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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!

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 19: Basil Gogos Artwork

Basil Gogos is THE Artist for Generations of Monster Kids

Basil Gogos Artwork and Artist

Like a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell, Basil Gogos artwork changed the face of classic horror.  For 25 years, Monster Kids delighted in his horrifying yet dazzling images of their ghoulish heroes on their favorite magazine covers. His film monster portrait art of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. the Phantom of the Opera, and countless others graced the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland from 1960 until the end of Warren’s publication in 1985.    His intense colour and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a unique sense of drama and sophistication to these iconic characters.

In this episode of Monsterama, Elvira takes us on a journey back to those days when Basil Gogos’ artwork beckoned to us from the magazine racks like sone ghoulish siren calling us into the wonderful world of Horrorwood Karloffornia. Enjoy:

Collecting Basil Gogos Artwork

Basil is still with us and has kept much of his artwork within the family.  While original paintings from the Famous Monsters era are quite hard to come by, some of his more recent work from the 1990s and 2000s are available here at Artnet – price available on request.  Good luck!

Limited edition lithographs signed by Basil are currently available on eBay for $100 each.  Here’s the Bela as Dracula version:

Basil Gogos Lithograph Bela Lugosi as Dracula

 

Basil returned to monster magazine covers in the 1990s painting the covers for Monsterscene magazine:
Monster Scene Journal Magazine #1

He also painted the Universal Monsters commemorative stamps series for the U.S. Postal service:
   Classic Movie Monsters Collectible Stamp 32 Cent Sheet

In 2005, Kerry Gammil penned this fantastic book featuring full-colour reproductions of Basil Gogos’ artwork as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings:

Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos

Do you have a favorite Famous Monster cover by Basil?  Share the issue # with us and we’ll compile a gallery of our readers’ favorites.