It’s time to take a spooky trip down memory lane! Not everyone is an artist but literally anyone can make a monster using using the Monster Maker Kit that was released way back in the late 1970s by Tomy! Yeah you could mash up a whole variety of creepy monster villains with this nifty toy, and as a kid I definitely made my fair share of them.
Interchange the head, the abdomen and the lower body to create some wild weirdos by rubbing your pencil over the top of your chosen creations. It was a ton of fun back in the day, though after. a short period you might discover it slightly redundant-but who gives a shit when you’re making monsters! So check out this sweet little blast from the past with this creepy forgotten little commercial, simpler spooky times must NEVER be forgotten!
Check out this awesome cover way back from 1982, us kids had our wildest fantasies come true with Superman and The Masters of the Universe! As a kid we’d always be pondering important things like “Who’d win in a fight He-Man or Superman?!” Well our wish came true in the form of this comic book! Of course the only reason the two fight is because of Skeletor taking control of Superman’s mind-DUH! It was a damn good fight too! Now if only we could see He-man Fight the Hulk!!
Toys back in the 1970’s were pretty fantastic, they had a particular look & feel to them that the toys of today just can’t match! I’m sure there are some pretty bad ass toys out these days, but back in the 70’s it was pretty random. A toy was created pretty much for the hell of it often times, as just something cool a kid might dig. Thus bringing us to today’s showcased toy- ‘Gre-Gory the Big Bad Vampire Bat”. He wasn’t part of a popular movie franchise, he wasn’t in a cartoon or a comic book-nope he was just a cool ass vampire bat made for the kids!
The cool thing about this bat that made it a must have for all the cool kids was that you could see it’s inner organs through a see through plastic chest piece, but that ain’t all-it had a button you pressed on it’s back that pumped blood through them!
1979-80 was a cool time to be a toy vampire bat-you could use gregory to terrorize your GI Joe’s or attack Ken & barbie on their honeymoon! Gre-Gory is a classic toy monster that should never be forgotten!!
Check out this rad video! Get the scoop on Gre-Gory!
Ok after my plea from my blog earlier today for someone to reveal to me and in a way reunite me with one of my all time favorite toys as a kid I got a speedy response from my friend TJ! It turns out that I was on the right track as I tried to remember the name of one of the coolest late 70’s toy monsters, Krusher!! I was searching for Crusher instead but now have found some rad images of him and a strange Youtube video as well. First off here’s what he looked like on the cover of the box he came in! What a bad ass huh?? You could deflate him and krush him up into a ball-then inflate him usuing his nifty belt!
So I thought maybe there would be a cool old school commercial up on Youtube but instead I first found this weird video of this guy playing with Krusher while Olivia Newton John’s hit song “Physical” plays in the background. Continue reading
In 1987 Mattel introduced a wonderous toy Mad Scientist Monster Lab! “Too Gross! Too Yucky!” is what they proclaimed in their commercials. This may have been true but what I think is more like “too damn awesome!” This playset let you take monster skeletons then put monster flesh on them and then dip them into a vat and watch their flesh sizzle off! Now that was a real toy!
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Let’s face it, the world today is just not the same as it was 5 years ago. Financial collapse, mortgage system downturn, health care in crisis, and unemployment sky rocking across the nation. Well one toy manufacturer is trying to bring forward solutions to the worst hit by the employment issues…yeah, the Big Movie Monsters! This is a Universal Dork Exclusive, you will only see it here dorks. Mattel the makers of Hot Wheels Cars and accessories is taking measures to bring some relief to these heavy footed b-film icons.
Forget what you’re hearing about Kenner’s Super Powers line being the caviar of 80’s super hero toys. The truest were Mattel’s Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars action figures. These amazing toys were an outlet for (all hail) Jim Shooter to sell us Marvel Comic’s mega-event Secret Wars, though strangely enough, there were no Beyonder or Molecule Man figures produced. Even stranger is the fact that Marvel authorized figures of Constrictor, Hobgoblin and Baron Zemo: all of whom had nothing to do with Secret Wars!!
Not only are Marvel characters better than DC’s, but Secret Wars was one of the greatest ‘events’ of the 1980’s (only to be outdone by Secret Wars II of course) and totally kicked DC’s Crisis on Infinite Crisis’ event during that time. Plus Secret Wars figures all came with secret-decoder lenticular shields! Check out some of the awesome commercial and several of the great characters created for this line if you need further proof: