(Promotion) Win This Godzilla Figure From Comet TV

Godzilla is taking over COMET TV in September!

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Saturdays in Sept, Comet TV has Godzilla Millennium Series double features starting at 2P/1C.  Check out the times below:

SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Double Feature starting at 2P/1C

Godzilla VS. Destroyah (1995)

Saturday, September 16 at 4:30P/3:30P
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30/2:30P

Godzilla VS. Spacegodzilla (1994)

Saturday, September 16 at 2P/1C
Friday, September 29 at 3:30P/2:30P

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001)
Saturday, September 23 at 2P/1C
Thursday, September 28 at 6P/5C

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Saturday, September 23 at 10P/9C
Saturday, September 30 at 2P/1C


SEPTEMBER 25 – 29
Starting at various afternoon times

GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2005)

Sunday, September 24 at 1A/MIDNIGHT
Saturday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Saturday, September 23 at 4P/3C
and Friday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Many of you know that I have a partnership with Comet TV and they send me free stuff from time to time to share with you guys.  Since I don’t have enough to give to everyone, I have to come up with creative ways to have you earn it! This month, Comet TV sent me this “Godzilla Doing Work”vinyl figure:

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Now the fine folks at Comet TV are giving me the opportunity yo give one of my readers their own “Godzilla Doing Work” vinyl figure too:

THE COMET TV PRIZE PACK INCLUDES:

Comet TV Godzilla Giveaway

1 – Limited Edition Godzilla Action Figure: Who doesn’t want to sport some Comet TV swag! Godzilla sure does! He loves Comet TV so much, he’s ripping through his shirt. Clearly Godzilla 2014 has been hitting the gym! Check out those thighs!

1 – Godzilla Comet TV Card: Perfect for catching up with Godzilla’s comings and goings on Comet TV!

HOW TO ENTER:

We’ve made it really easy to enter to win this month’s giveaway from our friends at COMET.  To enter,  complete any of the following actions by 12PM EST September 29, 2017.

To win, all you have to do is subscribe to our email list and any ONE of the following:

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That’s it! Lots of ways to enter and help us spread the word. Just subscribe to our email list below this article to get started and then do any one of the above to be entered to win!  Good luck and happy watching!

BECAUSE…LAWYERS:

Entries must be submitted by September 29, 2017 at 12PM EST. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Winner(s) will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email, so make certain you can receive email from CollectingClassicMonsters.com by September 29, 2017 and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of your prize pack. Only one entrant per household. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Void where prohibited.

Any personal information you supply to us upon entering this contest will not be shared with any outside parties, except in the case when an outside party is handling prize fulfillment. In that instance, the prize winner(s) mailing information will be provided to the fulfillment team.

*Note, you can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time (but why would you want to???), though you need to be subscribed at the time the contest winner is selected. The email newsletter contains links to all of our published stories from the previous month as well as exclusive content and special offers.

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at george@collectingclassicmonsters.com

(News) The Frankenstein Project: Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

CELEBRATING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SHELLEY’S NOVEL FRANKENSTEIN

The Frankenstein Project by SuperMonsterCity

I owe a lot to the founders of SuperMonster市City! If not for their participation in the vintage toy exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in 2014, I would never have started Collecting Classic Monsters! One of the very first posts on this website focuses on the impact of my visit to the museum and the floodgate of nostalgia that reawakened my latent collector gene.  You can read more about that fateful day here: A Monster Kid Awakens.

SuperMonsterCity exhibit Minnesota History Center

Since then, I’ve gotten to know Stephen Yogi Ruff and David Barnhill and am always thrilled to support their efforts to celebrate the importance of monsters, superheroes and villains in popular culture. David’s personal collection of more than 200,000 toys, comic books, posters and films is one of the largest private toy collections in America and a constant source of inspiration for me.

Now, SuperMonster市City! is planning to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a big way with the  publication of a newly designed layout of the original 1818 text . They’re calling for artists to submit work to be included in this limited edition book and will make the book available in a variety of formats along with lithograph prints of submitted art. Artwork will be selected by a jury of artists and designers for inclusion in the books and other items.

