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Collecting Monsters => Memorable Memorabilia => Topic started by: Monsters For Sale on October 04, 2012, 07:19:12 PM

Title: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 04, 2012, 07:19:12 PM
I'm placing this topic here because this character seems to exist exclusively as a Universal Studios souvenir.  The only toy-like 3 dimensional figure I am aware of is the ceramic bank, re-cast as a candle, which was a Universal park exclusive.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8461/8054781093_d004b4b04c_c.jpg)

Postcard

It looks like Universal was attempting to soften the Frankenstein monster image and going for the mommie-thinks-monsters-are-too scary-for-junior market when they created Baby Frankenstein.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  Kids LOVE monsters.  Parents who think the guy in the Frankenstein mask is too much for Precious should take their spawn to Ditzyland and let them play with the rat.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/8054781179_a9b58c446f_z.jpg)

Postcard


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8450/8054807406_525754178e.jpg)

Pin-back Button - 3 in.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8316/8054781139_071fb457c8_z.jpg)

Cloisonart lapel pin - 1 in.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/8054781125_377b5f1e18_z.jpg)

Felt Pennant - 17 in.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8177/8054781237_5aeb124838_z.jpg)

Bottle Opener - 3.5 in. Figure - (Looks, feels like cast iron) - Dated 1978


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8181/8054781195_d7cb4317e6_z.jpg)

Bottle Opener - 3.5 in. Figure - (Looks, feels like cast iron) - Dated 1978 - Reverse


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8180/8054807490_76e36c960b_z.jpg)

Baby Frankenstein - 7 in. Bank - Dated 1976


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8033/8054807520_85de0fe06c.jpg)

Baby Frankenstein - 7 in. Bank - Dated 1977


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8458/8054807542_0e3b18da81_z.jpg)

Baby Frankenstein - 7 in. Candle with his 18 in. "Father"


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8314/8054807444_9421d8dffe_c.jpg)

Press photo - 8x10 - 1977


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8031/8054807422_8c02cae7a0_c.jpg)

Press photo - 8x10 - 1977 - Blurb on back


The only dates I have seen for Baby Frankenstein items are 1976, 1977 and 1978.  Does anyone know if this silly idea was around any earlier or lasted any longer?

I like to think the marketing executive who came up with this idea moved on to another company and bigger things - Like introducing "New Coke" in 1985.


Anyone else have images of other Baby Frankenstein items or promotional material?

Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Count_Zirock on October 06, 2012, 11:54:07 PM
I remember seeing the photos in some publications of the period, but had no idea the was any Baby Frankenstein collectibles. That's just so bizarre.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Inkfink on November 18, 2012, 09:34:21 PM
Weird... I picked up the Universal Studios Baby Frankenstein 3" pin-back button in an antique store today. Never heard of this character until today. Thanks for all the research Monsters for Sale!
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: marsattacks666 on November 19, 2012, 03:23:33 AM
I think the Baby Frankenstein is much more creepier than Frankenstein's Monster.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Dr. Madd on November 19, 2012, 11:55:17 AM
Its Frankensteinia, so, in my mind, still cool.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 19, 2012, 01:04:28 PM
Its Frankensteinia, so, in my mind, still cool.

My thoughts exactly when I collected these things.  It is a strange little sideline experiment in things Frankenstein and Universal.

But, Baby Frankenstein does have spooky damned eyes. 
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Earth 2 Chris on November 21, 2012, 01:13:50 PM
This reminds me of the "Super Jrs."...baby versions of the DC heroes that cropped up on merchandise in the 70s. They only had one comic appearance in the US (a digest in the mid 80s), and the idea seemed half-aborted. Of course, in the 80s the idea of "baby" versions of established properties really took off with Muppet Babies, Flinstone Kids, etc.

Chris
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 21, 2013, 01:37:25 PM
Hepcat made me go searching through my junk to look for Slammer Whammers.  While I was so engaged, I came across another Baby Frankenstein item.

This one is kind of a cheat.  It is the 3 in. Button mounted as a keychain and mounted on a 5" x 7½" postcard.
Still it is another variation of the highly desirable and much sought-after Baby Frankenstein collectibles.*


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8409/8773270110_faf838e35a_o.jpg)


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/8773269856_d2a4d84d67_z.jpg)


*Yeah, I know.  Nobody really likes this stuff but me.


Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: marsattacks666 on May 21, 2013, 02:23:48 PM
Very cool. ;D
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Unknown Primate on May 21, 2013, 02:55:50 PM
I think the Baby Frankenstein is much more creepier than Frankenstein's Monster.

