Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July Fourth! Blast from the Past with Independence Day Electronic Alien Attacker

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends :)

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.

The film "Independence Day" (sometimes styled as ID4) is a 1996 American epic, science fiction film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich and starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox and Harry Connick Jr. It focuses on disparate groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a calamitous attack by a seemingly powerful extraterrestrial race from an unknown origin and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States.

I never imagined that twenty years later, there would be a sequel, "Independence Day: Resurgence" but there is and it was released on June 24, 2016. The film focuses on the battle between ESD (Earth Space Defense), an international military defense and research organization, and the returning alien invaders during the twentieth anniversary of humanity’s first victory against the latter on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States. Unlike the first film, there are no toys or movie merchandise to flood the market this time around. Generally, I think most companies are quite cautious of merchandise that tie-in with movies these days and you really don't see a lot of toys being released to go with a movie, unless they are films released by Disney.

This is the Trendmasters ID4 electronic Alien Attack space craft. It was made in 1996 for the independence day movie and features electronic lights and sounds plus an opening cockpit, shooting missiles and dropping bombs. I was pleasantly pleased that the electronic lights and sounds still work :) So glad I remembered to take the batteries out when I decided to display and not play with the electronic features. Never forget the Hot Toy Collecting Tip #1: Remove ALL Batteries! - check out the toy blog post HERE

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I also got the Supreme Commander alien figure but it couldn't stand the test of time. The upper body was too heavy for the legs to supprt it and after a period of time, the legs were bent out of shape.

NEXT: Hot Toys 1:6 scale Captain Steven Hiller, United States Marine Corps (USMC), F/A-18 pilot

Related posts:
Happy Independence Day from Hot Toys 1/6th scale die-cast Iron Patriot posted HERE
1:6 scale President Obama on July 4, Independence Day (pictures HERE)

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