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(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

Ghoulsville Retro-a-go-go

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

Monster-rama Poster Ghoulsville

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:

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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

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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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Meet 8mm Film Collector Timothy Price

My Conversation with 8mm Film Collector Tim Price 8mm Collector Timothy Price

One of the great things about being a collector is the community we surround ourselves with.  Other collectors are who we turn to when we need information on an item that we know nothing about but just have to have, when we need to sell precious pieces from our collection but want it to wind up in a good home, and when we are looking to track down a new addition. Many of these fellow collectors become friends and I’m privileged to have many friends who share my geek passions.

This article is the first in an ongoing series featuring fellow collectors (and friends) with great collections.  I think it is a great way to share their knowledge and help the collecting community.  First up, fellow Minnesota monster kid, Timothy Price.

Tim is a man of many talents; a professional musician with multiple albums to his credit and published author of the fun rock and roll meets dakaiju series Big in Japan.  Like me, Tim is a 1970s monster kid. Unlike me, he has a very specific collecting focus on 8mm and Super 8 home digest monster movies.  I’ve seen his collection and it is impressive.  Tim does more than collect, however.  Through his Spook Cinema screenings, he shows his film collection at conventions like G-Fest and fan events across the country. He is a true ambassador for the 8mm film format and his enthusiasm is absolutely contagious!

Here’s my conversation with Tim:Tim Price and George McGowan

All of us Monster Kids from the 60s and 70s remember ‘Super 8’ monster movies fondly, but give us a primer on the history of this format.  What is the difference between 8mm and Super 8mm?

Initially known as Cine Kodak Eight, 8mm film was developed by Kodak in the early 30s to provide an alternative to the 16mm format. Although regular 8mm was originally intended for creating home movies and such, condensed versions of theatrical releases were also available on the format.

Super 8 was introduced by Kodak in 1965. Both standard 8mm and Super 8 are 8mm wide. However, Super 8 has smaller sprocket holes (than regular 8mm) to allow for a larger film cell within each frame. Super 8 soon became the format of choice, and many commercial small-film-format companies (like Ken Films) opted for Super 8 Stickers on their 8mm boxes as opposed to reprinting them.

 Is there a difference between 8mm and Super 8 in terms of collectibility or value?

That’s a great question, and being that I lean more towards Super 8 (primarily due to my age), I can’t say if there is or is not a difference for collectability. For instance, my digest of Godzilla – King Of The Monsters is regular 8 (Film Office, France) and the only other commercially-produced print I have ever seen (in the 8mm format and from the same company) was a 50-foot version, and there is NO WAY I was going to wait around to see if a Super 8 version surfaces. There were countless commercial small-film-format companies (the same way there are countless companies and divisions of studios that currently put out DVDs and Blu-Rays) so it’s hard to know what could be floating around out there. But I do know when I come across a film (be it 8mm or Super 8) that I’ve never seen before, it’s indeed rare, and personally I don’t care if it’s regular or Super.Timothy Price 8mm film collection

You do a lot more than collect home digest films; in fact, I consider you one of the biggest proponents of this film format with your writing, your Spook Cinema events and even your Facebook page, Collecting Super 8.  What motivates your active passion for home digest film?

George, I just love it so much. I love keeping it, and the spirit, alive. My friend Jeff passed away when we were still monster kids due to heart disease. As a matter of fact, the last time I saw Jeff, I was in the hospital with a broken leg, and when he came to visit me, he gave me the 50-foot digest of TARANTULA! (He and his mom picked it up at K-Mart on their way over.) So Jeff has a lot to do with it too. And as you know, my eldest is named after him.

Has your collecting focus changed over the years or have you always had a specific focus?

Lately, I’ve been streamlining my collection to be about ALL of the monsters I loved as a kid. Everything from Ray Harryhausen to classic Universal, George Pal, Kong and of course, kaiju. However, most of my attention tends to gravitate towards my 8mm films. At last count, I had close to 500 commercially-released digests (condensed film).

What is the prized piece (or pieces) in your collection?

As far as films go, most of my prized films were never available in the US when we were kids, so they don’t tug on your memory strings like those wonderful Ken and Castle Films do. With that being said, my rarest films (again, not released in the US) are Godzilla – King Of The Monsters, Godzilla VS. Megalon, King Kong (1933), War Of The Gargantuas, Doctor Who and The Daleks, and Invasion Earth 2150. These are all cut-down digests, however, I do have one full-length, Super 8 feature that is next to impossible to find, the Red Fox release of Gorgo. Truth be told, they’re all becoming quite rare.  

