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Universal Monsters & Super 7 BOOdega at Comic-Con

Super 7 Expands Licensing with Universal with Loads of SDCC Exclusives

Super 7 Boodega SDCC 2018

Super7 always pulls out all the stops for San Diego Comic-Con and this year will be a Monster Kid’s delight!

In collaboration with the legendary Universal Monsters, Super7 announced that the abomination will begin after sunset on Friday, July 20. The location will be changed into a “monstore”, where attendees who still by will be treated to haunting exclusives and “spine-tingling special things created especially for this horrifying event”.

The store will feature exclusive release of items available only at the Boodega event: Unique versions of the Wave 1 Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Figures:

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure exclusives SDCC 2018

SDCC exclusive ReAction Metaluna Mutant

SDCC exclusive ReAction Mummy

SDCC exclusive ReAction Wolfman

Exclusive limited edition signed and numbered prints by artist Ed Repka:

Frankenstein Print Ed Repka

Bride of Frankenstein Print Ed RepkaMummy Print Ed RepkaCreature Print Ed Repka

Other items will only be available at the Boodega:

Universal Monsters Enamel Pins Super 7Universal Monsters Pennants Super 7Super 7 Frankenstein Lighter

Super 7 Universal Monsters Soda

In addition , Super 7 will offer up an extremely limited edition shoe collaboration with Saucony as well as a new line of apparel:

Super 7 Universal Monsters T-Shirt

Super 7 Metaluna Mutant T-Shirt

Super 7 Frankenstein T-Shirt

Super 7 Creature Crew

The San Diego Super7 Store is located at701 8th Avenue SD California 92101.

Universal Monsters Boodega Hours:
Friday – July 20th: 5:00pm to Midnight
Saturday – July 21st: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday – July 22nd: 11:00am to 5:00pm

No SDCC badge is needed to visit the Boodega and it will be open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

I’m expecting a complete sell out of this merchandise at SDCC, so the only way to get your paws on this stuff will be through the reseller market and I would expect items to be popping up on eBay the same weekend.

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Monster Cereal Mascots Go Geeky Tiki

General Mills Monster Cereal Tiki Set Coming Soon From Beeline Creative

Monster Cereal GeekiTiki Set

The company behind last year’s Universal Monsters tiki mugs, Beeline Creative, is taking breakfast to a whole new level with this new set of General Mills Monster Cereal Tiki Mugs.

These mugs are available for pre-order now at Entertainment Earth.

Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry – General Mills’ beloved cereal monster mascots- are combined with the unique stylization seen in traditional Tiki culture in these 3 one-of-a-kind 18 to 22-ounce ceramic mugs. They’re top-shelf dishwasher and microwave safe.

Count Chocula Tiki Mug

Count Chocula Tiki Mug

Frankenberry Tiki Mug

Frankenberry Tiki Mug

Boo Berry Tiki MugBoo Berry Tiki Mug

These mugs will first be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. You can pre-order the complete set now at Entertainment Earth for $60. If supplies remain after the show, your order will be filled and shipped to you then, in August 2018.

My guess is that these will sell out at Comic-Con but I also think Beeline will produce more based on pre-orders at Entertainment Earth. So I think it is a risk worth taking though it may take longer to get them then August or September. Us collectors are used to being patient and if you’re like me, you really can’t live without these in your collection.

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Collecting Monsters @ San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Finding Monsters Amidst the Mayhem

San Diego Comic-Con 2017

 

Obviously, San Diego Comic-Con has a much broader pop culture and  entertainment focus than Monster Bash or Monsterpalooza, so seeking out new and interesting classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia takes a bit of effort. Well, your roving reporter with an eye for magnificent –and not-so-magnificent — Imagi-movie memorabilia was on the job!

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is unlike almost every other Comic-Con in that it is, first and foremost, a Hollywood marketing event. It’s focus is on the blockbuster film franchises and licensed product associated with the big brands in entertainment.  There remains a small resilient group of vendors selling vintage product, including **gasp** comic books, but most of the real estate is dominated by big pop culture brand names such as Hasbro, DC, Marvel and such.

