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My top 10 list of vintage Frankenstein toys from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. These are all toys that were inspired by or feature Frankenstien's Monster, either individually or as part of a line of toys that Frankenstein was a part of.
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Aquaman was one of the characters featured in the first wave of Kenner Super Powers figures in 1984. He originally came with a trident which I sadly no longer own. He also came packed with a mini-comic where he teamed up with The Flash to fight The Penguin. I was going to say that was an odd combination of characters, but then I thought about it, and penguins are aquatic birds, and The Flash does have the power to run on water, so I guess it works.
Happy Halloween, everybody. For my final post for this year's Countdown to Halloween, I thought I'd take a group photograph all of the Mego style 8 inch cloth outfit monster figures I've been featuring this month. Hopefully my collection will be even bigger next year!
Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Creature From the Black Lagoon (2012, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
The Creature From the Black Lagoon was released in 2012, alongside The Bride of Frankenstein as part of the third series of Diamond Select and Emce Toys Retro Cloth Universal Monsters figures. It features an interesting mix of cloth and plastic that's a little unusual, but works very well.
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Creature From the Black Lagoon (2012, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
In 2004, Classic TV Toys released a line of 8 inch "The Munsters" action figures in the retro Mego style. Today I'll be looking at "Herman Munster" from this line. This Herman Munster figure has a nice headsculpt. It's not as detailed as the Diamond Select Herman Munster action figures. It's a bit more simplified and cartoony, but that works well for this type of retro figure. It does a nice job of capturing the likeness and goofy charm of Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster.
I think this is a great figure. I mean, he has a fantastic face sculpt with lots of fine details, pretty much the opposite of the cartoony Remco Frankenstein figure I featured yesterday. He also has great hands, and they did a really clever thing were they incorporated the hinge on the articulated wrist of the action figure into the sculpt. And even though I only have one of his boots, that one boot is a perfect boot. They probably could have gotten away with some generic Mego boots and no one would have complained... but given him these extra thick platform boots, just like the ones Karloff wore in the movies, really takes this figure to another level.
Earlier this month, I looked at "Count Dracula" from Remco's 1980-1981 line of 9 inch cloth outfit Universal Monsters action figures. Today I'm featuring Remco's "Frankenstein Monster." All of these figures have strange looking accordion-like arms under their clothes (see pic below) and a button on their backs. When you press the button, their arms contract, as if they were crushing their victims. Either that or they're just really friendly and want to give you a hug. This figure has a simple, almost cartoonish sculpt, but it has all the key elements and is immediately recognizable as Frankenstein's Monster. It reminds me more of Lon Chaney Jr.'s version of The Monster than of Boris Karloff's. I'm a big Frankenstein fan, so of course I love this figure. What do you think?
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Mezco's Universal Monsters 9 Inch Scale The Mummy is part of their line of stylized Universal Monster figures that also includes The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Frankenstein's Monster. The figures have exaggerated features that highlight their monstrosity, and they look great on display together.
The Phantom of the Opera was part of the fourth and final wave of Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figures by Diamond Select and Emce Toys. While it was sad to see this series of figures end, they really picked a great figure to go out on. This Phantom of the Opera figure is one of the best looking Mego style figures ever! His costume, his sculpt, his paint... it's all top notch. I'm not even that big of a Phantom guy, but I just love this figure.
Recently, I got pretty excited to hear that Funko was coming out with a new series of vinyl figures based on the classic Garbage Pail Kids designs. I was a little concerned when I heard they were going to be randomly assorted blind-boxed figures, because I thought I would have to buy multiple copies of the figures to complete the collection. Yeah, the trading cards were the same way, but they were inexpensive, and you could trade them with other kids to complete your collection. I was worried that I would have to spend hundreds of dollars if I wanted to collect all of these figures. Luckily, it turns out that they pack exactly one of each figure in their retailer cases, so if you buy the whole case, you get the whole collection in one shot. Plus, you get the retailer display as well, which is a bonus. So now I have the whole collection, and I love them all. Funko really nailed it with this line.
