Dec 18, 2014

25 Years of Hot Christmas Toys

Things have been a little quiet around here...the blog, certainly not in that "real life" place! I went to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical last weekend (based on the classic Rankin-Bass show) and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it for fans of the show. Seeing how they did Bumble was worth admission on its own.

Anyway, with Christmas/the holidays fast approaching, I thought you might enjoy a little trip down memory lane with an infographic showing the hot toys from the last 25 years. I can't believe it's been so long for some of these. Thanks to Personal Creations for the graphic!

You can see the fine print better on their site.



Dec 13, 2014

Merry Creepmas!

Whether you actively spread Creepmas fear like an infection via social media or visited the participating sites, thank you for taking part in the most wonderfully spooky time of the year!

Here are a couple of Creepmas presents to enjoy.
Click on the cover art to put them under your tree.

 Elvira's Haunted Holidays Special from 1986.
You will need a program to view cbr files, I recommend CDisplay.


Next we have a pair of audio treats guaranteed to drive your family insane with holiday cheer! These have both been out of print for some time now, which is a shame.


Monster Christmas Mash may not be as widely known as the Monster Mash, but it's a holiday gem in its own right. You owe it to yourself to listen to it at least once.


If you need even more Creepmas in your life, check out my Creepmas board on Pinterest.

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And remember, there's only 320 days til Halloween 2015!

Dec 12, 2014

Creepmas Postcards by Lar DeSouza

My wife recently ordered this awesome non-Creepmas print from Lar DeSouza.


With the print, he included a few freebie postcards that are in the Creepmas spirit.


First is Frosty the Undead Snowman. I love the tag line "It isn't the yellow snow you need to worry about." Good stuff! Why is he wearing a hockey mask? Maybe he saw the Jack Frost movies and didn't want anyone to mistake him for that.


Second is Rudolph the Red-rum Reindeer. Since Rudolph is the victim of seemingly constant bullying, this isn't the first time I've seen him out for revenge. What I do particularly enjoy is Dolly with a bazooka and the snowman head under Santa's foot.

He also has this pinup style print called Kidnapping Krampus.


If you want to get any of these, you can click on the image to go to that print.

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Dec 11, 2014

Games for Hallowe'en - Mary Blain

I am so thrilled to finally get this on the blog! I got it in mid-October but couldn't manage to post it then between all the interviews.

Games for Hallowe'en

I scored it on Ebay for less than $20 and considering how old it is, it's in really great shape. I've always been interested in the history and evolution of Halloween traditions and what better way to get a window into the past than a book?

Games for Hallowe'en_Title Page

Yes, that copyright date says 1912, this book is just over 100 years old! But what is it all about, you ask? It's broken up into three sections. The first five pages have suggestions for holding a Halloween party, including sample invitations and decorations to make.

Games for Hallowe'en_Snapdragon Game

The next 30 pages contain the games. Granted, not all of them involve igniting alcohol as part of the fun (above), but just about every game somehow relates to discovering who your true love will be or some method of foretelling the future.

Games for Hallowe'en_Riddles

The next eight pages contain riddles. According to the book, these are to keep the little ones amused while the older kids/adults play the true love/fortune telling games. They're meant to be told as riddles for people to guess the answer to, as opposed to jokes where you would say it and tell the punchline right after.

Games for Hallowe'en_Forfeit

The final five pages are forfeits. If someone refuses to take part in a game or are penalized during a game, there are a variety of things you can make them do. I think this is the early 1900's version of "I'll take the physical challenge."

There is a whole thing that is acted out, where the victim must surrender a personal belonging as collateral. One person is selected to be Justice and hands out their sentence. Some of these are riddles in themselves as the person struggles to figure out how to perform the task. And still others are there just to make the person look foolish as their penalty.

I'm hoping to find the motivation over the next year to scan all 60 pages so that I can share it with you next Halloween in its entirety.

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Dec 10, 2014

Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost Figure Set

These guys hitched a ride along with my Haunted Mansion playing cards.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Boxed

This ghostly trio are actually pretty articulate. Not that they talk (much), but they have elbow, knee, ankle, and wrist articulation which is more than the standard five points I'd expect. They have an appropriately spooky background behind them that would work just as well for them outside the box.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Box back

Oddly, the back of the box refers to them as Traveler Ghost, Skeleton Ghost, and Prisoner Ghost. I say oddly because as far as I know they are officially named Phineas, Ezra, and Gus respectively. But then I don't think a lot of the ghosts in the Mansion have proper names because they're usually just referred to as their defining trait.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Prisoner

Gus' ball and chain are attached by a small clip that goes around his ankle and it can be removed. Although he has neck articulation, he can't turn his head much due to the beard. I can't knock him for that though, it's a pretty common thing in the action figure world with beards or long hair. The loose clothing on these is interesting. It's molded from a pliable rubbery material instead of hard plastic.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Skeleton

Ezra is my favorite of the three probably because of his eternal skeletal grin. The taller figures have some torso articulation. Why they decided to put the rotation in the middle of the chest instead of the waist, I have no clue. This figure is based on the newer version of Ezra that appears in the ride, but I prefer the original version that was bald and had a smaller hat. The hats, on the two gents that have them, are perma-attached to their heads.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Skeleton Thumbs
Aaayyyyyyyy!
In my opinion, this hat looks ridiculously over-sized for him.

Hitchhiking Ghosts Traveler

Finally, here is Phineas with his bag packed and ready to go. The bag is an actual accessory and can be removed, unlike his hat!

Hitchhiking Ghosts Trio

And here they are all together waiting to follow you home! Well, chances are, you're already at home while you're reading this. Overall, the figures are pretty good for their $20 price point. They've got more articulation than you'd expect, although I don't necessarily know that you'd use it all. But maybe your Hitchhiking Ghosts get up to some crazy things and need the extra joints. If only I had a to scale Doombuggy that they could sit in/on top of.

And the best thing about them is when you turn out the lights...

Hitchhiking Ghosts Glowing Trio

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