Finding Classic Monster Collectibles Online:
For new collectors, finding classic monster collectibles online is a smart place to start. Not only does the internet make it easy to search for and purchase collectibles, it is also an excellent way to determine current values and prices for collectibles. Having a good sense for what specific collectibles have recently sold for will help you determine how far your collecting budget will go and how much you should pay when something catches your eye.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places online to find classic monster collectibles. I’ve listed these sites numerically below, but the rankings aren’t what matter. In fact it’s not my intention to claim one site is better than another, numbering them simply helps organize this list for ease of use.
The sites I’ve listed range from general merchandise marketplaces, where monster collectibles show up from time to time, to sites that specialize in a specific collectible type, like movie props or movie posters. This post contains affiliate links, which means that I have an advertising relationship with some of these websites. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
In future posts, I’ll review each of thee sites and detail their advantages and disadvantages.
Here’s my list of top websites for classic monster collectibles:
The web’s version of classified ads, Craigslist is an excellent resource for finding local sellers, as well as flea markets, estate and garage sales. Unlike many of the other sites in this list, Craigslist provides no buyer services like payment and shipping. Truly “buyer beware” but a great resource for tracking down local collectibles for sale at potentially below retail prices.
This site is an online marketplace for antiques and collectibles. The site is curated and has pretty tight restrictions on what may and may not be sold on their website, along with strict requirements for their sellers. Monster collectibles can be hit or miss here, but still worth an occasional search. As I was writing this article, I found some interesting items on this site, including Crestwood’s Frankenstein Comic #8 from 1947 for $500 and 1977 Godzilla Jigsaw Puzzle for $35.
Bonanza is a customer-to-customer marketplace that launched in 2008. Bonanza was named 2014’s “Most Recommended” and “Best Overall” online marketplace (beating out Amazon and eBay) in the largest seller survey online, conducted by EcommerceBytes. A quick search on the site turned up mostly modern classic monster toys but I also found some interesting monster kid goodies including 1970s Fun World Vampire Fangs MIB for $19.99 and 12″ Imperial Godzilla from 1985. Again, not your primary resource for collecting but well worth including in any deep dive search. Disclosure:
This site launched way back in 1995–the same year that eBay started–and has remained a reliable place to find collectibles ever since. Hit or miss for vintage monster collectibles, but again, worthwhile site to bookmark and search on occasion or when on a specific search. Because we’re an affiliate of Tias.com, they gave us this handy little search bar that lets you search their site right from this post:
This is an online store that deals in Hollywood Props, Masks, Statues, Sci-Fi Memorabilia Model Kits and Figures. Prices here are retail, so this isn’t where you go to find bargains. Well worth bookmarking and checking regular as their inventory changes frequently.
This is an amazing online store for modern toys and collectibles. Seriously, this website has it all — over 15,000 licensed products from action figures, bobble heads, toys and collectibles. These guys are online pioneers in customer service best-practices and offer such innovations as “Risk-free Shopping”, “Hassle Free 90 Day Returns” and “Mint Condition Guarantee.”
Offering “the finest in movie & television memorabilia & collectibles including model hobby kits, with custom built and finished works of art” this is another great site to buy current products and modern collectibles. Plenty of classic monster collectors focus on modern products because of prices and availability and then selectively dip their toes into the more expensive world of vintage collectibles as their experience and confidence grows.
As the name states, this is an auction site. Different from eBay in that this site enables you to bid live during auctions around the world from your computer. Simply search the calendar of upcoming auctions and apply to bid in those of interest, then log in and bid for the collectibles you want. They offer a handy tool that searches across all auction catalogs to help you find the items you’re looking for and save you the pain of searching catalog upon catalog. Auctions can be exciting and a great way to get items at a good deal, you have to really exercise restraint to keep from getting caught up in the moment as an auction is coming to a close — I’ve found some great items through auctions on this site and can personally vouch for this as an excellent resource.
This site hosts movie memorabilia and prop auctions from time to time and specializes in Horror and Sci-Fi movies. They’ve recently held Pacific Rim and Enders Game auctions. They also have an Amazon Store featuring items from past auctions.
And speaking of Amazon…no intro needed for this website, but probably not the first place you think of for vintage collectibles. Amazon, like eBay and Etsy, is an online marketplace and sellers are allowed to sell a wide variety of products, so you can find everything from original Aurora Model kits and 1960s monster toys to vintage movie posters –always worth a look. We’ve set up an Amazon store to do some of that work for you, Lair of the Classic Monster Collector to see what we’ve curated on your behalf.
Most people think of Etsy as a site for artists to sell their handcrafted items and supplies, but it has really developed as a strong marketplace for vintage items and collectibles at fair prices in recent years. This is a must-visit site for classic monster collectors and hardly a day goes by without me finding something I can’t live without in my Etsy feed.
Hakes Americana & Collectibles is an auction site dedicated to pop culture memorabilia. The company has been around since 1967 and they are experts in many pop culture collectibles categories. They host auctions several times a year, so sign up for their email to get alerts about upcoming auctions that you can participate in online. They also offer items for sale on their site that didn’t sell during past auctions and there are always wonderful classic monster collectibles to be found.
Still the largest site on the internet for collectibles of every category, and the place to start when searching for collectibles. In fact, don’t be surprised if you enter the name of the collectible your hunting of in a search engine and most of the page one listings are from eBay — I googled “Aurora Monster Models” and
2. Facebook Collector Groups
One of the best ways to get started collecting is to search for Facebook groups specific to your interest. In addition to finding a community of people with similar interests, groups provide great forums to ask questions and share in the collective experience of the group membership. Members of these groups are collectors as well and prices reflect that reality but don’t get marked up to absurd levels as they do on some auction sites. Paypal is the currency of most groups, and since Facebook isn’t a marketplace, buyers and sellers avoid the fees that are part of selling on auction and marketplace sites. Here are some of the groups I belong to that I highly recommend:
This is THE online community for Monster Kids and I highly recommend joining this free forum to connect with other lovers of classic monsters. This site has 2 forums dedicated specifically to collecting classic monsters:
Recruit the UMArmy to help you in your search with this Want Ad forum dedicated to the search for specific collectibles.
An online marketplace for collectors to buy/sell/trade monster collectibles with other collectors.
So there you have it — a useful, though certainly not complete, list of online resources to start, grow and share your classic monster collection. Did I miss any sites that you recommend? If so, please share in the comments section below and I’ll add them to the list!
While the internet has made it easier to find those must-have items for your collection, the joy of the hunt is often greater in the physical world – Here’s our list of 5 Local Places to Find Classic Monster Collectibles
And more even more resources, check out our Monster Collector Resources page.