In spite of that, I found quite a bit to interest us Monster Kids and collectors of classic genre film memorabilia.  Read on and see if you agree with assessment from the world’s largest gathering of geek culture….

Entertainment Earth

I’m a big fan of the folks at EE, and have partnered with them to promote their exclusive monster kid merchandise in the past.  The were kind enough to take me on a tour of their current product offering and we’re working on some fun exclusives down the line.  Here are the highlights from my visit:

Twilight Zone Action Figures

The Twilight Zone 3 3/4 inch Action Figures by BiffBangPow are black and white works of art. I love the Kenner-esque simplicity of their design. And yet, unlike those wonderful early Kenner figures, the characters are instantly recognizable with quality face sculpts. My favorite are the Dummie Jerry and Willie if for no other reason than it’s one of my all-time favorite episodes.

Prices on these figures range from $9.99 to $11.99 and are in-stock at Entertainment Earth should you want to add these to your collection.

KISS Dynasty Action Figures

Another 3 3/4 action figure line by BiffBangPow is the KISS collection. While some might argue that a rock band falls outside the purview of this website, any 1970s Monster Kid would beg to differ. KISS was the soundtrack to many of our childhoods and their kabuki mask/super hero/monster make-up personas fit right into our Monster Kid lifestyle Each set features the iconic rock band in costumes from specific tours.  The 1979 Dynasty tour is pictured above. EE also offered convention-exclusives:

Ghoulsville by Retro-a-Go-Go

Ghoulsville Retro-a-go-go

One of the most refreshing modern/vintage combinations is the revival of the classic Ben Cooper Halloween brand. Through licensing deals, like the giant handcrafted vacuum mold masks that debuted for Halloween 2016 by the cool retro-design RetroaGoGo.com.

I was thrilled to see Retro-a-Go-Go with a booth at SDCC this year, entirely focused on their monster products! They debuted Series 2 of their Ben Cooper Vintage Halloween Mask Line, including this super cool glow-in-the-dark Graveyard Ghost:

Grave Digger Retro-a-go-go

I was also blown away by the great prints featuring our favorite monsters like this one, titled “Monster-Rama” by artist P’gosh who also designed the blow-mold masks above. Prints available soon at Pgosh.com

Monster-rama Poster Ghoulsville

I did quite a bit of social posting while on the floor at Comic-con and the item that had the most responses was this awesome T-Shirt, also available online at Retroagogo.com:

Monster Freak T-shirt Retro-a-go-go

One of my favorite collections from the entire Con, is this new set of enamel pins based off the Ben Cooper mask collection. They come in their own tiny little display boxes and I added the whole set to my personal collection! They were selling like hotcakes at Comic-Con so I’d be surprised if they didn’t see out.  But keep an eye out for them to appear soon on their website retroagogo.com

Ben Cooper Monster Enamel Pins

Famous Monsters of Filmland

In stark contrast to the wonderful, nostalgic fun of Retro-a-Go-Go, the Famous Monsters booth was depressing.  You might know that one of my most cherished collections is my first-run FMoF magazine collection. Like so many of you, Uncle Forry had a lifelong impact on me.  While part of me is glad the brand still exists, it makes me sad to see how lacking in imagination its product offering is.  Everything they do feels like a minimal-effort money-grab, and it’s a shame.  Their Comic-Con exclusive vinyl figures were flat out awful, and were really just color variants of figures available at the manufacturers booth right down the show floor:

Famous Monsters Vinyl Figures SDCC 2017

Fortunately, they still know where their bread is buttered, and classic Famous Monsters cover art and Captain Company designs are still to be found in their product offering. Nothing new here, but reliable and always worth my money:

Famous Monsters Pinbacks SDCC

Famous Monsters cover lithograph SDCC

Sideshow Collectibles

On the upper-end of collectibles, Sideshow never fails to impress with their stunning sculpts and I was glad to see some true Monster Kid fare among this year’s premiers.

