Classic monsters and mid-century pop culture go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many Monster Kids, like myself, have an abiding affection for all things Atomic Era, including classic surf music and Tiki culture, So the folks at Geek Tiki have come up with a perfectly logical combination of Universal Monsters tiki mugs!
The creative, colorful drinkware products combine the beloved Universal Monster characters with the unique stylization seen in traditional tiki culture.
Each ceramic Monsters Geeki Tikis® stand approximately 7” tall, is top-shelf dishwasher safe, microwaveable and boast a capacity of up to 20 ounces.
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I’m not sure if the Werewolf of London drank his Pina Colada out of one of these mugs at Trader Vics, but I sure drink my tropical cocktails from my Monster tiki mugs! I keep these prominently displayed but I’m not afraid to pull them off the shelf when the occasion calls for a Mai Tai!
We know it’s a marketing event designed to sell stuff, but it sure beats National Boss Day.
For that last couple years, 20th Century Fox is been declaring April 26 “Alien Day.” This marketing event is inspired by LV 426, the planet where the crew of the Nostromo first encounter the xenomorph eggs in that little Sci-Fi classic, Alien. We share this otherwise useless information with you because a bunch of exclusive collectibles will be released on this date. It is a marketing event after all.
We’ll be sharing the coolest of these collectibles as they are announced and released, but we do have some advance news from toy company Super 7. The company behind the Kenner-inspired ReAction line of retro action figures, Super 7 has given us a sneak peek at a few of the items they’ll be releasing on Alien Day.
Alien ReAction figure carrying case with figures:
True to the entire ReAction line, this case is inspired by toy cases from decades past. In addition to holding up to 24 of the 3.75″ ReAction figures, the case will contain an exclusive glow-in-the-dark Alien figure. I love this idea both as a collector and as a father. If I could have gotten an exclusive Kenner Star Wars figure with my storage case in 1978, you bet I would have been all over it. This case and figure set is available for pre-order on EntertainmentEarth.com
Nostromo 3-pack with Kane, Lambert and Dallas in space suits:
The packaging features an exclusive Japanese window box style just for Alien Day, which might mean the figures themselves will be available elsewhere but just not packaged in such a way.
18-Inch Alien Warrior:
Super 7 recently announced a new 18-ince Alien Warrior figure, designed as the ‘successor’ to the classic 1979 Kenner Alien figure.
The imagined successor to the 1979 Kenner Alien toy. Fully articulated with glow accents, metallic snapping jaws (operated with a trigger on the back of the head like the original 1979 toy), and retro style packaging. The figure stands 18-inches and can also hang from its tail like the original 1979 Alien figure.
The Alien 3.75-inch ReAction Figure Blind Box will be available from Super7 website starting @ Noon PST on Wednesday, 4/26. Boxes purchased online will be selected randomly between 3 new color variants. https://super7store.com
Personally, I like the my Alien Warriors in black, but to each their own!
ReAction Nostromo Crew Set:
As we mentioned earlier, Super 7 is the company behind the ReAction toy line. Their partnership with Funko has expired so they’ve regained full marketing rights of this line designed in the original Kenner figure style. We love the ReAction Universal Monsters and the crew of the Nostromo are pretty cool too.
Of course, Alien Day might simply be a good excuse to dust off your DVD of one of these fine films and give it watch. However you decide to celebrate Alien Day, every day is better with monsters (and aliens) in it!
We’re continuing our focus on Sir Christopher Lee this week and what better way to wrap up the week than with his iconic role as the Frankenstein Monster in
Artist Jeff Carlson has done an incredible job of recreating the 1960’s style of the classic iron-on transfers by Mani-Yack and adding monsters not included in those classic collectibles.
His version of the Creature is simply awesome and available for $4.95 at Jeff’s Etsy store. Click here to visit Jeff’s Etsy store and see his entire collection. You can also keep up-to-date on Jeff’s latest monstrous creations in his Mani-Yack Monster Designs Facebook Group, so join and support this creative Monster Kid illustrator!
Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 8
Jakks Pacific 4o” Godzilla Toy
It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another entry in my continuing series profiling all the nominees in the 2015 Rondo Awards. With the one-year anniversary of Legends Godzilla, or Godzilla 2014 as it’s become known, hitting the theaters, we’re taking a look at the Jakks Pacific company’s 40″ Godzilla toy figure.
