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(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:
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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


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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.

Watch and enjoy:

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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:

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Monsters Series 1 – Frankenstein Playset

Monsters Series 2 the Phantom of the Opera Playset

McFarlane – The Mummy Playset

(Video) Monsterama Episode 4 – Stan Winston Creature Creator

Monsterama Episode 4 – Stan Winston Creature Creator

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Stan Winston is the creative genius behind an amazing number of screen monsters – from the Alien Queen in Aliens to the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park.  Who could forget the iconic Predator or any of the Terminators? Thanks to Stan’s talents, we don’t have to.

Stan passed away in 2008 but his legacy remains, not only in his films, but he founded the Stan Winston School of Character Arts in LA which continues to train future creature creators today.

This episode of Monsterama takes us inside Stan’s head and his studio – enjoy:

This DVD is available at Amazon.com


Stan Winston Studio: Behind the Scenes Vol. 1

Also available as a hardcover coffee table book:


The Winston Effect: The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio

Perhaps the coolest of all is the online curriculum through the Stan Winston School of Character Arts – these online courses teach how to become a creature creator!  Check out the online courses available:

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Finally, as collectors, Stan’s original line of action figures are pretty impressive as well.  They aren’t too hard to find and prices remain reasonable:
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(Video) Monsterama Episode 3 – The Ackermonster

Spend Some Time with Every Monster Kids’ Coolest Uncle, Forrest J Ackerman

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Monster Kids of the 1950s – 70s share a great deal in common regardless of what part of the country they grew up in, their family’s economic conditions or their religious traditions.  We all lived for watching monster movies, we built Aurora monster models and we memorized each and every issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.

In Episode 3 of Monsterama, Elvira takes a spin through Uncle Forry’s mini-Ackermansion and explores the making of the Ackermonster himself.

Watch and enjoy:

The first place to start with Forry’s impact on monster fandom is with Famous Monsters of Filmland the magazine.  Many of us collect this wonderful time capsule.  Publisher Jim Warren has a new project underway to release digital versions of the earliest issues of FM (the most valuable and hardest to collect).

FMoF #10 –  Kindle Edition

Famous Monsters of Filmland #10

$4.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited membership

Ackerman was a prolific author and published far too many books to list them all here.  I have the following book in my library and can highly recommend it as it is focused on Ackerman’s collection of memorabilia much like the Monsterama episode you just watched:

Forrest J Ackerman’s World of Science Fiction

Ackerman himself was rightly enshrined as a collectible with this Rondo-nominated statue from Dark Horse:

Dark Horse Deluxe Forrest J “Forry” Ackerman Statue

Another great way to go in-depth with Forry’s archives of monster movie memorabilia is with this well-done DVD:


Uncle Forry’s Ackermansions DVD

  I owe much of my love for classic monsters to Famous Monsters of Filmland and I know I’m not alone in that fact.   I could write about Forry’s impact on me and all Monster Kids, and fandom in general, for weeks – and we probably should!  But we’ll let this episode of Monsterama do the work for us and the recommended media above, which have done the job so well, take it from here.

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 2 – Monster Kid Bob Burns

Monsterama Episode 2 – the World of Bob Burns

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In this episode of Monsterama, we go inside the wonderful world of one of the original Monster Kids, Bob Burns with an indepth look at his awe-inspiring collection and a retrospective of his legendary Monster Kid story.

As we count down to Halloween 2015, we’re going to feature each and every episode of Monsterama in all it’s Elvira-filled wonder.  This series then we’ll explore the collectibles and merchandise for the featured subject of each episode.   From Hollywood special effects, creature shops and monster make-up to the latest creature collectibles, this original series hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark  focuses on every aspect of monster movie mania imaginable.

Watch Episode 2 and Enjoy: 

Bob and Kathy burns have been featured in several books and videos over the years:

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It Came From Bob’s Basement 

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Published in 2000 and written by Bob, It Came from Bob’s Basement brings fellowMonster Kids up close with props and artwork from the greatest (and most outrageous) sci-fi films of all time. A story told with genuinely irresistible enthusiasm, this book honors the beloved cult classics that have shaped movie history.

