This diorama is an amalgamation of four separate kits. The base including the back wall is from Geometric as is the Ripley figure. The Alien is from Dark Horse. The Alien is a cold-cast porcelain figure. The legs, upper body, and left arm of Ripley are vinyl. Her right arm, left hand, guns, and head are separate resin pieces. All seams were blended together with Avies apoxie sculpt. Ripley was filled with plaster-of-paris for stability. All paint is acrylic with pearlescent colors added to the cocooned figure on the back wall.
Aliens is a 1986 American science fiction action film co-written and directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, and Bill Paxton. It is the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and the second installment of the Alien franchise. The film follows Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of Colonial Marines.
Aliens’ action-adventure tone was in contrast to the horror motifs of the original Alien. Following the success of The Terminator (1984), which helped establish Cameron as a major action director, 20th Century Fox greenlit Aliens with a budget of approximately $18 million. It was filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and at a decommissioned power plant in Acton, London.
Aliens grossed $86 million at the US box office during its 1986 theatrical release and $131 million worldwide. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver. It won in the categories of Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. It won eight Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Weaver and Best Direction and Best Writing for Cameron.