Playmates began releasing Star Trek: The Next Generation action figures in 1992. After a year of success with the Next Generation figures, they expanded their reach in to other TV and movie figures from the Star Trek universe. When they released their first figures for the classic 1960s TV series, they did it in a big way, with a box set featuring all seven of the main Enterprise crew members and a cardboard diorama of the Enterprise bridge. For a Classic Star Trek fan, this gave you an instant collection and display piece in one box, making a must-have item for any original series Star Trek toy collector
The Neptunian does not appear to be based on anything that ever actually appeared on Star Trek. In fact, it looks more like some kind of mutated version of Mego's Green Goblin figure from it's World's Greatest Super Heroes line. But it's that weirdness that makes the figure so great!
Wave 1 of Funko's Star Trek ReAction figures is now out, featuring four characters from the classic 1960s TV show. So click on the link to check out my photos and review of the action figure representations of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, Commander Spock, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.
Today I'm playing with the Batman Classic TV Series 25 Piece Crime Fighting Accessory Pack from Figures Toy Company. It's a collection of great accessories to go with FTC's line of Batman '66 8 inch Mego-Style retro action figures. The accessory pack comes with a pair of alternate "Bat Breather" heads for Batman and Robin, a spare utility belt, 3 sets of Batcuffs, 3 sets of Batarangs, a briefcase crime lab, a bust of William Shakespeare, 2 Batphones, a Bat Bazooka, a set of Oceanic Repellent Bat Sprays, a bomb, 2 radios, 2 walkie-talkies, and 2 Bat-Shileds. All of these accessories come straight from the TV show or the 1966 Batman movie, and they are must haves if you are setting up a Batcave diorama, or just need some fun stuff for your figures to play with.
Tron action figures were originally released by Tomy in 1982. There were four figures, Tron, Sark, Flynn, and a generic soldier/guard dubbed "The Warrior." In addition, Tomy produced two lightcycles, red and yellow, that the figures could ride in. The figures were molded in translucent plastic with minimal stylized paint apps. Tron, Flynn, and Stark had 5 points of articulation (head, legs, and arms) and came with a glow in the dark disc that they could hold in their hands, or plug in to a hole in their backs. The Warrior had 4 points of articulation (arms and legs) and came with a glow in the dark staff. The figures are a little bigger than Kenner Star Wars figures, but still in the same basic scale. They are more like a full 4 inches than Kenner's 3.75 inch figures.
The "Alpha Star" is one of my favorite toys from the Fisher-Price Adventure People. It was first released in 1983, and came with a motorized planetary rover and detachable trailer, both with a bunch of fun interactive features. It also included an astronaut, a robot, and an alien creature. It had everything a kid would need to have some awesome planet exploring adventures.
I've featured Sloth and Chunk from Funko's The Goonies ReAction figures earlier on this blog. Today, I'm going to finish up the Goonies with the the other figures in the line: Mikey, Data, and Mouth. There all pretty good figures, making The Goonies one of my favorite sets of action figures from the ReAction line so far.
This week's theme is "BEYOND THE STARS AND BENEATH THE WAVES: A Week of Space Monsters and Sea Creatures!" And we've got that covered and then some in this post! Today I'll be looking at three vintage monsters from the Socket Poppers/Con-Nec-Tors toylines. Grumo the Swamp Monster, Alantide the Mutant, and Trilor the Cyclops. In addition to the toy review, I also made a scary (or maybe just a kind of weird) Halloween photocomic starring these figures, along with a few vintage action figure guest stars.
There was a long tradition of TV shows being made into 3 3/4" action figure lines in the 1970s and 1980s. Adventure shows like Battlestar Galactica, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team, and Buck Rogers all had 3 3/4" action figures. Some odder choices, like M.A.S.H., Mork and Mindy, and The Love Boat got the action figure treatment as well. Still, I was certainly surprised to find out that they made an action figure of Harry Hamlin from the TV show L.A. Law! Read all about it after the break, in this week's edition of Retro Fridays
Welcome to the first installment of "Retro Fridays." Every Friday I will be featuring a different vintage 3 and 3/4 inch action figure from the 1970s or 1980s. From action figure lines like Kenner's Star Wars, Fisher-Price's Adventure People, Mego's Pocket Heroes, Mattel's Battlestar Galactica, and more. This week, I'll be looking at "Newt," a weird robot from Tomland's Starroid Raiders collection.