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(Video) Watch Monsterama Episode 1 – The Witch’s Dungeon

Counting Down to Halloween with Elvira’s Wonderful Series, Monsterama

WitchsDungeon_just_logo_PosterMonsterama is an original series hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark that focuses on every aspect of monster movie mania imaginable. From Hollywood special effects, creature shops and monster make-up to the latest creature collectibles.  As we count down to Halloween 2015, we’re going to feature each and every episode of Monsterama in all it’s Elvira-filled wonder and then we’ll explore the collectibles and merchandise for the featured subject of each episode – should be a great deal of fun!

Episode 1 of Monsterama focuses on the longest running Halloween attraction in the United States.  Open since 1966, The Witch’s Dungeon in Bristol, CT is a Monster Kid’s dream come true – literally.  Cortland Hull, a Monster Kid Extraordinaire and nephew of the great Henry Hull of Werewolf of London is a sculptor who has dedicated his life and art to preserving the classic monsters of film land. The Witch’s Dungeon, which recently moved from it’s longstanding location to a year-round mansion turned museum as part of Hull’s “Preserve Hollywood” efforts, is a treasure trove of classic movie monsters and Elvira takes us on a virtual tour in Episode 1 of Monsterama!

Over the years, Cortland has produced a series of DVDs based on his (and our) passions – all proceeds directly benefit The Witch’s Dungeon Movie Museum

First up is his DVD featuring more thrills and chills from the Witch’s Dungeon  “The Witch’s Dungeon 40 Years Of Chills”, Classic Horror   Documentary


Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

Hull also produced “The Aurora Monsters  (winner of the 2010Rondo Award for “Best Documentary” )

Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

And his newest DVD released in 2014: Phantom Of The Opera – Unmasking The Masterpiece Phantom_banner_CHANEY_PHILBIN_NEW_WEB2-filtered

Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

Finally, be sure to visit Cortlund’s Official Website PreserveHollywood.org  for directions and 2015 dates as well as lots of content Love to hear from all you Monster Kids who have visited the Witch’s Dungeon over the years! It’s certainly on my must-do list but I haven’t had the pleasure … yet!

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Episode 2: The World of Bob Burns

5 Local Places to Find Classic Monster Collectibles

In addition to searching online for collectibles like every other collector, there are a number of ways to find monster collectibles locally.  While this is can be time and labor intense, there is simply no feeling like walking into a shop or sale and spying treasure that is overlooked by other buyers and sellers.  This is where you can truly find hidden gems, sometimes for dirt-cheap.  The thrill of the hunt and the reward for the catch are greatest when you put the time and effort into the search in a way that doesn’t exist online.

So here’s my list for local places to find classic monster collectibles:

6. Local Auctions

Almost every community has at least one auction house.  The local companies often run auctions to liquidate assets for business and personal bankruptcy as well as work with collectors and dealers to auction off collections and inventory.  Auctions are usually listed in the classifieds of your local paper but several websites, such as Kbid.com, provide a national database of local auctions where you can search for specific types of items, like monster toys or movie posters, and even bid online.  Auction houses often specialize, so search for one nearby that focuses on collectibles and attend a few auctions in person.  Get to know the people who run the auction company and tell them about your collection.  It is not uncommon that items are brought to their attention that don’t fit a specific auction and they may just refer the seller to you as a potential buyer.

5. Comic & Antique Shops

Every comic book shop is as unique as the interests of its owners. Some only deal in current comics, while others deal in a wide variety of vintage pop culture collectibles.  Prices in comic and collectible shops will be retail, so you’re unlikely to find any bargain collectibles here.  Ebay.com often serves as the price guide for these businesses, as may of these retail stores also host stores online at Ebay.com and other collectible websites.  Again, getting to know the owner/manager and letting them know your interest is a good way to get them to help you build your collection.  These dealers are in position to buy lots of collectibles from local people who don’t have the interest or time to sell online and, if they know they have a potential buyer for a given product, they are more than happy to call or email you when items of interest cross their path.

