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(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 While the item values listed in the collector’s guide are obviously outdated, it remains a useful and interesting guidebook for anyone interested in collecting Planet of the Apes merchandise and memorabilia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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(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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(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.

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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

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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.

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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


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

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

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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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