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(Toy Fair 2018) Super7 Debuts New Universal Monsters & Planet of the Apes Collections

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Super7 is best known for resurrecting the legendary 3.75 inch action figures in the retro Kenner-style and a fan-fave with many classic monster collectors for it’s original run of Universal Monsters figures released while ReAction was licensed by Funko.

Well, based on what Super7 just showcased at Toy Fair 2018, they are embracing our childhood nostalgia in toto with a slew of cool new products that hit us Monster Kids right in the nostalgia sweet spot.

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One of the gripes some folks had with the original collection of UniMonster ReAction figures was the sculpt quality was just a little too much like the original Kenner Star Wars figures, meaning not very good.  Well, that will not be a concern this time around based on the prototypes on display of The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy.  Packaging was features for updates of the Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein as well as two cool new additions in the Metaluna Mutant and Mole People. We did  get a look at the Mutant prototype and it is absolutely glorious!

But the Universal Monsters licenses gets way more interesting with these new seasonal collections set to debut late summer 2018:

Super Soapys

One of my all time favorite classic monster lines is the Colgate Palmolive Super Soaky soap bottles from the 1960s.  Super7 is releasing an expanded collection with all new sculpts that pay direct tribute to those amazing  bath products of yesteryear with their new “Super Soapy” collection releasing in time for Halloween 2018:

Super7 Super Soakys Universal Monsters
image courtesy Paul Schiola of Sputnik Supplies 

The new collection includes the iconic Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Creature and Mummy with updated molds and adds the Invisible Man, Bride and Metaluna Mutant. As you can see in the picture above, they even had a collection of the original Colgate figures on hand to showcase the homage they’re paying.

Super Buckets

new molds for buckets to used while Trick or Treating or just nifty displays.

Super7 Super Buckets 2018

Super7 Universal Monsters Halloween Buckets 2018

Tumblers

Super7 Universal Monsters Tumblers

Puzzles

Super7 Universal Monsters Puzzles 2018

50th Anniversary Planet of the Apes

While Super7 debuted a Planet of the Apes collection last year, they have stepped up their game in a big way in honor of the 50th Anniversary of POTA with this upcoming line of 3.75-inch ReAction classic POTA figures set to release in April 2018:

Super7 Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary

But they didn’t stop there, Super7 also revealed unpainted prototypes for Wave 2, which is due late summer 2018:

Super7 Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Wave 2

This set includes a couple of deep dives like Urko from the TV show, astronaut Cornelius and a fantastic Lawgiver statue. And the mutant comes with a removable face!

I think its safe to say that Super7 has dialed up the nostalgia factor to eleven for all us Monster Kids and done so in a manner that pays respect to the classics they are renewing. While I tend to focus my personal collection on vintage items, I plan to stock pile as much as this new Super7 collection as I can get my grubby monster-loving claws on this Halloween season. What are your thoughts, monster collectors? Love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 21: Ape-Mania

FX Artist’s Tribute to the Planet of the Apes

Brian Penikas and Ape-Mania Staff

Brian Penikas is a talented practical effects artist best known for his design of the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers.  Like many modern make-up artists in Hollywood, Penikas fell in love with practical effects thanks to the magical work of his predecessors.  For Brian, it was John Chambers‘ brilliant work for the original Planet of the Apes films  that set Brian on his career path.

This episode takes a look at Ape Mania, Brian’s tribute company that honors the work of John Chambers and the seminal science fiction franchise, The Planet of the Apes.  Since 1996, Brian and his crew have been making film-quality PoTA replica props, masks and memorabilia as well s appearances at events.

Planet of the Apes was one of my formative Monster Kid events as a youngster and it’s great to see professionals honoring their own influences and keeping us modern monster kids well stocked with museum-quality collectibles.

Watch the episode here:

Ape Mania Collectibles

Apemania.com is still the place to go to see their officially licensed merchandise.  The site hasn’t been updated in quite a while and many of the products are quoted price, but it’s well worth a visit to check out the full line of products as well as a great link resource page for other Ape-related websites.

Ape-Mania resin kits

Ape Mania’s line of resin kits are available in three styles:

  • Unpainted $135
  • Bronze finish $159
  • Signature Series Fully Painted & Detailed by Ape Mania artists $275
  • Available at Apemania.com

Lawgiver Statue Replica Bust by Ape-Mania

Lawgiver Bust

Latex masks: Check out this thread dedicated to Ape Mania masks at The Halloween Mask Association.

Anyone have Ape Mania products in their collection? We’d love to see some pics! Share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us and we’ll feature them here in a future post.

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 15 – Don Post Studios

The Company the Made Monsters out of Monster Kids for Generations!

Hollywood Horrors Don Post Studios Ad

As a kid, the Captain Co. ads in the back of Famous Monsters of Filmland were every bit as fascinating to me as the pictures and articles in the magazine.  Perhaps more so.  Because seeing the movies that were featured in the magazine each month was a crap shoot based on whatever was playing on TV and my ability to convince my parents to let me watch them when they did come on.  But the merchandise was within my grasp.  Though my allowance was meager, I made sure that these ads were front and center with my mom come birthday and Christmas time.  Sometimes, it even worked.

This is a shared experience with Monster Kids throughout the 60s and 70s and perhaps no ads were more want-inducing than those featuring the masks of Don Post Studios.

This episode of Monsterama takes us back to the beginning of this mask making enterprise and brings us all the way to the current time  – with Halloween approaching, there’s no better company to celebrate than Don Post Studios.

Enjoy:

Collecting Don Post Masks

We’ll be featuring much more about Don Post masks soon, but with Halloween approaching:

Click here are the current eBay listings for Don Post Studios Masks

Click here for current Etsy listings for Don Post Studios Masks

To read more about collecting Don Post Masks, and monster masks in general, I highly recommend The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks – let them know you found them through us of course!


 

Special Announcement!

DON-CON is COMING

Anyone in the Southern California region with an interest in Don Post Studios has to check out the upcoming Don-Con on November 7-8, 2015 in Burbank, CA.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the transcendent Don Post Studios, who started it all.

Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets:
Don Con 2015 Celebrating Don Post Studios

(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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