So there weren’t a lot of funerals at the cemetery this week and I had little to do, so I started surfing the ‘ole Interweb to discover new and fascinating things for all you little ghoulies. I’ll be surprised if any of you actually read this crap, I don’t even like proofreading it myself. But this beats out that damn farming game on Facebook, and that other game with the damn falling candy, so…okay maybe it doesn’t. Well you’ve invested a minute of your time already you might as well continue down the disappointment highway and read the rest of my blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah….
Talking Freddy Krueger Doll 1989
With a ban by parents group “American Family Association” at the height of the Nightmare on Elm Street popularity was the talking Freddy Krueger doll. (It’s like if they didn’t want their kids to have it, how about they just don’t buy it for them?) Made by the Matchbox Company who at the time was trying to branch out rather continuing their losing battle against Hot Wheels, the doll said the following:
- “Hi I’m Freddy.”
- “Let’s be friends.”
- “Wah-hahahaha-hah!” (Laughing)
- “Pleasant dreams.”
- “Welcome to Elm Street.”
- “Watch out, Freddy’s back!”
There is a small surplus still around so they are not considered “rare”, but they are a favorite among collectors. Most exist without a box since kids loved to tear into them. A loose doll will run around $30-$50 and one in a good shape box will fetch $75-$90.
Madballs by Amtoy 1987
With repulsive names that went well with their repulsive features, these foam balls could be used for anything that a kid would need a ball for. (On a personal note, don’t leave them in a duffle bag in a hot attic for about 6 years. That doesn’t work out too well. ) These were made in two editions with the first being the most sought after by collectors. The most popular one that is not featured in this set was Oculus Orbus, the oversized eyeball with a bad infection. What kid didn’t want to play with a ball that featured a face licking its own eyeball while its brain was exposed? These were so popular worldwide that many companies started producing knockoffs made of rubber that required the owner to fill with air on a weekly basis much like a basket ball. Loose and in good condition they can fetch up to $10 each, in a package (a rare find) they can see $25 and up.
Aurora Addams Family House Model Kit
The Aurora Plastics Corporation was first launched in the 60s and featured models ranging from planes, cars, and even popular television characters at the time. Smack in the heart of the “Monster Kid” generation, Aurora’s claim to profits came from making models of Universal Monsters (plus 13 more non-Universal monsters) and this highly rare find, Addams Family Haunted House kit. The kit allowed for levers to allow “3D” ghosts to move in front of the windows or the owner could place the cardboard cutout of one of the Addams family in the windows. This set was re-released in 1995 (like much of the other monster figures by Moebius Co.) with similar features, however finding one still in the box with pieces still attached to the plastic tree, yeah, good luck with that. This item goes for about $250 and up depending on the shape, box, and if you still have the instructions.
Frito Lays MPC Mini Monsters 1960s
Even the potato chip companies decided to cash in on the Monster Kid generation. If cereal can put toys at the bottom of the box (remember that?) than why can’t potato chips? Eight different monster molds in four colors and glow in the dark material were released. Harry Scary (the werewolf), Batty Bertha (witch), Slew Foot (Frankenstein), Few Manchu (the Opera Phantom), Cool Ghoul (the Reaper), Mad Mummy (self explanatory), Bony Tony (skeleton), and Gay Blade (an executioner…not really sure how that name came about). These figures were like the green army men and due to a lack of doing anything; they really challenged a child’s imagination. BEWARE OF FALSE REPRODUCTIONS! These items are cheap to reproduce. The real ones are molded to a base with a circular cutout in the middle for the production at the time. Newer ones had better technology and aren’t manufactured with a base. These can sell for up to $8 a piece and the glow in the dark ones for $12-$15.
You still here? Seriously? Why?
Well I hope you found something you like. I did but I didn’t see anything of value quite enough that Mrs. Rasputin could sell for a Louis Vuitton when I croak. Hmm…better keep looking.
So until you call on the dark, blah blah blah blah blah.
Rev. Renfield Rasputin
Renfield Rasputin currently resides at 1313 Mockingbird Lane with his dog Cujo, and works a day job at SkyNet. When he grows up he wants to be a Terminator T-1000.