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Title: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:06:14 AM
I've started a new YouTube series where I blather about monster toys. It's called "Raymond Castile's Basement of Horror." In each episode, I randomly select a box from my cluttered basement, open it, and discuss what's inside. Every box is full of monster toys. Could be new toys, or toys from 50 years ago. I say whatever comes to mind, give a little history about them, a little context, and relate any personal memories or observations I might have.

The first episode is an introduction. I don't open any boxes. I tell the viewer who I am and what the series is about.

http://youtu.be/rkRPs3UVrwk (http://youtu.be/rkRPs3UVrwk)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:08:39 AM
Here is the second episode. I'm trying not to reveal the contents of the box in the title or description, even though I'm sure that would greatly increase my views over time. But I want there to be an element of surprise.



http://youtu.be/c-O9US0Q_QI (http://youtu.be/c-O9US0Q_QI)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Anton Phibes on February 04, 2019, 01:09:21 AM
Well, holy crud Ray....I think I saw you at a Wonderfest in Louisville KY ages ago. I had no idea it was you. But I am pretty sure it was,lol.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:10:22 AM
The third episode would be of interest to 80s "knockoff" collectors.


http://youtu.be/ToeRVWh9pW4 (http://youtu.be/ToeRVWh9pW4)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:15:15 AM
The fourth episode is the latest one I've uploaded. It deals with one of the most classic lines of monster toys ever made.


http://youtu.be/AwXpYiKLupU (http://youtu.be/AwXpYiKLupU)



I wanted to get a few uploaded quickly to help build an audience. Now I will probably slow down to one a week or every other week. I shot 10 episodes over a one-week period. I'll probably shoot a couple more, then give it rest for a few months while I work on my Tomb of the Topstones mask series.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:19:41 AM
Well, holy crud Ray....I think I saw you at a Wonderfest in Louisville KY ages ago. I had no idea it was you. But I am pretty sure it was,lol.


I haven't been to Wonderfest in years, so it must have been a long time ago. I was there in 2012 to introduce Tom Stockman when he received his Rondo for the Vincentennial. I returned in 2013 when Tom introduced that year's Monster Kid of the Year recipient. That might have been my last trip to Wonderfest. I started going to HorrorHound Indianapolis and that replaced Wonderfest as my annual convention ritual.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Anton Phibes on February 04, 2019, 01:47:58 AM

I haven't been to Wonderfest in years, so it must have been a long time ago. I was there in 2012 to introduce Tom Stockman when he received his Rondo for the Vincentennial. I returned in 2013 when Tom introduced that year's Monster Kid of the Year recipient. That might have been my last trip to Wonderfest. I started going to HorrorHound Indianapolis and that replaced Wonderfest as my annual convention ritual.

I havent been in years either. i think it would've been between 2007-09. My dad, and my son (who's 23 now) and myself posed in front of (if I remember correctly) a UMA display. Were you going to WF then?

(https://i.imgur.com/CaTEntE.jpg)

The videos are nice, I really like the Topstone Mask videos you do too. They are very informative.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 01:54:06 AM
Yes, I worked on that display. I'm guessing that is the second year of the UMA "toy tour." The first year, the display was brown. The third year, we were moved to a different room. So that must be the second year.

I remember going to a vintage television collector to photograph a TV set that would be appropriate for the era discussed in that "Monster Craze" section. The TV you see is from his collection. I believe the Soakies and glasses in that top window are mine. You'll see them turn up in the YT video series eventually.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Mike Scott on February 04, 2019, 03:43:44 AM
The third episode would be of interest to 80s "knockoff" collectors.

