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Collecting Playmobil: Take-Along Haunted House Playset & Monsters

Playmobil Releases Updated Haunted House & Monster Figures

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Box

Founded in 1974, Playmobil is the largest toy company in Germany and a favorite of kids and collectors for generations.  While monsters and spooky characters have been offered by the company over the years, there seems to be a more concentrated effort for Halloween-themed playsets from the company now with the announcement at Toy Fair 2018 in New York earlier this year of a brand new Playmobil Haunted House Playset.

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Playset

Playmobil Take-Along Haunted House Playset Pieces

The playset is available now wherever toys are sold. I found  it online at Amazon for $39.99

Playmobil Monster Figures

The playset includes 2 figures, an updated Vampire and “Monster” which looks more like the Frankenstein Monster than earlier iterations. Playmobil does not hold a Universal license and so bases it’s characters more loosely on public domain monsters of lore and fiction.

In addition to the two figures included in the playset, Playmobil has released 4 new spooky characters, including a Mummy, Grim Reaper,  Witch and updated ‘Wolfman.’

Duo-Packs Available Soon

Available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth, the following dual blister packs will ship in October 2018:

9307 Vampire & Monster

9308 Mummy & Grim Reaper

9309 Wolfman & Witch

Playmobil Duo-pack Monsters Blister Packs

Previous Monster-Themed PLAYMOBIL Products

PLAYMOBIL has offered previous versions of the haunted house playlet as well as spooky character figures through the years.

The Playbox Haunted House (5638) was released in 2015 and included an earlier iteration of the Vampire and Monster figures.

Playmobil Haunted House Playbox 5638

Playmobil Playbox Haunted House 5638 Box

Playmobil Playbox Haunted House Box 5638 Back

This playlet is still widely available at retail price of $19.99. At this writing, I found new sets of the Playmobil Haunted House on eBay and on Amazon.

Previous versions of the monster figures have been available as well in different series through the years:

Vampire Duo-Pack (5239) from 2013

Playmobil Vampires Duo Pack 5239

Available on Amazon for $34


Playmo-Friends Werewolf (6824) from 2016

Playmobil Werewolf Blister Pack 6824

Available on Amazon for $11.99


Fi?ures Blind Bag Series Ghoul Butler (9946) from 2017

Playmobil Fi?ures Ghoul Butler


Fi?ures Blind Bag series Zombie (9446) from 2017

Playmobil Fi?ures Zombie 9446

While unopened Fi?ures blind bags are easy to find online, you take the gamble that you will get some other random figure. The easiest way to add the monstrous figures is to buy them loose, which you can easily do for $5 or so for these newer figures on eBay:

Playmobil Fi?ures Zombie on eBay

Playmobil Fi?ures Ghoul Butler on eBay

Playmobil Ghost figure (3317) from 1983

Playmobil Ghost 3317

Available for over 20 years, this figure is the first ‘spooky’ character from Playmobil and as a result isn’t hard to find. Mint in box figures show up for $20-$30 on eBay and loose figures are easy to find for $10 on eBay.

Playmobil Ghost figure on eBay


While I’ve never collected Playmobil, I did love these toys as a kid and I really like both Haunted House playlets. I’ll be adding at least one of these to my Halloween decor this year and maybe even keep it on display year-round. We’ll see!

Do you collect Playmobil? If so, what else should we know about these fun toys? Would you add these to your monster or Halloween collection now that you know about them? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Get Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

 Our Favorite Modern Collectibles of Classic Monsters

Sample page from the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

We live in a wonderful time for genre fans and collectors.   Our fellow monster kids have created companies who specialize in modern collectibles of classic movie and TV characters that are great to collect in their own right.   We also know not every monster kid or collector has the time or inclination to spend big bucks on the beloved monster and sci-fi toys, magazines and movie posters of our youth.

As a collector, I try to balance vintage with modern memorabilia and I take the same approach here on Collecting Classic Monsters.  Anyone who has been with us for awhile knows we love to talk about vintage collectibles and memorabilia here on CCM, but we also make a concerted effort to not get stuck in the past.

With that in mind, we created our inaugural holiday gift guide as a resource for our fellow collectors and fans of classic monsters.  We spent a lot of time putting this together and curating some of our favorite monster kid stuff – from vinyl kaiju figures to classic sci-fi model  kits as well as must-have books, magazines and DVDs that classic monster fans need to have in their library.

Through the wonders of digital publishing, we were also able to embed hot links for each and every item in our gift guide.  That means, if you see something you can no longer live without, you can simply click on the link within the gift guide and wind up at the website where you can order it.  All the images are clickable links too!

Here’s a sample of the what’s inside the gift guide:

Live Link Example from our Holiday Gift Guide

Our goal is to curate some of the coolest collectibles out there and then make it really easy for you to add them to your collection.