Super7 and Funko's Alien ReAction Figures are recreations of toys Kenner designed in 1979, but never actually released. In the years since, the figures have achieved something of legendary, "lost classic" status among toy collectors. The hopes were high for Super7's version of these toys, and they really delivered. These toys are perfect, and fit in great alongside Star Wars and other vintage 3.75" figures from the '70s and '80s.
The final day of my Beavis and Butt-Head Christmas celebration is here, with my review of Funko's Beavis and Butt-Head vinyl figures. Will Funko's Beavis and Butt-Head vinyl figures make the perfect stocking stuffers, or will they be a lump of coal? Read on to find out!
Complete List of My Toys & Games Posts:
- Funko Garbage Pail Kids Vinyl Figures: Mad Mike, Ali Gator, and Dead Ted
- Kenner Super Powers Aquaman Action Figure (1984)
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold Knight Battle Batman (Mattel, 2011)
- Kenner Super Powers Green Lantern Action Figure (1984)
- Mork From Ork Action Figure (1980, Mattel)
- Remco 9 Inch Frankenstein Monster Action Figure (1980)
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Frankenstein (2010, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Herman Munster 8 Inch Retro Cloth Action Figure (2004, Classic TV Toys)
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Creature From the Black Lagoon (2012, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- My "Mad Monster" Collection
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure The Wolf Man (2010, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Metaluna Mutant (2013, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Custom Tomland Monster #6: Cyclops
- Custom Tomland Monsters #4 and #5: Yog and Zhor
- Custom Tomland Monster #3: Morlock
- Custom Tomland Monster #2: The Abominable Snowman
- Custom Tomland Monster #1: The Fly
- Classic TV Toys Coffin
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure The Bride of Frankenstein (2012, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure The Mummy (2011, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Universal Monsters 9 Inch Scale The Mummy (2014 Mezco Toyz)
- 8 Inch Skeleton Articulated Figure (Classic TV Toys)
- Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure Dracula (2011, Diamond Select and Emce Toys)
- Remco 9 Inch Count Dracula Action Figure (1980)
- Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1998, Figures Toy Company)
- Mad Monster Castle
- Jaws ReAction Figures from Funko
- Funko Garbage Pail Kids Vinyl Figures: Bony Tony, Hot Scott, and Nasty Nick
- Funko Garbage Pail Kids Vinyl Figures: Tee-Vee Stevie, Adam Bomb, and New Wave Dave
- Two-Face! Batman Animated Action Figures: Vintage Figures from Kenner, Modern Figures from DC Collectibles
- Awesome New Batman Action Figure Commercial
- Playmates Classic Star Trek Action Figures: Andorian, Captain Koloth, and Harry Mudd (1997-1998)
- May the Fourth Be With You
- Playmates' Classic Star Trek Bridge Set (1993)
- Mego Star Trek Aliens Neptunian (1975)
- Funko ReAction Star Trek Wave 1 Action Figures
- Legends of Cthulhu - The Cultists and the Spawn of Cthulhu
- Legends of Cthulhu - The Professor and the Deep Ones
- Batman Classic TV Series 25 Piece Crime Fighting Accessory Pack
- Funko ReAction Kane With Facehugger Action Figure
- Funko ReAction Alien With Metallic Flesh Action Figure
- Vintage Friday! Tomy 1982 Tron Action Figures (20th Anniversary NECA Reissue)
- Retro Wednesday! Funko Reaction The Terminator and T800 Terminator Action Figures
- Vintage Friday! Kenner Star Wars Action Figures: Han Solo and Chewbacca
- Retro Wednesday! Funko's The Goonies ReAction Figures: Mikey, Data, and Mouth
- Vintage Friday! 1995 Power of the Force Landspeeder
- Dollar Store Robocop Action Figures
- Retro Wednesday! Funko Buffy the Vampire ReAction Figure
- Retro Wednesday! Funk Pulp Fiction ReAction Figures: Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace
- Fisher-Price Adventure People Alpha Star (1983)