Watch this video to hear David to talk about The Frankenstein Project:

One of our founders, David, on the special project we’ve been talking about! Visit our site (linked in our profile) and read all about THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT! Fun Facts: Mary Shelley’s birthday is coming up on August 30th! We’ll be having a special live stream Anvil Stream Team presentation all about this project speaking with artists and judges involved, talking about the history of Frankenstein, trivia, influences and more! The presentation will be on: Twitch.tv/thedarkcloak , next Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 8PM CST #supermonstercity #vintagetoys #actionfigure #monstertoy #toycollector #instatoys #instalove #instafave #instafollow #vintagehorror #classicmonsters #kaiju #monsters #BrideOfFrankenstein #BorisKarloff #UniversalHorror #UniversalMonsters #artbook #callforartists #artistsubmissions #artistentry #curatedartbook #artjudges #artsubmissions #theanvil #presentation #twitch

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CALL TO ARTISTS TO SUBMIT WORK

Artists of various mediums, including traditional and digital, are asked to create and submit artwork representing his or her interpretation of a section of the famous science fiction novel. Artwork will be selected through a submission and jury process. All submissions will be included in the web gallery and include the artist’s name and a link to their website. The entry fee for submission is $30.00 per submission and is non-refundable. Artists appearing in the books will retain the rights to their work, granting SMC! provisional rights. Artists whose artwork is used will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale of books and in various media.

Artworks selected will be published via print-on-demand in both hardcover and softcover books with color plates. Artists included in the print-on-demand books will receive (1) hardcopy of the book and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

With this project we are honored to be joined by a prestigious group of jurors to pay homage to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the enduring legacy of her classic novel, and the Creature who has provided so much, to so many, for 200 years. We believe that in some ways we are all innocent monsters, and at SuperMonster市City! we have empathy for outsiders.

Kickstarter Campaign

A separate Kickstarter campaign launching in November 2017 will fund a limited-edition printing of leather bound books with color plates on archival paper. Letterpress posters of the selected artwork will be printed on archival-grade paper and offered as Kickstarter premiums. Artists selected for publication will receive (1) copy of the leather bound book, (1) letterpress copy of their artwork, and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

Additional details about the project and submission process can be found at SuperMonsterCity.com/the-frankenstein-project. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.

Stay tuned for further details about the Kickstarter as details emerge and be sure to submit your artwork for consideration. I know I’m going to!

Ghostly Sounds of Monster Kid Childhood

Peter Pan Record’s Ghostly Sounds: The Soundtrack of My Childhood

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“Night falls. The forest holds its breath. Everything is still. The blood red moon stares through the trees. Suddenly, the wind blows! The trees… shiver. A bat quivers in the night… and flies away.”

For a kid growing up on a steady diet of the over-the-top comic book prose of Stan Lee and the comic book ads that promised greatness, only to certainly under-deliver should one actually convince their parents to order from them, such hyperbole is the stuff of wonder.

Ghostly Sounds from Peter Pan Records was released in 1975 and wound up in my small vinyl collection by that same Halloween.  The cover of Ghostly Sounds promises ” A stunning array of sound effects” and throughout this narration-filled record, it delivers the goods: “Flying Bats; Walking Monsters; Cackling Witches; Screeching Cats; Rattling Chains; Haunting Ghosts; Shrieks of Horror and many, many more scary sounds.”

Like our beloved Famous Monster of Filmland and the great bronze age comic book, it’s the cover art, by George Peed, that grabbed us by the throat and commanded us to buy.  The Ghostly Sounds cover features a top-hatted vampire with skull cufflinks and fanged skeletons accompanied a grinning ogre and the most unthreatening cartoon frog in the history of commercial Halloween art. But the stern warning “Not for the very young” was brilliant in drawing a line that this nine-year-old Monster Kid knew he must cross, because promised terrible delights that must be heard. And finally, that glorious house, obviously haunted and dangerous, daring to be explored.

With narrator Peter Waldron ever present to guide us through the treacherous sound effect landscape, Ghostly Sounds begins with marvelous effects of wailing, cackling witches, and their bizarre spell-casting. Howling wolves and keening cats are heard. All the while, the eerie noise of wind purrs in the background. Many of the album’s effects, all untitled, were done on a synthesizer, and those awful canned music machines were seldom used to better effect.

