Despite the varied nature of all the artwork he has contributed to the world, H.R. Giger is still probably best known for his (shamefully underpaid) work on the designers for the eponymous creatures of the Alien film franchise. Though he didn’t directly contribute to most of what you see in the later films (and certainly not the AvP revival), there’s still so much to be said for the amazing creatures he created. Over in our Aliens & AvP section, we just opened up pre-orders for the original alien Giger designed. Known as “Big Chap”, he looks a little something like this.
But what’s even more interesting is that we were recently given our first look at Giger’s work on another massive film franchise: he contributed a strange, organic Batmobile design for the hit Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones and Nicole Kidman. His design was definitely a far cry from the original, which you can see here in this article by WorstPrevires.com.
In 1994, “Alien” concept designer HR Giger was hired to design a new Batmobile for “Batman Forever,” that saw Val Kilmer don the Batsuit to battle The Riddler (Jim Carrey) and Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones).
Giger’s unique “X” shaped design was to include articulated front legs/mandibles, retractable fins, and gatling gun emplacements on each of the four pods on the sides of the vehicle. The design also combined side and forward intake ports with spines and a central pod connecting the four legs.
Director Joel Schumacher eventually decided against the design and went with a slightly different and monstrous version of the Batmobile. Check out the designs below.
When Aliens vs. Predator was first announced, there were few who could have foreseen its success. Considered a shoddy, needless reinterpretation of two classic franchises, it was critically panned but managed to find great success as a cult hit and has now returned to the mainstream–at least in terms of the incredibly popular merchandise from Sideshow and McFarlane.
McFarlane’s Aliens vs. Predator collection features 6-inch and 12-inch figures, plus a dark-yet-whimsical Queen Alien Head-Knocker. The figures are of the high quality you’ve come to expect from McFarlane, featuring amazing levels of detail and paintwork. Fans of the film will definitely want to take a look at his expansive collection.
Kotobukiya’s Mini-busts and figurines are sure to please not only fans of the movies, but also those who have come to know and love the impressive stuff that Kotobukiya has produced in the past.
Sideshow Toys’ AVP figures and collectibles are yet more proof of how well the franchise has done in terms of getting its license to the best of the best design studios. Known for the incredibly accuracy and detail they bring to every line they produce, Sideshow’s AVP works are no exception.
My old xbox needs a new power source and my little buddy (Albert) is giving me a hand. Albert the Alien is very good with his hands….and likes to solder things together with his saliva. This little guy can melt things with ease (and with a smile I might add). The only thing he hates is the nasty Predator that is always picking on him.
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