FOR YEARS I’ve been hoping to land some vintage mid-1960s Marx Monsters figures, in the belief that these cherished childhood memories had been lost to history. But just recently I discovered that, although Lewis Marx and Company did cease to formally exist in 1972, its assets were sold to various owners until finally being liquidated during the early ’80s. Marx trademarks and molds reportedly went to several different companies during that process, and, to make a long story short, my beloved Marx Monsters have actually been re-issued several times over the years, and are in fact being produced right now!
That’s them above and below—Frankensten, Wolf Man, the Mummy, Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Creature, and the Phantom of the Opera—looking exactly as I remember them. Except for the color, that is. The original 1960s figures, which were officially licensed from Universal, came in teal and orange. The new ones that I found, selling as a set on a website called Amok Time, are available in blue or green. And if it seems like someone’s missing, that’s because Marx never issued a Count Dracula figure.
I have no idea who’s manufacturing these beautifully detailed, 6-inch figures today, but, whoever it is, I’d like to thank them personally. These toys will always be special to anyone who ever brought them home from the local five and dime.