actually bought Zarak. He’s on my desk. 🙂

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