Enjoyed this episode!  :)

BTW Those are animation cells. Check out those holes along the top. They fit on the registration pins on the animator's table.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/723/guWXBc.png)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/7632/bU9cFe.jpg)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on February 04, 2019, 11:40:55 AM
Great episodes. The first episode was super cool. I dig the LJN Gremlin.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Jim Bertges on February 04, 2019, 03:16:19 PM
Ray, this is such a great idea, not only for us as observers, but for you as well as you sift through your collection and re-discover treasures you haven't seen in years. I have pushed the subscription button and will return when I have sufficient time to view each episode at my leisure. I look forward to each and every one.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Mike Scott on February 04, 2019, 04:56:34 PM
I don't know if I'm supposed to say what they were, but I've seen the 3rd and 4th ones. A very casual look at Ray's collection. Like going over to his house and rummaging through his stuff.  ;D
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 04, 2019, 07:11:46 PM
Mike, thank you for clearing that up. When I first obtained that item, I assumed it was an animation cell. But over the years, pretty much everyone I've asked has told me it was the kind of illustration that would have been used in a product pitch or a meeting to finalize the character designs. But your photo of an animation frame clinches it, as far as I'm concerned. This was part of an animated film. But a cartoon meant for public consumption would not have featured the front and side view of the same character, with his name visible. So it is some kind of showcase for the character...like a preproduction piece...could there have been a short clip of him marching in place or saluting? Maybe each character had its own clip? So it would still be some kind of internal piece, not a cell from a televised cartoon or commercial. It's very interesting. I wonder if there are animation cells floating around out there for the rest of the characters.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Mike Scott on February 04, 2019, 10:52:44 PM
. . . pretty much everyone I've asked has told me it was the kind of illustration that would have been used in a product pitch or a meeting to finalize the character designs.

Can't tell you the reason they used the animation cells. All I know is, they did.  :)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Haunted hearse on February 06, 2019, 04:38:27 PM
Interesting series.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Count Zachula on February 08, 2019, 01:17:36 PM
Great stuff Ray!  Loved the Nightmare Warriors episode, never heard of those figures before. VERY cool, man!
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Hepcat on February 08, 2019, 02:48:27 PM
Here is the second episode. I'm trying not to reveal the contents of the box in the title or description, even though I'm sure that would greatly increase my views over time. But I want there to be an element of surprise.



[url]http://youtu.be/c-O9US0Q_QI[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/c-O9US0Q_QI[/url])


The cat makes it!

 8)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: mjaycox on February 08, 2019, 10:28:20 PM
I love this series and would love to do something similar. But my boxes are all labeled, so it wouldnt be a surprise.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 11, 2019, 01:28:59 PM
This episode is Part 1 of my look at cryptid monster toys. I rummage through a box full of Bigfoot, Nessie, etc.

http://youtu.be/pza-ZVhIDtE (http://youtu.be/pza-ZVhIDtE)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Earth 2 Chris on February 12, 2019, 12:51:41 PM
Wow, these are great! I'm really enjoying them!

Chris
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 17, 2019, 12:08:57 AM
http://youtu.be/pVWXKVNpDDk (http://youtu.be/pVWXKVNpDDk)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: fearliath on February 17, 2019, 04:05:07 PM
These videos are great.

Ray - you unwittingly introduced me to UMA. I was scouring the interwebs for info on the Glasslite Dracula action figure when I came upon your website on your work with Z do Caixo that references both the Glasslite Dracula and UMA.  I lived in Brazil for a few years so that was all extremely interesting.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on February 17, 2019, 06:00:33 PM
The Hang-Ups! Wow! Those are really unique and cool. Thank you for sharing, Ray.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 18, 2019, 04:50:44 AM
http://youtu.be/-jurDe2rY50 (http://youtu.be/-jurDe2rY50)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 18, 2019, 04:55:46 AM
These videos are great.

Ray - you unwittingly introduced me to UMA. I was scouring the interwebs for info on the Glasslite Dracula action figure when I came upon your website on your work with Z do Caixo that references both the Glasslite Dracula and UMA.  I lived in Brazil for a few years so that was all extremely interesting.

Thanks! It's nice to know people are still visiting my Z do Caixo site. It's hard to believe that was so long ago (2006 and 2008). I would sure like to return to Brazil while Mojica is still alive and see him one last time.

Welcome to the UMA! I'm not very involved here anymore. But admin Mike Scott is doing a good job keeping the ship afloat.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on February 24, 2019, 01:59:28 AM
http://youtu.be/eNw3A4gQAV8 (http://youtu.be/eNw3A4gQAV8)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: mjaycox on February 24, 2019, 06:45:25 PM
Awesome! I love this series.

