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(Video) Monsterama Episode – KNB Effects Group

A Retrospective of the Talented KNB FX Studio

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This episode of Monsterama features a couple of guys that have become household names for modern horror fans. Greg Nicotero who is now Executive Producer and special effects guru of The Walking Dead and Robert Kurtzman who wrote From Dusk Till Dawn have combined to create the special effects and make-up for dozens of horror movies.  This retrospective of the early part of their career is fun if nothing else because of the success they have gone on to have.

 

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 12 – Giant Ape Movie Collectibles

See Bob Burns’ King Kong & Might Joe Young Memorabilia

Bob Burns King Kong Collector

Anyone who has spent any time on this website knows that I am a passionate fan of King Kong.  From my formative days as a Monster Kid seeing the 1933 film for the first time, Kong has held a special place in my favorite monsters and favorite monster movies.  We’ve written numerous articles about collecting King Kong from Aurora Model Kits, toys and games and  to original film posters as well.

But no Kong collectible can beat the original armature used by Willis O’Brien in bringing the giant ape to life on screen, and Bob Burns is it’s caretaker.  Not only Kong’s armature, but Might Joe Young and a host of other original pieces from these fantastic films about giant apes.  Enjoy this video, Monster Kids, this might be as close as you ever get to some of these items!

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 11 – Collecting The Munsters

Fabulous Collectibles from TV’s First Family of Monsters

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One of the most beloved TV shows of all Monster Kid-dom, The Munsters had a limited run of 2 seasons and one movie.  But decades of syndication and a classic monsters aura that outlived the 60s has kept this show at the forefront of classic monster collectibles. In fact, the Lily Munster maquette by Tweeterhead was nominated for best  last year’s Rondo Awards – read our article on this lovely  statue from earlier this year.

This episode of Monsterama spotlights many of the original 1960s merchandise for the series and brings us to modern day collectibles.  As a life-long fan who grew up watching The Munsters reruns after school, I’m have a real warm spot in my collection for anything Munsters related; including this episode of Monsterama:

Munsters Collectibles


1964 Munsters Stickers 11 Herman In Chain PSA 6 Excellent to Mint



MUNSTER GO HOME * CineMasterpieces 1966 ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTER MUNSTERS MONSTER

Found on Amazon: Genuine LINEN BACKED 27″ x 41″ U.S. ONE SHEET VINTAGE ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTER from 1966. Issued by the studio when the film was released and meant for theatrical display. Condition: Excellent-Near Mint C8-C9. Very minimal typical fold line touch up/restoration. Looks beautiful! Well preserved.

 

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Milton Bradley Munsters Card Game

Found on Etsy: Old Munsters board game, SUPER condition. 
all the parts are here. complete and clean.


Remco Grandpa Munster

Remco Grandpa Munster Figure

Found on Etsy: This is a 1964 Grandpa Munster (aka, Al Lewis) doll, manufactured by Remco, from the infamous Munsters TV show. He is in excellent condition. A little more than 5″ tall. Head moves in a full 360 rotation. Rooted hair, all intact. A tiny bit of wear on the paint on this fingertips.


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Sideshow Collectibles is taking pre-orders for the next piece in this Munster maquette collection, The Munsters Eddie Munster and Television The Munsters Maquette


 

Are you a Munsters collector?  If so, what’s your most prized possession from this classic TV series? We’d love to hear all about it!


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(Video) Monsterama Episode 10 – Paul Blaisdell

King of B Movie Monsters – Collecting Paul Blaisdell

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One of our favorite monster makers, Paul Blasidell’s wonderful B-movie monsters are the stuff of wonder and his career and legacy are explored in this episode of Monsterama – enjoy!

Collecting Paul Blaisdell:

Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist


Available for Pre-Order from Entertainment Earth:                          From his gnarly teeth to his intense three-eyed gaze, Marty makes for one unique B-movie monster, and at around 16-inches tall, he makes for one unique bust, too. If you’re a B-movie fan, you’ll want to get the Day the World Ended Marty Three Eyed Mutant Bust to add to your collection. Think about how cool he’ll look next to your TV on B-Movie Night! Limited edition of 250 pieces.

