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Cryptic Collectibles: Retro “Kenner-Styled” ALIEN Figures to be Released!

on February 1, 2013 | Leave a comment

I’m a huge fan of the 1979′s Alien. To me, Ridley Scott’s classic shocker is the perfect marriage between sci-fi and horror and I still remember being memorized as a seven-year-old by the film’s pulse pounding television ad spots when they aired during the film’s original theatrical run. I was finally able to watch the film a few years later when it was broadcast on pay TV station First Choice-Superchannel back in the early 1980s. And I’ve been enamoured with it ever since.

So, it’s no wonder that I’m happy to have stumbled across news (of which I unfortunately missed out on when it was first announced a while back) that California-based toy and collectibles company Super7 will be marketing a line of retro-styled, 3 3/4-inch Alien action figures sometime this year. What makes this series so special though is that the figures will be styled exactly like the prototypes created by legendary toy manufacturer Kenner back in the late ’70s for an unrealized Alien toy line. Adding a nice touch is that the figures will come packaged on retro-styled blister cards featuring vintage 1979 Kenner artwork.

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Cryptic Collectibles: New WALKING DEAD TV Series Action Figures!

on October 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

With the third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead now upon us, there’s probably no better time to post a few images from the soon-to-be released second series of TWD action figures from McFarlane Toys. Due to hit stores at the end of this month, this new wave consists of Deputy Rick Grimes, a shaved-headed Shane Walsh and three walkers: the memorable Bicycle Girl Zombie, the bloated Well Zombie and the RV Zombie.

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Cryptic Collectibles: New Night of the Living Dead Action Figures!

on May 31, 2012 | Leave a comment

Back in 2008, Emce Toys released the first wave of retro-styled action figures based upon characters from George A. Romero’s immortal 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. Comprised of Ben and the “Graveyard Zombie,” the 8-inch tall figures were created in the style of classic Mego dolls from the 1970s, and featured articulated bodies, cloth outfits and nicely sculpted rubber heads of actors Duane Jones and Bill Hinzman. They were even packaged in resealable clear clamshells, featuring artwork by Harold Schull, who originally created the beautiful illustrations for such classic Mego offerrings as its Star Trek and Planet of the Apes lines.

Now, after a delay of several years, the series’ second wave of figures is finally being made available: terrified Barbra and little zombified Karen Cooper.

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Cryptic Collectibles: A Look at STRANGE PARADISE Memorabilia!

on May 14, 2012 | 6 Comments

In addition to my Dark Shadows coverage for this month’s issue of Rue Morgue, I was fortunate enough to be able to write a piece on the obscure Canadian TV series Strange Paradise – a program which was actually created to take advantage of the success of the monster-filled DS. A fantastically offbeat show featuring supernatural elements like voodoo, reincarnation, witchcraft and demonic possession, it ran here in Canada weekday afternoons (on the CBC, believe it or not) from October 1969 to July 1970. Though never to enjoy the same level of popularity as Dark Shadows, Strange Paradise did spawn a few pieces of memorabilia, some of which I thought I’d showcase here.

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Cryptic Collectibles: Five Decades of DARK SHADOWS Memorabilia!

on May 7, 2012 | 19 Comments

Though it’s been 41 years since the cult daytime drama Dark Shadows originally left the airwaves, the coffin never really remained shut on vampire Barnabas Collins and the show’s cast of other creepy characters. Between spinoff movies, syndicated repeats on television, yearly fan conventions, a 1991 remake series, merchandise and numerous home video releases, interest in the gothic sudser has remained strong throughout the decades.

To celebrate the May issue of Rue Morgue and our coverage of both the original 1966-71 television classic and the soon-to-be released film version from Tim Burton (out this Friday, May 11), here is a look at some of the various Dark Shadows collectibles that have been produced over the past 46 years.

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Cryptic Collectibles: New Edgar Allan Poe Bobblehead!

on April 30, 2012 | Leave a comment

Okay, so you’ve seen The Raven when it opened this past weekend and were so impressed with John Cusack’s performance as Edgar Allan Poe that it made you feel like perhaps picking up a new item to add to your collection of Poe memorabilia. If so, might I suggest the new Edgar Allan Poe bobblehead from Funko.

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Wizard World Toronto Comic Con On This Weekend

on April 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

If you’re in the Toronto area this weekend and want a chance to pick up a new (or vintage) horror collectible and see some of your favourite television, film, wrestling and comic book celebrities, you might want to head down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which runs tomorrow and Sunday.

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Shirt Punch Occupies Atlanta

on January 31, 2012 | 3 Comments

“What is Shirt Punch?” you say?
Is that when someone jerseys you by flipping your T-shirt over your head, smashing you in the face and laughing manically as you stumble around?
Not quite. It’s actually a new site that offers pop-culture-themed T-shirts with the twist that a new design is offered daily and only available for 24 hours. Tomorrow’s design is aimed squarely at fans of The Walking Dead, as you can see, and we’ve got the exclusive sneak peek.

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Cryptic Collectibles: NEW WALKING DEAD TV SERIES ACTION FIGURES!

on November 29, 2011 | 6 Comments

With The Walking Dead’s heart-rending mid-season finale having just aired Sunday night, I thought it the perfect time to let fans know (if they don’t already) about a fantastic line of TV series-inspired 6-inch figures that will soon be hitting stores. Series One will be comprised of four offerings: Deputy Rick Grimes, fan-favourite Daryl Dixon and two flesh-eaters: the Zombie Walker and Zombie Biter.

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Bikini! Zombies!! Calendar!!! Contest!!!!

on November 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

Zoinks, Scoob’! The folks behind the Year of the Dead calendar, featuring zombie babes in beachwear, are giving away five of their 2012 calendars, so you can tack one up at home or at work and get disapproving looks all year around. If this appeals to your sick bastard sensibilities, all you have to do is the following:

Send an email to theyearofthedead@gmail.com with the subject line Year of the Dead/Rue Morgue contest and tell ‘em your idea for a future Year of the Dead zombie babe photo shoot. For example: “I’d like to see an undead beach babe in a deck chair sipping brains out of some guy’s skull like it was a piña colada.” Or, “Show me a trio of zombie girls washing a hot rod with bloody water.”

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