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Collecting Monsters => Vintage Monster Toys => Topic started by: poseablemonster on January 16, 2008, 08:10:18 PM

Title: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 16, 2008, 08:10:18 PM
There were a few toys that took this name or something very similar.  One was this set of rubber ghost finger puppets produced by Hasbro in 1968.  I think they are pretty scarce because I rarely come across them.  Here's a handfull I found at a toy show this past weekend:
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/actionplus/kookyspookys.jpg)
For some reason, I really like these little guys.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 16, 2008, 10:04:15 PM
Nice score, Andy!  Those are hard to come by, and usually pretty pricey when you do.  I had some when I was a kid and really like them too.  They glow in the dark, ya know! 

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 16, 2008, 10:29:26 PM
Oh, yeah, they glow incredibly!  I think they must be radioactive or something...
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 16, 2008, 10:32:55 PM
This is the definitive website about them:

http://www.undermountain.org/KookySpooky.html
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: raycastile on January 16, 2008, 10:41:17 PM
That is a really great find.  I get e-mail all the time from people who see those pictured on my site, asking where they can find them, who owns that set, are they for sale, etc.  People love those little ghosts.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 16, 2008, 11:00:31 PM
These are interesting...

I bought them off eBay several months ago.  The seller had a bunch of early Kooky Spooky stuff she was selling.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2059/2198285903_a235d8f8ee_o.jpg)

Here's the description that went with them....

This is a set of prints done by doll creator Patti Peticolas of the first series of Kooky Spookys at a point in their development when they were transitioning from individual characters into a family of ghosts. They are still a set of eight figures, but the names and designs have started to change, Vincent Van Ghost is now Rigor Mortimer, Shirley Shriek has changed to Mama Kaskit, Geisha Ghost is Grandmother MacReak, Betty Boo is Baby Boo, Gaston Ghost has become Daddy Cadava, and Ghostly Gomez is now Cousin Gilghouly. Only Teena Terror retains her original name. Other changes are the expression on Cousin Gilghouly, he now sports the frown that would stay the same when he became Daddy Booregard, same with Mama Kaskit and Grandmother MacReak, they will ultimately be members of the final family, and Teena Terror now has her heavy eyeliner.

The drawings show the accessories that were initially planned, when the dolls made it into production they each only got one item due to the need to keep the costs down. What is interesting is that some of the accesories shown in the drawings were the items that actually made it to production, but in a number of cases went with a different character, like the banjo with Uncle Booregard, the heart shaped LOVE sign with Mama Kaskit, and the alternate flower sign with Teena Terror. The most amusing of the group is Baby Boo, shown with a fierce expression and vampire fangs, toned way down in the final doll. The name Spook 'Em is added on, and the sign saying BOO! is a big lollypop.Incidently the eyes and moth, and the name Spook 'Em were hand drawn in felt tip marker on the print by Patti. She also has a skull and crossbones death rattle, a teddy bat, a bib with a bat on it, and a baby bottle with a skull and crossbones indicating it is filled with poison. A pretty monsterous little Baby Spook 'Em, Hasbro ultimately nixed most of that. The Cousin Ghilghouly character has the watch accessory drawn in as an afterthought, as does Teena Terror with the addition of a hair bow, these made it into final production.

I believe that these were also intended to become the Picture Playmate paperdolls. The idea was that they would be laminated with a high gloss platic coating, and the accessories would be vinyl colorforms style stick-ons. The prints were made with a Thermofax copier, which used a heat reactive paper. To get a good print on a Thermofax the original needed to be ink on transparent plastic, these were obviously from ink drawings on tracing paper, which worked but gave a grayed out appearance. An interesting side note about the Thermofax copier is that when fax machines came out, they used the Thermofax process as the means of printing out the document, later a xerographic and inkjet process was adopted, but the fax name stuck. Most people are unaware that a fax actually referred to a long obsolete copier technology. Since there were no corner Xerox machines in 1968, Patti utilized the Thermofax which she had aquired to make copies, since otherwise she would have to go to an offset printer, which was costly and only used for final presentation pieces.

The original drawings that these prints were made from are long lost, these copies are the only existing examples of this stage of the Kooky Spookys development. An enterprising person could use these as templates to make up a set of paperdolls, either by tracing them in ink, or scanning them into Photoshop and working on them on the computer. From the estate of the Kooky Spookys creator Patti Peticolas. I will be concentrating in the near future on listing prototypes from another doll series that Patti designed, the Mini Martians. I still have some more Kooky Spookys material, and will resume listing it at a later date.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 17, 2008, 07:22:55 AM
Those are really, really cool.  If they are what they appear to be and what the seller claims...that's an amazing find.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 17, 2008, 07:37:38 AM
The seller had all kinds of other drawings and prototype material she was selling, and I'm confident they are authentic.  I believe someone else in the UMA acquired some material from her as well.  There were a number of Kooky Spooky lisitings.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: The Phantom Creep on January 17, 2008, 10:38:31 AM
Love that Ghost with the guitar! I've always wanted a few of these.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: fmofmpls on January 17, 2008, 10:59:32 AM
How nice. I had these as a kid. I remember being fascinated how they would sit on your finger and glow like radioactive waste. If I recall correctly, and as Andy has already noted, these things really glowed big time!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: fmofmpls on January 17, 2008, 11:07:33 AM
That's a great Kooky Spooky web site by the way. I noticed the web master has a Kooky Spooky TV commercial from 1968 that he's selling for $10.00. I would love to see it, but I'm not going to pop for it. A search on YouTube unfortunately yielded no results. I'm surprised too, I thought YouTube would have had it on there.

BTW, we need to add Kooky Spooky pics to our Various gallery. Andy, I lifted your pic and put it into the Gallery. Hope you don't mind? Anyone have some carded pics we could add?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: fmofmpls on January 17, 2008, 11:18:35 AM
(http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/7268/spooky2vt1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: fmofmpls on January 17, 2008, 11:27:01 AM
Here's a bagged Teena Terror I found off of eBay. Interesting to note that in this example the Kooky Spooky is called a "Goofie Goblin". Also interesting to note that the word goofy is misspelled as goofie! Now that's goofy!

(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/2527/kookyspookysbaggedrs4.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: raycastile on January 17, 2008, 01:42:03 PM
That's the first time I've seen a bagged one.  I wonder if those are legit or unauthorized repops.  I also wonder if most of the loose ones today came from those bags.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 17, 2008, 02:08:56 PM
That's the first time I've seen a bagged one.  I wonder if those are legit or unauthorized repops.  I also wonder if most of the loose ones today came from those bags.

They were popular toys in the box when they were released.  First I've seen of the bags, too.  I think most came from the boxes.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: neonnoodle on January 17, 2008, 02:23:58 PM
"Goofie Goblins" ...?  Hmm.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: gracebuster on January 17, 2008, 02:41:43 PM
Andy, a GREAT score!
I am sad to say that these small ghosts are some of the pieces that I am missing in the case that reflects the favorite toys of my childhood.



(http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd54/gracebuster/House%20of%20Horror/smDoctorShockersHouseofHorror081.jpg)


Had em', loved em'.


ANywya, congrats on the wonderful score.

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: The Phantom Creep on January 17, 2008, 05:03:59 PM
Oohh cool case Dan. I see Hugo in the corner.

Does that camera turn into a gun?