Also-- can't wait for more Tomb of the Topstones videos
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on March 04, 2019, 01:07:19 AM
http://youtu.be/hCsH-9g8LRo (http://youtu.be/hCsH-9g8LRo)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: fearliath on March 06, 2019, 02:41:13 PM
When you talk about Children's Palace going out of business and finding old stock toys from a decade or prior on clearance that is literally something out of my wildest dreams. I have actually had a couple of dreams of finding a trove of Remco Mini Monsters and the playcase at a TJ Max/Tuesday Morning type store and losing my mind. One dream they even had some unreleased figures. Then I wake up and the level of disappointment is insane. You lived the dream my friend!
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on March 15, 2019, 02:13:20 AM
This one is a little different. It's an unboxing video for the new Mego monsters. Probably the only unboxing video I will do in this series. Next episode will return to rummaging through vintage toys stored in my basement.

http://youtu.be/PCOahYNEpt4 (http://youtu.be/PCOahYNEpt4)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on March 24, 2019, 05:37:28 PM
http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI (http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on March 24, 2019, 07:52:44 PM
[url]http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI[/url])


Love the episodes. Great figures from the past.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Palifan on March 25, 2019, 01:52:45 PM
[url]http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/nyxXZfP4FbI[/url])


Another great episode Raymond and I especially enjoyed this episodes subject matter with getting into these figures recently. The Fly was always the one I was after which I did pick up from the US before returning to the Uk although it will need upgrading at some point (The Fly really needs his shoes!).

Another area that interests me from this tomland/star raiders series is the 3/4" figures and after just over a year I've almost managed to put a full loose set together. I don't remember seeing these growing up but love the look of them and I'm only a couple away from completing them although this is made up of both glow and non glow versions. They are a little tricky to find with good stickers and even harder to find with their weapons but as they seemed to be released with and without weapons I'm not so worried about the accessories.

It's funny how these knockoff figures have become so sought after, after all these years but I guess collectors move on to the next thing once they complete a focus.

Looking forward to seeing what's next out of the box  :D

Ian
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on March 31, 2019, 01:06:10 AM
http://youtu.be/B9CMNt8UDNM (http://youtu.be/B9CMNt8UDNM)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Palifan on March 31, 2019, 01:31:46 PM
[url]http://youtu.be/B9CMNt8UDNM[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/B9CMNt8UDNM[/url])


Another great episode Raymond and just letting you know that I've sent you a PM.

All the best,

Ian
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on April 13, 2019, 10:15:46 PM
http://youtu.be/4uItzeyV6Us (http://youtu.be/4uItzeyV6Us)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Joseph_Baeza on April 18, 2019, 06:03:47 PM
Raymond, I just wanted to chime in to let you know I started watching the episodes last week, and I'm hooked!  Really enjoying your presentation as I salivate over your awesome collection!
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on April 26, 2019, 02:49:02 AM
Raymond, I just wanted to chime in to let you know I started watching the episodes last week, and I'm hooked!  Really enjoying your presentation as I salivate over your awesome collection!


Thank you!
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on April 28, 2019, 01:46:17 AM
http://youtu.be/Wr1e0oqYRJI (http://youtu.be/Wr1e0oqYRJI)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on April 28, 2019, 08:14:42 AM
Great episode, Ray.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on April 29, 2019, 11:26:25 PM
Great episode, Ray.

Thank you!
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Palifan on April 30, 2019, 02:15:30 AM
Another great show and as I know little to nothing about these masks there was a lot to learn which is always a bonus!

One thing I was wondering with regards to the masks starting to stiffen in places is do you think that the plastic bags they are wrapped in might be reacting with the rubber? I have a lot of vintage plastic toys and the loose ones I have I now keep in acid free paper bags as some of them were starting to react to the plastic zip lock bags I was using before. This might have been due to the temperature conditions of where they had to be stored for years ( the loft in the Uk isn't the best place to keep things as it can have quite dramatic temperature changes through the year but I didn't have a choice at the time). Some of the plastic were becoming sticky which can happen over time but I've also found out that air circulation helps with things like this so it's a good idea to have a small hole in a zip lock bag if using them.

