The Shuriken is a primarily thrown Yautja weapon. Constructed with six retractable blades, it is sharp enough to cut into three inches of solid stone or cut a Xenomorph in two. Much like the Smart Disc with which the weapon shares several similarities, it can also be used as a handheld slashing weapon.
Shurikens are essentially the same as the Smart Disc in operation, to the point where they can be viewed as merely a different design of the same weapon. Like the Smart Disc, the Shuriken has in-built tracking and flight-correctional capabilities that allow it to track a target (or even multiple targets simultaneously) and return to the user. However, owing to its increased weight and bulk over the Smart Disc, it is not uncommon for the weapon to fail in the latter regard and become lodged in solid surfaces instead of returning to its point of origin. Also like the Smart Disc, Shurikens have considerable cutting power — one has been seen to carve clean through a Xenomorph without slowing down, as well as maintaining sufficient velocity to subsequently lift and pin a human to a wall several feet above the floor.
When not in use, the Shuriken's six blades fold away into the hub for ease of storage.
Behind the Scenes
Alien vs. Predator director Paul W. S. Anderson developed the Shuriken as a replacement for the Smart Disc; while he liked the concept of a thrown Predator cutting weapon, he thought the Smart Disc in Predator 2 "looked too much like a frisbee" and designed the Shuriken to be a "more deadly" replacement. The Shuriken was based on the traditional Japanese weapons of the same name (colloquially known as "throwing stars"), although with greatly increased size and the additional ability to be folded away for storage.
- Alien vs. Predator/novel
- Predator: Concrete Jungle (video game)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
- AVP: Evolution
- The Predator/novel
- Predator: Stalking Shadows
- In the video game Predator: Concrete Jungle, the intermediate upgrade for the Smart Disc will turn the weapon into a Shuriken.
- The three Young Bloods Celtic, Chopper and Scar all carried a Shurikens, but only Scar actually used his. Chopper was killed by Grid before he had the chance to use his and Celtic had an opportunity to use his against the Xenomorph Grid, but for unknown reasons, chose not to, but Scar managed to kill a Facehugger, kill a Xenomorph, attack Alexa and Sebastian, and injure the Queen with his pair of Shurikens.
- Shane Salerno (writer), The Brothers Strause (directors). Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- According to the Hot Toys Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Predator (Wolf) figure's page on Sideshow Collectibles.com (link), the plural of Shuriken is "Shurikens", as the figure is said to come with "Closed Shurikens". "Shurikens" is also used by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. in their audio commentary for Requiem.
- Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005), Eurocom, Sierra Entertainment, Vivendi Universal Games [PlayStation 2, Xbox].
- Paul W. S. Anderson (writer and director). Alien vs. Predator (2004), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- Paul W. S. Anderson, John Davis, Lance Henriksen, David Johnson, Tom Woodruff, Jr.. The Making of AVP (2005), 20th Century Fox [DVD].