What is that photo in the frame of the kid (probably you) on (in?) a tv?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: gracebuster on January 17, 2008, 07:57:54 PM
Good eyes, Shawn. Hugo is there!

The camera and radio both turn into guns (AGENT ZERO M)

And it  is a pic of me at 7 years old in a cardboard televeision,. My parents got it for me (sears maybe) because, even then, I was talking about being on television someday! weird, huh?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Tom Smith Monsternut on January 17, 2008, 11:55:07 PM
Where's your Mr. Machine Dan ? ::)

Tom
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Morkai on January 18, 2008, 02:55:46 PM
These little ghosts are very nice, but very expensives too :( The Ebay prices are too much.
But I want see it glowing in the dark :)
Dan, every time that I see your collection I cry!!!! You have all the monsters in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! strange that you haven't these Kooky Spookys...
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 18, 2008, 07:15:47 PM
They are pretty expensive.  I got these guys for $30 each, $120 for the four which I thought was a fair deal.  I've seen them go a lot higher.   :o
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: fmofmpls on January 18, 2008, 07:31:09 PM
$30.00 a piece is a fair deal alright. That's about all I'd be willing to pay too. I know .. good luck finding them at that price.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 18, 2008, 07:42:58 PM
Yep, it was pushing my limit, too.  The guy who sold them to me is an old toy show friend, and he showed them to me over 5 years ago, but didn't want to sell them at the time.  Last Sunday, he brought them to the show and offered them to me.  It was such a BAD show that I practically had to do stupid human tricks just to gather enough money to get them!   :P
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Morkai on January 19, 2008, 10:14:45 AM
And the glow in the dark of these ghosts are really so intense?  you said that was radioactive hehehehe. I have a skull that is very intese too and is like a candle in the night. Is a puzzle skeleton box called "Box o' Bones", the most glow in the dark stuff that I have.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on January 19, 2008, 02:07:41 PM
Oh, yeah.  These things really glow.  The little accessory pieces glow even brighter than the ghosts.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: gracebuster on January 22, 2008, 12:22:21 PM
MR MACHINE?!?!?

Okay, another thing I'm missing. Not the plastic one , though. The real one!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on August 24, 2008, 10:33:51 PM
Toy Ranch wrote:

Quote
This is the definitive website about them:

[url]http://www.undermountain.org/KookySpooky.html[/url]


Hey, thanks! That's my website!  ;D

I put it up because these tiny ghosts are my Holy Grails of collecting! Glad to see people enjoying it!

Cool story about the Kooky Spookys...

I saw my first one when I was maybe 5 years old. I lived in Chicago and there was a neighborhood called Brighton Park just down the street. Big shopping area. It had a dime store there, and I went inside for Easter with my mother and grandmother. Looking for Easter candy and stuff. Well, I came across an Easter basket with this cool ghost figure with fangs and a banjo. Imagine the shock! What in the world was a monster toy doing in an Easter basket?  :o Of course, my mother and grandmother discovered right off the bat why their little monster kid wanted that particular Easter basket.  ;)

Apparently, the owners of the store had Halloween merchandise that hadn't sold (ie the Kooky Spookys), so they simply added them as miscellaneous toys to their Easter baskets. Unreal! I lost track of it as I grew up and moved, then about 10 yearsa go I found Ray Castile's site and discovered what those little ghosts were called! I recently won both Brother Mortimer (loose, sans banjo) on ebay, as well as Grandma McCreak (loose, no umbrella). But what a fantastic thrill to once again see these beloved monster toys!

I put up the website a year or two ago, as a tribute and so that other fans could find out mroe about them. I was due to put up a major update on the site, as I was corresponding with the son of Patti Peticolas, who created the Kooky Spookys. However, I lost most of the information during a computer hard drive crash, so I'm just now starting to recover the info. Lots of prototype info, historical notes, and other interesting stuff to come. I also wanted to get the commercial transferred to DVD so I could get the out to people a lot cheaper (basically just the price of postage and the DVD disc). I never intended it to make money off it, just to be able to get it in the hands of other fans.

So, hopefully we'll have the site updated soon. Hopefully in time for Halloween.  :)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on August 25, 2008, 05:01:46 PM
Y'know, I pretty much managed to successfully ignore these threads when they first came up.  But you just couldn't leave well enough alone could you guys?? (angrily adds "kooky spookys" to ebay watch lists... )

ps- There must be some sort of weird time paradox going on because I'm pretty sure that Daddy Booregard is somehow the ghost of Flava Flav.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: chrisnurse on August 25, 2008, 05:09:26 PM
They are really charming figures, I love Brother Mortimer!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Bogey on August 25, 2008, 05:52:40 PM
Loved them as a kid....and would love to score one in the future for the shelf.  However, the price is usually quite high.  Nice purchase, and thanks for the pic.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gasport on August 25, 2008, 10:36:21 PM
Ah yes, one of my all time favorite toys. I still remember finding my Brother Mortimer at Bob Scott's 5 & 10 in Syosset, NY in 1968. Wish i had went back and bought the whole set, but i thought this one to be the coolest of the bunch at the time. Here he is 40 years later....

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b352/Gasport2000/bromortimer.jpg)


Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on September 09, 2008, 06:10:28 PM
It's so nice to find others who remember Kooky Spookys!  I discovered them when I was a kid living in Japan back in the early '70s.  My father was in the U.S. Air Force and while my family was stationed at Chofu Air Base (sadly closed many years ago), we used to make special trips to the U.S. Naval Base in Yokohama.  The BX (Base Exchange, like a department store for military personnel) was enormous and had the coolest toy section.  I clearly remember seeing a couple of shelves stocked with all those wonderful Kooky Spooky boxes.  Of course, I wanted one of each character, but as I recall they were kind of pricey even for the '70s.  I think they were about $3 a piece or more, and there was no way my parents were going to spend over 20 bucks on silly little finger puppets for me!  We were not exactly poor, but we certainly didn't have a lot of money while my father was in the military.  Anyway, I was forced to make one of the most difficult decisions of my entire childhood:  I had to choose only one Kooky Spooky!  I stood there for quite a long time, studying each character very carefully, picking up the boxes one by one, trying to weigh the pros and cons of each Kooky Spooky.  I immediately eliminated Baby Spook'em since he was the smallest, and I think I rejected Teena Terror and Mama Kaskit because they looked a little bit too much like a hippies and I was afraid of hippies back then (hey, I was only 6 years old, so I didn't know any better...and please don't do the age math!)  So it came down to Cousin Mortimer, Grandma Macreak and Daddy Booregard.  Mortimer had that kickass banjo and Grandma had the sweet umbrella, but for some reason I selected Daddy Booregard.  I can't remember why.  I guess I was attracted to his clock and gold chain.  Naturally, by the time we made another trip to Yokohama, the Kooky Spookys were sold out and were never available again.  The packaging is long gone of course, but Daddy Booregard is still with me, all original and totally intact.  It remains one of my most treasured childhood toys.  I had long ago forgotten they were called Kooky Spookys, but I always knew they were special toys.  I never saw them again in any toy store, thrift shop or yard sale, so I remained clueless about Kooky Spookys for many years (of course, that's BI, "Before Internet").  It was actually only a few months ago that I found out the details on these Hasbro gems, and now I'm (slightly) obsessed with trying to obtain an entire set.  I guess I've always felt cheated that I couldn't buy them all when I was a kid.  I've seen them on eBay once in awhile, but so far I've been outbid on every auction.  (Someone recently listed 3 mint condition KS's unopened in their original boxes!)  Depending on the condition, I've bid upwards of $250, but there are definitely people out there who are willing to pay a lot more for Kooky Spookys than I am.  Oh well, I'll get them all one day...oh yes...they will be mine!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: poseablemonster on September 10, 2008, 11:50:21 AM
Neat story, GG.  I love how these little ghosts had a tendency to become such special and treasured childhood memories for people.  They have a certain special quality that few toys ever stack up to.  I think the Colorforms Outer Spacemen are also in this category of treasured childhood toys.  For whatever reason; they just stick with you throughout your life.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on September 10, 2008, 04:20:15 PM
Neat story, GG.  I love how these little ghosts had a tendency to become such special and treasured childhood memories for people.  They have a certain special quality that few toys ever stack up to.  I think the Colorforms Outer Spacemen are also in this category of treasured childhood toys.  For whatever reason; they just stick with you throughout your life.

