Classic MARX MONSTERS Are Available Once Again

Now’s your chance to re-collect some of the most popular toys from the monster-kid golden age.

 

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.

Images: amoktime.com

                                      

Stephen Vincent D'Emidio is the editor and publisher of Wonder Alliance. steve@wonderalliance.com

4 Comments

  1. BANE

    August 11, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Someone on the Universal Monster Army made a plastic Dracula. Maybe the new owner can contact him about doing it.

    • Stephen Vincent D'Emidio

      August 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Hope so. I’ve seen that Dracula figure. It’s great!

  2. Thomas randolph

    August 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

    These are amazing. I was gifted with a set for my birthday in the steel grey color. You can see so much detail!! They are done, I believe, by a company in Mexico that purchased the Marx molds. I could be wrong though.

    • Stephen Vincent D'Emidio

      August 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I’ve also heard about the Mexican company. And you’re right about the detail. These were great sculpts! The Phantom figure was clearly based on the image from the Aurora model kit box.

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