Vamperella Sideshow Maquette

Vampirella Sideshow Maquette

This Vampirella statue is 10 inches tall and really captures the spirit of this iconic Warren character. She is available now for pre-order on Sideshow’s website and is expected to ship Summer 2018.

Sideshow Swamp Thing

Always great to see the Swamp Thing in any form and this massive maquette is awesome! No info on when this guy will be available for pre-order, but I was really impressed with the sculpt on this 16? inch statue! More details on Sideshow’s website.

X-Plus Gigantic Series

X-Plus Gigantics Godzilla

X-Plus Gigantics Kaiju

Vinyl kanji collecting is a very specialized sort of classic monster collecting, and one where I am certainly no expert.  I do know that X-Plus has designed some amazing figures over the years, but I don’t think they have ever released a line-up as fantastic as their Gigantic Series.  These figures are impeccably designed and reflect the different manifestations of Godzilla and his pals through the years.  These also fall into the ‘really expensive stuff’ category with prices in the $400-500 range per figure.  My favorite is the Godzilla figure from King King vs Godzilla that is available for pre-order and ships in Spring 2018.

McFarlane Toys

Mcfarlane Stranger Things Action Figures

The breakout hit for Netflix in 2016, Stranger Things is a new favorite of mine and taps the 1980s kids vs the world ethos that I grew up loving.  As usual Todd McFarlane gives us highly detailed sculpts on his 7 inch articulated action figure line debuting fall 2017.

A-Box

Facehugger SDCC

While pop culture subscription boxes are everywhere these days and usually excite me less than a re-run of the Brady Bunch, this Alien Covenant mystery box from A Box really grabbed me…  or at least the life-size replica face hugger did!

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Not a bad showing for us Monster Kids at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Stay tuned as your intrepid roving reporter continues to report on classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia for all you Monster Kids and collectors!

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New Universal Monsters Prints by Alex Ross

Acclaimed Illustrator Alex Ross Releases Monster Art for SDCC

Alex Ross Universal Monsters Print Set SDCC 2017

Chances are you’ve seen this amazing new Universal Monsters artwork by famed Marvel and DC comic book artist Alex Ross. Well, we finally know how we can get our fan hands on these prints for our collectionsThe  Alex Ross Universal Monsters Set will debut at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego starting on preview night, Wednesday, July 19th.

Alex has painted tan amazing collection of these stars of Monster Kid-dom, with each to be numbered and signed by Alex himself.

The Complete Universal Monsters Collection

The Classic Universal Monsters Collection includes 7 black and white editions. Each piece has been numbered and signed by Alex Ross with an official Certificate of Authenticity.

Frankenstein’s Monster

Alex Ross Frankenstein Print

Dracula

Alex Ross Dracula Print

The Wolf Man

Wolf Man Alex Ross Print

The Mummy

The Mummy Alex Ross Print

Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Alex Ross Print

Invisible Man

Invisible Man Alex Ross Print

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Alex Ross Print

Each piece of the edition has been numbered and is signed by Alex Ross with official Certificate of Authenticity.

Each edition is $695.00 for a 36”x24” Giclee on Canvas. Editions 1-25 are sold only as a set.

SDCC 2017 Exclusives

Alex Ross Art will be selling the portraits at San Diego Comic-Con Booth 2415.  The iconic portrait series will be made available starting Wednesday, July 19th at 6PM on a first come first serve basis.

Universal Monsters DVD Box Set Art

If you won’t be at SDCC, or the $695 price tag is a bit steep, there is more good news.

Universal is releasing all of these films this fall in collectible Steelbook cases featuring Alex’s amazing artwork on the cover. Each title will retail for about $20 and include both Blu-ray and digital HD copies. I know, I know, like any of us need another copy of these iconic films in our collection, but hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!

Frankenstein and Border of Frankenstein Steelbook Alex Ross

Wolf Man Invisible Man Steelbook Alex Ross

Mummy Dracula Steelbook Alex Ross

Creature from Black Lagoon Steelbook Alex Ross

The steenbok series is a Best Buy exclusive and releases September 12, 2017. But you can pre-order them now online.

More details on AlexRoss.com

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