I was also quite shocked to discover how incredibly rare and collectible Kooky Spookys have become.  I did think they might be a bit hard to find, but I never imagined they would end up selling for hundreds of dollars on ebay.  Definitely an "under the radar" toy!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Bogey on September 10, 2008, 10:17:08 PM
I was also quite shocked to discover how incredibly rare and collectible Kooky Spookys have become.  I did think they might be a bit hard to find, but I never imagined they would end up selling for hundreds of dollars on ebay.  Definitely an "under the radar" toy!

The same.  However, it may be one of those that you might find in an old antique shop that has not gone the way of the internet yet for a decent price.....though most have dried up, there are still a few tucked away.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 31, 2009, 04:44:15 AM
I have a very similar Kooky Spooky story to tell. A tale of yearning. They came out just before Christmas - we were so impressed with the concept of luminous finger puppets, and were even more impressed with how well they glowed! It was certainly the time for glowing toys. I think it was the same year I received the "Green Ghost" game for my birthday a few weeks earlier.

I selected Grandma for my Christmas wish list (but also wanted Daddy B), my brother loved Brother Mortimer (but was happy with a Teena if we were allowed to have two each), and my little brother, who was very young at the time, received Baby Spook'em, but we were also hoping for him to get Mama as well. Well, we did only get one character each, and they were all sold out by the next Easter, so we missed completing the family. I recall we even made haunted houses out of Easter egg box pacakaging, in anticipation of my grandmother finally tracking us down the missing three ghosts for out set.

Over time, I sort of forgot what Daddy, Mama and Teena looked like, and I was shocked to finally see pics on the Internet in the 90s. We definitely received the best three. My Grandma's unbrella eventually broke, but she now carries a paper cocktail umbrella! Spook'em lost his sign, but Mortimer still has his banjo. At one point, I recall touching up the red lines on the banjo, and the pink frills on Spook'em and Grandma, with felt-tipped pens, but the alterations have faded away, and the three figures are in excellent condition. Unlike so many other luminous toys, they've never lost their powers.

I also remember "Glow Globs" arriving in Australia in the late 60s/early 70s. One was shaped like a greenish ghost. My brothers and I often wondered if we could try making the three characters we were missing out of Glow Globs. Never did buy a packet, though, even when I found a packet in a store many years later. (Advertised at the same time was a glow-in-the-dark paint, "Glow Juice", from the same company.)

We used to play a very rough "Kooky Spookys" game with the two girls next door. We'd bring the ghosts over, leaving the accessories safe at home, charge 'em up under their bedroom light while eating dinner, then turn out the lights, shut the door, pull the blinds, and throw the ghosts - very hard, at each other - while in total darkness. Often the game would stop while we retrieved a ghost from behind a wardrobe or on a high shelf. Sometime we worried we'd lost one for good.

Another memory: a little girl we used to babysit in the late 70s fell in love with our Kooky Spookys but no way were we handing them over. But... cosmetics company, Avon, produced a tube of lip balm with a little green glowing ghost finger puppet, which slid over the tube. My Mom ordered her a ghost from the Avon catalog. It made a great, unofficial, extra family member!

I'm surprised no retro toy company has resurrected Kooky Spookys. Yet. So much else from the 60s has made a comeback at some point. I loved those preliminary sketches for the original set of eight (upthread)! Too cool!
http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2006/12/purple-and-gold-in-1975-okay-so-i-was.html (http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2006/12/purple-and-gold-in-1975-okay-so-i-was.html)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: ChrisW on January 31, 2009, 11:54:57 AM
Pretty cool little toys. I have only the vaguest of memories of them. Like Godzillagirl said, they are the kind of toy you just might luck across in an antique/collectible shop aomewhere...
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 31, 2009, 12:02:31 PM
We got an email from someone who has a bunch of the Kooky Spooky designer's estate items and spoke with her kids for some background.  Here's an excerpt she wanted to give us some background on...

the story is, that the first shipment was not as large as the demand the toys created.
the displays and the  way the toys were seen in the stores, made them sell out very quickly.

the second shipment was probably even larger than the first, because of the popularity and quick sell out, but the ship (whether the actual ship or a transport of some kind in the harbor) sank or almost sank.
none the less, the kooky spookys were water soaked.  the boxes were destroyed as you might imagine, but the spooks were salvaged and put into plastic bags to distribute.
the family was even aware of the fact that there were some where you would even find sand inside some of the bags. (probably caught inside the spooks. )
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: ChrisW on January 31, 2009, 12:03:42 PM
Wild! I love back stories like that!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 31, 2009, 05:44:17 PM
kooky spookys were water soaked.  the boxes were destroyed as you might imagine, but the spooks were salvaged and put into plastic bags to distribute.
the family was even aware of the fact that there were some where you would even find sand inside some of the bags. (probably caught inside the spooks. )

Amazing! These days insurance would preclude any salvaging, I'd imagine.

I'm really surprised these toys haven't had a retro release, like the current Mego ST figures.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: raycastile on January 31, 2009, 09:27:22 PM
That explains the bagged one that turned up a few years ago.  I remember us discussing it.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: imagineerie on January 31, 2009, 09:45:32 PM
I love these!  I'm not really sure if I remember them or not.  Some of the toys you guys uncover would have been from a twilight time in my life, making is easy for me to have a false memory.  Of course, if these guys had commercials, I would certainly have been exposed to them and that could be the memory!
I do know that my love for paper models stems from some commercial from my early childhood (late 60s, early 70s) that showed a fold-out haunted house.  I wanted it soooo bad, but never got it, or remember what it was.  This might be it.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Monster Bob on February 01, 2009, 12:00:22 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UypyeUuL6vI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UypyeUuL6vI)

Weebles Haunted House?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on February 01, 2009, 03:11:53 AM
Therin, here's a pic of the Avon ghost standing next to Brother Mortimer. He did make a nice addition to the family.  :)

(http://www.undermountain.org/brothermortimer1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: gracebuster on February 03, 2009, 12:46:41 PM
I'll tell you this, the person who wrote the Weebles Haunted House jingle should recieve some award.
Dear Lord I remembered every word of it, as i was watching it.

Last night we had some guest in the museuem and we started singing the LIBBYS LIBBYS LIBBYS song.