    
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What advice can you share with someone who is interested in getting started as a home digest film collector?

Get acquainted with other collectors. I have to say, we have a great bunch of folks on the Collecting Super 8mm page on Facebook with years of knowledge and experience to help guide you along! That, or join a forum online. Trust me, if you join one and post that you’re a beginner and interested in collecting film, you’ll get bombarded by folks eager to help. I’ve yet to meet any 8mm snobs. I think we’re just way too geeky, so we can’t afford to make anybody mad.  

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Besides the obvious (eBay, Etsy, etc..) are there places you recommend for finding these films?

Believe it or not, there are STILL a few wonderful little companies out there that cater to the small-film-format enthusiast. Some offer films, projector supplies and even projectors themselves. (Do a Google search.) There are also 8mm forums on the net with lots of sellers (and buyers) on the forums. My page, Collecting Super 8mm, as well as many other fine pages on the topic are all over Facebook. Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Thrift and Antique Shops are ALWAYS fun! (Like a lot of us, I LOVE the hunt!) And, truth be told, eBaycan be a great resource for films. Still, the best place EVER to get ANY film has to be from Captain Company! (kidding)

My only advice about eBay is primarily focused on projectors. The majority are from sellers who find them at garage and estate sales and are simply re-selling them. Captions like, “Machine turned on and bulb worked. But I have NO Film to test it, so it is being sold as is,” those are usually a gamble. However, if it’s cheap enough, sometimes you just have to roll the dice! But try to look for projectors that are listed as REFURBISHED.

Monster Kids are a creative, artistic group as a whole and you are no exception! You are a musician, writer, and all around creative guy with lots of Monster Kid content under your belt. What are you working on now that we can look forward to?

I’m so very fortunate to make my living as a both a musician/guitarist and an author. I play out (primarily in the Minneapolis area) quite frequently, be it solo instrumental guitar or with various projects and bands. I currently have a few irons in my musical fire at the moment, including two new CDs (more on that later). I’m also knee-deep into my third novel, which, oddly enough is about a group of monster kids who stumble across something strange, sinister and deadly! It’s very near and dear to my heart and the working title is “They’re Coming To Get You Timmy.”  Of course, my series “Big In Japan” (the ongoing saga that pits rock stars against daikaiju) is still doing well and available on Amazon as well as my website.
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You can also find Tim on Facebook at his Musician/Author Page

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Collector Resources:

  • Current listings for Super 8mm monster movies on eBay
  • Current listings for 8mm monster films on eBay
  • Current listings for Super 8mm movies & projectors on Etsy (US)

There you have it, readers! Let me know what you think of this interview format and if you’d like me to feature more collectors and their collections here at Collecting Classic Monsters!

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(News) 2017 Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt is a Monster Rally

Check Out This Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt!

Halloween Comicfest 2017 Classic Monsters T-shirt

If you’re like me (and you probably are since you’re reading this website), Halloween is your favorite holiday! That’s why it’s never too to start planning your next Halloween activities.  For the past six years, Diamond Comics Distributors has organized Halloween Comicfest as an October counterpart to their hugely popular Free Comic Book Day that occurs every May.  That’s right, participating local comic shops across North America celebrate the Halloween season by giving away free comics, most with Halloween themes.

What’s even cooler, you can order packs of these mini-comics to give away to trick or treaters who come to your door.  Now that’s sure to keep the pranksters away! These cool trick or treat mini-comics are available for pre-order exclusively from your local comic shop throughout July.

2017 Commemorative T-Shirt for Monster Kids

Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie, Black Beetle) designed this year’s commemorative T-shirt, which is available for pre-order at comic shops throughout July.

Known for his pulp and retro-inspired style, Francavilla’s artwork is unmistakeable and brings to life the iconic classic monsters as they ride off to give comics to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

“After the FCBD design I did last year, I was very happy to work with Diamond on another project. When asked to work on a design for Halloween ComicFest, my thoughts went straight to the Addams Family. The family friendly horror take on that series was perfect inspiration for this project. Of course, I had to include most of the horror icons like the Monster, the Vampire, the Mummy, the Bridge, and the Werewolf.”

The 2017 commemorative T-shirt is available in black in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99), youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99), and Women’s V-Neck in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99). The commemorative HCF T-Shirt, plus the complete listing of the HCF 2017 titles, will be available in the July issue of PREVIEWS in comic shops 6/28.

