Saturday, October 31, 2015

Topps Shock Theatre Trading Cards


I'm not a huge gum card guy but Monster cards are an obvious exception that's why this set of cards sent in by Matt make me smile, I'll let him explain:

Given the fact that the great Christopher Lee passed away this last year, I could think of nothing more fitting than this for my final Halloween item-- a superb bit of 70s monster goodness: Hammer Horror trading cards from Topps released in 1976!

Yes, believe it or not, Topps released a set of Shock Theater trading cards based exclusively on Hammer films. I am not a huge trading card guy, but I go gaga for monster cards, and these are some of the best.




Comprised mostly of stills from "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave", "Horror of Frankenstein", "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed," "Taste the Blood of Dracula," "Scars of Dracula," "Dracula AD:1972", and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula," feast your eyes on some of the most gory cards ever marketed to 70s kids, complete with Cracked Magazine style jokes:



Close up of some cards. Completing a set of these is an expensive proposition, but well worth it. 


Here are a pair of card backs with jokes on them... Shocking Laffs indeed!


Thanks Matt, now I'm off to Ebay!

Pod Stallions 36: Horror Comedies



A special Saturday episode of PodStallions to celebrate Halloween. We actually lost our Halloween episode due to a computer glitch, so like champions we recorded a new one yesterday.

Episode 36 is dedicated to the lighter side of horror as we tick down a long list of horror comedies and give our thoughts, everything from Abbot &Costello to the Lemon Grove kids to Young Frankenstein and even more modern classics like Beetlejuice and the academy award winning Jekyll and Hyde...together again.

Happy Halloween everybody!

PS Joe Flaherty is a genius

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Aurora Monster Scenes Store Display!



We've got an incredible treat this Friday before Halloween in the form of this incredible Aurora Monster Scenes store display, courtesy of my pal Matt, who will take over from here with the editorial.




This was actually assembled and painted at the Aurora factory, and then shipped built up to hobby stores.

Frankenstein doesn't come with the set. He is a vintage one from my childhood



There is little I can say about the Monster Scenes that hasn't already been said except that, in my opinion, they are the single greatest monster toy line to come out of the 1970s. 

They surpass even the Ahi monsters, as far as I'm concerned. If ever a toy line typified the early 1970s, this was it. 



Only in that decade could you get a model kit that was an action figure with a diorama that you built in order to reenact scenes of torture. 

No other decade would dare market a toy to kids rated "X" as a double-entendre. No other toy was made in that decade that so simply and directly tapped into that pre-adolescent boy mindset-- that transitory period where one is on the verge of transitioning away from loving "kids stuff" like monsters, and starting to think about girls... 

No one else has ever released a toy with that same cheerful mix of innocence and sadism. One would consider such a feat to be near impossible. But Aurora did. And it was the rock upon which they sank.


 
Here is the set with a random assortment of boxed Monster Scenes-- including the rare package variant "Victim" renamed as "Dr Deadly's Daughter" for Canadian markets. 


Thanks to Matt for being so awesome and sharing this piece of 1970s gold. Happy Halloween Everyone!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cousin Eerie Halloween Costume



Well here is something I've never seen before, thanks to my buddy Matt for sharing. This is a Ben Cooper Cousin Eerie Halloween costume based of course on the mascot for the Warren magazine Eerie.that ran for nearly 20 years.




And it's a great costume too! Nice mask and smock action here.


According to Matt, there is a costume for "Uncle Creepy" as well but it must be rare as he doesn't own one. 

 
  ben cooper catalog

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lincoln Monsters in the 1976 Galoob Catalog



It wouldn't be Halloween without me waxing poetic about my favourite monster toy line of all time, the Lincoln Monsters.

This year I came across one of my absolute grails, in the form of finding the 1976 Galoob toys catalog. Although Galoob was later known for licensed items  and things such as Micro Machines, 1976 saw them as more of an importer of Hong Kong novelties including items produced by Lincoln International.