Amazing how this stuff can stick in your head for 35 years.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on February 03, 2009, 01:38:02 PM
The lady who has been talking to the Kooky Spooky creator's kids and gave me the info about the cargo ship sinking offered to ask other questions about the Kooky Spookys if anyone has them.  The kids were very involved with the toys and can probably answer most questions we might have.

Post 'em if you got 'em!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on February 03, 2009, 05:05:20 PM
Therin, here's a pic of the Avon ghost standing next to Brother Mortimer. He did make a nice addition to the family.  :)

([url]http://www.undermountain.org/brothermortimer1.jpg[/url])


Just a little FYI, the Avon ghost lip balm topper is called "Gilroy the Ghost" and is a lot easier (and loads cheaper) to find on eBay than Kooky Spookys.  Unless they suffer from significant damage, most Kooky Spookys on eBay go for $85 or (most of the time) higher.  I did see 2 Kooky Spookys sell for less than $40 apiece quite recently, but they were not in the best condition.  One went for only $12 (a Brother Mortimer that was slightly melted).
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Daddy Booregard on March 02, 2009, 08:40:46 PM
Hi everone,
I can shed some light on the Kooky Spooky in bags. When I was 9 or 10 My family took a trip to Disneyland and it was the same year the Haunted Mansion opened in 1969. After we rode the attraction we went gift shopping in one of New Orleans Square many gift shops. The entire Kooky Spooky display was set up in one of the shops and I remember picking Daddy Booregard. He did come in a plastic bag with a header card, What a memory that trip holds for me.

Last year I was visiting my family home went to my old bedroom closet and in a bag stored away I found Daddy Booregard. I use to call him "Daddy Glow it" for obvious reasons. It had been some 30 +  years since I last saw the little fellow and was instantly transported back in time to my youth.  I had remembered that when I got him in Disneyland all those years ago, that there were other ghost members in the collection. I went to ebay and within one year managed to find the other 5 kooky spooky family members, most with original accessories. I will try to include a picture of the current display I have of them.

I am so glad to see so much interest in these little characters and I have found some really great people collecting them. Keep up the good work with this website of which I am happy to be a new member of.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: avenger on March 02, 2009, 11:25:32 PM
Welcome Daddy Booregard to our UMA family.I think you'll be quite happy here.
Come in and enjoy your stay.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gasport on March 03, 2009, 01:12:21 AM
Dear DB,
              Like you, i have a strong connection with the kooky spooky line. I found my Brother Mortimer at a local 5 & 10 in Syosset, NY in the late 60's. Mine wasn't bagged and came in the classic KS packaging best known to these toys. I remember they had one of each from the entire line at this store. I wanted them all, but had to choose just one...i went with Brother Mortimer. Being already interested in guitar, i liked that he had a banjo!  I still have him to this day. [see pic] Here he is entertaining some friends.



(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b352/Gasport2000/bromortimero-orbitron-etc2-309002.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on April 21, 2009, 04:26:42 PM
The lady who has been answering our questions emailed the group to say she has some listings up for Kooky Spooky stuff from the designer's estate.

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/simonemarie_W0QQ_dmdZ1QQ_ipgZ50QQ_sopZ12?_rdc=1 (http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/simonemarie_W0QQ_dmdZ1QQ_ipgZ50QQ_sopZ12?_rdc=1)

Normally this isn't my practice to announce ongoing auctions, but this was sent for the benefit of the group and it would not be fair if I kept the information for my own use.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: raycastile on April 23, 2009, 06:17:21 PM
If I were a Kooky Spookys collector, I'd be taking out a second mortgage to buy that stuff.  Wow, what a treasure trove.  Good thing I don't collect Kooky Spookys.


The lady who has been answering our questions emailed the group to say she has some listings up for Kooky Spooky stuff from the designer's estate.

[url]http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/simonemarie_W0QQ_dmdZ1QQ_ipgZ50QQ_sopZ12?_rdc=1[/url] ([url]http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/simonemarie_W0QQ_dmdZ1QQ_ipgZ50QQ_sopZ12?_rdc=1[/url])

Normally this isn't my practice to announce ongoing auctions, but this was sent for the benefit of the group and it would not be fair if I kept the information for my own use.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: hedorah59 on April 25, 2009, 03:29:05 PM
Man I loved these toys! I never remembered what they were called until I saw this thread. Thanks for rekindling the memories guys! I would love to find a set, but it sounds like they are too expensive for me.


We used to play a very rough "Kooky Spookys" game with the two girls next door. We'd bring the ghosts over, leaving the accessories safe at home, charge 'em up under their bedroom light while eating dinner, then turn out the lights, shut the door, pull the blinds, and throw the ghosts - very hard, at each other - while in total darkness. Often the game would stop while we retrieved a ghost from behind a wardrobe or on a high shelf. Sometime we worried we'd lost one for good.


Thats too funny! We used to play the exact same game!  :D Ours usually ended when one of us got hit in the face and the parents came in and made us stop!





Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: hedorah59 on April 25, 2009, 03:31:04 PM
Therin, here's a pic of the Avon ghost standing next to Brother Mortimer. He did make a nice addition to the family.  :)

([url]http://www.undermountain.org/brothermortimer1.jpg[/url])


How cool! I have that Avon ghost and always wondered where it was from. I bought it because it reminded me of the Kooky Spookys!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: The Creeper on April 29, 2009, 11:26:50 PM
How cool! I have that Avon ghost and always wondered where it was from. I bought it because it reminded me of the Kooky Spookys!
I used to have the Avon ghost.  Wish I still did, I remember it glowed in the dark and it came with chap stick inside it.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: BaronLatos35 on April 30, 2009, 09:18:56 AM
I used to the one with black circles around the eyes. I remember taking him everywhere. At those prices I can't see getting another one.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Jscareshock on April 30, 2009, 01:16:01 PM
Someone is sitting on a WAREHOUSE full of these.  About 15 years ago I was attending the NorthEast Paper and Ephemera Show at the Allentown Farigrouns in Allentown PA.  It was shortly after Walter Gibson, the creator of teh Shadow, had passed away.  At this show I met a dealer who ahd a bog display of Shadow paperbacks and paperwork form the Gibson estate for sale and I bought tons of this stuff for my collection.  Well, I turned the corner to go down another aisle and there was a guy with a big display of the Kooky Spooky figures.  My heart stopped!  He had tons of them and he said he wasn't having a good show.  I could understand why becuase he wanted $5.00 apiece for each uncarded figure. Most people thought that was too much to pay for a toy in the mid-1990s.  Well, I would have bought loads of the figures had I not spent most of my money on Shadow stuff.  I bought a few sets and put them away in a box somewhere--now I just need to find the box.  That's the curse of having too much junk.
  But I know this guy is out there somewhere with box loads of figures just sitting sround because he couldn;'t sell them in the 1990s.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on November 21, 2009, 04:23:04 PM
It's so nice to find others who remember Kooky Spookys!  I discovered them when I was a kid living in Japan back in the early '70s. 

Y'know, I didn't think anything of this at the time, but I recently stumbled across a Daddy Booregard in a Japanese box. I wasn't even looking for it. I literally clicked the wrong link and there it was. But it made me come back to this thread and upon reading it, I wondered if the one you bought was in a US or Japanese box? It sounded like your were talking about the regular US boxes. Makes me wonder why, if they were sold in Japan in Japanese boxes, you would have bought one there in a US box??