Order Day the World Ended Marty Three Eyed Mutant Bust from Entertainment Earth!

Day the World Ended Marty Three Eyed Mutant Bust


She Creature Pro-Build Billiken Model

She Creature Billiken Model

This exquisitely rendered kit was manufactured by the legendary Billiken company exclusively in Japan in the late 1980s near the beginning of the garage kit craze and comes fully assembled and meticulously hand-painted by noted kitbuilder Bill Craft of Craftbeast Designs.


Sputnik Supplies Beulah! The invader from Venus

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This over 11 inch tall polystone prepainted statue comes with 4 different arms, 2 Flying Mind Control Units, a base and a nameplate. She comes in a four color printed box with assembly instructions included on the side panel. They are limited to 100 world wide and only 6 are left.


 

Fantastic Monsters Of The Films #1 (B&W): Golden Age Horror Comic

These public domain magazine reprints from Golden Age Reprints and UP History and Hobby  are reproduced from actual classic comics, and sometimes reflect the imperfection of books that are decades old. These books are constantly updated with the best version available

(Video) Monsterama Episode 9: PLANET OF THE APES

One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Franchises Ever and All Its Cool Toys!

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The Planet of the Apes was one of the first film properties to create a licensing bonanza – to the delight of POTA fans and collectors alike.  This episode of Monsterama shines a spotlight on some of the memorabilia and merchandise spawned by this classic sci-fi series – from the original Topps trading cards to Hasbro 12″ figures in the 1990s.  As always, the photography is top-notch so enjoy and be careful not to drool all over your keyboard:

Collecting the Planet of the Apes

This is a subject worth it’s own series and we’ll get there – eventually.  In the meantime, here’s some interesting items currently available that would be worth adding to your POTA collection or a good place to start one:

A guidebook is always useful for any collection:


Planet of the Apes Collectibles: Unauthorized Guide With Trivia & Values (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) available at Amazon

Published in 1998, this book includes a detailed listing of collectibles from the original film, the sequels, the television series, and the animated cartoon are all presented. Over 330 color photographs accompany the text. While the item values listed in the collector’s guide are obviously outdated, it remains a useful and interesting guidebook for anyone interested in collecting Planet of the Apes merchandise and memorabilia

The first – and only Planet of the Apes merchandise available for the first film – were these Topps trading cards:

Complete Set of Trading Cards 1967 Planet Of The Apes for sale on Amazon

Planet of the Apes Cornelius Astronaut Ultra Detail Figure on Amazon


1 X Cornelius – Planet Of The Apes – 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament available on Amazon

Planet-of-the-Apes-Addar-Model-Gernal-UrsusClick here for Planet of the Apes Addar Model Kits listings on eBay

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Click here to see current Mego Planet of the Apes Listings on eBay – there are a ton!

If you are a POTA collector, we’d love to hear from you as this post only scratches the surface.  We plan on profiling many of these product lines and companies individually in coming months.  Let us hear about your favorite POTA collectible.

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Monsterama Episode 8 – The Great Ray Harryhausen!

What a Way to Start the Weekend!

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This man needs no introduction, but we can really never get enough of Ray Harryhausen.  In this episode of Monsterama, we take a walk down Monster Kid memory lane with Ray as our guide, hear his origin story and get his insights into why hi work means so much to all of us.  You’re going to really enjoy this episode!

