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Alien vs. Predator, or Aliens versus Predator (both titles abbreviated AvP), is a science fiction-horror fiction series spanning several media. The series is a crossover between two film franchises about extraterrestrial beings: the Aliens and the Predators. In Alien vs. Predator, the two species are in conflict with one another.

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History

The first Alien vs. Predator story was published by Dark Horse Comics in Dark Horse Presents #36 (February 1990). In November of that year, Predator 2 was released in theaters, and includes a scene depicting a Alien skull as one of the Predator's trophies.

The Alien vs. Predator universe includes comics, novels, computer/video games, and feature films, the rights to which all belong to 20th Century Fox Studios. There have been two Alien vs. Predator films.

Media

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Comics

Books

A crossover novel series was produced based on the two franchises. Other books include film novelizations and books depicting the background to the film's work with ADI (the special effects company that worked on the Alien films):

  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem - Inside the Monster Shop (by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Design Studio Press, December 2007, ISBN 1933492554, Titan Books, January 2008, ISBN 1845769090)
  • Alien vs. Predator: The Creature Effects of ADI (by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Design Studio Press, August 2004, ISBN 0972667652)
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator - The Movie Novelization (by Marc Cerasini, HarperEntertainment, June 2004, ISBN 0060735376)

Games

Action figures

In 1994, Kenner released a collection of action figures known as Aliens vs. Predator. This followed the two initial series of Aliens that were based on an animated series, Operation: Aliens, that was never broadcast. As such, the inclusion of Predator is often considered the 3rd and 4th series of the Aliens line. This collection includes several Aliens, many of which feature built-in attack features, and Predators, which include removable masks and battle weapons such as spears and missile launchers. The figures generally possess 5 points of articulation, and some include a mini Dark Horse comic book.

While the collection as a whole is known as Aliens vs. Predator, the two character types have their own card art that only features the character at hand. An exception would be the Aliens vs. Predator 2-pack. Since human space marines were included in the initial Aliens line, the Predator was marketed as an alternative enemy to the Aliens. A figure cardback reads:

"The stage is set for the universe's two most ferocious enemies. It's the gruesome and evil Aliens against the big-game hunter Predator. Who will win... the beast or the hunter? Can the Predator stop the evil Aliens before the galaxy is destroyed?!?!?!"[1][2]

The Aliens: Hive Wars series was released in 1995, which included various Aliens, Predators, and larger scaled space marines. More figures, including a female Predator and an Alien/Predator/Smash Mason 3-pack, were designed for this series but never released as part of the line.

Six sets of Aliens and Predator Micro Machines were also planned by Galoob in 1995 but never released. This would have also included the LV-426/Outer World Station Action Fleet Playset. Thanks in part to the research of toy collectors, many photos of these unreleased toys and prototypes have shown up on the Web in recent years.[3]

In December 2002, McFarlane Toys released a highly detailed Alien vs. Predator deluxe set.[4] In 2004, they produced a series of figures based on the Alien vs. Predator film. This line, however, is notorious for its disastrously poor quality. Many accessory parts originally planned for inclusion were suddenly scrapped before their release, leaving the figures with shoddy and incomplete display bases. In addition, some figures even had broken parts within their packages. Alongside the articulated figures, McFarlane also released statuesque display sets depicting scenes from the film.

Hot Toys produced highly detailed 16" tall figures for every movie including Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007. That same year, NECA released two series of Requiem figures.[5]

Films

Notes

  1. ^ Duke Nostalgia's Predators Page DukeNostalgia.com. Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Classic Aliens vs Predator Nostalgia ForumPlanet.GameSpy.com (January 5, 2008). Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Cawiezel, Marc H. The History of Unproduced Alien and Predator Toys Members.AOL.com (October 29, 2006). Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Crawford, Michael Alien vs. Predator MWCToys.com (December 13, 2002). Retrieved Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Alien Attacks Predator CollectionDX.com (January 12, 2008). Retrieved February 9, 2008.

References

  • Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films (by David A. McIntee, Telos, 272 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-903889-94-4)

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Aliens versus Predator
Box artwork for Aliens versus Predator.
Developer(s) Rebellion Developments
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment, Fox Interactive
Release date(s)
Genre(s) FPS
System(s) Windows, Mac OS
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
USK: Ages 18+
OFLC: Mature Accompanied & Restricted
Followed by Aliens versus Predator 2
Series Alien vs. Predator
For other games based on the franchise, see Category:Alien vs. Predator.

Aliens versus Predator is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game developed by Rebellion and published by Sierra. It was officially released for Windows and Mac in 1999, followed by an unofficial port to Linux in 2001, following Rebellion's public release of the game's source code. A sequel, Aliens versus Predator 2, was developed by Monolith Productions, and released by Sierra in 2001.

The storylines of the three player characters are independent of one another. As an Alien, the player must defend the Alien hive from human Marines, then defeat Predators on the way to Earth. When playing as the Colonial Marine, the player begins at a research station on LV-426, which was built to study the derelict spacecraft where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Alien eggs in the film Alien. The player battles Aliens and Predators there, on another space station, and finally on a spaceship. The Predator character's storyline visits three different planets, fighting Aliens and Marines on the first two, and taking on the Alien nest on the last planet.

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Alien vs Predator  · Alien vs Predator: The Last of His Clan  · Alien vs. Predator  · Alien vs Predator (Atari Jaguar)  · Aliens versus Predator  · Aliens versus Predator 2 (Primal Hunt)  · Aliens versus Predator: Extinction  · Alien vs. Predator 2D  · Alien vs. Predator (mobile)  · Alien vs. Predator 3D  · Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem  · Alien vs. Predator 2 2D: Requiem


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