See the amazing Alien Queen!
The robotic Alien Queen, created by Hollywood studio ADI and restored in our workshops here at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma, is on display with real, lifelike movement in the animatronics hall! This majestic Alien Queen is the last one currently available for public viewing. After terrorising billions of film fans around the world, she’s back for a visit to our part of the world — Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. Restoring this monster is one of the many restoration projects that the Musée Cinéma et Miniature has undertaken in the past 15 years to help preserve our cinematic heritage.
The Alien Queen in numbers:
- 6.50 metres tall when fully deployed,
- 500 kg of metal, resin and latex,
- 3 years of restoration work (skin and mechanisms),
- 10 people working to restore it,
- 120 litres of Bluestar silicone were injected one centimetre at a time to restore the original latex,
- and restoration and mechanical repair work are still ongoing…
The origins of the Alien Queen:
H. R. Giger was the designer and progenitor of the Alien, the terrifying antagonist in the eponymous saga — the first instalment of which was directed by Ridley Scott. For the sequel, ‘Aliens’, James Cameron invented and designed the Alien Queen in collaboration with special effects master Stan Winston. The very same Queen appeared again in the fourth film in the series, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Alien: Resurrection’. Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) created a new, even bigger Queen for ‘Alien vs. Predator’, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The giant animatronic monster was controlled by computer and set in motion by a network of hydraulic jacks, cables and servomotors. The on-screen effect could easily stand up to CGI, increasingly the tool of choice for major film studios.