Available for Pre-Order from Entertainment Earth: From his gnarly teeth to his intense three-eyed gaze, Marty makes for one unique B-movie monster, and at around 16-inches tall, he makes for one unique bust, too. If you’re a B-movie fan, you’ll want to get the Day the World Ended Marty Three Eyed Mutant Bust to add to your collection. Think about how cool he’ll look next to your TV on B-Movie Night! Limited edition of 250 pieces.
This exquisitely rendered kit was manufactured by the legendary Billiken company exclusively in Japan in the late 1980s near the beginning of the garage kit craze and comes fully assembled and meticulously hand-painted by noted kitbuilder Bill Craft of Craftbeast Designs.
This over 11 inch tall polystone prepainted statue comes with 4 different arms, 2 Flying Mind Control Units, a base and a nameplate. She comes in a four color printed box with assembly instructions included on the side panel. They are limited to 100 world wide and only 6 are left.
These public domain magazine reprints from Golden Age Reprints and UP History and Hobby are reproduced from actual classic comics, and sometimes reflect the imperfection of books that are decades old. These books are constantly updated with the best version available
Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 9
Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy Vinyl Figure
It seems I’ve been exploring the intersection of iconic monsters and horrible movies in recent posts. In last week’s Classic Movie Poster post, I profiled 1958’s Attack of the 50 Foot Woman – a bad movie with an iconic and timeless poster.
As we continue to review 2014 Rondo Awards nominees for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, today’s featured collectible certainly fits the bill for iconic monster/bad movie as we take a look at Sputnik Supplies original creation Ro-Boy.
Ro-Boy is a unique blend of the classic Big Boy restaurant mascot
with the infamous Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 from the campy, not-so-classic 1953 B-movie Robot Monster:
Sputnik Supplies is the brainchild of artist Paul Schiola who explains the inspiration behind his creations as:
“My love for vinyl toys and sculpting led me in a direction where I could meld the two and produce a truly collectible toy…make small runs of cool, unique and truly collectible vinyl-like toys; each one is an individual work of art and is always handmade by me here in the U.S.A.”
Ro-Man Extension XJ-2is the titular monster and/or alien from The Robot Monster, a film with such a low budget that they used a gorilla suit because they didn’t have the budget for a full robot suit.
It’s worth noting that the lack of budget and resulting gorilla/robot mash-up is the singular reason this film remains in the popular culture–it certainly isn’t the movie itself!
Paul offers these limited edition figures @ $85 which includes shipping.
I love this figure. Of all the nominees in the Rondo Awards category for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, it the only original creation.
While I love licensed merchandise, and am awed by the incredible life-like detail of many models, maquettes and even action figures of today, there is something magical about the discovery of a toy that isn’t from a movie, comic or TV show.
As a kid, it always felt like discovering something uniquely mine. Obviously, a mass-produced plastic toy wasn’t uniquely mine, but the feeling was pure and joyful just the same. I think it is one of the original draws I felt to monsters and genre movies in general– the fantastic and original creations of the artists and filmmakers were magical to me and, I suspect, most other monster kids.
I really appreciate that, while inspired by a rather infamous movie monster/alien, Ro-Boy is a creation of the artist’s imagination–and a hand-painted, handmade one at that.
The price point is steep, as it is for most of the nominees in this category. But, given that this is really a work of pop culture art and is clearly NOT a toy, I’m okay with $85. I imagine that price will only go up once Sputnik Supply sells the original inventory and it winds up on the secondary market.
The Robot Monster
Speaking of the movie that inspired Ro-Boy, I watched it last night on Amazon Prime as I was drafting this article. Honestly, I can’t say for sure if I had ever seen this film in its entirety.
My thoughts? This movie is so bad it’s good! It’s not going on my list of favorite films anytime soon, and I love 1950s B-movie SciFi camp. If you haven’t seen it, it really is good fun and worth a little over an hour of your time.
You can stream it for free with an Amazon Prime membership: (click image to watch movie)
or you can watch it for free onYouTube:
So what do you think of Ro-Boy? Any Sputnik Supplies aficionados out there? And The Robot Monster? Share your opinions about this movie and the collectible toy it inspired below!
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