Alien Jigsaw Puzzle (HG Toys, 1979)

Alien Puzzle 1979

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Alien Puzzle 1979-4

One in a series of the bleakest jigsaw puzzles ever produced on planet Earth. Others in this format included the Space Jockey and the Nostromo in flight, but the real prize is the 250-piece, 36″ tall beauty featuring art by Earl Norem, who also illustrated the unforgettable Alien “target” from the Alien Blaster Giant Target Set (see it here on an episode of Toy Hunters).

The marketing of Alien was one of the strangest, most decadent moments in the history of toy licensing, and one of the greatest kid moments in the history of kid-dom. 20th Century Fox foolishly sold the license across the board expecting the film to come back with a PG rating, and ended up having to sell parents on one of the most violent movies ever made, and arguably the most terrifying.

I found a blurb in Starlog (below) detailing the scope (but not the extent) of the merchandising campaign. The only products I haven’t seen are the Don Post mask and the pajamas (!). One of the Roach t-shirt transfers is here, the Ben Cooper costume is here, and you can see the Kenner-produced “world’s ugliest doll” (a.k.a. the greatest action figure ever made) here.

Alien Merch Starlog July 1979

9 Responses to “<em>Alien</em> Jigsaw Puzzle (HG Toys, 1979)”


  1. 1 narvo April 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    lol! Suuuuuper random clip for a puzzle. Wow.

    I did it… (nod)…got my kid into Alien. Well first we got Alien Isolation on the Xbox 360 (which is AWESOME, btw), then I found the Alien Quadrilogy at Target for $9.99.

    Game over, man!

  2. 4 Brad Conrad April 29, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I remember my young mind being confused that I could buy toys and cards etc… but not be able to see the movie. I got in anyway when my dad snuck me into the drive-in.

  3. 5 Kevin April 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I have the 3ft tall Earl Norem puzzle, it is simply beautiful. And my close friend Chris has the Alien target shooter game in his “toy room”! He’s a lucky fellow!

    • 6 2W2N April 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I just want the target, which apparently was originally just a mobile. Damn thing was supposed to dangle from the ceiling all day and night in a kid’s room. Hilarious.


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