“From out of their hiding places,” the narrator announces, “Goblins step… and laugh… and dance.” The deranged, bobbing, giggling, merry/creepy effects used to represent the goblins and their ghoulish gathering is a highlight of the entire spooky sound effects genre.

Next, we are treated to “Strange, unnatural sounds” — a woman’s unholy, almost musical moaning. That and the track that follows, “Skeletons rising from their graves,” are a highlight of an already splendid album. As the album’s various creatures join together and rise into a cacophonous burst of pure Halloween, the narrator exclaims, a terrified, resigned catch in his voice, “And nothing will stop them! Nothing at alllll….”

A pause.

“…Except lollipops, and apples, and chocolates, and nuts,” the narrator concludes, his voice now steady and sober as that of a friend neighbor benignly dolling out Snickers. A last-minute terror softener.

This is a children’s album, after all, and there are limits to the fright that a kid can stand coming from his record player. But not if you’re a Monster kid…this LP is a nostalgia-filled trip back to simpler times and the gloriously over-the-top cover art makes it a stand out in my collection.

Front Cover:

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Back Cover:

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Tracklist

A Ghostly Sounds 11:52
B The Ghosts From Outer Space 11:54

Listen to the full album here:

  • Artwork – George Peed
  • Narrator – Peter Waldron
  • Producer – Gershon Kingsley

Pressings:

Released in 1975 by Peter Pan Records, the record only received one pressing.

Catalog # 8125

Ghostly Sounds Peter Pan Records Side A

Ghostly Sounds Peter Pan Records Side B

In 1979, Rainbow Records released this LP in Australia with the same cover art along with a cassette version. These releases are identified as Catalog # RPG 6015 and RPGC 6015 respectively.

Collector Notes:

This LP is readily available online and certainly can be found at local vinyl shops with regularity for as little as $5.  If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $20-30 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1975 LP.

Of course, online shoppers can track down copies in the usual places:

My Guest Appearance on Monster Kid Radio Podcast

Things Get Sticky as Host Derek M Koch and I Discuss 1958’s THE BLOB!

Monster Kid Radio The Blob George McGowan

What’s your favorite monster movie?

If you’re like me, you probably can’t name just one so you have qualifiers…your favorite Universal monster movie, your favorite giant monster movie, your favorite man-in-suit monster movie, and on and on.  While I’d be hard pressed to name any one all-time favorite monster movie, I have a pretty clear sense of my top 10…or maybe 20…and the 1958 film The Blob is definitely in that list!

That’s why it was so much fun to be a guest on my favorite film podcast this summer talking about one of my favorite classic monster movies with host Derek M. Koch.  I listen to a lot of podcasts and Derek’s Monster Kid Radio is consistently one of the best produced and most entertaining in my feed.  Each week, Derek and a guest discuss a favorite monster movie; favorite classic actor, actress, or director; or a topic relevant to monster kids of all ages. Framed by mostly-spooky surf music, every episode of Monster Kid Radio is your weekly escape to the monster kid culture and a must-listen to fans of classic, and not-so-classic, genre movies of yesterday.

Monster Kid Radio Podcast

There’s a lot to talk about regarding The Blob, so much so that Derek and I can’t cover it ourselves! So to fill in some more blob blanks, Derek takes listeners back to Monster Bash for a recording from the Q&A session with Kris Yeaworth, the son of the film’s director.

You can listen to the episode on the Monster Kid Radio website or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. With 335 episodes and counting, I highly encourage all you Monster Kids to subscribe to Derek’s podcast and dig into the catalog of back episodes. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Also, you can connect with the MKR community on the podcast’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group. 

So check out Episode 331 of Monster Kid Radio and let me know what you think? Do I have a future as a podcaster, or should I stick to blogging? My friends always say I have a face for radio!

My Conversation with SCARY MONSTERS’ Don Smeraldi

I Met Up with New SCARY MONSTERS Publisher Don Smeraldi at SDCC 2017 – Here’s Our Conversation

George McGowan with SCARY MONSTERS Publisher Don Smeraldi at SDCC 2017

George: First off all, congratulations on taking over the helm of Scary Monsters! It’s a big responsibility you’ve shouldered taking over a magazine that has been around for 25 years. Having just shipped your 6th issue, I’d love to hear your story on how you wound up acquiring the magazine from Dennis and what attracted you to this business?

