Fistful of Aliens is a basic 2-player strategy game based loosely on
the principles of Rock, Paper, Scissor and War. The Aliens are divided
into factions called the Dredrocks (red), Gangreens (green), and Bluspews
(blue). The Circle of Power shows that Dredrocks crush Gangreens with muscle,
Gangreens neutralize Bluspews with slime, and Bluspews melt Dredrocks with
acid. When two Aliens of the same color come up against each other, the
victor is determined by a power number of the bottom of their feet. There
are additional Power Player Aliens to tilt the balance of power, such as
the 2-species Mutants, super-powered RAMM's, Crystallites, and the great
warlord leader Jangutz Khan (mail-in premium). Fistful of Aliens were sold
at KB Toys and smaller, regional retailers (like Bradlee's in New
England), but were not picked up by mega-chains such as Toys R Us and Wal-mart.
There were two series of Aliens, with some of the figures from Series
A retired to make room for figures in Series B. The RAMM's (Rare Alien
Metallic Mutants) were hidden and randomly inserted in packages with Mutants.
Based on my experience, the distribution was about 1 RAMM for every 18
Mutants (which means you have to buy a lot of packs to get a RAMM!).
The Crystallites were released with the new Series B figures in very limited
distribution. They came packaged with vehicles / accessories: Space Pods
and Weapons, each available in all three colors. The SciRoid Battleship
with SciRoids Masters (Series B) made it into production at the very end
of the product's life, and achieved only very limited distribution. I've
also heard mention of Shadow figures (Blackout, Eternal Abyss, and Dr.
Dark), but these might have been mentioned on the website and possibly
never made it to production.
I first saw Fistful of Aliens in the Fall of 1998. I immediately thought
they were the coolest thing and started buying a ton. All the cashiers
thought they were neat and talked about buying them for their kids. With
a hidden figure in each pack, retired Aliens, the element of 'randomness'
to find the most powerful figure, and collector cards for each Alien, I
thought this would be an awesome toy line to collect. Unfortunately, about
the time the Crystallites appeared in stores, Yes! Entertainment declared
bankruptcy and the toys disappeared pretty quickly after that. Their website,
which hosted a ton of great pics of upcoming items, also went off-line.
You can find a preserved mirror site of the Official Yes! Entertainment
site at the Little
Rubber Guys Classifieds website.
Onto the pictures...
If you have something not pictured here I'd be happy to add it to this