About Halloween Comicfest

Celebrating its sixth year, Halloween ComicFest is an annual event that takes place the Saturday on or before Halloween each year and is designed to introduce friends and family to the many reasons why comics and comic shops are great! Comic shops are the perfect location to get into the sppoktacular season: from zombies, vampires, monsters, and aliens to costumes and more, comic shops have it all when it comes to Halloween fun!

Major publishers like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW Publishing put out free comics for fans to enjoy during Halloween. Also available are all-ages mini-comics, perfect to give out to trick-or-treaters or as party favors to inspire the next generation of comics readers! Popular series from past years have included Archie, Pokemon, and Grumpy Cat.

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(News) Check Us Out on Cult Radio A-Go-Go

Talking Collecting Classic Monsters on Internet Radio

Cult Radio A-Go-Go

Recently, I had the great pleasure of being a guest on cool talk radio show  that I had been unaware of, until I was invited to be a guest!  Cult Radio A-Go-Go is a lively 4 hour talk radio show hosted by Terry and Tiffany DuFoe LIVE from an old abandoned Drive-In Movie theater with Wicked Kitty and Fritz the studio cats and CRAGG The Gargoyle.

Every Saturday night, this father/daughter team play retro pop culture, Drive-In movie, classic TV and old radio audio along with LIVE on the air celebrity interviews from the world of movies, TV, music, print, internet and  a few odd balls thrown in for good measure. They air every Saturday night from 6-10 pm PST.

You can find them on cultradioagogo.com  which is a 24/7 free internet radio network of old time radio, music, movie trailers, old nostalgic commercials, snack bar audio, and more.

I was a guest on their special classic monsters & retro toy show, with an all monster & Halloween themed music & parody songs playlist, along with guest author Thomas Graham, the author of multiple editions of the essential Aurora Model Kits: With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, 3rd edition.  I highly recommend this book for collectors and fans of Aurora model kits- it really is jam packed with information and great pictures:
Aurora Model Kits: With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, 3rd edition

After Terry and Tiffany interviewed Thomas, I joined for a fun hour talking about all-things collecting classic monsters, growing up a 70s monster kid, raising modern monster kids and anything else we could fit into the hour.  I had a blast and hope you’ll give it a listen.  I also encourage you to check out their past show catalog on their blog: http://www.cultradioagogo.com/thisweek.html

You can listen to my interview here – let me know what you think!

Walt Disney’s CHILLING THRILLING SOUNDS 1979 Redux

WARNING: This Album Will Scare Your Pants Off.

Walt Disney Studios Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979

Walt Disney Studios’ Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
Out of print (Walt Disney Storyteller Records 2507B, Vinyl/Cassette release) DQ-2507; 1979

Walt Disney’s Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House was a childhood staple for Monster Kids of the 1960s and 70s.  Originally released as a sound effects record in 1964, the album was reissued numerous times over the years.  We wrote extensively about the original record in a previous article that you can read here.

In 1979, Walt Disney Studios released an all-new  version of this record.  So new, in fact, only the record name is the same.  Despite the same title, the 1979 version of “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds” is quite unlike its predecessor, and doesn’t contain any Haunted Mansion-specific content, although the cover art does feature a raven and a coffin with a restless occupant trying to escape as well as a grave robber on the back cover sleeve.

This all-new album features 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” and includes none of the narration or storytelling from the original.  According to Doombuggies.com:

Released in 1979, this album of 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” is a so-so follow-up to the classic 1964 collection. Possibly inspired by increasingly common horror flicks and the expanding Halloween novelty market, this surprisingly bleak release features a collection of average sound effects, with none of the humor of the earlier recording.

Listen to the full album here:

Side One: Frightening Situations (Seven Spooky Scenes in Sound)

Side Two: Eerie Sound Effects (Create your own Tales of Terror)

In many ways, this album is a superior sound effects record than the original and has some quite frightening sounds .  The chiming of Big Ben from ‘Encounter in the Fog’ which provides a rather disturbing encounter with one can only guess, Jack the Ripper.   The record is beautifully edited and the tracks flow seamlessly into each other: the lonely tolling of the midnight church bell of ‘A Grave Matter,’ the ‘Haunted House’ escape through the trapdoor leads naturally into ‘The Dungeon.’

