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A Nightmarish Aggressor of Unrelenting Cuteness and Cuddliness

Hunter Plushie

Valve, creators of the landmark, 2004 Half-Life 2 PC game, is selling a 13″ plushie version, above, of their unstoppable Hunter attack “synth,” below. (The Hunter appears in the 2007 Half-Life 2: Episode 2 mini-sequel.)

PC Gamer Half-Life 2 coverAvailable for $39.95 through their online Steam service, the soft toy features the original, three-legged, “bioengineered” “shock troop”‘s ice-blue eye sensors, and poseable appendages, all featured prominently and lethally in this Episode 2 trailer.

Half-Life 2 tells the story of a rebel insurrectionist group attempting to overthrow the totalitarian and oppressive Combine, an invading alien race. Both iterations of Half-Life are considered milestones in the history of computer gaming, breathtaking for the breadth of their narrative and design.

Half-Life 2 has sold over four million copies. (Thanks to TOMOPOP.com for the tip!)

Ooooo…That’s Gotta Hurt….

You’re looking at a soon-to-be-released Locust Horde “bad guy” action figure from the multimillion-selling Xbox game, Gears of War.Exploding Horde Head

The ne’er-do-well in this image replicates one of the game’s most devastating moments: the immediate aftermath of a sniper shot to the Horde head. If you look near the top of the image, you can see the creature’s still-intact face heading towards Saturn.

(Thanks to Tomopop and Destructoid for turning me onto ActionFinderInsider.com’s photo stash!)

Toys Tough Enough to Terrorize Your Pet Beagle

Ripley pitchesWhy didn’t the recent DirecTV commercial, featuring Sigourney Weaver as “Ellen Ripley” in James Cameron’s 1986 movie, Aliens, get more amore?

You’ve seen the original: At the film’s geekalicious climax, Ripley takes on the villainous Alien Queen with an “anthropomorphic exoskeletal” Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader. (Weaver got a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance.)

DirecTV, as they’d done with well-known flicks from the ‘80s and ‘90s (Star Trek: Generations, Major League, Back to the Future), remixed the scene into an ad pitching the virtues of satellite over cable. Their digital fx hoo-haa even lip-synced Ripley’s 22-year-old footage to new script. (Hey: If we all yell and stamp our feet loud enough, maybe they’ll sign Pacino to remake the climactic “Sigh ay-low to mah lee’l frah!” bloodbath from Scarface.)

Yet, if you’re even a tiny bit like me, even a quarter-century in, there’s still no such thing as too much Aliens. If so, wrap your head around this: Hot Toys‘ 1/6-scale, 21″ high, fully articulated Power Loader model kit.

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