Anyway, I guess in Japan they were known at "Glowing Phantom Spookies". It looks like I somehow forgot to save the picture, but when I get it in the mail, I'll post it up.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Jscareshock on November 25, 2009, 09:07:19 AM
Someone is sitting on a WAREHOUSE full of these.  About 15 years ago I was attending the NorthEast Paper and Ephemera Show at the Allentown Farigrouns in Allentown PA.  It was shortly after Walter Gibson, the creator of teh Shadow, had passed away.  At this show I met a dealer who ahd a bog display of Shadow paperbacks and paperwork form the Gibson estate for sale and I bought tons of this stuff for my collection.  Well, I turned the corner to go down another aisle and there was a guy with a big display of the Kooky Spooky figures.  My heart stopped!  He had tons of them and he said he wasn't having a good show.  I could understand why becuase he wanted $5.00 apiece for each uncarded figure. Most people thought that was too much to pay for a toy in the mid-1990s.  Well, I would have bought loads of the figures had I not spent most of my money on Shadow stuff.  I bought a few sets and put them away in a box somewhere--now I just need to find the box.  That's the curse of having too much junk.
  But I know this guy is out there somewhere with box loads of figures just sitting sround because he couldn;'t sell them in the 1990s.
In this post I said UNCARDED.  That was an error.  THese figures were carded.  Mine are carded.  So there has to be a lot of them out there somewhere.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 02, 2009, 03:05:05 AM
Well if anyone comes across some and wants to sell them at a sane price, I'm first in line!  :)

I just can't afford those $300+ ebay prices.  :-\
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 09, 2009, 09:14:39 PM
Any one here get the set that ended tonight? Mama Kaskit, Teena Terror, and Baby Spook'em all loose, but with the accessories, for $381. A far cry from $5. I gotta admit, seeing it makes me think I should just flip the one I've got coming. I wonder if a Japanese boxed one would fetch more or less money than a US one?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 10, 2009, 01:41:02 AM
Man, I wish I could have grabbed those off ebay! Not a bad price at all! Does anyone have a picture of the Japanese boxed ones? I've never seen one.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 10, 2009, 01:50:12 AM
I finally had my boxed shipped from Japan so I should be able to post up a pic in the next week.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Bogey on December 10, 2009, 11:34:48 PM
I finally had my boxed shipped from Japan so I should be able to post up a pic in the next week.

Coolness!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 11, 2009, 01:41:46 AM
Coolness!

Don't get too excited. Although it's neat as a variation, the US box is much cooler from an aesthetic standpoint.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Bogey on December 11, 2009, 07:45:55 AM
Don't get too excited. Although it's neat as a variation, the US box is much cooler from an aesthetic standpoint.

Cannot help it! ;D  Come again on how many bones it set you back.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 11, 2009, 12:28:02 PM
Come again on how many bones it set you back.

I paid about $10 for it.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: LundyAfterMidnight on December 11, 2009, 05:34:11 PM
I still have the Baby ghost, minus the sign from back-in-the-day.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 17, 2009, 01:52:45 PM
Sorry for the hold up, box wasn't shipped until Sunday. Anyway, here's some pics of the Japanese boxed Daddy Booregard.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1124.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1125.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1126.jpg)

The back of the box shows the entire line and although my Japanese in limited at best, it appears the characters have been renamed as "Spooky Mama", "Spooky Sister", "Spooky Grandmother (I assume so anyway, can't read the hirogana off hand), "Spooky Brother", "Spooky Papa" and "Spooky Baby".

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1128.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1130.jpg)

And did you guys see the house on Ebay the other night? I was gonna try for it, but my bid was too low to register. I would have like to have gotten it, but at the end of the day, I'm just not a big enough fan to throw down hard. For me, the money would be better spent elsewhere. Still, if it's as rare as your site indicates, I think the final price of $341 dollars was more than reasonable!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Sleepyhollowstudios on December 17, 2009, 06:35:18 PM
Wonderful, mint Daddy Booregard. Congratulations on your purchase.

But I must admit, I'll never understand the Japanese aesthetic.

In my opinion, the box just looks silly, and aside from the brick motif on the sides, I don't understand the logic of this packaging for a ghost toy.

Then again, I'm neither Japanese, nor have I ever visited Japan, so there's no wonder why I don't understand it.

Anyway, congratulations, NekroDave! Boxed toys are my fave!

-Andy
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: hhwolfman on December 17, 2009, 09:18:03 PM
I think this went for a fair price. Correct me if I am wrong. There are only 2 known of these and this is the third. If this is true, This was a steal. HHW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350289998700&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350289998700&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 18, 2009, 12:58:58 AM
Actually, it's the 4th one (that I know of). I've been tracking Kooky Spooky ebay prices since early 2005.

The first time I saw the mail-in Haunted House was Apr. 13th of 2006 when it went for $127. It was in really nice shape, maybe VFN judging by the pic, but missing some of the attachments. It came with the original mailer envelope and the mailer was in ok shape.

Another sold on Aug. 27th of 2006 and was VFN+ but also missing a few of the window platforms. That one went for $310 with the envelope in really good shape.

And finally, on Dec. 9th of 2006 one sold for $157 but the envelope had brown water damage and the house itself had some wrinkling to it, though it was hard to tell from the pic if it had actual water damage.

Did anyone save the pics from this latest auction? It ended and the pics got taken down before I got to save them for reference.

I'd have to compare the pics to the others and see how complete it was, but I'd say that's a price I'd be willing to pay ($341) if I had the cash. I'm guessing that a mint copy of the complete haunted house would clear $500. I'd personally (again, assuming I had funds at the time) be willing to go to $750 or more.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: NekroDave on December 20, 2009, 12:05:58 AM
Excellent information to have, Barlow. Thanks for doing that research!

And in looking back at this thread, lots of people said these guys glowed bright, but don't you think someone ought to show it?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/nekrodave/IMG_1146.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 20, 2009, 03:02:21 AM
Mine don't glow quite that bright (as you pictured), and by the time I turn the lights off, it fades enough that my crappy camera can't get a good shot. But for at least a few minutes, you can literally see it two city blocks away at night. Easily.  >:D
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Jscareshock on December 21, 2009, 11:32:40 AM
I totally forgot about the hautned house.  I check Ebay now and then and saw someone had some of the figures up for over $300 but didn't get a buyer.

Wonder what a set still in the box would go for?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 23, 2009, 01:20:38 AM
A set of all 6 MOC Kooky Spooky figures on cards? Easily $2,100. The average price for a carded figure on a nice card is about $350, and several have sold for $450, $540, and $585 (the highest I've seen, for Brother Mortimer MOC). If you had a set of all 6 MOC, I'd guess about $3,000+.  :o

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Jscareshock on December 23, 2009, 09:07:53 AM
Barlow, thank you.  That is amazing news.  Makes you kinda wonder what would have happened if this toy line really took off.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on December 24, 2009, 01:39:08 AM
Wait till I update the website and show you all the planned Series 2 figures. Oh man!  ;)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: kckoala on May 31, 2010, 11:38:49 PM
I have a Baby Spook'em that I need to sell.  Hubby is out of work and we are selling off somethings to help pay bills.  I hate to get rid of this cutie--as it was one of my favorite toys as a child.  Any ideas on where to find someone interested?  I thought about ebay---but sales there have not been good on things lately.