- Retro Wednesday! Funko Pulp Fiction ReAction Figures! Jules Winnfield and Jimmy Dimmick
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Creature From the Black Lagoon Photo
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Dracula Photo
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Wolf Man Uncaged
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Wolf Man Behind Bars
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures The Mummy
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures The Phantom Lurks in the Shadows
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures The Bride Walks
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Portrait of a Monster
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Frankenstein Unchained
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures The Invisible Man Photo
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Invisible Man in the Window
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures Wolf Man Photo
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures at Castle Dracula
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures In Their Cards
- Halloweekend / Funko Universal Monsters ReAction Figures
- Vintage Friday! Socket Poppers/Con-nec-tors Dr. Dracula the Vampire (1990)
- Vintage Friday! Clash of the Titans Charon Action Figure (1981)
- Your are now entering... The Twilight Zone
- Countdown to Halloween Random Toy Grab Bag
- Retro Wednesday! Funko ReAction Freddy Krueger
- Retro Wednesday! Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man ReAction Figure
- Sideshow Toys' Frankenstein's Monster Boris Karloff Action Figure (1998)
- Halloween Week Begins With My Custom Phantom Hellscape Playset!
- Vintage Friday! Socket Poppers/Con-Nec-Tors Swamp Monster, Mutant, and Cyclops (1990)
- Vintage Friday! Micronauts Alien Invaders (1980)
- Retro Wednesday! The Creature From The Black Lagoon Funko ReAction Figure
- Sundry Monday! Uncle Gilbert from Diamond Select's The Munsters, Plus the Collect and Connect Staircase
- Sundry Monday! The Metaluna Mutant from Diamond Select's Universal Monsters
- Vintage Friday! Moltar, "The Prince of Chaos" from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action Figures (1982)
- Vintage Friday! "The Remco Dracula Picture Show," Featuring the 1979 Remco Mini Monster Dracula
- Vintage Friday! Beastman, from Mattel's Flash Gordon Action Figures (1980)
- Retro Wednedsay! Bif Bang Pow's Twilight Zone Action Figures: Bob Wilson and The Gremlin
- Sundry Monday! Raceway Lily and Hotrod Grandpa Action Figures from Diamond Select's The Munsters
- Vintage Friday! McFarlane Toys Mummy Playset (1998)
- Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's "The Mummy" ReAction Figure
- Vintage Friday! Socket Poppers/Con-Nec-Tors Garza the Mummy (1990)
- Retro Wednesday! Funko ReAction Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein
- Sundry Monday! Diamond Select's The Munsters Hotrod Herman Action Figure
- Vintage Friday! McFarlane Toys' The Phantom of the Opera Playset (1998)
- Retro Wednesday! Halloween Michael Myers ReAction Figure
- Vintage Friday! Zardeth, "The Wizard Who Worshipped Chaos" from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action Figures (1982)
- Get Creeped Out By The Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man ReAction Figures, the Subjects of This Week's Retro Wednesday!
- Sundry Monday! Figures Toy Company's Batman Classic TV 8 Inch Retro Superheroes
- Retro Friday! It's "Adam Alpha," The Fisher-Price Adventure People Astronaut! (1980)
- Retro Wednesday! It's "Chunk Versus Dracula", as we look at Funko and Super 7's The Goonies Chunk ReAction Figure!
- Sundry Monday! "Taste the Rambo!" as NECA's First Blood Rambo Goes Head to Head with Clubber Lang!
- Retro Friday! Fisher-Price Adventure People's Clawtron (1980)
- Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's The Terminator ReAction figures: Chrome T800 Endoskeleton and Kyle Reese
- Sundry Monday! Hey, Hey, We're the Apemen, and People Say We Monkey Around!
- Retro Friday! It's a Harry Hamlin Toga Party!
