NECA's Alien licence has reached its 10th series with the release of the first of the Kenner inspired Aliens. I say first as NECA have confirmed today that the Kenner inspired figures will return in Series 13, with Series 13 likely to now fall in 2018. To fill this interim period NECA have tweeted that they have 3 releases lined up that sit outside the main range that are all Kenner inspired.
Expect 3 special Kenner homages during 2017 to help ease the pain waiting for Series 13, (next Kenner themed wave) #facehuggerfriday
-Randy Falk, NECA
It is expected that 2 of these 3 will be shown at New York Toy Fair next month. Randy Falk is quoted that "one is very special IMO"
With this news we can start to form some kind of shape for the Aliens series in 2017.
We do know that the range as an entity is on pause after this present Series until Summer, this is because the first half of 2017 will be Alien : Covenant releases.
We then have Series 11 and Series 12 in the back half of 2017, before NECA return to Kenner inspiration with Series 13.
One of these is most likely an Alien Resurrection wave - and we have seen a sneak peak of an Alien Resurrection Ripley already. An Alien 4 Xenomorph is a certainty for this wave, and perhaps the Newborn as the 3rd figure.
We also know that NECA will return to the original Alien this year, with Lambert in spacesuit having been teased and shown quite a while back. Following the usual rules that would mean a Xeno will also be included, but who the 3rd figure could/would be is anyones guess at this point.
The other factor to consider is the tease of the Alien skull not so long back that appeared to be the Xeno from the Defiance comics. This could mean that Series 11 or 12 may be a mixed wave with figures from different films and comics?