Collecting Harryhausen:

The recent announcement of an auction of Harryhausen’s estate takes the idea of collecting Harryhausen to a new level – but for collectors of more modest means can still enjoy a library, statue shelf and DVD collection of his great movie-making legacy:


Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook: Models, Artwork and Memories from 65 Years of Filmmaking

This new book reveals a wealth of fascinating artefacts relating to his films that has never been seen before, many of them recently discovered in a garage in Los Angeles. Designed in the form of a scrapbook, it provides a visual feast for Harryhausen fans. There are models from unrealized projects, such as dinosaurs from the unfinished film Evolution; prints of outtakes from various films including The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; early concept drawings and storyboards; colour transparencies of Ray at work; written artefacts such as letters and production budgets and a diary that details Ray’s first meeting with his mentor Willis O’Brien; early film treatments and script extracts; publicity posters and brochures; and much, much more.



Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life

In the animator’s own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen’s entire film career, from 20 Million Miles to Earth and Earth vs. The Flying Saucersto Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts.


A great combo pack, this box set includes a trio of Ray’s classic films on DVD plus a high quality Ymir figure for your toy/statue shelf:

Ray Harryhausen Gift Set (20 Million Miles to Earth / It Came from Beneath the Sea / Earth vs. the Flying Saucers)

When the subject is Ray Harryhausen, we can never really be finished – and I assure you we have much, much more to come on the monsters, creativity and life of one of the true geniuses of fantastic cinema.

What is your favorite Harryhausen memory? We’d love for you to share it with us!

(Video) Monsterama Episode 7 – Rick Baker Master Monster Maker

Master Make-Up Artist Rick Baker is the Focus of this Episode of Monsterama

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Elvira takes us to visit the great monster maker Rick Baker and gives us a visual retrospective of some of his greatest work. From American Werewolf in London to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Baker’s groundbreaking techniques have pushed the boundaries of movie make-up to new heights that embrace technology without sacrificing the artistry of practical effects.

Watch and enjoy!

 

Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen!  Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in-depth “conversations” with leading monster makers including Rick Baker:
Monsters in the Movies

 

Earlier this year, Rick auctioned off a large part of his studio collection.  Some of these items are still available, such as this animatronic gorilla head from Gorillas in the Mist:

Original Movie Prop – Gorillas in the Mist – Animatronic Baby Gorilla Head – Authentic

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 6 – Sideshow Collectibles

This Episode Examines Sideshow Collectibles Incredible Monster Action Figures 
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We continue our month-long feature of Elvira’s Monsterama series with a particularly interesting episode for classic monster collectors.  Sideshow Collectibles makes incredibly detailed toys and statues for every genre, but they have a particular fondness for monsters as you’ll see when you watch Episode 6 of Monsterama:

The Universal Monster figures featured in this episode of Monsterama are long sold-out but are available on the secondary market.  Here is what’s currently available at Amazon.com


Universal Monsters The Mummy Pre Painted Polystone Statue by Sideshow Toys


Universal Monsters The Wolfman Pre Painted Polystone Statue by Sideshow Toys


Universal Monsters The Phantom Of The Opera Pre Painted Polystone Statue by S…


Universal Monsters Son of Frankenstein 8in Action Figure Boris Karloff

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Expecting Collectibles’ Prices to Keep Going Up is a Losing Bet

Collecting as an Investment Has It’s Limitations

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Collecting is a very personal passion.  It’s also one that has potentially huge financial ramifications.  Many collectors don’t consider, or at least focus on, the resale value of their collections because, quite simply, they can’t imagine ever parting with their prized collection.  There’s always that temptation though – family and friends who don’t ‘get it’ will read an article about a comic book collection selling for millions after the collector’s death and ask what your collection is worth.

Truth is, while you may have no intention of ever selling your collection, eventually it won’t be your decision.  If you are lucky enough to have children or heirs in the next generation who share your passion, and you plan to leave your collection to them, then you’re off the hook as long as you make the necessary arrangements in your estate planning.

