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’s line of resin kits are available in three styles:
Bronze finish $159
Signature Series Fully Painted & Detailed by Ape Mania artists $275
The Company the Made Monsters out of Monster Kids for Generations!
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.
Collecting Don Post Masks
We’ll be featuring much more about Don Post masks soon, but with Halloween approaching:
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:
One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Franchises Ever and All Its Cool Toys!
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:
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
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.