Me too!
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Count_Zirock on May 22, 2013, 11:36:56 AM
So, what's Baby Frankenstein's backstory? Did the Monster and the Bride finally consulate their relationship, and this is the resultant offspring? Did the Monster force Baron Frankenstein to create a "son" for him? I guess Universal's marketing department never thought that far ahead. :P
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 02, 2013, 09:16:49 PM
Leave it to me to beat a dead horse:


This newly-discovered slide puzzle is another Universal park exclusive.

It is a 2⅞" x 4⅞" puzzle glued to a 6" x 7" card, featuring cartoon Frankenstein & Baby Frankenstein in the same pose as that of the photograph on the postcard in the first post in this thread.  The Universal Studios sign has been redesigned above them and the GlamorTram has been added.  It was made by KK in 1979.  The same company made slide puzzles for other tourist venues like Busch Gardens, etc.


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/8931487240_688f6ab390_o.jpg)


This is the only Baby Frankenstein item that I have ever seen dated 1979.  This extends his short life to include 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979.

This is also the only Universal Studios souvenir slide puzzle that I have ever seen.  Has anyone else ever seen one of these Universal slide puzzles - with any subject mater?

Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Count_Zirock on June 03, 2013, 04:58:24 AM
I think Baby Frankenstein was finally phased out before they had to come up with a back story for this living freak show pickled punk!

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Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: horrorhunter on June 03, 2013, 01:48:12 PM
Dude....so much hate for the Baby! He's the Baby, gotta love'im!  ededed :laugh:
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 03, 2013, 01:59:26 PM
Dude....so much hate for the Baby! He's the Baby, gotta love'im!  ededed :laugh:


I collect him the way a Coca-Cola collector would include "New Coke" items in his collection.

He is not the best of all representations of the Monster, but he does belong in a collection of Frankenstein/Universal Studios items.


I gotta love him:


I'm the Baby Gotta Love Me - The Dinosaurs (Sinclair) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k__erybroM#ws)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: charp13 on June 15, 2013, 09:03:33 AM
Baby Frankenstein is fascinating! I had never laid eyes on this little guy before reading this topic! I wish I knew what they were going to do with his character.....maybe a stage show at the park?? He's a cute little guy, and I can imagine a whole Monster themed play are for the younger set!
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: a71678 on January 06, 2014, 08:39:14 PM
I found this in a 1976 Universal Studios Fun Pak in my amusement park collection. It's not a great rendering, but that's definitely Baby Frank (making a politically incorrect joke, nonetheless)!

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg (http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on January 06, 2014, 09:12:46 PM
I found this in a 1976 Universal Studios Fun Pak in my amusement park collection. It's not a great rendering, but that's definitely Baby Frank (making a politically incorrect joke, nonetheless)!

[url]http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg[/url] ([url]http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg[/url])


Cool!  What does the "Fun Pak" look like?

Maybe I can find one some day.

AND WELCOME NEW MEMBER!  Thanks for making this your first post!!!
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: a71678 on January 11, 2014, 08:11:42 PM
Thanks, Adam! I stumbled upon the UMA website a few weeks ago while waiting at the airport for my stepdaughter's delayed plane to come in late. I was using my laptop to look up information on non-sports cards (which is what I collect) and came across a post about monster cards on this site. While I don't collect monster memorabilia, per se, I really enjoy seeing what's out there. I don't have much to contribute, other than said cards and a Frankenstein bank from my Mold-A-Rama collection, but when I found the fun pak and noticed a Baby Frank reference, I was happy to share.

Here are links to the cover of the fun pak and the insides (the price tag is covering the stamp area--I paid a whopping dollar for it at an antique store in Delaware about a year ago.  (I can't figure out how to post images here, but if I could, I would.)  It's interesting; the only licensed characters included are Frankenstein (who's on there twice--once by himself and once with Baby Frank) and Jaws; everything else is generic.

Enjoy!

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7868_zpsc7839ff6.jpg (http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7868_zpsc7839ff6.jpg)
http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7870_zpsa0883a1a.jpg (http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7870_zpsa0883a1a.jpg)
http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7873_zps858beeeb.jpg (http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/IMG_7873_zps858beeeb.jpg)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: horrorhunter on January 12, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
Here is a link to a thread with instructional video explaining how to post photos, a71678.

http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=2087.0 (http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=2087.0)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 03, 2014, 06:59:42 AM

Baby Frankenstein continues to be a little-known, not much loved creation that doesn't generate much excitement among collectors - except when it comes to his banks.