If not, there is a real possibility that your collection will be sold and it’s up tot you to decide how that will happen.  Will it be sold of piecemeal at an estate sale or will you make arrangements to have it auctioned off after your death.  The choice is yours but it only makes sense  that a collection you so lovingly accumulated during your lifetime should be thoughtfully included in your estate planning.  I came across this article and thought it was worth sharing.  Be aware that the author  is Josh Levine who co-owns J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale and EJ’s Auction & Consignment in Glendale, Arizona.  His company profits from collectors selling and buying, so his focus is on helping sellers get he most return on the items they are selling – it’s simply good business on his end.  Seven if selling is the furthest from your mind, the article is thought provoking.

Here’s the article in full:

I am often asked, “When is the best time to sell my collection?”

And not to be one accused of keeping my opinions to myself, I say, “Strike while the iron is hot.” What do I mean by that?

When you see record prices happening, sell your collection. Sounds obvious to most, but so often I hear, “I’ll hold on to it. It can only go up from here,” or “Imagine what it will be worth 20 years from now!”

I don’t know if it’s prospecting, greed, or something their parents ingrained in these collectors, but I think it’s a losing bet. Let me cite a few examples.

Fifteen years ago, we were selling Hummel collections and prices were riding high. I would see collections in my travels and ask folks if they wished to consign for auction, and more often than not, the owners would decline. Their consensus was, this would never end, and Hummels would keep increasing in value.

Then about 10 years ago, large collections began to be sold off and we could see it coming quickly. The crash.

The collectors blamed the economy and kept waiting. And waiting. … It wasn’t the economy, but simple economics. Huge supply, in this case, and no demand from the next generation. I have yet to meet a Gen X’er or Millennial that collects them. Most have no idea what they are.

The next example is toy trains.

A Pre-War Lionel Train set was money in the bank for a long run as they were desired by many collectors and enthusiasts spanning several generations. They all had a train set when they were kids, and had many fond memories of them. They sold like hot cakes, and there were many serious collectors.

Over the past five years, toy collectors’ tastes have changed, and you can see the Hummel thing happening. A 2003 price of $12,000 for a Lionel Pre-War set is now $1,500 if you are lucky.

Some say it was video games that caused the younger generations to lose interest, and that really may be true.

What to do now? If you are thinking of selling a collection, sell it when it’s hot.

What is hot in toys? Star Wars toys from 1977 through 1984 as well as most action figures from this period. Hot Wheels Redlines and AFX Aurora Slot Cars from the late 1960s through the early 1970s.

Let me give you my forecast. Star Wars is going to peak with this new movie release. It’s a great time to sell your Star Wars collectibles.

Hot Wheels and Slot Cars are more urgent to sell as I feel they are going to go the way of the train set soon.

I hate when I see a collection that was just held on to a little too long. It’s just like playing the stock market, but when they fall off the cliff, they don’t recover to former glory.

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 5 – Todd McFarlane’s Monster Toys

Legendary Spider-Man Artist, Spawn Creator and Toy Maker – This Guy is Prolific

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Todd McFarlane loves monsters.  As the artist on Amazing Spider-Man, he created Venom, one of the most popular, and monstrous, of all the web slinger’s rogues.  He went on to create an entire comic universe around the anti-hero Spawn and now has a toy empire focused on highly detailed figures of – you guessed it – monsters!

Originally focused on characters from his Spawn universe, Todd McFarlane’s Toy line has expanded into a licensing powerhouse, including Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and his highly sought after Movie Maniacs line

This episode of Monsterama goes inside McFarlane’s thought process and takes an in-depth look at his monstrous line of movie maniacs and monster toys.

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Todd McFarlane Collectibles

The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details TP

Showcasing Todd McFarlane’s unique art style, which burst onto the comic book scene in the late 1980s and forever changed the landscape of comic book art. Features art from original comic art boards, rare, never-before-seen sketches, as well as art from McFarlane’s work on Batman, Spider-Man, and the Hulk (amongst many others), and his own top-selling creation, Spawn.

McFarlane’s Classic Monster Playsets:

Todd McFarlane’s Monsters Dracula Playset

Monsters Series 1 – Frankenstein Playset

Monsters Series 2 the Phantom of the Opera Playset

McFarlane – The Mummy Playset