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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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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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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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Whatever Happened to the Original Line of Alien (1979) Toys?

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“Stop the growing Alien before it becomes the ultimate terror!”

The story of this article goes back a few days where the boss man here at Dread Central, Mr. Steve Barton, asked me if I could make a photo gallery of some cool retro horror toys.

I’m not too into old school toys, to be honest, but I knew that something was bound to catch my attention. And sure enough, after about two minutes worth of searching, I came across this classic merchandising mix-up.

We’ll call it the “Alien Oops” of 1979.

The story goes that after George Lucas’s Star Wars hit it big with merchandising back in the summer of 1979, Fox was all about seizing the opportunity for boatloads of cash and made plans to license toys for their next upcoming space flick.

This film ended up being Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of space terror Alien.

You see, the Fox execs were (somehow) unaware that Alien was a straight-up R-rated horror film, so they thought they had another kid-friendly space opera on their hands. Oh, boy.

20th Century Fox licensed Alien to mass market toy companies like Kenner and before anyone realized the film was as horror as horror can get, Toys R’ Us and other major toy outlets had their products on shelves. Much to the horror of parents around the country.

The licensed toys included:

Alien Blaster Target Set, Alien Chase Target Set, Alien Movie Viewer, Alien Action Figure, Alien Jigsaw Puzzles, and the Alien Board Game.

Years later there was the Alien Atari Game (1982) but this was after the fact. All the same, you can check out the retro commercial for the game below. It’s beautiful.

Basically, this 1979 “Alien Oops” kerfuffle equates to a studio exec nowadays thinking Stephen King’s IT, aka “that new movie with the cute little kids and the giggling clown”, is surely for children and mass marketing Pennywise toys to the youth of America.

I know. That would have been awesome.

Anyhow, along with the above-mentioned Atari commercial, below you can find a gallery of images from the brief Alien toy collection of 1979.

Enjoy!

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