Here they are featured among the Lincoln Action Soldier toys and other Rack Toy merchandise. Galoob was definitely the the company that got the following memorable Montgomery Ward's catalog spread from 1976:


More Lincoln International Monster Love here:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Godzilla is no Pussycat



This ad is taken from a Hong Kong trade magazine, showcasing the Imperial Toys Godzilla merchandising blitz. I love stuff like this but I'm kinda mad I never saw that Mecha Godzilla at retail, that would have been soooooo mine.

New Pod Stallions this Friday, all about Godzilla! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Remco Monsterizer Video



One of my favourite monster toys of all time is the Remco Monsterizer, even though it doesn't a have ton of play value, it's just such a nice and thoughtful prop.

I was happy to discover that mine actually worked the other day and it inspired me to make this little video short all about it. Special thanks to my ever patient assistant, my daughter for her hand modelling. Hope you enjoy it!




More Remco Monsters!



1980 remco.Remco 1979

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Spotlight: Toynami Shogun Warriors Godzilla

toynami godzilla

What better time to do a photo review of a shiny new Godzilla toy than the month of October?

This isn't any Godzilla but Toynami's retake of our childhood classic, the Shogun Warriors Godzilla. I tried to resist  this but seeing as I was denied the original as a kid, it was inevitable. 

So let's take a long loving look at the king of all monster shall we? A very comprehensive after the jump!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sid & Marty Krofft Halloween Costumes Gallery




One of the biggest influences of my childhood were the Saturday morning programs created by the famed Canadian brothers Sid and Marty Krofft. I don't think I was alone judging by the amazing variety of Halloween costumes available almost every year of my childhood.


Thanks to my pal Dave McKroffterson for sharing his


amazing and often times obscure collection of


Sid and Marty Krofft costumes and prototypes for 


this amazing gallery.







From Electra Woman to Dr Shrinker and more 

Witchie Poo than you can shake a stick at it's all in









 
  ben cooper catalog

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Colorforms Castle Dracula Fun House



A marriage of Monsters and colorforms comes close on the importance scale to chocolate and peanut butter in my house.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Remco Monsters Glow in the Dark Haunted House



One of the reasons I love October is I get to talk about Monster toys, in my top five are the Remco monsters and their awesome, wonderful haunted house playset. More on these guys next week.



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1980 remco.Remco 1979

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mold-A-Rama Blow Mould Frankensteins


Turning the reins over to my buddy Matt today, who provided not only the photos but the prose as well. Take it away Matt!



These are the wonderful, magnificent, Mold-A-Rama Blow Mould Frankensteins.

Mold-A-Rama first appeared in the mid-60s, and was a staple of the Museum and Zoo experience for lucky kids in the 60s, 70s , and 80s. 



For around $1, you could watch a vending machine make a version of your favorite museum or zoo souvenir using an injection mold.





The piece would come out of the machine scalding hot, and have a wonderful plasticky smell. It would feel like candle wax. At zoos you would frequently get Gorillas, Elephants etc. 


At Museums, you could Space Shuttles, Presidential busts, The Space Needle etc. 


This Frankenstein is one of the best and most sought-after Mold-A-Rama creations. 

He was made from the 60s through the 70s. His copyright on the back sometimes says "Universal Pictures, Co" and other times says "Universal Studios", depending on when it was released. 

Any Mold-A-Rama and monster lover must have every color available!


Notice that the figure resembles the Rapco bisque monsters available in the 70s

Saturday, October 17, 2015

El Hombre Lobo paperback


As a life long fan of the films of Paul Naschy and especially his character Waldemar Daninsky AKA El Hombre Lobo

Other than movie posters, I never thought there was any merchandise of any sortm until I spied this in a shop.

Somebody actually novelised "The Werewolf Vs The Vampire Woman" and I owe them many, many hugs! I haven't read this paperback but I certainly will.



Not terribly thrilled with calling him Waldo....

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