Item in point:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2933/14333321291_9402a99b6a_o.jpg)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2905/14333321221_5aea7c2f2e_z.jpg)


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3923/14333321151_e28fba6e7d_c.jpg)
(eBay Item No. 310968924343)


These banks continue to rise in price.  It will be interesting to see how high they will go.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monster Bob on June 03, 2014, 08:19:06 PM

YIKES! is all I have to say...
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 02, 2015, 09:55:37 PM
...
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8314/8054807444_9421d8dffe_b.jpg)

Press photo - 8x10 - 1977...



Unlike the photo in my initial post, this shot of Baby Frankenstein has him appearing with the Frankenstein and Bride from the "Land of a Thousand Faces" makeup attraction.  There a couple differences in Baby's outfit.  Here he wears some sort of lapel pin and does not have stitches in his legs.  No year is given.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/769/22705405006_3a09ec0651_b.jpg)
        (Handwritten on the back of the 8x10 is "No Superstition Here".)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 02, 2015, 10:16:47 PM

By 1980 Baby Frankenstein had acquired long pants and a striped shirt.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5809/22110291433_48ca2cd678_b.jpg)
         (Frankenstein, Baby Frankenstein & Phantom with Glamor Tram - 1980.)




Looks like they did Easter promotions as well.  Here we see Baby Frankenstein in an undated photo, but wearing the same outfit as in the dated 1980 photo above.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/747/22742619511_41d54f6a88_b.jpg)
          (Frankenstein, Baby Frankenstein & Easter Bunny.)



Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: horrorhunter on November 02, 2015, 11:11:47 PM
This whole Baby Frankenstein thing has some seriously twisted connotations which make it strangely compelling. Beneath the kiddie friendly surface you have an implied flesh golem constructed of children's corpse-bits for the sake of a public attraction and making a buck. This idea is subconsciously intriguing under the veneer of childish entertainment. It's creepier than an adult Frankenstein's Monster. I like it.  >:D
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 02, 2015, 11:17:41 PM
This whole Baby Frankenstein thing has some seriously twisted connotations which make it strangely compelling. Beneath the kiddie friendly surface you have an implied flesh golem constructed of children's corpse-bits for the sake of a public attraction and making a buck. This idea is subconsciously intriguing under the veneer of childish entertainment. It's creepier than an adult Frankenstein's Monster. I like it.  >:D

Funny, it hadn't really occurred to me that he was constructed of various children's corpses.

Kids can't be relied on to croak with any regularity.  You suppose the good doctor employed hit men to collect his ingredients?
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: horrorhunter on November 03, 2015, 12:10:09 AM
Funny, it hadn't really occurred to me that he was constructed of various children's corpses.

Kids can't be relied on to croak with any regularity.  You suppose the good doctor employed hit men to collect his ingredients?
Grave robbers and murderers probably wouldn't have many compunctions about knocking off some annoying street urchins, and mad scientists don't let the stumbling block of morality impede the "advancement of SCIENCE!!!... bwa-ha-ha-ha". Burke and Hare were totally ruthless, and Dr. Knox didn't question the freshness of the goods. Those guys were upstanding citizens compared to a megalomaniacal sociopath like Dr. Frankenstein and his subhuman henchmen. Child murders for the purpose of monster making just adds to the profound evil of this whole underlying idea.  >:D


Gives the term Monsterkid a whole new meaning.  ededed
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Gory Glenn on November 05, 2015, 03:42:24 PM
Reminds me a bit of this little fella.  :)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XfCDec9_XQE/TrHdvJfzdtI/AAAAAAAABWI/yCpmk6RbTQU/s1600/Shrimpie.jpg)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Sean on November 20, 2015, 09:41:15 PM
This whole Baby Frankenstein thing has some seriously twisted connotations which make it strangely compelling. Beneath the kiddie friendly surface you have an implied flesh golem constructed of children's corpse-bits for the sake of a public attraction and making a buck. This idea is subconsciously intriguing under the veneer of childish entertainment. It's creepier than an adult Frankenstein's Monster. I like it.  >:D

I would be compelled to assault it with great vigor. ;D
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: charp13 on November 22, 2015, 04:32:35 PM
Hey everyone.  Thanks for posting all the additional pictures! I am becoming obsessed with Baby Frankenstein.  I'm not an artist or anything, but I am seriously planning on making an amateur version of this little guy for my 2016 Halloween yard display. There's something about that face!  I have a 5' Frankenstein that was sold at one of the value stores a few years ago, and I am hoping to use him as a base. 
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 29, 2015, 11:55:22 PM
Wouldn't you know it.  Our puzzlement about Baby Frankenstein was answered way back in 1992 by Mad Magazine's Don Martin with this 15" x 20" poster.