Don: We had been doing business with Dennis for many years and were offering for sale each issue of Scary Monsters on our classic horror and sci-fi movies and collectibles website (which we had launched in 1999). He would purchase various magazines and collectibles from us. We first advertised in Scary Monsters in Issue #67 in June 2008. In April 2015 I submitted a two-part article I had written, which appeared in Issues #99 and 100. Sometime shortly after that we heard that Dennis was thinking about retiring from doing the magazine. In August I reached out to him and let him know we’d be interested in continuing the magazine. At that point he said it was a bit too soon, but we continued to talk at length and we took over to start 2016. In terms of what attracted us, Vicki and I had worked together years ago at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters designing and editing/writing (respectively) national publications. Since we also ran MyMovieMonsters.com and I was planning retirement, taking on Scary Monsters was a natural. It really was a dream come true … a bucket from the wish list I thought I’d never have a chance to fill.

George: Obviously, you’re a Monster Kid and I’d love to hear your ‘origin story’ – what was your first monster movie? What is your favorite monster movie now?

Don: I don’t necessarily recall the first monster movie I saw. Unfortunately we rarely went to the theater as kids so my exposure to the genre was through TV. I recall being scared by many of the previews of movies that would air later on TV, including Day of the Triffids. I know I definitely saw Day the World Ended at a young age, and “Marty the Mutant” really creeped me out. Even the promo and opening for The Outer Limits TV show made me run from the room, only to return when the show actually started. I eventually saw all the Universal Monster films (The Wolf Man being my favorite character and the Frankenstein series also up there). I also remember staying up late and watching Shock Theater and many films of varying quality served up by Cleveland horror host Ghoulardi, as well as his successors, Hoolihan & Big Chuck, The Ghoul and, later, Big Chuck & Lil John. While I love all the classic Universal Monsters films, my favorite monster/fantasy film is Jason and the Argonauts. It fascinated me as a kid, and Ray Harryhausen‘s work in that film is legendary.

Scary Monsters Magazine
 

George: I’m curious if you are a collector? If so, what do you collect and what are some of your favorite pieces in your collection?  

Don: I have collected magazines (mostly Famous Monsters of Filmland and Scary Monsters), books, monster models and other related items in the past but our monster business over the past 18 years has allowed me to briefly admire thousands of action figures, models, bobble heads, collector cards and other cool stuff before we ship them out to customers. So my “collection” is short-lived and not hands on but there’s always new items to enjoy. Two favorite pieces that we do own and showcase are a Frankenstein’s Monster bust with a hand-built base. His eyes light up, the base has a glowing plasma sphere and working gauges — just like from the lab. It’s a one-of-a-kind work of art. The other is the Sideshow Collectibles Little Big Head of Frankenstein’s Monster — and it’s not the little one, it’s the huge one (about 4 feet tall) that is pretty hard to find. We lucked out getting both pieces. 

George: A big focus of your business is your online store, MyMovieMonsters.com.  Tell me what your product focus is in your online store and what us classic monster collectors can expect from your store in the near future?

Don: Back in 1999 it was strictly a classic horror and sci-fi movie site offering new VHS tapes at first then transitioned to DVD. Over the years we’ve focused more on monster magazines (both domestic and international), comic archives, books, action figures of all sizes (mostly monsters and sci-fi creatures but some superheroes), model kits, collector cards, bobble heads, and more. We have a vast selection of Godzilla figures, bust coin banks (both monsters and superheroes) and Sideshow classic monsters that are either brand-new and purchased by us or pre-owned but their display boxes have not been not opened. We always try to have the latest classic horror and sci-fi magazines and model kits in stock. Anyone can register on our website to receive email updates on new product — and unlike others we don’t spam you and only send an occasional message when new items warrant it.

Don & Vicki Smeraldi Monsters Kids of Year Rondo Awards

George: Another big congratulations goes out to you and Vicki for being named Monster Kids of the Year in the 2016 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Clearly, the Monster Kid community appreciates your efforts to keep a “Real Monster Magazine” alive! With other classic magazines such as Famous Monsters of Filmland and Fangoria ceasing publication in recent years, how do you keep a print magazine business sustainable and growing? What can the Monster Kid community do to support your efforts?

