Box sets have been part of our larger releases since 2008. It started out as a way to add something to our line up than just t-shirts. Since then, we have put out almost two dozen of them, and while they each vary in size, contents, and price, we've always looked for ways to innovate and work within our licensing constraints to provide a kick ass limited edition product that fans would be excited to purchase.

On June 22, we will be releasing an entire ALIENS collection - t-shirts, baseball tee, socks, and of course, a box set. The box set will feature a limited edition t-shirt, four mini (8x10) lobby cards, and a Bug Stomper sticker. For the box itself, however, we wanted to do something special. We discussed all the various capabilities our manufacturer had and to be honest, it was like being a kid in a candy store. So we decided to go all out on this one.

The front of the box features a simple, yet effective image of a Xenomorph coming out of the darkness with the title underneath. However, we wanted the Alien head to actually emerge from the box. To do this, we decided to emboss it...but not just any emboss. The head was hand sculpted to provide a multi-dimensional relief pattern (rather than a simple stamp) from which they could press into the box, adding texture and realism.

ALIENS - Box Set - hand sculpted relief

From there, we decided to bring out the teeth even more by adding a foil layer to make them shine. This was done by creating a separate stamp to apply the foil. Note the slight rainbow effect of the foil on the teeth.

ALIENS - Box Set - foil stamp for teeth
Aliens - Box Set - foil close up

The final step was to add a glossy, spot UV layer on top of various areas of the face to enhance the appearance, making it not only shine but appear as though it were glistening and wet - an effect that is really cool when juxtaposed against the matte coating over the rest of the box. Here are a few pictures of the finished product.

Aliens - Box Set - close up 01
Aliens - Box Set - close up 01
I can't wait until you see these in person! This box set will be limited to 500 ONLY, available in Guys S-5X and Girls S-2X; price $47. Stay tuned later this week for the final reveal of the other box set contents, and other shirts and socks we are releasing on June 22!