Thanks
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on June 01, 2010, 03:40:17 AM
KCkoala, PM me and let me know about condition and all that and I'll make you an offer.  ;)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on July 14, 2010, 04:08:20 PM
I have a Baby Spook'em that I need to sell.  Hubby is out of work and we are selling off somethings to help pay bills.  I hate to get rid of this cutie--as it was one of my favorite toys as a child.  Any ideas on where to find someone interested?  I thought about ebay---but sales there have not been good on things lately.

Thanks

Kooky Spookys always do well on eBay, but people seem to prefer bidding on them as opposed to "Buy It Now" listings.  Depending on the condition of the figure and if it still has its original accessory, you could easily top $100 with a $9.99 opening bid price.  If you have the original box (any condition), you'd likely end up selling it for $200-$300.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on July 14, 2010, 04:29:29 PM
As a matter of fact, there are 2 boxed Kooky Spookys (Grandma McCreak and Baby Spookem) listed on eBay right now and the starting bids were apparently $279 each...and they already have bidders!  Wish it was me, but that's out of my range at the moment.  One day I'm gonna git me one of those boxed Kooky Spookys!

There is also a loose figure of Daddy Booregard (no clock necklace) that has been listed for at least a couple of weeks, but no one seems interested in it.  Why?  Because it is a "Buy It Now" listing, and as I mentioned previously, people just don't like that kind of listing when it comes to Kooky Spookys.  Curious!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on July 14, 2010, 04:40:06 PM
Check out this UMA thread for more Kooky Spookys news:
http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=9898.0 (http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=9898.0)

A very talented lady is creating miniature glow-in-the-dark clay Kooky Spookys reproductions.  They are really cute and the detailing is quite accurate.  She's also making Kooky Spookys based on pop-cult icons.

Kooky Spookys...gone but not forgotten!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on July 14, 2010, 05:36:06 PM
They might go much higher.

In 2005, there were 2 Grandma McCreaks that sold loose, in NM shape, with her umbrella, for $321 and $250 respectively.

Also in 2005, a Baby Spook'Em that was loose and NM sold for $250.

There were also some carded figures of each sold in 2005. Grandma McCreak went MOC for $407 and Baby Spook'Em MOC went for $494!  :o

On the other hand, in 2006, Baby Spook'em sold NMOC with a smell cello melt for $203 and Grandma McCreak sold NMOC with a small cello melt for $204.

And in 2007 there were 2 carded Grandma McCreaks that sold MOC for $206 and $280. And a Baby Spook'em Mint on a Good card sold for $150.

So it can go either way. I wonder if there's any shill bidding going on?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on July 14, 2010, 06:20:21 PM
They might go much higher.
<snip>
So it can go either way. I wonder if there's any shill bidding going on?

The bidding on Kooky Spookys can be odd and unpredictable.  Sometimes the condition is factor, sometimes not.  I've bid on a few carded figures in recent years, but never over $300...and needless to say, I've never won either.  I really wanted that repackaged Japanese Daddy Booregard, but if I recall correctly, the winning bid was over $450.  Too rich for my blood!  On the other hand, there used to be an equally rare Teena Terror repackaged as something called "Goofie Goblins" that was listed on eBay for months and as far as I know it never sold and was eventually taken down by the seller.  (No real surprise since it was listed as "Buy It Now" which is the kiss of death for Kooky Spookys!)  Since it seems we die-hard Kooky Spookys collectors are willing to pay top-dollar for them (if we can afford it), it seems unlikely there is much shill bidding going on.  It's hardly necessary!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: hhwolfman on July 18, 2010, 08:32:43 PM
I  think these are the  highest prices, I have ever seen paid.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330450645248&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330450645248&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330450644213&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330450644213&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: CreepyJeff on July 19, 2010, 12:23:40 AM
Wow!   Someone needs to copy those pics to our gallery if we don't already have them.  Never seen the packaging for these before and the pics are pretty good.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on July 21, 2010, 11:14:50 AM
Barlow, thank you.  That is amazing news.  Makes you kinda wonder what would have happened if this toy line really took off.

If the line had really taken off, they would be more plentiful, and likely less valuable.  Of course, there would be more fans of it, so hard to say... 
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on July 25, 2010, 02:33:11 AM
HHwolfman, those are indeed new records that I gotta add to the database. The previous highest off the top of my head was a MONMC Brother Mortimer that sold for $585 in 2006.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on September 23, 2010, 04:11:44 PM
Holy Cats!  This has to be the new record for the highest amount paid on eBay for a single uncarded Kooky Spookys figure! :o 

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-Vintage-Hasbro-KOOKY-SPOOKY-GHOST-Doll-Figure-Toy-/220665283704?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3360ad0478 (http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-Vintage-Hasbro-KOOKY-SPOOKY-GHOST-Doll-Figure-Toy-/220665283704?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3360ad0478)

I mean, I love those toys as much as anyone else, but seriously, I would never pay over $900 for one.  That's just bananas!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gasport on September 23, 2010, 09:45:21 PM
JEEZ...That IS crazy! I've had mine since i was a kid and would hate to part with it, but the way things have been going lately around here, i may have to. I actually lost his banjo back in the day, but found one on ebay a few years ago.

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b352/Gasport2000/bromortimer.jpg)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on September 23, 2010, 09:57:30 PM
$910 for a loose Brother Mortimer...Sweet mother of Christmas!!!!  :o

And another one ended today at $866!  :o

Damn, I'm almost tempted to put my Brother Mortimer on ebay! Pay off a month's rent!

The highest a Brother Mortimer has ever gone, MOC, was $585 in 2006.
The highest a Brother Mortimer has ever gone, loose and NM, with a banjo, was $361 in 2005.

Another loose, NM, with banjo went in 2005 for $200.


Those recent prices are outrageous. Wow. It must be nice to have enough money to be able to bid them into the stratosphere, but just wow!  :o

Of course, both were damn near dead mint, although the one at $866 seems to have a cut rubber band in place of the original string for the banjo. By far the two nicest, cleanest, brightest Brother Mortimers I've ever seen selling.  But still...
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on September 24, 2010, 02:47:12 AM
$910 for a loose Brother Mortimer...Sweet mother of Christmas!!!!  :o

And another one ended today at $866!  :o

Damn, I'm almost tempted to put my Brother Mortimer on ebay! Pay off a month's rent!


Those recent prices are outrageous. Wow. It must be nice to have enough money to be able to bid them into the stratosphere, but just wow!  :o

Of course, both were damn near dead mint, although the one at $866 seems to have a cut rubber band in place of the original string for the banjo. By far the two nicest, cleanest, brightest Brother Mortimers I've ever seen selling.  But still...