Don: We are really blessed to have a great team of contributors who volunteer their talents to help make the magazine what it is. Many have stayed on with us since we took over. We also are thrilled to have Scott Jackson crafting each cover. He just keeps outdoing himself each time! Of course, the biggest hurdle is the cost of printing and distribution. We’re always looking for ways to save on those costs. Our readers have done a great job supporting us by subscribing and ordering from the “Scary Stuff” catalog section that’s in the back of each issue. One way to support us even further is to consider buying one copy of each issue to read and one copy to put away, which many collectors already do.  Another is to share those reader copies with children and grandchildren — if you can get them to put down their handheld device for a little while! It’s no secret that the fan base is dwindling because most of the movie stars (even child actors back in the day) and caretakers like Forry Ackerman and many others have passed on. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate the classic films and the movie makers and stars for generations to come — and we hope to be a part of that for a long time!   

George: I’m excited to begin our new ongoing column on Collecting Classic Monsters beginning in Scary Monsters #106! Thank you for the opportunity to further our mission of providing a singular resource for collectors to learn more about classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia! To me, this ongoing column is an example of how being a Monster Kid extends beyond our love for the movies and characters themselves into a full-fledged lifestyle.  What other ‘Monster Kid lifestyle’ features are you working on that we can share with our readers?

Don: That’s so true. It’s a lifestyle. Collecting is such a big part of being a Monster Kid for so many. As an extension of your column, we may consider doing collector profiles or Monster Kid profiles of some of our long-time readers. We get some of that info from their submissions to our Monster Memories Yearbook that we publish each March, but the difference is we’d also like to draw the information from them. Covering the more family-friendly conventions (like Monster Bash, Ghoulardi Fest, etc) that have a dedicated following is a big part of living out the hobby through our pages, too.

 
We really would like to see more monster memory articles submitted by readers. They don’t need to be highly polished articles but it would help greatly to have them formatted in a program like Microsoft Word. They should be no more than 1,500 words. The monster memory doesn’t necessarily need to be from 40 years ago. It could be about a recent experience or special purchase that really stands out in the reader’s mind. Examples are available in nearly every issue of Scary Monsters and Monster Memories. A critical piece that is often missing from submissions is photos! They should be of high enough quality to be reproduced. We can’t print photocopies of photos or blurry images. But we do want to bring to life in our pages as many of the memories as possible. Childhood photos involving monster collectibles and photos with celebrities or other Monster Kids are great. People want to see the folks that are willing to share their special memories. That’s a big part of our magazine. While we can’t guarantee every monster memory will be published, we can sometimes run a portion in the Scare Mail section or use a photo or two as stand-alone pieces. The best way to submit a monster memory and photos is via email to scarymonsters@mymoviemonsters.com. Or submit the material via U.S. Mail to Scary Monsters, PO Box 567, Wildomar CA 92595-0567.

So there you have it, folk! Don and Vicki are carrying the torch for all of us Monster Kids and keeping our fandom alive in print. I’m thrilled to be contributing a new ongoing column to the magazine as an extension of this website and hope you’ll support Don and Vicki’s efforts by buying the magazine, or better yet click here to subscribe!

(NEWS) We’re Launching an Online Store!

Monster Kid Mail Order is Alive, ALIVE!

Monster Kid Mail Order Facebook Store

Due to popular demand (and almost weekly requests), we’re adding products for sale on our Facebook page! It’s an exciting new chapter for us and we will be adding new products regularly.  To start,  we  adding the following T-shirts and movie poster reproductions.  For your convenience, you can order these products right here in this article, or just click on the Shop tab on the Collecting Classic Monsters Facebook page.

To celebrate, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING for the month of August as well!  Please let us know if you order something and be sure to share pics of your products with us on on our social media pages!

 

 

as we get up and running, our store is drop shipping all orders and we will not have inventory in stock.  Many of our products will ship from China, but we will include tracking.  Please consider this when placing orders since we will not be able to offer expedited shipping at this point in time.  Ideally, we will address that when we launch our dedicate web store later this year.

