Just saw this on eBay. Surprised they didn't include a more sizable backdrop: like a castle with broken battlements, you know, surrounded by a lagoon, with a nice creepy cemetery. Check out the other stand up stories playsets they listed on the enclosed sheet.
Someone recently sold this on eBay. What's cool about this (and, hey, if you're a monsterkid who played with one of these, that was way cool, too) is the graphic on the box cover: who says horror's just for the boys? I miss the more tactile pleasures of monster play. Don't you? Molding, painting, model kit building, it was fun. I still vividly remember that night my dad brought home an Aurora Wolf Man model. The long box was tied with string. He built it while I watched. I was too young at the time to build it myself. Of course, I would do a lot of model kit building later on as I got older. But that was the first time I'd seen a plastic model. And it was another step closer to becoming a monsterkid.
Spotted this on eBay. Mattel's Bats in Your Belfry is one of the quintessential games monsterkids played with, and lament not having held on to. Here's a description for newbies from a Hake's auction.
Main portion of game consists of 15" tall molded plastic castle w/spring-loaded launchpad that would toss any of the 24 included plastic "Vampire Bats" into the sky. Object of the game was to drop one of the two included heavy metal balls into castle to activate spring-loaded mechanism and catch as many bats as possible w/the two provided plastic skeleton hand scoops. Castle has exterior pegs to hold bats and comes w/eight "Diet Tokens," plastic discs w/monster face on one side and either "Vampire Bats" or "Giant Bats" text on reverse. Game is for up to four players and comes w/four pegged racks to place your bats on.
I picked this up on Ebay a while back. It's that kind of item that's so exciting, but you're the only one who thinks so, so it goes for dirt cheap. Colorful monster illustrations depicting La Horripicasa De Los Monsters make this a fun game board for monsterkids to play on (young and old, but I think the older ones will appreciate it more ;). I wonder what the playing pieces look like or if it came with playing cards.
Seller chancchabhnclv has this up for auction on eBay. Although, at zero feedback and an asking price of $850.00, I doubt he (or she) is going to get many bites. But this Robby the Robot knock-off by Nomura is a fondly remembered toy from my youth. I still have a strong memory of my mom and I walking down 86th Street in Brooklyn to a small, hole in the wall, toy store. I was maybe 5 years old. Inside the store, behind the counter that ran the length of the store, the man had all these wonderful metal robot toys from Japan. This one, the Mechanized Robot, caught my eye and wouldn't let it go. It was Robby! Even the clear plastic dome showed his memory pistons all moving and lighted up as he walked! I took Robby home and spent hours watching him walk around while those memory pistons pumped up and down. He was even more awesome in the dark (see the YouTube video at the end of this post: how cool is that!)
Sadly, over time, my Robby toy didn't grow up along with me. I don't remember what happened to him. My bad. But I still remember him. (Note: I added two photos that show the unique battery position and a side view, taken by vintagespacetoys.com.)
I love seeing monsters and elements of the fantastique used in advertising. This one is rather an odd but pleasantly cheeky promotion for Benylin. Must have been a monsterkid on their marketing team that came up with this one ;) And to think, this was #1 in a series!
From seller phxsunny's listing: "Here is a very rare Mailer Advertisement promotion by Parke Davis for Benylin Medicine in the 1980's. The ad promotion was called "How to treat a monster" and these Monstrous Mailers were sent with a Benylin Monster wind up Toy (which still works) and probably a bottle of Benylin. (No Benylin comes with this auction) Only for the products shown."
Seller frankenkid offers this artful Horror House Paint and Pencil playset (Hasbro) from 1963. And only for $1,999.99 starting bid; you should get right on it. I dare you to bring it to one of those coloring book parties adults are doing these days. (I also added a photo from crabmonk's Cool Vintage Monster Toys collection on eBay)
From seller kingtoys comes this Munsters Coloring Book by Whitman. Love the cover. And for 29 cents you get 128 pages to color. I hear there are coloring books designed for grown-ups now, filled with more complex and artistic line art to color. I heard they were the biggest sellers, book-wise, in France. Sure, any excuse to be a kid again. Oui?
I'd buy this for the box alone! Look at that eye-popping illustration! I can already hear today's parents moaning and bitching about it in the aisles of TRU, in spite of it saying it's "an exciting hobby for the whole family." I don't get it, though. I know you're growing plants, but how the "face" part comes in, I'm not clear on. Looks like the box is missing the "decorator kit."