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Exclusive: WARPO Announces Don’t Cuddle the Krampus!

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WARPO has been making a name for itself among hardcore and casual toy collectors alike with its Legends of Cthulhu project. From Kickstarter success story to a distribution deal with Diamond, the company’s eye for detail, coupled with a heavy, obvious love for all things retro, is making it one of my new favorite toy companies. As WARPO’s mega Cthulhu figure ships out across the planet, they thought it was time to show off the next big thing… “DON’T CUDDLE THE KRAMPUS“!! Dread Central has the exclusive info…

We took some time to talk with Bryan Katzel, President of WARPO, to find out how success is treating them, how many human sacrifices were involved in that success, and most important of all, the details on their next killer project.

Dread Central: When we first saw the Legends of Cthulhu project, we could tell you were old school horror fans, but when we saw the box for the BIG Cthulhu, we knew you were invading our dreams and taking cues from them. So… Question 1: How do you get into our dreams, and are you witches?

WARPO: We are definitely not witches… being males, we prefer the title “warlocks.”

DC: Did you ever expect the world would fall in love with an ancient green monster with a squid for a face?

WARPO: Yes and no. Lovecraft’s work is amazing, and I believe that today the mythos he created is so relatable to our fearful, anxiety-ridden society. But where the love is coming from I have no clue… maybe our society is starving for new fantasy… new monsters, and maybe we’ve all gone insane. Either way, Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

DC: How was the “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus” project born?

WARPO: Krampus is something that has been on our radar for quite some time now, growing more and more popular in recent years, but at the same time not really receiving the type of collectible toy that WARPO thought it deserved. Coming off of the Legends of Cthulhu line, we knew that we wanted to switch gears and let the world know that WARPO is a collectible toy company that will be producing product in a multitude of product categories. We love the 80’s and the monster toys that existed at the time, especially all the soft goods like My Pet Monster, Madballs, Boglins, and Gremlins. When we hit upon the thought of “What if there was a toy company in 1986 that knew about the Krampus mythology and decided to create a toy line to compete with the gross-out/monster toys of the era?,” we knew we needed to make it a reality.

DC: What is it about the low-res nature of the 80’s and their desperate need of tracking adjustment that is so appealing?

WARPO: It’s something that really hits home to our generation and is so closely tied to the products and properties we fell in love with at that time. Media was a lot harder to come by in the 80’s so you’d record anything you could to get a glimpse into that world that held your favorite superhero, fantasy character, or mega robot. I personally had tapes that wore out from the amount of times I’d watched the toy commercials and cartoons I’d captured… but I squinted through all the static and snow until that tape broke because it was a gateway into a world that totally amazed me.

DC: So, what’s the roll-out plan for “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus”?

WARPO: “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus” will come with one plush Krampus toy standing at 18-1/2” tall and comes complete with three Naughty Kid pillows to collect and carry in a Naughty Kid bag and removable molded manacles with chains. We teamed up with toy industry veteran Jim Groman (My Pet Monster, Madballs, Barnyard Commandos) to design, sculpt, and prototype this toy so not only is it totally retro, but it also has all the attention to detail that comes with 30 years in the toy industry!

We’re launching the “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus” product line on Kickstarter at 8am on November 10th. (THAT’S TOMORROW!!) This will be the first opportunity for people to reserve the toy and a ton of other killer merchandise only available on the Kickstarter. One exciting reward level includes the “Krampus Delivery Level” where backers will receive a lump of Krampus coal that can be sent this year as a holiday gift to alert the recipient a Krampus will be coming for them next year.

Check out all the details about the “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus” Kickstarter campaign at warpo.com/kickstarter, but first enjoy this awesome retro TV spot they put together for it.

Warpo Don't Cuddle the Krampus

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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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