The 1979 Kenner Alien is one of the most sought after Alien movie collectibles. When the toy was first on shelves, it had a lot going against it, including the fact that the movie was rated R. Parents also thought the toy too frightening or ugly for children, and since the children weren’t that aware of the movie, demand was low.The result was that few were actually sold through. Besides being rare, the Kenner Alien is usually found loose and damaged, as it is a very poorly made toy. The back spikes often break off, especially the top center one, as well the tail, which is attached by a sharp metal ring inside the body which tends to cut off the plastic anchor. The translucent dome that covers the alien head is often lost, which has led to a none too small market in replacement domes. The interior set of teeth, which can thrust out the the aliens mouth by a lever, are also frequently missing. The arms are attached by rubber rings that also get brittle with age, occasionally leaving the alien an amputee.

The usual poor condition of the alien has resulted in boxed ones selling for over $500, while loose complete ones go for upwards of $300.

Alien Toy Instructions and Poster

Not usually found with a loose Alien, this is the instruction sheet that came with it, documenting the jaw opening lever, the glow in the dark brain case, and the limited poseability of the alien’s wrists and tail.On the opposite side, the poster highlights the face hugger, Riply with the cat, the sleep chamber, an opening egg, and Dallas peering at the Juggernaut.

Alien Game

A relatively common Alien collectable from 1977 is this board game, which takes players through the Nostromo and the wrecked Juggernaut space craft

Movie Viewer

Although this item from the movie isn’t easily found, it doesn’t necessarily sell for too much. The movie viewer is typical of many others like it from the ’70s, the user turns a crank and a mini film strip from the film is shown. Considering the audience for the film, it is surprising that so many kiddie toys were made for it.

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  1. Dave Mortensen

    Kenner’s Alien might not the toy with the biggest play value but in my opinion it is the most beautiful action figure ever created! The toy perfectly captures Giger’s design and like Toyfare magazine once wrote – ‘A very creepy toy that doesn’t even need a touch of color’ (…well, the glow-in-the-dark “face” aside) and in over 20 years and 4 toylines featuring Aliens it’s still the best toy yet.

  2. dennis

    a 3 3/4 inch line of figs were supposed to follow but for the same reasons mentioned above, were never produced, however several prototypes/hardcopys were made by kenner, anything from this line is currently at the top of my personal wantlist!

  3. Gina Feeback

    I have the kenner alien toy still in the box never been played with in perfect condition do you know of anyone interested in purchasing this item ?????

    1. paul

      hi gina just seeing if still have your alien doll for sale ?

  4. Rick "The BEM"

    I would love to buy your alien Gina, but with gas prices what they are, my disposable income is somewhat curtailed. It should sell quickly on ebay however. If you are interested in a trade, I have a Wii and some games…

  5. Gina Feeback

    Rick …thank you for your response I would like to be able to trade but the economy has taken its toll on me too… that is why I decided to see if I got any responses …thank you for the tip about ebay…Maybe I’ll give that a try………..thanks again …Gina

  6. John

    I still have the Alien from 1979. Yes, the back spike did break off, the dome got lost and I had to glue the left arm back in the slot and I think the inner jaw may have gotten lost. Anyway, it is in my parent’s attic and I am going to retrieve it and bring in back here. I was 12 when the toy was out and I loved the movie. So the movie was rated R? The toys are not. I would think today’s kids would love to have that Alien toy. Kids play games that are far more violent and gory than Alien. By the way, Reel Toy launced an 18″ Alien figure and it is a beautiful statue. So much better made than the Kenner doll.

    I proudly display it in my home and will do the same when I get the original.

  7. ricky setre

    How much did this cost in 1979? I remember the price being like $40 or something outrageous like that.

  8. Rick "The BEM"

    Some of you may have seen a post and reply about a transaction between to private parties. As I have no way of verifying the veracity of either post, both have been removed.

    I am happy to have people post their eBay auctions when relevant and arrange to exchange toys for money or other toys via the site, but in all cases, remember, caveat emtor. (which I may have miss spelled)

    I return you to your toy gazing.

  9. steve

    i used to have one of those the dome fell off but i sold it on ebay i wonder what the warrior from the kenner avp two-pack looks without a dome

  10. zebcreed

    Anyone know where to find replacement Domes. I’m looking for the Tsukuda 18″ dome replacement, however I think I might be able to make do with a Kenner replacement. My e mail is Thanks

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  12. will

    when i was just 4 years old my father thought it would be a great idea to take me to the premier of the movie, lol. needless to say after that i had one of these after seeing the movie and it used to be my teddy bear. of course i don’t know what happened to him over the years. although i just recently purchased a loose one missing the dome. but i am happy with having this beautiful piece of work back in my hands. however i do wish kenner or some other company would do a remake of this toy. granted there are faithful reproductions of the original h.r. giger alien design by neca, hot toys, slideshow, mefarlane. and i have a couple of those as well. but to have a brand new version of this one would be cool.