I've seen MOC Brother Morts go for at least half the amount either of those two went for on eBay!  This is beyond nuts!  Why are BM's so hot right now?  The Daddy Booregard and Grandma McCreak that were listed at the same time only went for $226 and $167, and those were the most minty examples I've seen on eBay for quite some time.  But, yeah, I'd love to be wealthy enough to snag me a few Kooky Spookys for a few thousand clams.  On the other hand, I don't think I could sleep at night knowing I had just paid that much money on a silly rubber finger puppet...and I LOVE Kooky Spookys!  I mean, really, what do you do with it?  Invite your friends over, point at it and say "Look! There's the thing I spent nearly $1000 on!" tynhrt
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 14, 2010, 07:16:13 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5260699666_5d9e08447d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699666/)
Kooky Spooky trio (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699666/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5202/5260699924_d2bd3ddf13.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699924/)
Kooky Spooky trio glowing in the dark (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699924/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/5260699806_9941e1848d_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699806/)
Baby Spook'em - Kooky Spooky (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5260699806/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

Hope it's okay to resurrect (pun intended) this ghost thread. I experimented with photographing my trio of Kooky Spookys in the dark tonight, using my iPhone. Weirdly, the in-the-dark shots had the ghosts almost invisible, until I hit the auto-correct button after downloading the files onto my laptop. Mortimer's guitar is sooooo bright in the dark. His black elastic banjo strap is finally perishing and stretching. Note that Grandma holds a paper cocktail umbrella these days.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 19, 2010, 03:27:34 PM
I still have some more Kooky Spookys material, and will resume listing it at a later date.


Toy Ranch, have you added new Kooky Spooky information anywhere yet?

I'm absolutely fascinated by that prototype artwork, and the progression of names and accessories. Several times now, I've been about to tackle a Kooky Spooky page for Wikipedia, and was wondering how we'd go about referencing the amazing information that accompanied the Thermo copies you own. I guess it's paperwork accompanying the deceased estate of Patti? (I know I've sometimes linked URLs to Wikipedia material and it gets challenged because they want references to actual published books and articles, not just websites. Ironic, I know.)

As an unpdate on my own quest, I have just secured a Daddy Booregard (been waiting to own one since Christmas 1968), to join Grandmother, Mortimer and Spook'em. Also finally picked up an Avon "Gilroy the ghost" from the c 1975. (I think I told the story earlier about the little girl we knew, who loved our ghosts so much, and we bought her a Gilroy from our local Avon lady.)

My challenge I've set myself for the holiday break is to attempt to use some glow-in-the-dark Fimo clay to do 3D models of the two male ghost designs ultimately dropped from the original line. Maybe the names should reshuffle as well? Cousin Cadava (for alliteration purposes?) and Uncle Gilghouly, since their best attributes all went across to the final Daddy Booregard?

By the way, has anyone else realised the other puns in the toys' names? The Rigor Mortimer label on one of the prototypes is hilarious, but of course, the humor is lost when he become Brother Mortimer. Cadaver and casket are fairly obvious. And "Betty Boo" was a homage to Betty Boop?

Grandmother Macreak's name seemingly comes from the Irish folk song (and silent movie), "Mother Machree" (and often quoted by Chief O'Hara in the 60s Batman); the look of Mama Kaskit, her 60s hair (and her "flower power" accessory) is probably a homage to singer Mama Cass - and I only just realised that the clock on Daddy Booregard, even though originally belonging to Gilghouly, seems to suggest "Father Time" (or a grandfather clock face?). I've seen rappers wearing huge clocks on chains around their necks. Any idea on where that idea comes from?

Am I missing a pun in "Cousin Gilghouly" that would be lost if he became the uncle instead? I'm guessing the mustache on Ghostly Gomez suggested Gomez Addams (from Charles Addams' comic strip)? I just noticed there is a European comic strip with a "Gaston", too.

Ah, just discovered SimoneMarie1's amazing Flickr photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36683208(*at*)N06/page4/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36683208(*at*)N06/page4/)

Mmmm. You need to replace the "at" symbol manually.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 29, 2010, 09:46:14 PM
UPDATE!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5085/5304736333_19d1795418_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5304736333/)
Late for dinner! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5304736333/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2010/12/late-for-dinner.html (http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2010/12/late-for-dinner.html)

Despite the enormous watch and chain he wears around his neck, the Kooky Spooky patriarch, Daddy Booregard, tries to explain to Grandmother Macreak just why he's 41 years late for dinner. And he's brought a freeloading ring-in, Gilroy from Avon, with him.

The Kooky Spookys are glow-in-the-dark finger puppet toys from 1968. As a kid, I really, really thought I was getting a Daddy Booregard for Easter 1969, after my brothers and I scored Kooky Spookys for Christmas 1968. (But thanks eBay! Daddy and Gilroy both arrived today, from different locales in the USA. Gilroy is from the 70s and contains 70s-vintage lip balm.)

I'm sure I remember a 1968 pricetag of 69 cents, or thereabouts, in 1968. Daddy Booregard cost me $250 on eBay "Buy it now!" just before Christmas. A bargain to rekindle such strong childhood memories of our much-loved toys.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Scatter on December 29, 2010, 10:35:08 PM
$900 bucks?? Insanity. *note to self, hit thrift stores this weekend*
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 03, 2011, 08:32:13 AM
My challenge I've set myself for the holiday break is to attempt to use some glow-in-the-dark Fimo clay to do 3D models of the two male ghost designs ultimately dropped from the original line. Maybe the names should reshuffle as well? Cousin Cadava (for alliteration purposes?) and Uncle Gilghouly, since their best attributes all went across to the final Daddy Booregard?


I'm halfway finished! Based on two actual, unused, prototype designs of Patti Peticolas's "Kooky Spookys" (1968), I created these two new ghosts today by combining equal parts yellow and glow-in-the-dark Staedtler brand "Fimo Soft" modelling compund and baking them in the oven for 30 minutes each. Next I have to add painted facial features, again working from the original designs. Gilghouly (who originally name-swapped with Daddy Booregard, and was also a cousin) will carry a shotgun, and the one I'm calling Cousin Cadava (originally Gaston Ghost and then Daddy Cadava on paper) already has a "Hero" medal pinned to his chest and will hold a fencing foil.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5319484653_3442a2dbba_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5319484653/)
Custom creations: General Gilghouly & Cousin Cadava (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5319484653/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: foolish mortal on January 03, 2011, 09:09:46 AM
 Nice! Can't wait to see them completed ;)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: jimm on January 03, 2011, 12:03:03 PM
Very cool customs ToA!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 03, 2011, 06:59:42 PM
Just made Cadava's fencing foil out of a barbeque skewer, painted with chrome nail polish. I've also used that silver on his "hero" medal.

With a little spare bit of Fimo, I also made a little skull on a stick to create a "death rattle" for my signless Baby Spook'em. When I saw that reference on the "Baby Boo" model sheet, I just had to create one! Also love the skeletal rocking horse, which Patti seems to have crossed out as too gross for little kids?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5321469123_e05e06a269_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5321469123/)
Baby Spook'em's death rattle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5321469123/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

More pics coming soon!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 04, 2011, 08:28:34 PM
Done!

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome-to-family.html (http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome-to-family.html) (Click for more pics!)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5203/5325614754_8cce7bb8ab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5325614754/)
Cousin Cadava and General Gilghouly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5325614754/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: foolish mortal on January 04, 2011, 08:47:24 PM
Nicely done. I really like the uzi  ;) Now you just need to create your own spooky mansion.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Scatter on January 05, 2011, 06:08:06 PM
HA!! How cool!! Now, do they GLOW??
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 05, 2011, 07:14:09 PM
HA!! How cool!! Now, do they GLOW??

But of course! For each one I sat for about 30 mins blending a block of yellow Fimo with a block of off-white "glow-in-the-dark" Fimo (which I've had sitting in a drawer for several years, awaiting inspiration). They came out yellower than I'd expected, but I was concerned I was diluting the glow effect two much. But, yes, they do glow!

