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“They Live” Spinature From Waxwork Records is Here to Kick Ass

Friday, June 18, 2021 | Cryptic Collectibles


A scathing commentary on unfettered consumerism, Regan-era politics, and subjugation of the blue-collar worker, John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic THEY LIVE was poorly received by critics upon its release but has grown in popularity over the decades and is now considered a prescient work for its perspective on unchecked capitalism and the mistreatment of the working class by large corporate entities.

For decades there had been no licensed THEY LIVE merchandise produced, save for home video releases and a soundtrack of the score (with music by Carpenter and frequent collaborator, Alan Howarth) on LP, CD, and cassette. In the past few years that began to change, with the marketing of such items as over-the-head rubber masks and 3 ¾ and 8-inch figures. One of the latest collectibles is a fantastic bust-like sculpture of one of the film’s most iconic aliens – the Politician – from soundtrack label Waxwork Records.

Standing four inches tall, this highly detailed piece – dubbed a “Spinature” – depicts the television-savvy statesman with perfectly coiffed hair in all his ghoulish glory: blue skin with red sinewy bits, exposed gums, and striking, bug-like metallic eyes. The sculpting in the face, hair, hands, and suit is fantastic, and the piece is very well painted. There is a hole in the bottom of the Spinature that allows it to be placed on the spindle of your turntable, and you can watch the Politician grin fiendishly while you spin your favourite albums. Housed in a nicely designed window box, it’s a great, unique collectible for THEY LIVE and John Carpenter fans.

The THEY LIVE Politician is one of eight Spinatures available from the Waxwork website, with other releases consisting of Michael Myers from Halloween II, the Witch, Skull and Jack-o-Lantern masked children from Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and several of the Universal Monsters.

All Spinatures are presently on sale on the Waxwork website for $12 each (that is 50% off their original SRP of $24) until June 30th.


James Burrell has been fascinated with monsters and all things scary since the age of three. Growing up in Toronto during the 1970s and ‘80s, he fed his insatiable appetite for horror with a steady diet of Hilarious House of Frightenstein and Saturday afternoon TV matinees of Universal, Hammer and Amicus flicks - all while eating too many bowls of Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry. An avid collector of monster figures, model kits, vintage board games, tie-in novels, records, comics and movie posters, James continues to search for that next item to add to his eclectic and ever-growing collection of horror ephemera. He is the recipient of the 2010 Rondo Classic Horror Award for Best Interview, for his feature on Sir Christopher Lee that appeared in Rue Morgue’s 100th issue and penned two volumes in The Rue Morgue Library.