By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
There’s plenty of special anniversaries going on at some point in the year, and for me, yes, I want to get my inner Predator on! This alien who is out to slay the most dangerous prey from the Milky Way galaxy did not know who he would end up facing in the movie that launched this franchise. John McTiernan’s 1987 film showed Arnold Schwarzenegger saying, “If it bleeds, we can kill it!”
Although there have been numerous sequels, comics, novels, games, and a reboot movie on the way, nothing compares to the original. Personally, I caught a sighting of Dark Horse Comic’s continuation of this world when the first collection came out in June of 89 and I read all the releases since then. In honour of this franchise’s 30th anniversary, Fright-Rags will soon unleash the Predator Collection, a set of mask and clothing to show how much fans like me love this beast. At the same time, perhaps I should get around to finishing painting up my Super Deformed Predator I found a while garage kit hunting. I’m not talking about the Funko Pop! vinyl, but rather a resin kit.
There are two versions of apparel available, each of which features an exclusive tee designed by Justin Osbourn and a retro-style ventilated mask packaged in a collectableLimite window box. The standard version, limited to 650, is based on the Predator’s appearance in the movie. The Ugly Motherf***er variant, limited to 300, is inspired by 1980s horror trading cards.
While Osbourn’s shirts are exclusive to the box sets, the artwork can be purchased separately on zip-up hoodies, and the Ugly Motherf***er design is available on baseball tees. The Predator Collection also includes four shirts from artists Jason Edmiston, Paul Shipper, Chris Lovell, and Coki Greenway, plus two different styles of custom-knit socks.
The hunt is on now at Fright-Rags.com. The Predator Collection shirts are in stock, while socks will ship in approximately 10 days and mask box sets are due out in mid-June. Quantities are limited.