This blog is about collecting classic monsters and Godzilla is as classic as they come. We can – and should– have lots of discussion about whether or not Godzilla 2014 is a classic movie. I know Godzilla fans on both sides of that line. While a new film like Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla will have supporters and detractors, there is no arguing that the monster itself is a classic — even if we disagree on whether the film is. I, for one, liked the movie and am excited about the sequel.
What makes a monster classic?
One point I want to make very clear to my readers, classic is not the same as vintage. So I will frequently cover new and modern collectibles in this blog as is clearly the case with this entire series about Rondo nominees since they were all released in 2014. I do, however, draw a line in terms of what is considered classic. For purposes of scope, I consider Alien a classic. And Jaws. I believe new classic monsters are being created all the time, although time is exactly what determines a classic.
Monsters that stand the test of time — and survive reimagining and reboots, both good and bad, are a major determinate of a character’s legacy. For Monster Kids, there is probably less disagreement about whether Dracula Untold was a good reboot than if Godzilla 2014 was. Although Toho’s announcement that they are getting back into the Godzilla movie business further fuels this debate.
Finally, there are plenty of classic monsters from not-so-classic films. Many of the 1950s horror and sci fi films will never show up on the best movies ever made list, but for genre fans like myself, the monsters make the movies. We appreciate a bit of camp and understand the impact of low-budgets– none of which make a film a classic for our purposes.
NOT classic monsters:
I don’t consider serial killers/slashers classic monsters –even with supernatural overtones like Freddy and Jason, and I won’t cover those characters here. Clearly they’ve stood the test of time and are being rebooted by the movie making machine. Plenty will disagree with me but my blog, my rules. Now that that’s clear….back to our regularly scheduled broadcast!
Jakks 40″ Godzilla
Two points to make on this one:
1. This is a toy.
The category is called “Best Toy, Model, Collectible” and the nominees represented all three of those sub-categories quite well. Frankly, it’s hard to compare a $200 limited edition maquette to a $10 toy on similar merits and I’d like to see the Rondo Awards merchandise categories expanded so that we can vote for like products in similar categories rather than make contrived comparisons. This Godzilla figure may be collectible, but it is first and foremost a toy. My 8 year old son loves to play with this guy. He’s not getting anywhere near my limited edition collectibles but this one is built for roughhousing. I’m sure he looks great on a collector’s shelf as well, but I like seeing him stomping lego sets and other action figures in my son’s room. He’s also fairly priced at $50.
2. This is a HUGE toy.
We all no that Godzilla has gotten bigger with passing decades in the movies and this is one big toy. At 3.5 feet long and 2 feet high, he dominates the play room. As the King of the Monsters should!
3.5 feet in length
2 feet in height
12 points of articulation
Here’s a comprehensive video review go this toy by The Review Spot – you can visit their Youtube channel here.
Where to Buy Jakks Pacific 40″ Godzilla
While originally a Toys-R-Us exclusive, this toy is easy to find at local big box stores as wells on-line:
Godzilla is one of the most-merchandised of all the classic monsters. There are collectors who focus not just on Big-G, but on specific lines like X-Plus. Godzilla is one of my favorite monsters and I love the Toho films. My favorites are from the Showa era simply because those were the movies I saw growing up. Sure, they were aimed at kids and more than a little campy, but that’s part of their appeal. I enjoy watching these with my kids who also love them.
I am glad that we have a new updated Godzilla series that, in my opinion, has remained true in spirit to the original Toho films. It’s not a guy in a suit stomping on model cities, but it honors the original story, captures some of the Godzilla as “terrible defender” story lines from my favorite era, and introduced the King of the Monsters to a new generation of movie goers.
Time will tell if Godzilla 2014 is a classic, but there is no debate that this classic monster continues to be loved by collectors and kids alike.
So, in honor of the one-year anniversary of Godzilla, tonight we’ll sit back and watch this new-classic monster movie as a family and have fun — because, to me, that is what classic monster movies are all about.
Click the image below to watch it on Amazon Instant Video:
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