Hope you find something you like and be sure to follow our Facebook page to see the new products we’ll be adding regularly.  Also, subscribe to our email list by adding your information below and we’ll send you weekly updates on all the cool new stuff in our Monster Kid Mail Order shop!

Marvel Monsters: Power Records Curse of the Werewolf

The Action COMES ALIVE As You Read!Curse of Werewolf Power Records Cover

For 1970s kids, there were few combinations as powerful as Marvel Comics and Power Records.  Known for their book and record combo sets, Power combined the graphic awesomeness of comic books with the imagination-stirring storytelling of narrative records.

Popular with collectors of all stripes, we’ll focus on Power’s monster records in this series, beginning with the great Werewolf by Night in Curse of the Werewolf!

Listen to the full record here:

Produced by Herb Davidson and Charlotte Saunders and written by Roy and Jean Thomas and Gerry Conway, with interior art by Mike Ploog and cover art by Neal Adams and Tom Palmer.  Most of the story is reprinted  from Marvel Spotlight #2 but the last 8 pages are from a storyline that occurred in Werewolf by Night #15, where there was a crossover with Dracula, and included art by Gene Colan.

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Collectors Resources

If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $35-50 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1974 book and record combo.

Of course, online shoppers can track down copies in the usual places:

 

 

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Collecting Monsters @ San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Finding Monsters Amidst the Mayhem

San Diego Comic-Con 2017

 

Obviously, San Diego Comic-Con has a much broader pop culture and  entertainment focus than Monster Bash or Monsterpalooza, so seeking out new and interesting classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia takes a bit of effort. Well, your roving reporter with an eye for magnificent –and not-so-magnificent — Imagi-movie memorabilia was on the job!

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is unlike almost every other Comic-Con in that it is, first and foremost, a Hollywood marketing event. It’s focus is on the blockbuster film franchises and licensed product associated with the big brands in entertainment.  There remains a small resilient group of vendors selling vintage product, including **gasp** comic books, but most of the real estate is dominated by big pop culture brand names such as Hasbro, DC, Marvel and such.

In spite of that, I found quite a bit to interest us Monster Kids and collectors of classic genre film memorabilia.  Read on and see if you agree with assessment from the world’s largest gathering of geek culture….

Entertainment Earth

I’m a big fan of the folks at EE, and have partnered with them to promote their exclusive monster kid merchandise in the past.  The were kind enough to take me on a tour of their current product offering and we’re working on some fun exclusives down the line.  Here are the highlights from my visit:

Twilight Zone Action Figures

The Twilight Zone 3 3/4 inch Action Figures by BiffBangPow are black and white works of art. I love the Kenner-esque simplicity of their design. And yet, unlike those wonderful early Kenner figures, the characters are instantly recognizable with quality face sculpts. My favorite are the Dummie Jerry and Willie if for no other reason than it’s one of my all-time favorite episodes.

Prices on these figures range from $9.99 to $11.99 and are in-stock at Entertainment Earth should you want to add these to your collection.

KISS Dynasty Action Figures

Another 3 3/4 action figure line by BiffBangPow is the KISS collection. While some might argue that a rock band falls outside the purview of this website, any 1970s Monster Kid would beg to differ. KISS was the soundtrack to many of our childhoods and their kabuki mask/super hero/monster make-up personas fit right into our Monster Kid lifestyle Each set features the iconic rock band in costumes from specific tours.  The 1979 Dynasty tour is pictured above. EE also offered convention-exclusives:

Ghoulsville by Retro-a-Go-Go

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One of the most refreshing modern/vintage combinations is the revival of the classic Ben Cooper Halloween brand. Through licensing deals, like the giant handcrafted vacuum mold masks that debuted for Halloween 2016 by the cool retro-design RetroaGoGo.com.