(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5749/23413369635_d9987d355c_b.jpg)
                                           (Click on picture for larger image.)


Another Baby Frankenstein mystery solved.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 20, 2016, 05:09:02 PM
Just when you thought this thread was safely consigned to the past...


I turned up another Baby Frankenstein item.  This one is a 6½" plastic letter opener.  The park exclusive item is dated 1976.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7744/26533805973_7360200036_h.jpg)
                               (Click on picture for a larger image.)


The figure on top is one of those odd renderings where the colors are separated by raised ridges and the flat areas are all recessed.  It looks OK head-on but kinda weird from an angle.

Betcha can't wait 'til I add another item to my Baby Frankenstein collection.


Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 29, 2016, 08:13:29 PM

This generously-sized Baby Frankenstein Sun Bonnet or "Bucket Hat" is constructed of 4 pie slice-shaped panels with blue denim outer cloth and white linen inners.  The silk-screened(?) image is dated 1976.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5202/29386610094_f2139e2f81_b.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5486/29900744482_f84cf2cb54_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8094/29386609504_13540cf1bb_b.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5237/29900744152_c2e7a40633_b.jpg)

The simple construction lacks any attached headband.  This may account for it's excellent condition after all these years.  The little person who's head it was intended to protect probably pulled it off every time it was put on.  There is no apparent wear at all.

While I am delighted by the pristine condition of the hat, I do hope the little one didn't suffer too severe a sunburn during his day at Universal Studios.



Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: aura of foreboding on September 29, 2016, 09:12:22 PM
We'd be better off it Baby Frankenstein were part of the Style Guide. 
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 29, 2016, 11:01:31 PM
We'd be better off it Baby Frankenstein were part of the Style Guide.

The park Frankenstein colors seem to be limited to variations of brown, green, grey and black.

The park Baby Frankenstein doesn't seem to have any firm color guidelines at all.

All of the Baby Frankenstein items pictured in this thread are mine.  Many of them are the only examples of those products that I have ever seen.  The only "common" items I have encountered are the postcards, buttons and banks.

Do any of you have or know of Baby Frankenstein items that are not detailed here?  I'd love to see them.

Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on January 16, 2017, 06:04:06 AM
I found this in a 1976 Universal Studios Fun Pak in my amusement park collection. It's not a great rendering, but that's definitely Baby Frank (making a politically incorrect joke, nonetheless)!

[url]http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg[/url] ([url]http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee412/a71678/BabyFrankenstein_zpsfd06cf77.jpg[/url])


Here is the "Fun Pak" image referenced above:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3684/11845474955_7e6654e4c9_o.jpg)

Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: aura of foreboding on January 16, 2017, 02:29:40 PM
Here is the "Fun Pak" image referenced above:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3684/11845474955_7e6654e4c9_o.jpg)

They don't make 'em like they used to.   :o  Truly a crumbling castle of a bygone age.   ::)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 18, 2017, 06:47:45 PM
This surprisingly heavy 16" Baby Frankenstein back scratcher was made in Hong Kong in 1976.
(Clicking on any of these photos will get you a larger image.)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3852/33389470081_c190d484be_k.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2827/32703289813_da71537b39_k.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2830/33518121365_9aa8ee5878_z.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3937/32703295593_81e5e6427f_z.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3931/33518123015_688666be6b_h.jpg)

The plastic is unusually thick for an item like this.  Makes for a nice, high relief in the sculpt, and accounts for the heavy weight.

I've never seen another like it - Have you?
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: YoungestMonsterKid on November 15, 2017, 05:53:01 AM
It occurs to me that if I saw this when I was little I might have thought this was who the Son of Frankenstein that I'd heard of was.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 19, 2017, 11:34:13 AM
Well, here's something I thought I would never see.

An Indonesian seller is offering these modern "Reprints" of a Baby Frankenstein T-Shirt.  Not sure they are re-prints, as I have never seen an "original" before.


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4520/37635688575_65e18aebab_b.jpg)


Guess they thought they would cash in on the Baby Frankenstein mania that exists here in the U.S.  Oh, wait.  They think he is Eddie Munster - that mania.


