This Halloween, We’re Focusing On Vintage Ads for Monster Kid Toys
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!
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 :
And since we’re having so much fun reliving this glorious toy, here’s the full instruction manual for your reading pleasure:
Finally, we wrap up this focus on the Fright Factory with this fabulously freaky print ad:
Do you remember these ads, 60s Monster Kids? Share your stories with us in the comments section below!
Fabulous Collectibles from TV’s First Family of Monsters
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:
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.
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.