Having worked with small game companies over the years, I know how hard it is to produce anything that might be in the public consciousness (that is: from films) unless you have the license to do it. Try making miniatures or games that are based on an existing idea without having the rights and you can end up in a lot of deep legal fertiliser.
However, if you have the cash and the ability to distribute in bulk (because that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day), you really can get some traction. See, for instance, these new figures from WizKids, part or the new HorrorClix range. There is a full range of Aliens (from the movies) as well. And if this doesn’t inspire me to build up a force for StarGrunt then there is something wrong.
All these figures need is to be stripped off the clicking base and resettled on something a little more standard to make them consistent witrh my other figures. Perhaps a touch up with the paint, too: a wash to get at the shadows, a little edge highlighting, and maybe a matt coat.
Of course, I could just use the HeroClix rules and play it as they intended. But that does take all the effort out of it. And since they come prepainted that seems a little too passive. You know? No work at all makes them of no value at all. But maybe that’s just me.