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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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NECA Announces Ashy Slashy Puppet Replica

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One of our favorite horror TV shows is Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” and one of our favorite moments from the first two seasons is when Ash brings out his “Ashy Slashy” puppet.

If you’re like us and have been wondering when you could get your hands on an Ashy Slashy puppet of your own, today we have good news.

NECA has just announced its prop replica!

You can check out pics of the packaging reveal NECA did over on Facebook below, and then let us know if you’re going to be buying your very own Ash Slashy puppet.

We’ll let you know when the item becomes available for pre-order!

Rundown via NECA:
Every day can be demented play day with your very own Ashy Slashy puppet from Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead! We’ve replicated Ash’s potty-mouthed little doppelganger from the asylum episodes for your (hopefully G-rated) entertainment.

This is a working puppet – insert your hand, and you can move the mouth; plus the arms are poseable thanks to inner articulation. 

Ashy Slashy is approximately 15” tall.

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New Stranger Things Season 2 Merchandise on the Way as BoxLunch Teams with Netflix

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Today is momentous for two reasons: First, it kicks off the last weekend before Halloween 2017; and second, “Stranger Things” Season 2 is now available for streaming on Netflix! If you’re the type who likes to wear clothing pertaining to your favorite movies and TV shows or if you’re a collector of memorabilia, then read on for how you can show your love for the best damned horror series to come along in quite some time!

From the Press Release:
Just in time for its highly anticipated second season, BoxLunch partners with Netflix to unveil brand new officially licensed merchandise from the critically acclaimed series “Stranger Things.” Inspired by scenes and styling cues from the show’s previous and forthcoming episodes, BoxLunch presents an extensive collection of apparel, accessories, and collectibles.

Exclusive BoxLunch-only apparel items include the “Stranger Things” Holiday Sweater, Hawkins High Crewneck, and Duffle Bag; the ‘80s arcade styled Pixel Tee and Merrill’s Farm Tee; and three additional shirts – the Sketch Tee, Longsleeve, and Teaser Tee – that feature imagery from Season 2. A trio of limited edition Madrid Skateboard decks and a full line-up of Funko Pop! vinyl figures round out the comprehensive merchandise selection from BoxLunch.

Officially licensed Stranger Things merchandise is available NOW at BoxLunch stores and BoxLunch.com.

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Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and the Xenomorph Getting Their Own 8-Bit Pop Vinyls

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Funko has released some delightful horror-themed products over the years, but this just takes the cake. They’ve announced a new line of 8-bit Pop Vinyl figures, which will feature pixelated versions of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and the Xenomorph. I never thought I’d say it, but even Freddy Krueger looks cute.

Freddy and Jason will both come in standard editions, in addition to GameStop exclusives based on how they both appeared in their own NES video games. The Xenomorph will also have a Previews exclusive edition depicting it smeared with acid blood. Have a look at the images below to decide which versions you like best. Most of us would probably like to purchase all six!

These adorable (but still horrible) figures will be available in January, so make sure you don’t go bankrupt over Christmas.

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