Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Haunted Toybox preorder - closed







Hey folk, I'm ordering some more tests of the first issue (inside front and inside back covers are blank) and figured I'd see if anyone wants to order a copy $8.99 + $2.00 S&H. I'll get the copies on or around the 5th of November and mail 'em out ASAP once I get 'em

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Collected Hooray for the Bad Guy


I have a very limited quantity of The Collected Hooray for the Bad Guy available right now for $5.00 + $1.60 S&H, get them while you can....

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fast Lane Monster 500 exclusively at Toys R Us

Heads up all you fans of Monsters, Hot Rods, Rat Fink and Hot Wheels because Toys R Us has an exclusive line of toys right up all your collective alleys. From their in house Fast Lane brand, a Hot Wheels knock off comes a REALLY cool looking line called the Monster 500. The line consists of race cars and their Monster drivers, like a Transylvanian Wack Racers. The line comes in two sizes, the smaller die cast Hot Wheels size with playsets to race on and a larger scale with more detail and light and sound effects. Each car comes with a card with info on the racer and a code so the racer can be downloaded and used in a racing video game. Not sure if it's an app or an online game but still pretty cool.

 Lets take a look at the smaller scale cars first...


 Zoom Zombie
Lead Foot the Bigfoot


Flattop Frank

Evil Clownevil


Croc Pot


Drac Attack


Captain Heinous from Uranus


Dr Jerkyl and Mr Ride


Turbo Chainsaw Maverick


Werewolf Blitzer


Toxic Terror Trap Playset



and the Graveyard Gauntlet Playset




And the Larger scale version which look to be about 5 to 6 inches long













Per TRU's website the line will be released on 10/15 and I for one will be at my local store looking for these, see you there creeping the aisle

Monday, October 7, 2013

Animated Tomb of Dracula

Marvel's Tomb of Dracula as animated by Toei Animation

Unmade Universal Monster Movies - Wolf Man vs Dracula


Following Phantom of the Opera (1943), in the middle of the Silver age of Universal Studio's monster movies, a new sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman was considered for a Technicolor production: Wolfman vs Dracula! Lon Chaney Jr., who was the only actor to portray Universal's four classic monster roles; Dracula, frankenstein's monster, the mummy and the wolfman. At first Chaney was to play both roles, as his father Lon Chaney Sr. had done in several of his famous silent films. But Larry Talbot in his human phase would look exactly like Count Dracula so the role of Dracula was given to it's originator Bela Lugosi. A script was prepared by Bernard Shubert, who had written the screenplay for Tod Browning's London After Midnight(MGM 1927) remake Mark of the Vampire (MGM 1935). Shubert kept the settings very tight in its scenes, to keep the cost down to balance out for the extra expense of technicolor. But by 1944 Bela Lugosi was in his 60s and would have had to play part of his role as a giant bat much like in the Copolla Bram Stoker's Dracula in the 90s - and that would have been too much for him. And they couldn't have the Wolfman fighting an animated bat much like John Carradine's depiction of the Count or even Lugosi's portrayal in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. So they decided to make one of their Arabian Nights film on the Technicolor contract and all that remained of Wolfman vs Dracula are some color 8x10s of Chaney in both parts.
The movie would have opened with the discovery of Larry Talbot's  body in a grave alongside the
skeleton of a woman. His clothes are rotted from the passage of years but Larry's body remains perfectly preserved. The body is taken to the hospital of Dr. Ziska where a bullet is discovered lodged next to his heart just enough to keep it from beating. The bullet is removed and Larry Talbot comes back to life. Larry sets out to find a cure for being a lycanthrope. He finds the local hangman, Anatole and begs him to end his life with a silver bullet. In a true Hollywood coincidence, Count Dracula happens to be paying Anatole a visit not only the same day, but the same time as Talbot looking  to add the hangman's daughter, Yvonne, to his list of brides. Anatole refuses to cooperate just as Yvonne refuses Dracula's request. Larry and Yvonne eventually decide the only way to save her is for them to be married immediately which makes very little sense but things get moving once Dracula is exposed as the vampire count and the full moon approaches.

In all it would have been a great addition to the Universal Monster movie series and unfortunately remains a might have been. 


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