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Fans of J-Horror are gonna be pretty stoked about this new line of evil spirit collectibles that are on their way from Skeleton Key Collectibles. Personally we’d love to get our hands on all five of them, but man, is there a price, and we don’t mean just having seven days to live.

Each one of these Far East spookers will set you back over 100 bucks, but if you’re daring (and rich), you can order them from the Skeleton Key Figures website, where you can also read about the legend behind each!

Skeleton Key Figures is a production house specializing in the creation of highly detailed action figures and collectible statues based in Osaka, Japan. Established in 2011, they aim to produce premium quality limited edition figures. All of their figures are resin cast and hand painted in Japan.

Shuonan is their forthcoming series of five “Yurei” or Japanese ghosts. Each of the five figures is based upon a traditional Japanese ghost story. The ghosts will only be available in a strictly limited edition of 250. All figures come with a large detailed base and a thorough explanation of the ghost story in both English and Japanese.

Japanese ghosts, or Yurei, are the restless souls of the departed that are unable to find peace in the hereafter. They linger on in this realm, driven by powerful emotions such as rage, sorrow, or devotion. Yurei are often malevolent spirits, seeking vengeance on those that wronged them in their mortal life. Yurei typically appear in the hot months of summer, especially around Obon, the Japanese festival of the dead. “Shuonan” refers to a sanctuary for spirits where malice can be paid back to their enemies.

“Oiwa” March 18

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Oiwa is scheduled for release on March 18th, 2013. Preorders are available now. Oiwa comes complete with dead tree and haunted lantern base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 12cm (4.7 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Oiwa will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

“Bunya” April 22

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Bunya is scheduled for release on April 22nd, 2013. Preorders will be available on March 18. Bunya comes complete with Japanese graveyard base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. He stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Bunya will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

“Okiku” May 27

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Okiku is scheduled for release on May 27th, 2013. Preorders will be available on April 22. Okiku comes complete with well and enclosure base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Okiku will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

“The Gaki” July 1

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

The Gaki is scheduled for release on July 1st, 2013. Preorders will be available on May 27. The Gaki comes complete with gory remains base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. He stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. The Gaki will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

“Yuki Onna” August 5

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Japanese Ghosts Come to Haunt Your Collectibles Rack

Yuki Onna is scheduled for release on August 5th, 2013. Preorders will be available on July 1. Yuki Onna comes complete with snow and cadaver base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Yuki Onna will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

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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:

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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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