TOR JOHNSON STATUES Celebrate an Icon of Horror

Another great release from Amok Time’s growing Monstarz line.

 

I CONTINUE to be impressed by the classic monster items being put out by Amok Time as part of their Monstarz collectibles line. A few months back I told you about the company’s Creepshow and IT! The Terror from Beyond Space figures, and now it is my great pleasure to showcase two new statues dedicated to one of the most iconic figures of 1950s horror, Tor Johnson.

Even people who aren’t familiar with Johnson’s name are well acquainted with his face. The Swedish wrestler-turned-actor, known primarily for his work with director Ed Wood, was everywhere during the halcyon days of the “monster-kid” era—from movies and magazine covers to television game shows. Moreover, his latex Halloween mask, released by Don Post Studios in the late ’60s, remained for years the highest-selling mask of its kind. Even Mel Gibson wore it in 1979’s Mad Max!

And if you ask anyone lucky enough to have made Johnson’s aquaintance, they’ll tell you that he was one of the nicest people a fan could ever hope to meet.

Which is all to say that Tor deserves every tribute the fan community can muster, and he’s getting one right now with this lovingly-rendered pair of statues from Amok Time. They depict Johnson in his famous role as the undead Inspector Clay in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). Both the head-to-toe model (below) and the bust-like statue which has Clay rising from the grave (above) feature poseable arms that allow you to control the threat level. The statues are hand-painted, and stand 8.25″ and 5″ respectively.

For more information, visit Amok Time.

The “standing” Tor Johnson statue stands 8.25-inches tall.

 

The real Tor Johnson, with costar Maila “Vampira” Nurmi, in director Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959).

                                            

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

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