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4528/38466888766_77d2dd349a_c.jpg)


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4544/38523282831_5e18c8f13a_c.jpg)


(The very least they could have done was iron the shirt before taking the auction picture.)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on February 16, 2018, 10:06:25 PM

I was really surprised to see this bank sell for so much.  As the Seller states, it is in pretty "rough condition".

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4672/26437641288_06437f52ec_b.jpg)
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 17, 2018, 12:06:42 PM
Hey everyone.  Thanks for posting all the additional pictures! I am becoming obsessed with Baby Frankenstein.  I'm not an artist or anything, but I am seriously planning on making an amateur version of this little guy for my 2016 Halloween yard display. There's something about that face!  I have a 5' Frankenstein that was sold at one of the value stores a few years ago, and I am hoping to use him as a base.

Did anything ever come of this notion?  If so, were pictures taken?
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 08, 2021, 09:27:28 PM
Someone REALLY wanted this Baby Frankenstein Bank.  Both bids were from the same bidder.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51300437630_a85a4343ef_b.jpg)

As much as I like the Baby (all of the items pictured in this thread are in my collection), I could not bring myself to pay this much for one of these ceramic banks.

Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Mike Scott on July 08, 2021, 10:07:52 PM
Both bids were from the same bidder.

So, that was the starting bid, then.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Dr.Terror on July 09, 2021, 04:01:00 AM
Baby Frankenstein went away because kids would abuse the actress in the costume.  I think the last straw came when a kid jammed a pencil  into her ear requiring medical attention.       
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 09, 2021, 08:04:31 AM
Someone REALLY wanted this Baby Frankenstein Bank.  Both bids were from the same bidder.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51300437630_a85a4343ef_b.jpg)

As much as I like the Baby (all of the items pictured in this thread are in my collection), I could not bring myself to pay this much for one of these ceramic banks.

Ouch!
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Earth 2 Chris on July 09, 2021, 08:54:52 AM
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3852/33389470081_c190d484be_k.jpg)

My daughter, who collects vintage Disney World items, recently found a very similar Mickey backscratcher from around the same period. The plastic on Mickey is very thick and heavy too. It's the same as the one shown here from an ebay auction:

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/15UAAOSwsE1aFRuD/s-l400.jpg)

I wonder if they were made by the same manufacturer?
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 09, 2021, 04:20:31 PM
Baby Frankenstein went away because kids would abuse the actress in the costume.  I think the last straw came when a kid jammed a pencil  into her ear requiring medical attention. 

Where did that information come from?
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 09, 2021, 04:25:32 PM
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3852/33389470081_c190d484be_k.jpg)

My daughter, who collects vintage Disney World items, recently found a very similar Mickey backscratcher from around the same period. The plastic on Mickey is very thick and heavy too. It's the same as the one shown here from an ebay auction:

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/15UAAOSwsE1aFRuD/s-l400.jpg)

I wonder if they were made by the same manufacturer? 

Most definitely.  Look at the shape of the top of the handle.  Both figures are standing on identical bases.  I'd say they came from the same source.  Makes me wonder what other venues they made similar back scratchers for.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Earth 2 Chris on July 14, 2021, 01:27:53 PM
Yeah that base looks like it may have originated with Mickey first, since it's the basic, iconic shape of his head. But I do wonder if they made other characters/properties in this same shape.

Chris
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Dr.Terror on July 17, 2021, 07:13:08 AM
Where did that information come from?


John Naulin.  Former head of Don Post r+d in the 70s .   He helped run the make-up show at the time also.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 17, 2021, 08:45:44 AM

John Naulin.  Former head of Don Post r+d in the 70s .   He helped run the make-up show at the time also. 

Very cool.  Thanks!

I always wondered about he small size of the Baby.  I pictured a jockey-sized guy in the suit.  Never occurred to me that Frank's kid was played by a woman.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Dr.Terror on July 18, 2021, 05:39:39 AM
You should contact him.  Being the Baby Frank fan that you are Im sure he'd have some great stories to share with you.

He's on Facebook and very friendly..
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monster Mike on October 31, 2021, 07:33:09 PM
There’s a keychain on eBay but it looks more like someone converted the button into one.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monster Mike on October 31, 2021, 07:35:15 PM
Actually I went back and looked at earlier pics on topic and see it’s legit.
Title: Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
Post by: Monster Mike on November 11, 2021, 05:30:47 AM
Baby Frankenstein went away because kids would abuse the actress in the costume.  I think the last straw came when a kid jammed a pencil  into her ear requiring medical attention.       

I wonder if it was one of those jumbo souvenir pencils?