I was thrilled to see Retro-a-Go-Go with a booth at SDCC this year, entirely focused on their monster products! They debuted Series 2 of their Ben Cooper Vintage Halloween Mask Line, including this super cool glow-in-the-dark Graveyard Ghost:

Grave Digger Retro-a-go-go

I was also blown away by the great prints featuring our favorite monsters like this one, titled “Monster-Rama” by artist P’gosh who also designed the blow-mold masks above. Prints available soon at Pgosh.com

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I did quite a bit of social posting while on the floor at Comic-con and the item that had the most responses was this awesome T-Shirt, also available online at Retroagogo.com:

Monster Freak T-shirt Retro-a-go-go

One of my favorite collections from the entire Con, is this new set of enamel pins based off the Ben Cooper mask collection. They come in their own tiny little display boxes and I added the whole set to my personal collection! They were selling like hotcakes at Comic-Con so I’d be surprised if they didn’t see out.  But keep an eye out for them to appear soon on their website retroagogo.com

Ben Cooper Monster Enamel Pins

Famous Monsters of Filmland

In stark contrast to the wonderful, nostalgic fun of Retro-a-Go-Go, the Famous Monsters booth was depressing.  You might know that one of my most cherished collections is my first-run FMoF magazine collection. Like so many of you, Uncle Forry had a lifelong impact on me.  While part of me is glad the brand still exists, it makes me sad to see how lacking in imagination its product offering is.  Everything they do feels like a minimal-effort money-grab, and it’s a shame.  Their Comic-Con exclusive vinyl figures were flat out awful, and were really just color variants of figures available at the manufacturers booth right down the show floor:

Famous Monsters Vinyl Figures SDCC 2017

Fortunately, they still know where their bread is buttered, and classic Famous Monsters cover art and Captain Company designs are still to be found in their product offering. Nothing new here, but reliable and always worth my money:

Famous Monsters Pinbacks SDCC

Famous Monsters cover lithograph SDCC

Sideshow Collectibles

On the upper-end of collectibles, Sideshow never fails to impress with their stunning sculpts and I was glad to see some true Monster Kid fare among this year’s premiers.

Vamperella Sideshow Maquette

Vampirella Sideshow Maquette

This Vampirella statue is 10 inches tall and really captures the spirit of this iconic Warren character. She is available now for pre-order on Sideshow’s website and is expected to ship Summer 2018.

Sideshow Swamp Thing

Always great to see the Swamp Thing in any form and this massive maquette is awesome! No info on when this guy will be available for pre-order, but I was really impressed with the sculpt on this 16? inch statue! More details on Sideshow’s website.

X-Plus Gigantic Series

X-Plus Gigantics Godzilla

X-Plus Gigantics Kaiju

Vinyl kanji collecting is a very specialized sort of classic monster collecting, and one where I am certainly no expert.  I do know that X-Plus has designed some amazing figures over the years, but I don’t think they have ever released a line-up as fantastic as their Gigantic Series.  These figures are impeccably designed and reflect the different manifestations of Godzilla and his pals through the years.  These also fall into the ‘really expensive stuff’ category with prices in the $400-500 range per figure.  My favorite is the Godzilla figure from King King vs Godzilla that is available for pre-order and ships in Spring 2018.

McFarlane Toys

Mcfarlane Stranger Things Action Figures

The breakout hit for Netflix in 2016, Stranger Things is a new favorite of mine and taps the 1980s kids vs the world ethos that I grew up loving.  As usual Todd McFarlane gives us highly detailed sculpts on his 7 inch articulated action figure line debuting fall 2017.

A-Box

Facehugger SDCC

While pop culture subscription boxes are everywhere these days and usually excite me less than a re-run of the Brady Bunch, this Alien Covenant mystery box from A Box really grabbed me…  or at least the life-size replica face hugger did!

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Not a bad showing for us Monster Kids at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Stay tuned as your intrepid roving reporter continues to report on classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia for all you Monster Kids and collectors!

New Universal Monsters Prints by Alex Ross

Acclaimed Illustrator Alex Ross Releases Monster Art for SDCC

Alex Ross Universal Monsters Print Set SDCC 2017

Chances are you’ve seen this amazing new Universal Monsters artwork by famed Marvel and DC comic book artist Alex Ross. Well, we finally know how we can get our fan hands on these prints for our collectionsThe  Alex Ross Universal Monsters Set will debut at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego starting on preview night, Wednesday, July 19th.

Alex has painted tan amazing collection of these stars of Monster Kid-dom, with each to be numbered and signed by Alex himself.

