Monster Toys for Girls and Boys!

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Monster Toys for Girls and Boys!

It seems the older I get, the more I’m reverting back to my childhood. I think nothing of buying a cool toy or begging my wife to get it for my birthday – even though 10 years ago I would have not given these toys a second thought.

Anyways, I thought I would take a few moments and share some of my latest acquisitions with you.


Monster 500 – Monster Cars
Small matchbox style cars with oversized monster drivers. I’ve heard this line is already discontinued but I managed to scoop up the10 that were released before they disappeared from the shelves. http://www.monster500.com/

Zoom Zombie Flattop Frankie

Evil Clownevil Captain Heinous

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The Inhuman Squishy Zombie
This figure has squishy brains and guts that you can poke and pull. You can dissect him and put him back together for hours of fun and wholesome entertainment. This was a Target exclusive and I don’t imagine it being available for too long.

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Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind Diorama – by NECA
One of my favorite album covers from Maiden – I even dressed up like this incarnation of Eddie for Halloween one year.

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Walking Dead – Rick Grimes figure – by McFarlane
These went by so quick I sort of missed them. They have some great zombie figures as well including the Crawling Zombie Girl (from season 1) and the Well Zombie (sea. 2). http://www.McFarlane.com

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King Kong and Burning Godzilla – by (believe it or not) Hallmark
The classic scene of Kong atop the Empire State Building. The Godzilla is from Godzilla vs. Destroyah and when you press one of his back fins his chest glows and we get the Godzilla Roar!

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Bandai 3.5” Godzilla Figures
I have Godzilla 2004 (Final Wars), Godzilla 2014, and MechaGodzilla (Tokyo SOS).

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StayPuft Marshmallow Man from Ghost Busters!
This guy is about 14” and an amazing likeness.

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Gorgo – Glow in the dark model kit – by Monarch Models
In the tradition of the vintage Aurora Monster Model Kits, Monarch Models has released a ‘frightening lightning’ Glow-in-the-dark version of their Gorgo Model Kit. I purchased one despite having built a non-glow in the dark version in 2014.

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The History of Zombies – in film

The History & Evolution of Zombies – the zombie curse

Before 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies were a completely different animal. They were not raised indiscriminately by radiation, a falling comet or biological warfare chemicals. Nor were they the result of a viral outbreak, a bacterial insurgence or some alien biology.

Raising a zombie was a deliberate action and event, engaged to do the dirty work for a specific person or master. The zombie would be raised through voodoo ritual for a specified purpose and reason, whether it was jealousy, revenge or unrequited love. The zombie was a dead person reanimated through ritual ceremony by a voodoo high priest /priestess or a witchdoctor. At other times a zombie was a dead person reanimated through a curse or spell by a witch. Either way, the zombie had to be created by some occult magic. There was no danger of becoming a zombie yourself, unless of course you angered the witchdoctor. The word Zombie, itself, is from the Haitian or Creole word that meant, reanimating the dead through Voodoo magic.

The old zombie served the same purpose as today’s Terminator robot – an unstoppable machine that could not be reasoned with or detered with bullets. The zombies did not need to eat people and did not attack bystanders unless they interfered with carrying out their commands. Here is a history of some zombie films until 1970, most of which follow the old zombie guideline (And one TV show from 1975). I left out comedies and one musical.

List of early Zombie Movies – most are voodoo curse in nature:

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920)
White Zombie (1932) – Bela Lugosi
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
King of the Zombies (1941)
Revenge of the Zombies (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
The Dead One (1961)
I Eat Your Skin (1964)
Terror Creatures from the Grave (1965)
The Plague of the Zombies (1966) Hammer Films

TV:
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) Season one – episode: The Zombie (one of the last voodoo zombie stories to be in film) This classic episode follows the tradditional Hatian Voodoo curse using ceremony, proper terminology and details of voodoo zombie ritual and practices.

Exceptions:
 
Last Man on Earth (1964) Vincent Price – One of the 1st big studio films to show a plague or disease as the reason for a zombie outbreak. Later remade as The Omega Man (Charlton Heston) and I Am Legend (Will Smith).

The Astro-Zombies(1968), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), and Teenage Zombies (1959) – All had reasons for zombie outbreaks other than Voodoo. However, it was most likely George Romero’s, Night of the Living Dead that put the nail in the coffin for the occult and ritual based zombie. (He, he, nail in the coffin… get it?)

Facts:
Revolt of the Zombies was loosely based sequel to White Zombie. Although not credited, the film used Lugosi’s eyes to portray the magic power – footage from scenes in White Zombie.

Bury Me Alive (1957), can be found on many zombie lists but no information about a zombie film of this name by producer, Charles Marquis Warren can be found.

Castle of the Living Dead (1964) is also on many zombie movie lists but is not a zombie movie at all.teenage zombie

Horror at Party Beach (1964), although the word zombie is used in this film, the creature is a fish-beast resembling Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Faves:
Of all the early zombie films, my favorites are, The Plague of the Zombies, The Last Man on Earth and Kolchak: The Night StalkerThe Zombie episode. Some of the others, I have not seen and some of the early ones are difficult to watch because of the slow pace and low-budget. I also own, White Zombie, Revolt of the Zombies, King of the Zombies, I Walked With a Zombie.
 
Opinion:
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari is ripe for a remake and would be best done by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp playing the guy (zombie) in the cabinet.

As always, If I missed anything, please let me know. Input is always welcome. And now, some pics:

  

  

  

 

The Walking Dead – season 2 finale

The Walking Dead – season 2 finale –

 

When Zombies Come Marching Home !

What a spectacular, action-filled season 2 finale to The Walking Dead. The Zombie herd overruns the farm and a zombie bloodbath ensues as every member of the group, fully armed, tries to defend their position. Eventually, they loose to the sheer number of walkers coming at them. All minor characters of the farm group were killed off. I fully expected Hershel to just stand his ground and keep firing ’til he ran out of bullets. Now the group is on the move, once again, but we see the possible (obvious) new destination in the last moments of the finale – a large prison on the horizon. The last three episodes were all riveting as the Holy Sh*t moments stacked up.

Going forward, here are the big questions, for me:

Is Rick turning into Shane, now that Shane is gone? His comment that, this is no longer a democracy, surprised me.

Will Hershel become Dale’s replacement as the moral compass in the group? Or will his bad-ass youth surface, making him a formidable fighter? “when Jesus said the dead will rise, I thought he had something different in mind…” great comment!

Will the caped figure that saved Angela in the woods, (we now know to be a character named, Michonne) be an asset to the group or a new nemesis for Rick to deal with?

And, just one comment, everyone lighten up on Carl, would ya’? He’s a kid and kids are supposed to make mistakes and get into trouble. I think a lot of people forget that they were kids once. He’s a good shot too, saving Rick from zombie Shane.

Anyways, now I have to wait until Sept. for answers. Hope they will put up some mini-webisodes on AMC.com over the summer.