It's just a thought and I know that sometimes it's just the luck of the draw as latex or plastic that's being used for each run will change and some are better than others over time (similar to how some bubbles yellow on sealed carded items). Hopefully your mask collection will carry on in great shape for years to come and thanks again for taking the time to post these great vids up.

Ian
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on May 02, 2019, 12:04:38 AM
Thank you! I have heard that plastic actually softens the rubber, and that plastic dries the rubber. I have seen masks harden in plastic bags, out of plastic bags, stuffed with plastic bags, nowhere near plastic bags. I have seen masks that have been in a plastic bag for 50 years and are just fine, and masks that have been in a bag for five years and have turned to dust. Some people say it's exposure to light. I keep my masks out of the light. Some say it's humidity. I have a dehumidifier. I don't think there is any rhyme or reason. I think it has more to do with the rubber and whether it contains fillers or other chemicals. I do know that Be Something/Zagone Studios had a policy of only using plastic bags that were graded for use in the food industry. They would store and ship their masks in bags. When they used a lower grade of bag, some of their masks rotted in storage. When they switched to bags made for food, the masks remained intact. One of the company's founders told me this. So I started using bags from grocery stores whenever possible.

I think there is a problem with comic book storage bags and rubber. I store a lot of jigglers in vinyl bags made for comics. The rubber of the figures themselves doesn't seem to react to the bags. But the rubber in the elastic bands often deteriorates. The bands become brittle or gooey. I wonder if the rubber in the elastic is made of latex rather than the petroleum-based rubber used to make the figures. I started switching over to storing jigglers in grocery bags to see if that made a difference. I haven't determined conclusively whether that helps. It seems like the best way to store jigglers is with no bag at all. Just dump them all in a cardboard box, like they shipped from the factory.




Another great show and as I know little to nothing about these masks there was a lot to learn which is always a bonus!

One thing I was wondering with regards to the masks starting to stiffen in places is do you think that the plastic bags they are wrapped in might be reacting with the rubber? I have a lot of vintage plastic toys and the loose ones I have I now keep in acid free paper bags as some of them were starting to react to the plastic zip lock bags I was using before. This might have been due to the temperature conditions of where they had to be stored for years ( the loft in the Uk isn't the best place to keep things as it can have quite dramatic temperature changes through the year but I didn't have a choice at the time). Some of the plastic were becoming sticky which can happen over time but I've also found out that air circulation helps with things like this so it's a good idea to have a small hole in a zip lock bag if using them.

It's just a thought and I know that sometimes it's just the luck of the draw as latex or plastic that's being used for each run will change and some are better than others over time (similar to how some bubbles yellow on sealed carded items). Hopefully your mask collection will carry on in great shape for years to come and thanks again for taking the time to post these great vids up.

Ian
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on May 11, 2019, 07:04:08 PM
http://youtu.be/yndnzY5yHiY (http://youtu.be/yndnzY5yHiY)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Mike Scott on May 11, 2019, 08:39:17 PM
That's what I like! Lots of Creatures!  :)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on May 11, 2019, 09:10:08 PM
I dig the season Finale episode.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on May 12, 2019, 08:38:18 AM
This is the exciting season finale of Basement of Horror.

http://youtu.be/kyqW1gxv4DI (http://youtu.be/kyqW1gxv4DI)
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Mike Scott on May 12, 2019, 11:37:03 AM
This is the exciting season finale of Basement of Horror.

Have you been renewed for another season?
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: raycastile on May 13, 2019, 03:18:57 AM
Have you been renewed for another season?

The network bosses are still analyzing the ratings. They are telling me I need to bring in a love interest to provide some sizzle.
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: marsattacks666 on May 13, 2019, 05:45:35 AM
The network bosses are still analyzing the ratings. They are telling me I need to bring in a love interest to provide some sizzle.

Preferably a Monster lover, right?🧟‍♂️👹
Title: Re: Monster Toys YouTube series
Post by: Joseph_Baeza on May 16, 2019, 12:52:30 AM
The network bosses are still analyzing the ratings. They are telling me I need to bring in a love interest to provide some sizzle.
Forget the love interest...just give us more cat cameos!  ;D