The Complete Universal Monsters Collection

The Classic Universal Monsters Collection includes 7 black and white editions. Each piece has been numbered and signed by Alex Ross with an official Certificate of Authenticity.

Frankenstein’s Monster

Alex Ross Frankenstein Print

Dracula

Alex Ross Dracula Print

The Wolf Man

Wolf Man Alex Ross Print

The Mummy

The Mummy Alex Ross Print

Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Alex Ross Print

Invisible Man

Invisible Man Alex Ross Print

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Alex Ross Print

Each piece of the edition has been numbered and is signed by Alex Ross with official Certificate of Authenticity.

Each edition is $695.00 for a 36”x24” Giclee on Canvas. Editions 1-25 are sold only as a set.

SDCC 2017 Exclusives

Alex Ross Art will be selling the portraits at San Diego Comic-Con Booth 2415.  The iconic portrait series will be made available starting Wednesday, July 19th at 6PM on a first come first serve basis.

Universal Monsters DVD Box Set Art

If you won’t be at SDCC, or the $695 price tag is a bit steep, there is more good news.

Universal is releasing all of these films this fall in collectible Steelbook cases featuring Alex’s amazing artwork on the cover. Each title will retail for about $20 and include both Blu-ray and digital HD copies. I know, I know, like any of us need another copy of these iconic films in our collection, but hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!

Frankenstein and Border of Frankenstein Steelbook Alex Ross

Wolf Man Invisible Man Steelbook Alex Ross

Mummy Dracula Steelbook Alex Ross

Creature from Black Lagoon Steelbook Alex Ross

The steenbok series is a Best Buy exclusive and releases September 12, 2017. But you can pre-order them now online.

More details on AlexRoss.com

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(News) Announcing New Ongoing Column in SCARY MONSTERS Magazine

Collecting Classic Monsters Partners with SCARY MONSTERS Magazine

Scary Monsters Magazine

I started CollectingClassicMonsters.com because I was frustrated with my experience trying to research details on items I collected.  Information was scattered all over the internet and print resources were often outdated.  I have always envisioned creating a central hub for collectors of classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia; a ‘digital clubhouse’ if you will.  A place where collectors could find well researched and detailed profiles of collectible items — both vintage and modern.  Though this isn’t my ‘day job,’ the response I’ve received from collectors and Monster Kids encourages me to continue pushing my “labor of love” forward.

With that in mind, I’ve partnered with Scary Monsters magazine to create a new ongoing column that extends the Collecting Classic Monsters mission into the print medium.  We announced this new column in issue 105 of Scary Monsters with a really nice conversation I had with Don Smeraldi, the new co-publisher of Scary Monsters magazineIf you haven’t already, I encourage you to pick up a copy and read more about my Monster Kid origin story:

Scary Monsters Interview 105

While this interview focuses more on why I started CCM, we also announced the new ongoing Collecting Classic Monsters column will begin in Scary Monsters #106, which is scheduled for publication  this fall. It is our combined intention for this column to be part of every issue going forward.

According to Publishers Don and Vicki Smeraldi:

Being a Monster Kid is a lifestyle and collecting is such a big part of being a Monster Kid for so many.  It’s our goal to elevate Scary Monsters to be everyone’s favorite classic monster magazine out there.  We want to spark (and in some cases re-ignite) a contagious enthusiasm for all the classic creature features from the days of our “TV-rabbit-ear” youth and spur involvement from the entire classic monster kid community.

Well said! I am excited about this expansion of Collecting Classic Monsters into print and I intend the columns to be consistent with the  format to the website.  I’ll strive to keep the column fresh and informative and always interesting.  While always focused on collecting and collectibles, I’ll feature interviews with collectors, in-depth profiles on collectibles both vintage and modern, and share my unbridled Monster Kid enthusiasm for all things classic monsters.

I hope you’ll consider subscribing to Scary Monsters and supporting Don and Vicki’s efforts. It’s not an easy time to be  print magazine publisher and every back issue you order or magazine copy you purchase at the newsstand goes a long way to help, but those subscriptions make the biggest impact.

Scary Monsters 105 Blood Relatives
Catch my interview in Scary Monsters #105 available now

Visit their online store MyMovieMonsters.com to order your copy and see what other ghoulish goodies you can add to your collection!

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