We had a ton of fun designing this guide and made it a tribute to those wonderful mail order ads in the back of our favorite classic monster magazines or yesteryear.  Modern-day monster collectibles presented in a guide that looks like those old Captain Co. ads from  of Famous Monsters.  T’s exactly that balance  we are aiming for here at CCM.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide is entirely free for our readers.  All we  ask is that you subscribe to our weekly newsletter in return.  It’s our gift to you for making our first year a great one!

If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you still need to enter the email address you’d like us to send the holiday gift guide to.  Sorry to ask you to do this extra step, but those spam filters out there don’t like us sending emails with attachments so this helps us get the gift guide to everyone who wants it and no one who doesn’t.

Get Your Holiday Gift Guide

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Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner

And the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner is….

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Specs:

  • 7-inch-scale
  • 16+ points of articulation
  • Sculpted by Jean St. Jean
  • 2 variations:  Toys R Us exclusive (simpler, above-water base) and Deluxe variant available through Previews to Collectible Stores (underwater base)
  • Retail Price: $24.99

Deluxe display base

Features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation:

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature Underwater Base
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

 

Packaging:

Select-style display packaging with spine artwork:

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon in Blister Pack
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

This one got my vote in this year’s Rondo Awards, if only because I love all-things “Creach.”  Regardless of my personal bias, Diamond Select continues to up their A-game with their outstanding collection of the Universal Monster action figures at quite reasonable prices.

It’s a win-win for modern toy collectors of classic monsters.  Here’s a well-done video review from Outside the Box Reviews highlighting this action figure in great detail. Check out their Youtube Channel for more reviews like this one:

Being a new action figure, and not a limited edition piece like some of the other nominees, the Creature is readily available at your favorite collectible or toy shop.  I included links and current pricing to some of the shops I am an affiliate for below:

Entertainment Earth:
Order Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure

Ebay

The best prices I found were @ Ebay where this toy was listed in numerous auctions with prices ranging from $15-$30.
Click this link to see current auctions on eBay: Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Amazon

Good selection available at Amazon at regular retail price too: Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Diamond Select Toys

Of course, you can also buy this right from Diamond Select for retail price of $24.99

Congratulations to Diamond Select and Jean St. Jean on winning the 2015 Rondo Award for Best Toy– this is an outstanding modern toy of one of the most classic monsters and I’m thrilled to have this in my Creature Collection.

I’ll continue to profile this year’s nominees for Best Toy in my next post — did you vote for this one?  If not, which one got your ballot?  Share in the comments below.

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Collecting Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy / Model / Collectible Nominated Toys

I recently published my ballot for the 2015 Rondo Hatton Horror Awards. Rondo Hatton Horror Award I Voted Button

As an affiliate for Entertainment Earth, I got an email early this morning that one of the nominated toys, the 24-inch Godzilla 2014 Action Figure, was on sale for 25% off today only.

Normally a $50 toy, I thought that was worth sharing so feel free to click the link to Order Godzilla 2014 Movie 24-Inch Action Figure from Entertainment Earth!

This got me thinking that it might be helpful if I compiled some links to sites where readers can buy all of this year’s nominated products — toys, magazines, books, DVD/Blu-rays, etc…

In this post, I’ll start in on the Best Toy/Model/Collectible category.  I’ll link to as many sites as I can find the item and list the current pricing.

Keep in mind, this pricing can, and probably will, change over time and the prices I include in this post are based on the prices listed on these sites the day I published this post.

I’ll also add all of the items sold on Amazon to our Amazon store, Lair of the Classic Monster Collector

Where to Buy Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy, Model, Collectible Nominees

Legends of Cthulhu Action Figures by Warpo Toys

Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Carded

Legends of Cthulhu is the first retro-styled Cthulhu action figure line. Using a discipline of method manufacturing with distinct artisanal, collectible quality, Warpo makes new vintage treasures for retro toy aficionados, by retro toy aficionados.  Each figure stands 3.75” tall, has 5 points of articulation, and comes with character-appropriate accessories. Figures will come packaged in a nostalgic, Kickstarter-exclusive blister-card, featuring original paintings by artist Ken Kelly.

Sculpted by Eddy Mosqueda

Retail Price: $20 Each

Warpo Toys launched with a Kickstarter campaign to fund this awesome line of retro-style action figures.

For more info check out: http://www.warpo.com

EntertainmentEarth.com

I found the complete set listed for $215 with Free Shipping

Order Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Case from Entertainment Earth!
Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Case

Ebay

I found a number of auctions for both single item and complete sets.  Complete sets started at $99 and go up from there.

Click this link to see current auctions/Buy it Now listings:  Warpo Legends of Cthulhu

Amazon

Here’s a link to Warpo Toys at Amazon where carded single figure is selling between $22 – $25 and  set of 4 figures is listed at $80.  I’ve added these to our Amazon store as well

 More Rondo Nominees for Best Toy of 2014 to come in my next post — hope you find this helpful!

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