  13. alx

    does anyone know how I can fix the arms of the Alien? Does anyone make the rubber rings or know of a good replacement?

    1. Rick "The BEM"

      If the metal anchor is still in the arm, the easiest way to reattach the arms is unscrew the Alien’s back, get a high quality hair band (like for pony tails) and attach it to the metal anchor then wrap it around the inside post where you screw the back into place.

  14. alx

    Thanks Rick. That is a good idea! I just got a complete Alien.. but the arms are loose. I will do the operation this weekend and let you know how it works out.

  15. Lloyd Mapp Jr

    Hey Bugeyed, I saw the first Alien movie with me son who was about 8years old at the time. I also bought him the plastic figure and the handheld viewer as well. My son was really afraid of the Alien at first. I think I still have the model inmy basement, not sure. Thanks for the memeories.

  16. squillaempusa

    anyone know where i can find/buy a dome for the head? i’ve heard that there were replicas out there, which would help the availability, and of course the price.

  17. John

    You are wrong User 897….I have the A L I E N from 1977 written on the box. Mint Condition with Box and instructions.

  18. John

    I paid $14.95 on sale in Kitchener, Waterloo, Ontario Canada for the 1977 19″ Figure…..still have it!

  19. les e p

    i made it fight against my hulk dint know of the film at the time i was only 7 i got the modern 18 inch model for xmas this year still feel a kid 36 years on superb

  20. Jacques

    Hey John, you might remember the price but the year was 1979, not ’77 😉

  21. Michelangelo Navea

    I owened a boxed Kenner 1979 Alien form 1995 to 2000 .Kenner did an amazing job on this ,why I sold it I will never know?? the prices now are throught the roof avarage $ 2,000 dollars minimum for a boxed one with the poster .I believe I paid $435.00 back in 1995 for it and that was alot of $$$$

    1. John

      Yes, the boxed 1979 Kenner Alien is now going for more than $2000. I know. I bought one. My “loose” AFA-graded Kenner 1979 Alien figures are at the high end of all ever graded so far. I also bought an unpunched vinyl-cape 12-back SW Jawa in 1993 for $250 from an unopened case. I sold it for $2100 in 2000. We make bad decisions at times.

  22. scott

    I have this Alien ever since I was young and it is still in great condition, sad to say I no longer have the box it came in but like I said it is in great condition and I am willing to sell. Just let me know.

  23. Magic ZaB

    do you (or anyone else) have any information about the english/french box of this toy ?
    Maybe a canadian release ?

    1. Rick "The BEM"

      If you have a bilingual box it is almost certainly a Canadian release.

      1. Magic ZaB

        Hi ! Sorry for my very late answer !
        Thank you for your reply.
        The fact is that I bought it in France, and there is a “Meccano France” mention printed (for the garanties norms or something like that) on the box. But there is also a “Kenner Products Canada” mention printed. So I was wondering if the Meccano France mention was on every Canadian releases… :/

  24. zinda2010

    I have one, only thing missing is the dome but otherwise in good condition free stands and arms stay in place when posed. It has a coating of glow in the dark paint on it and that’s why I came here to see if they were ever sold like this, the paint is like nothing that’s available to the public. It glows super bright and is very thin, hardly even noticeable under normal lighting.

    I have it posted for sale on eBay right now 4-2-2015 under zinda2010 eBay sellers ID.
    asking $225 with a variety of shipping services offered.

    No missing spines and the jaws work, free stands without using the tail to support it. Been only used for display for the last 20 years, storage for the last 7 years. Never has been played with or touched by kids, no idea where the dome went I’m still searching through bins in hopes to find it.

  25. Kelley

    Got one of these from a friend when the movie came out. Would put it out on my desk during month-end close (I was an accountant) to keep people away while I worked.
    Still have all of it, although the rubber pieces that held the arms on rotted and broke ages ago. But the dome still fits, covers the glow-in-the-dark paint, which still will glow, and all the back pieces (four stubs and a spike,) are attached and move and return when touched.

    (I was always a long-hair, so I always had a few hair-ties with me, which also kept the dome on the head of the figure. Which is why I never lost it.)

    And the second set of chromed teeth still work, from the trigger under the back of the head. Very handy for giving folks a brief surprise.
    I’ve always feared disassembling the body to reattach the arms somehow. Worried that it was glued together as well as with the screws.

    So is the disassembly/reassembly as simple as implied by Rick The “BEM”?

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