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Toy Fair 2012: Diamond Select Toys to Host a Mad Monster Party

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Diamond Select Toys has announced the latest property to join its horror line-up of fully poseable action figures: Mad Monster Party, the classic film by Rankin/Bass which brought all of pop culture’s most famous monsters to the big screen in 1967.

From the Press Release:
Diamond Select Toys knows monsters — after all, the Maryland-based collectibles company has been making toys and statues of vampires, aliens and werewolves for almost 13 years.

“The Rankin/Bass Christmas specials have gotten a lot of merchandise over the last decade, but there have been almost zero collectibles made for Mad Monster Party,” said Chuck Terceira, director of Diamond Select Toys. “Now that the movie has been released on DVD and seen by a whole new audience for the first time, it feels like the right time to give fans new and old the toys they deserve. The film combines all of the classic monster archetypes with the timeless appeal of Rankin/Bass animation, and we want our toy line to represent the figures you see on the screen as closely as possible.”

Mad Monster Party hit theaters in the spring of 1967 and featured the vocal talents of legendary horror actor Boris Karloff and comedienne Phyllis Diller as well as parodies of many of the famous monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Hunchback, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Bride of Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. First released on DVD in 2003 and receiving a special edition in 2009, the film has only added to its already sizable group of dedicated fans.

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Vintage Toy Finder ALERT! If You Collect This Is a MUST-READ!

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Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to collectibles, I’m like a moth to a flame. Especially vintage toys. I, like many of you, grew up in a dysfunctional family circus. When I reached a certain age, my parents saw fit to take my most beloved toys and give them away to younger kids or just trash them completely. I’m still devastated. My childhood was pretty much nil, and I’ve been swimming in chaos ever since.

Once things finally “calmed down” a bit, I began reclaiming these relics of happier times. Damned straight I got an 18″ Kenner Alien, a Stretch X-Ray doll, a Mighty Men and Monster Maker, the Bermuda Triangle board game, etc. I revel in them as few items make me as happy as they do. As a result I always keep my eye out for things, specifically horror related toys I may have missed.

Enter 1967’s Ka-Bala, the most insane and intricate Ouija board I’ve ever seen. I don’t use Ouijas, but once I saw this, it was love at first shiver. The problem with collecting toys like this is that rarely can you find them complete. For Christmas Debi tracked down Ka-Bala for me, BUT we were missing the instructions. There’s not much sense in playing or having a board game if you don’t know said rules.

I scoured the Internet but only came up with a few sites that were charging astronomical prices for replacement parts and/or instructions. It was ludicrous. So I busted out my Creepy resources and asked our resident board game loony David Hahn, who writes Last Meeple Standing for us, for some help. Within days he and his wondrous wife, Tiffany (who also works with David on Meeple), led me to a site called Lost and Found Vintage Toys maintained by Brenda Roudabush.

Brenda, who says she has “gotten to play happiness broker several times reuniting vintage kids with their old long lost toys,” got right to work and sent me some amazing scans of the instructions and more.

After piquing my interest with her knowledge of such things, I can’t recommend her more. If you’re a collector, and chances are very good that you are because, well you’re reading this, make sure to check out the site listed above. It’s like an encyclopedia of happiness! Enjoy, and tell her Creepy sent ya!

For even more fun check out my other go-to toy site, Raymond Castile’s Gallery of Monster Toys. Quick trivia re Ray… He’s the spitting image of Coffin Joe and played young Zé do Caixão in José Mojica Marins’ 2008 film Embodiment of Evil. How friggin’ cool is that? It’s a small and sometimes wonderful world, I tell ya!

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Gremlins 2 Blind Bag Is Adorable and Awesome

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“G2, baby. G2!”

I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that I know what this Blind Bag Collection is. It seems from the slick name that one shouldn’t know what’s exactly inside… but maybe I’m missing something.

Anyhow, none of that really matters as long as the Blind Bag Collection boasts such awesome shite as this Gremlins 2: The New Batch one from Monogram International does, then it’s all good.

The set seems to include a collection figural keyrings that include such classic Gremlins characters as Combat Gizmo, Brownie, Penny, Phantom, Stripe, Greta, Gizmo, Flasher, George, and Lightning Gremlin and Bat Gremlin.

You can check out pics from the “Gremlins Series 2 Blind Bag Collection” below as well as a fun unboxing video. After all that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think!

For more cool stuff, make sure to check out Monogram International on Facebook HERE.

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Diamond Select Ghostbusters Rooftop to DIE For!

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When it comes to Ghostbusters themed collectibles, few companies do it better than Diamond Select. Our intrepid purveyor of all that is plastic, Paul “Nomad” Nicholasi, has put up a genius look at one of their newest pieces and more over at his Idle Hands blog; and if you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts, we suggest you read on for details.

Diamond’s Deluxe Ghostbusters Figures come with a piece of a rooftop that once you collect all figures assemble into a rooftop climax diorama scene in which to place your plastic! To get the full Build-a-Rooftop diorama set, you need to collect:

  • Ray Stanz, Winston Zeddemore, and Louis Tully
  • Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, and Dana Barrett as Zuul
  • Slimer, Janine Melnitz, and Quittin’ Time Ray
  • Gozer the Gozerian, Walter Peck, and Slimed Peter
  • The Library Ghost, the Taxi Driver Zombie, and a Terror Dog

Check out some sample images below, and then head on over to Paul’s Idle Hands blog to see even more! He has some pretty interesting “things” joining our 4 heroes, and it’s a lot of fun!

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