- Klaatu Barada Nikto! It's Amok Time's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" Retro Action Figures in This Week's Retro Wednesday!
- Retro Friday! Kenner's 1978 Princess Leia Action Figure
- Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's SDCC 2014 Sloth ReAction Figure
- Retro Friday! Tomland's 1977 Starroid Raiders "Newt" Action Figure
- Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's The Rocketeer ReAction Figure
- Final Week for the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter!
- The Four Horsemen's Power Lords Action Figures
- Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere!
- 99 Cents Store Double Feature Part 1: Halloween in July
- 99 Cents Store Double Feature Part 2: Military Play Sets
- Fresh Monkey Fiction's Amazing Heroes Action Figures
- Super7 and Funko's Alien ReAction Figures
- Zica Toys' Six Million Dollar Man Action Figures
- Andre the Giant Body Slams Lee Majors
- Retro Kenner-Style 3 ¾" Action Figures
- More Cool 3 ¾" Action Figures
- Holy Nostalgia, Batman! Retro-Styled 2014 Batman Figures
- Holy Nostalgia, Batman! Retro-Styled 2014 Batman Figures (Part 2)
- The Best of the Rest: More 6 and 7 Inch Action Figures
- 1:12 Scale Hot Wheels Elite 1966 TV Series Batcycle
- Neat Toys I Won from ThEpicReview's Halloween Grab Bag Contest!
- Mattel's Batman Classic TV Batmobile
- Mattel's Batman Classics 1966 TV Moments Batman and Robin Action Figure 2-Pack Diamond Select Toys Munsters Select Marilyn & Eddie Action Figures
- Mad Monsters by Figures Toy Co. aka Classic TV Toys
- Mezco's Universal Monsters 9-Inch Frankenstein Action Figure
- Diamond Select Toys Munsters Select Grandpa Action Figure
- Diamond Select Toys Munsters Select Lily Munster Action Figure
- Toywatch: Zica Toy's 3.75" Six Million Dollar Man Action Figures
- Biff Bang Pow's Venture Brothers 3 3/4" Plastic Action Figures: Brock Samson and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
- Biff Bang Pow's 3 3/4" Venture Brothers Action Figures - Hank and Dean Venture
- New Toys in the Mail! Venture Brothers and Batman 1966!
- My Trip to the Flea Market
- More Batman 1966 Stuff From Toy Fair
- First Images of Batman 1966 Action Figures and Batmobile Revealed!
- Thrift Store Thursdays: Batman! Batman! Batman!
- Thrift Store Thursdays: Vader Mania, Imaginext, Batman, Bart Simpson, and More!
- Outer Space Men: Metamorpho action figure by The Four Horsemen
- Diamond Select Toys Munsters Select: Herman Munster Action Figure
- Thrift Store Thursdays: Loads of Batman, Plus Spider-Man, Star Trek, and More
- Funko's DC Universe Batman Wacky Wobbler Bobblehead
- Thrift Store Thursdays - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Board Game, Imaginext Stuff, and More
- Diamond Select's Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Figure: The Bride of Frankenstein
- Thrift Store Thursdays - Batman, Superman, Annie Oakley and More!
- "I Won a Funko Pop Batman!"
- Beavis and Butt-Head Vinyl Figures from Funko
- My Halloween Toys 2012
- Diamond Select Toys Universal Monsters Select The Bride of Frankenstein Action Figure
- Sideshow Toys The Bride of Frankenstein Elsa Lanchester Action Figure (1999)
- Frankentoys: The Top 10 Frankenstein Games and Toys of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, Part Three
- Frankentoys: The Top 10 Frankenstein Games and Toys of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, Part Two
- Frankentoys: The Top 10 Frankenstein Games and Toys of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, Part One
- Diamond Select Toys Universal Monsters Select The Mummy Action Figure
- Diamond Select Toys Universal Monsters Select Frankenstein Action Figure
- Toy Collection, Part 3: Batman and Vincent Price
- Toy Collection, Part 2: New, Used, and Vintage
- Toy Collection, Part 1: Digging my toys out of my closet...
- Lincolnstein and Other Presidential Monsters