Get ready for a combat drop! Hollywood Collectibles Group is set to release a 24″ replica of the USCM’s UD-4 Utility Dropship, which comes with a surprise! HCG‘s Dropship replica also includes a to-scale APC! Not only that, but the UD-4 Dropship (named Cheyenne) includes an opening loading bay to maximize the display possibilities of the $1,499.95 purchase! Unfortunately, this release is limited to only 250 pieces.
The APC may be the most underutilized vehicle in all of the ALIENS. In the early script, both guns were to be used at various points during the rescue at the atmospheric processor. In the final film, we see the top turret lower so the APC can enter a low clearance zone. Not once do we get to see any of the armored personnel carrier’s weaponry blow a xenomorph to bits.
Flown by Corporal Ferro and Private First Class Spunkmeyer, the drop ship is as iconic as everything else in James Cameron’s ALIENS. Although the vehicle gets a few minutes of screen time, it is instantly recognizable. It’s not slick or overly designed. Like many of the props and vehicles in the film, the prop looks functional and could easily be mistaken for something we’d see our military using in the real world.
Cheyenne met an unfortunate end when a xenomorph snuck aboard the Dropship and dispatched Ferro and Spunkmeyer, leading to a crash that would set off a chain reaction inside the atmospheric processor.
With the input of Aliens mythology experts and unpublished behind the scenes photographs, every inch of this incredible spaceship has been painstakingly recreated with meticulous attention to detail to make this the most accurate replica possible. From the detailed cockpit, to the complex landing gear, no detail has been overlooked! The model comes complete with two ramps, one for display in the “landed”, ramp down position, and the other in the ramp up “in-flight” position, used in conjunction with the included display stand. This is the HCG Exclusive Edition, it also includes a scale model of the M577 APC for more display options! A regular edition is also available, click here for more details.
[Source: Hollywood Collectibles Group]