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Lanard Predator Collection (Hunter Series) 2021

THIS YEAR, in addition to their Alien Collection, Lanard also has a line of Predator figures!

We have the 7" Jungle Hunter Predator:

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front of the packaging…

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Back of the packaging.

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Then there’s the City Hunter Predator.

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…and the back of its packaging.

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The Berserker Predator front…

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And the back.

I’m hardly as well-versed in Predator lore as Alien…so I’m far less discerning on differences in details.

To me, these are simply cool figures and obviously Predators in various gear and all that. For the $10/ea price….that’s fantastic and I’m maybe even MORE of an ideal target audience for these as such than for the Alien figures.

In addition to these 7" figures…

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There’s a 12" deluxe figure of the Jungle Hunter Predator. This is essentially the Predator counterpart to the Alien Queen.

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As a 12" figure I think this will fit in well with a number of other 12" figures, as well as be quite the individual piece on shelves of smaller Alien/Predator figures.

I don’t feel that this one’s all that necessary in the way the Queen is for the Alien line…but for $20 it’s a remarkable figure and seems well worth its asking price to me, while exceeding any personal desire for NECA versions.

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As said, I’m less familiar with the Predator characters and figures, and so I’m going to be just as happy with what MAY amount to "less" where I don’t even know what I’m "missing" with a "kids’ toy" vs. some hyper-detailed screen-accurate version that’s still 10% more expensive than this 12" beast of a figure.

While I do plan to get some duplicates of the Alien figures to customize, I don’t know that that’s necessary for me for these.

I also find it interesting that these carry more of the "familiar" Predator branding than the Alien line.

Whatever…for such great figures at an amazing price-point, I’m sure as heck NOT complaining!

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New Aliens Books (March 2018)

I’ve updated my Aliens novels collection with four new-to-me volumes.

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Apparently I neglected to get either of the novels last year for Alien: Covenant…the "prequel" novel Origins and the novelization of the film itself (by Alan Dean Foster!)

And two more of the The Complete Aliens Omnibus series came out, each collecting two more older/out of print novels. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the fifth volume moves into the DH Press series of novels. I wasn’t sure if they were going to do those up, as they’re a bit more recent (albeit a good 13 years old now). And horribly out-of-print.

This gives me higher interest in the Predator side, that even if I can’t track down the older single editions, I can at least have the novels in my collection for that series as well.


Unfortunately, Amazon completely sucks at packaging stuff, and though I ordered all 4 books together, they sent them to me as two separate shipments. One shipment was just one of the novels, and the cover was horribly damaged (huge crease). The other shipment had the other novel and both omnibus volumes…crammed into a container about a half-inch too small for the width of the books’ combined width, side-by-side…which resulted in all three being damaged for shipment (and the package with two points open to the elements as it tried to be wide enough).

Amazon has also gotten even worse than before about the packaging, feedback, etc–removing the ability to leave packaging feedback without Googling a page or tweeting at them and being given a link: you can’t do it from the orders interface the way you used to. They’ve also apparently decided that if they damage your order twice they’re not gonna bother with replacing, and will simply want to refund your money, even though you pay $100/yr or whatever for Prime membership and they’re the ones using zero protection in shipping and even damaging the books TO ship them.

But I suppose that gets into another post complaining about Amazon

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