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A little over a year ago, I posted a piece here about an upcoming set of retro-styled Alien-themed action figures. Now, while Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 film has spawned numerous figures and other collectibles through the years, what made these particular items noteworthy is that they were based upon prototypes created by iconic toy manufacturer Kenner in 1979 for a proposed Alien toy line that was never produced.
Well, these “lost toys” have now since been released, and they are pretty darn fantastic.
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.
I’ve long been a huge fan of the The Phantom of the Opera — or more precisely, the early filmic versions of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel. To me, Lon Chaney’s ghastly, skull-like visage and fantastically grand performance as mad composer Erik in the original 1925 version was as close to perfection as one could get, with Claude Rains’ elegantly malevolent portrayal of the Phantom in the 1945 remake and Herbert Lom’s melancholy characterization (this time named Professor Petrie) in Hammer’s 1962 version also being worthy of praise.
So, in recognition of this month’s Phantom of the Opera cover story, I thought I would take the opportunity to unmask some of the various Phantom collectibles I have hidden away in my collection. Enjoy!
This week marks the birthdays of three men who made a profound impact on my life growing up: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. What’s remarkable about this is that there is just one day difference between the birthdays of these three masters of the macabre: Cushing’s birthday was yesterday, May 26; while Lee and Price’s are today, May 27. And while it’s been nearly 20 years since Vincent Price and Peter Cushing have left us, Sir Christopher Lee is – at 89 years of age – still going strong and seemingly more in demand than ever for film roles.
So, to pay tribute to these legendary titans of terror, I thought I would showcase some pieces here of my collection of Lee, Cushing and Price and memorabilia.
As its been a bit of a long slog since last summer’s Fan Expo, I’m finding myself a little antsy to get out and take in a convention. If you’re like me however, and don’t want to wait till August to pick up a new horror or monster collectible, there’s the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con taking place this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre.
With the passing of Dino De Laurentiis late last week, the film world lost one of its most innovative, visionary and audacious individuals. Working alongside some of cinema’s greatest directors – Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, Mario Bava, David Lynch and David Cronenberg – to name just a few, he produced more than 150 films, many within the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Thirty-two years ago this week, a certain little indie film called Halloween was first released to theatres. Making its premiere in Kansas City on October 25th, 1978, John Carpenter’s low-budget tale of a homicidal maniac who escapes from a psychiatric institution and returns to his hometown where he stalks a trio of teenaged girls would go on to break box-office records and become one of horrordom’s most iconic films. So, to celebrate the film’s 32nd birthday, here’s a look at some of the collectibles Halloween and its sequels have inspired.
In honor of both Rue Morgue’s 13th Anniversary Halloween Issue and Psycho’s 50th bloodstained birthday, I thought it the perfect time to present a guided look at some of the many collectible items that have been spawned from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the macabre and the Robert Bloch novel that preceded it.
The annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is paradise for collectors of horror and monster-related toys and from what I’ve seen online, this year’s event was no exception. As I was unable to attend the show, I asked RM Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander if he would pick me up this set of figures over there based on the creepy 60s TV soap opera Dark Shadows. The creation of a brand new toy company named Spectre Toys this first wave of just-released 8-inch figures consists of reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, evil witch Angelique Bouchard (responsible for putting a curse of vampirism on poor Barnabas) and a Comic-Con exclusive: the tragic werewolf character Chris Jennings.