Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Toy

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Halloween Pinhead
6 Inch scale
By: Full Moon Toys
$10-$20 (Varies)

Happy Halloween everybody! As we cap off this haunted holiday, I’ve decided to take a look back at this special Halloween figure from Full Moon Toys. While there are lots of horror movie figures that have been made through the years, there haven’t been that many Halloween specific action figures. Pinhead here is one of the few and the proud.

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I know what you’re thinking, that’s not Pinhead! Yes, this character is also named Pinhead, much like the Hellraiser character. However, it should be obvious that this Pinhead is named such because of his rather small head, not because he has a bunch of needles in his face like our Cenobite friend. This is a variant of the regular Pinhead figure.

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In fact, Full Moon was pretty notorious for their variants. It’s part of the reason that these figures were super collectible in the late 90’s, but also part of the reason that they died an untimely death. At one point, this exclusive figure was sold only online and ended up fetching a pretty penny. These days you can get Halloween Pinhead for a more reasonable price, but is he a worthy addition to your scary shelf? Continue reading

With Halloween just right around the corner, it’s fun to look back at costumes of old. While we’ve covered this in the past, today I have a treat from the mid 1960’s that’s sure to interest you. These classic costumes were available for kids and were sold more like toys than Halloween costumes, although they were definitely marketed for kids to use at Halloween as well.

Old Batman Costume
I really like the details here in the Batman costume (which had a separate utility belt to purchase) and the fact that we see some oddball characters featured, like Captain America and Zorro. This really gives a glimpse into what was popular during this period. A “Daniel Boone” style frontier man and an astronaut are a given. These are far superior to the Ben Cooper Halloween costumes of the period and if you wore one of these outfits on October 31st, you were probably the coolest kid in town!

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Glow in the Dark Universal Movie Monsters
Wolfman, Mummy, Frankenstein, Gillman
5 Inch Scale
By Uncle Milton
Approximately $10

Have you ever been to a toy show? Or maybe a flea market, where some guy invariably has a bin full of beat up vintage toys? If you have, chances are that you have seen these Universal Monsters figures. Like giant versions of green army men, these figures are solid plastic pieces capturing the classic Universal Monsters characters. Originally created by Louis Marx and Company in the late 1960s, they have been reissued in a variety of colors. Most recently, the figures were cast in glow in the dark plastic in 1990, by Uncle Milton.

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These versions are probably the most common nowadays, and can be picked up loose or on a shelf-worn cardback fairly cheaply. Today I am going to be looking at four figures, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. There are also figures available of the Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I have limited myself to my four favorites. Continue reading

There are certain things I looks forward to every October… the perfectly ripe apples, the pumpkins and gourds placed everywhere, and of course, the reemergence of General Mills monster cereals. This year the usual suspects of Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Booberry were joined by old friends Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy, which Newton featured in an earlier Infinite Cuisine. In the past few years, the popularity of the monster cereal brands has led to some spinoff products, such as Frankenberry Fruit Rollups and today’s subject, Count Cholula cereal bars.

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I’ve tried all of the monster cereals, and my favorites are definitely Count Chocula and Frankenberry. It’s no secret that Chocula is basically Cocoa Puffs, in a different shape and with marshmallows. But while I always pick up at least one box of Count Chocula each year, I never buy Cocoa Puffs. The simple change of shape can have a big impact on cereal, as it changes the texture and the way the pieces interact with the milk. The addition of marshmallows is a big plus as well. My point is, there is a connection to Cocoa Puffs, but the cereals are not the same.

Unfortunately, these cereal bars are made out of Cocoa puffs, and not Count Chocula. The cereal pieces are clearly little chocolate globes, not the chocolate ghosts I was expecting. And while there is some small amount of gooey white marshmallow in evidence, I was expecting a healthy portion of the crunchy Count Chocula marshmallows to be mixed in. Instead there are none. These bars are probably released as Cocoa Puffs branded treats all year long. Continue reading

If you’re looking for a Ninja Turtle themed Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween, our good friend Jeff has you covered. He designed this new pattern for pumpkins. It features Michelangelo from the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles.

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You can use it to create some Turtle Power in the pumpkin patch this haunted holiday season.

Download the full PDF right here exclusively at Infinite Hollywood: Mikey Pumpkin Pattern

Thanks again to Jeff for another of his great Turtle creations. Be sure to check out some of his other TMNT work, including printable backgrounds and more. Cowabunga dude!