4. Flea Markets  local-places-find-classic-monster-collectibles-flea-market

Flea markets are an ideal haunt for collectors.  The sheer quantity of dealers, who often take a generalist approach to the merchandise they sell, increases the likelihood of both finding items for your collection and getting them at a good price.  Every major market is home to flea markets — some year-round and some seasonally.  Since many booths are a fish-mash of items, plan to take your time.  You just never know when that unique item might pop up — often in a bin or box full of other not-to-similar items.  Over time, you’ll find the go-to booths where the odds are higher of finding the type of collectibles you are seeking, but be careful not to get into a rut.  It’s worthwhile to get outside your normal routine on occasion since you just never know what treasure might be waiting for you one booth down.  A quick google search will turn up a list or directory of local flea markets.  I’ve found the directory at Collectors.org to be helpful in my search.

 3. Estate Sales

There is an art to buying at estate sales, and in recent years, many estate sale companies have developed relationships with

Local-Places-Find-Classic-Monster-Collectibles-Estate-Saledealers who get first-dibs on items in the sale.  That said, not every estate sale company specializes in every category of collectible, and it is not uncommon to find items prices well below market value simply because they aren’t on the radar of that particular estate sale company.  Of course, the opposite often happens — I’ve been to estate sales where a stack of low-grade comics  are priced well above their value simply because the estate company knows that comics have become highly collectible.  The best strategy for estate sales is to get in early and late.  As estate sales are wrapping up, the willingness to negotiate on prices increases significantly for any items that remain.  Estate sales are usually advertised in local classifieds and several websites, such as Estatesales.net are great resources for finding upcoming local and regional sales and will often include lists of categories of items included in the sale as well as pictures to help you select which sales are worth your effort to

2.  Yard Sales local-places-find-classic-monster-collectibles-garage-sale

Every collector dreams of finding a rare and valuable collectible being priced at bargain prices because the owner has no idea of its worth.  That is unlikely to happen online, but it just might happen if you invest the time and energy into garage sales.  One of the best ways to find collectibles is to scour garage and yard sales in older neighborhoods.  This can be a hobby in it’s own right and is certainly time intensive.    Your local newspaper, penny saver and Craigslist.com are great resources for finding upcoming sales in your area.

1. Your Parent’s House

My mom was the driving influence behind my becoming a collector.  Back when I was saving my allowance to buy comics and Famous Monsters at the newsstand, she would encourage me to stack them nicely in my closet and event to store them in plastic sleeves.  As I grew up and my interests changed, many of my childhood obsessions were donated, tossed out or broken.  But those that survived, my mom eventually packed away in storage for safekeeping.  My own return to collecting as an adult really started when my parents decided to downsize and they asked me what I wanted to do with the comic long boxes and toys that had been stored in their attic and basement all those years.  Deciding to keep them and move them to my home has provided me with hours of enjoyment and brought back a flood of memories of my childhood passion for classic monsters.  If you’re starting out as a collector, the first pace to start is in your own childhood home to see what remains of your childhood collection.  If your mom is like mine, you’ll be surprised at the treasure trove that may be sitting in storage waiting to be rediscovered.

Of course, the World Wide Web has made it MUCH easier to search for and but that most sought after item for your collection.  Here’s our list of the Top Websites for Classic Monster Collectibles

For more information, visit our Monster Collector Resources page – it’s chick full of links to sites about vintage and modern monster collectibles!

Top Websites for Classic Monster Collectibles

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:

15. Craigslist.com

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.

14. RubyLane

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.

13. Bonanza.com

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:

12. Tias.com

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:

11. MonsterGalaxy.com 

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.

10. EntertainmentEarth.com

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.”

9. MonstersinMotion.com

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.

8. LIVEauctioneers.com

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.

7. Propstore.com

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.

6. Amazon.com

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.

5. Etsy.com

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.

4. Hakes.com

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.

3. eBay.com

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:

1. UniversalMonsterArmy.com

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:

  • Monsters Wanted:

    Recruit the UMArmy to help you in your search with this Want Ad forum dedicated to the search for specific collectibles.

  • Monsters For Sale:

    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.

Happy Hunting!