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Vintage Advertising for Mattel’s Fright Factory

This Halloween, We’re Focusing On Vintage Ads for Monster Kid Toys

Mattel Fright Factory

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with a month-long focus on vintage advertising for all the things us Monster Kids love.  From Captain Company mail order pages in the back of Famous Monsters of Filmland to TV commercials, we’ve lined up a wonder-fest of nostalgia. So buckle up, Monster Kids, it’s time to step into the Time Machine and set the dials to childhood!  And we kick off our series with none other than Mattel’s Fright Factory, one of the greatest toys ever made!

Mattel Fright Factory 1966 Ad

Let’s head back to 1966, the year of my birth, and spend some time with the wonderful Fright Factory from Mattel.  Part of the Thingmaker line up, Fright Factory enabled kids to create plastic molds by pouring a substance known as “Plasti-Goop” into a professional-grade  hot plate — which could reach temperatures of 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit!  This toy line makes pretty much every Most Dangerous Toys Ever list, but kids loved it.  Toxic fumes and extremely hot metal — what more could a Monster Kid ask for?

Here’s the 1966 TV Commercial for Fright Factory:

This write-up on this wonderfully dangerous toy appeared in a 1966 issue of Jack & Jill magazine, courtesy of MagicCarpetBurn :

Jack & Jill Magazine 1966 Fright Factory Article

And since we’re having so much fun reliving this glorious toy, here’s the full instruction manual for your reading pleasure:

Fright Factory Mattel Instruction Manual

Mattel Fright Factory Instructions Page 1 & 2

Mattel Fright Factory Instructions Page 3 & 4

Mattel Fright Factory Instructions Page 5 & 6

Mattel Fright Factory Instructions Page 7

Finally, we wrap up this focus on the Fright Factory with this fabulously freaky print ad:

Mattel Fright Factory Print Ad

Do you remember these ads, 60s Monster Kids? Share your stories with us in the comments section below!

(Video) Monsterama Episode 11 – Collecting The Munsters

Fabulous Collectibles from TV’s First Family of Monsters

Herman-Munster-Mattel-Hand-Puppet

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.

 

The-Munsters-Milton-Bradley-Board-Game

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.


Eddie-Munster-Sideshow

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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