Tracklist

A1 Night Creatures 3:08
A2 Haunted House 3:22
A3 The Dungeon 1:11
A4 The Withces 0:47
A5 Encounter in the Fog 2:30
A6 A Grave Matter 3:02
A7 The Mad Scientist’s Laboratory 4:00
B1 Thunder & LIghtening 0:33
B2 The Storm 1:00
B3 Various Winds 1:33
B4 Dripping Cavern 0:22
B5 Wolves 0:24
B6 Rats 0:15
B7 Shrieking Cats 0:25
B8 Owls 0:15
B9 Baying Hounds 0:16
B10 Crickets 0:30
B11 Raven 0:15
B12 Monster 0:27
B13 Moans and Groans 0:22
B14 Laughing Ghost 0:13
B15 Witches 0:23
B16 Screams 0:21
B17 Heartbeat 0:22
B18 Dragging Footsteps 0:19
B19 Creaking Doors 0:20
B20 Rusty Gate 0:07
B21 Fog Horn 0:21
B22 Clock Strikes Midnight 0:25
B23 Chains 0:37
B24 Lab Sounds 1:07
B25 Tolling Bell 0:40
B26 Haunted Music 3:00

Read More: Monstrous Sounds:Chilling Thrilling Sounds 

Collector Notes

This record is out of print but readily available at any number of online marketplaces.  Not nearly as collectible as the earlier iteration of the album, it’s still a fun sound effects album and essential for any completist.  It’s also great to mix into a Halloween playlist to spook the trick or treaters who show up at your door.

Prices vary, but a nice copy with normal album wear can be found for $5-$10 .  Some collectors focus more on the condition of the  album sleeve, displaying them as framed art, and are less concerned about the condition of the actual vinyl.  If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $15-$20 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1979 album.

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

  • Here’s the current selection at Amazon.com
  • Here’s the current selection at eBay.com
  • Discogs.com is a great social marketplace for record collectors and Ive had numerous successful purchases from this site.  I found multiple copies of this LP listed currently; here’s current selection available at Discogs.com

The Cassette version of this record was offered in some  unique packaging configurations that seem to be far more rare than its vinyl counterparts.

  1. Cassette with Album Sleeve

Similar album sleeve as the vinyl, with a smaller title in the upper left quadrant of the sleeve to allow for the cassette inset.

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 cassette

2. Cassette Shrink-wrapped to Display Card

Another cool package features the cassette in a blister pack on a display card

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 Cassette shrink-wrapped on display card

Currently, there is a nice copy of this Cassette Available on eBay

What are your thoughts about this version of Walt Disney’s iconic Halloween sound effects recording? Do you prefer the original or this version?  Let us hear from you!

Related:

The First Officially Licensed Vampirella Figure is Coming

Executive Replicas Gives Us An Amazing 1:6 Scale Action Figure

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The rivers of Drakulon used to flow with blood, keeping the Vampiri a thriving race. Their world dying, Earthlings chanced to crash upon their planet, their veins rich with life-giving blood. Vampirella, the princess of Drakulon, piloted the crashed spaceship back to Earth, where she spends her life defending Earthlings from evil vampires, such as Dracula, who had migrated to Earth years before.

The epic story, created by our own Forrest J Ackerman for Warren Publishing in 1969,  has become ingrained in popular culture. Now, nearly 50 years later, Vampirella is so popular that Dynamite Entertainment with Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd. are releasing this Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure. Measuring in at 12-inches tall, with all the sexy detail of Vampirella herself, this figure is amazing.  Officially called the Vampirella Again Version, you’ll notice her face has a distinctly Asian look and there’s no word on whether a caucasian version is planned in the future. Personally, I think she looks great and I’m perfectly okay with Vampi having an Asian look – all in all, she looks amazing!

First-ever officially licensed Vampirella action figure.

Vampirella Officially Licensed Action Figure

Details:

The Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure includes the following:

  • Height: 12 inches
  • Articulation: 26 points
  • Retail Price: $144.99
  • Available: July 2017 (Pre-orders open now at EntertainmentEarth)

It is every bit as enchanting as it needs to be to make her fans happy. Vampirella comes to life in her Phicen seamless body with stainless steel armature, in her one-piece bikini costume. She has three pairs of interchangeable hands, her knee-high boots, a removable cape, and more accessories. What really captured my attention is the seamless articulation, which is trademarked by Phicen.  Having 26 points of seamless articulation is stunning and goes a long way to explain the high retail price.

Gallery:

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Pre-orders are open now from Entertainment Earth

Check out more Executive Replicas products here.