Kooky Spookys are tricky to photograph. They look subtley different at each angle (the thumbs look great in person and tend to vanish in pictures) and under various lighting conditions; the sun came out rather strongly while I was taking the pics and the commercial Daddy Booregard looks almost white in some shots.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 06, 2011, 04:37:26 PM
GodzillaGirl asked me for a for more details:

I bought the glow-in-the-dark Fimo about five years ago, I think, but it was in my head to make the three Kooky Spookys (we weren't given 41 years ago) for about... 41 years. ;)

Last year, I had to create a yellow chicken monster for a book trailer my school students were making, and I bought more Fimo. With the leftover blocks of lemon yellow, I realised I should finally do something about the Kooky Spookys and the forgotten nightglow luminescent Fimo - and then I remembered Toy Ranch's post with the two extra Kooky designs that were never made. Then, just before Christmas, I secured an actual Daddy Booregard (my Holy Grail!), so the muses finally hit!

Each one of my Fimo ghosts probably only took about 20-30 mins of modelling, once the two colours had been blended. And 30 mins of baking, and a few minutes painting facial details the next morning.

UPDATE:

I made customized Teena and Mama figures today. I was walking through a stationery store yesterday, and found little pink, heart-shaped, split-pin fasteners, and thought they'd look good as the pink hearts on their cheeks. I'm not quite happy with the heavy eyeliner, but I'm going to try scraping away excess paint. Their signs were cut out with cookie cutters I happened to have on hand.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5128/5331847919_2bf2acca58.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5331847919/)
Customised Teena Terror and Mama Kaskit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5331847919/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5332461762_75e3fdff8f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5332461762/)
Kooky Spookys plus Avon's Gilroy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5332461762/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on January 07, 2011, 03:18:05 PM
I did notice in the photos that included your Daddy Booregard (also my very first and most beloved of all my KS) that he looked stunningly new compared to your other KS figures.  Good find! 

I hope your inspiration continues and you feel the need to make more prototype KS!
 
Kooky Spookys are tricky to photograph. They look subtley different at each angle (the thumbs look great in person and tend to vanish in pictures) and under various lighting conditions; the sun came out rather strongly while I was taking the pics and the commercial Daddy Booregard looks almost white in some shots.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 07, 2011, 04:00:30 PM
Yeah, Daddy Booregard is photographing almost white! In person, he is fairly similar in colour to my three from Christmas 1968. I secured Daddy B. just before Christmas on eBay's "Buy it now" for $250 - and I'm now realising he was a great catch. I did some urgent "panic research" after buying, and found references to "most" examples of this figure having serious "melt marks" on his nose (on examples kept in their box too long), or the stud that holds his watch to his belly button having broken off or melting the rubbery stuff it came into contact with, or no watch at all. Also another reference to someone's whole set perishing inside their unopened boxes.

In 2000 (again after research), I held my breath and placed my three Kookys into a glass of water each with an effervescent Sterident denture cleanser tablet - and they came out of their bath beautifully. Over the decades, they'd developed a little bit of "spotting", but for figures that got so much rough play in the late 60s/early 70s, then Mortimer and Spook'em stored in various boxes while Grandma stayed on display, they've weathered the storm rather well, and look great.

I've just found a tiny Patti P. sketch on the 'Net for Geisha Ghost, in her kimono and with a fan accessory, so today I might end up doing "just one more..." custom.

UPDATE:

Done it!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5167/5335212603_d67b817da2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5335212603/)
Customised Geisha Ghost (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5335212603/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

More pics: http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html (http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: jimm on January 08, 2011, 09:06:45 PM
Your best one yet!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 08, 2011, 11:16:36 PM
Today i printed out the official Kooky Spooky haunted house from http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html (http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html) on glossy photo paper (A4), cut out the windows, and added the 3D porch awning with extra posts cut from a second photo. Now the whole thing looks 3D!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5202/5337535165_84467eb588.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5337535165/)
Haunted house with Kooky Spookys (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5337535165/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html (http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html)

And I made a Photo Peach slideshow on "The Kooky Spooky story".
UPDATE: 2021:
PhotoPeach has ended, due to the discontinuation of "Flash". So I have had to move my slideshow to my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/ (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/)

It will hopefully be visible at:
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944 (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 09, 2011, 02:34:42 PM
Those are great!  Nice work!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 09, 2011, 08:07:45 PM
Those are great!  Nice work!

Many thanks. I've been tweaking the captions of the Photo Peach slideshow (linked above), and I'm fairly happy with it now. It pays to play it twice; the automatic panning of the various photos actually works in reverse when you replay it. Photos that panned up, pan down the next time, and so on.

The Kooky Spooky haunted house I downloaded from http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html (http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html) freaks me out. It doesn't look that impressive as a print-out, but it photographs amazingly well. Obviously one of those clever "forced perspective" paintings that works best through a camera lens.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: GodzillaGirl on January 11, 2011, 06:59:43 PM
The Geisha is lovely, and the house looks like the real thing!  Your slideshow was really entertaining too.  I do hope the Geisha wasn't your "last one".   :D  There are so few KS artists around!

I've seen a few seriously battered KS figures on ebay, but most are in really good shape.  Of course, the ones that are minty with their prized accessories or with their boxes end up being outrageously expensive.  I have a complete set of KS (one or two with accessories) and my original Daddy Booregard from childhood, but my dream is to one day snag a boxed KS...if I ever have that kind of cash!  I've never heard anything about KS figures becoming completely trashed from being stored inside their packaging.  I'll have to remember that should I ever actually obtain one. 
 
Yeah, Daddy Booregard is photographing almost white! In person, he is fairly similar in colour to my three from Christmas 1968. I secured Daddy B. just before Christmas on eBay's "Buy it now" for $250 - and I'm now realising he was a great catch. I did some urgent "panic research" after buying, and found references to "most" examples of this figure having serious "melt marks" on his nose (on examples kept in their box too long), or the stud that holds his watch to his belly button having broken off or melting the rubbery stuff it came into contact with, or no watch at all. Also another reference to someone's whole set perishing inside their unopened boxes.

In 2000 (again after research), I held my breath and placed my three Kookys into a glass of water each with an effervescent Sterident denture cleanser tablet - and they came out of their bath beautifully. Over the decades, they'd developed a little bit of "spotting", but for figures that got so much rough play in the late 60s/early 70s, then Mortimer and Spook'em stored in various boxes while Grandma stayed on display, they've weathered the storm rather well, and look great.

I've just found a tiny Patti P. sketch on the 'Net for Geisha Ghost, in her kimono and with a fan accessory, so today I might end up doing "just one more..." custom.

UPDATE:

Done it!

([url]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5167/5335212603_d67b817da2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498([/url]*at*)N00/5335212603/)
Customised Geisha Ghost ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498([/url]*at*)N00/5335212603/#) by Therin of Andor ([url]http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498([/url]*at*)N00/), on Flickr

More pics: [url]http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html[/url] ([url]http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/2011/01/greeting-geisha-ghost.html[/url])
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 11, 2011, 07:41:35 PM
I've never heard anything about KS figures becoming completely trashed from being stored inside their packaging.

I've seen online comments that Daddy Booregard's nose and Grandma Macreak's hand normally came into contact with the clear plastic front of their packages. That can cause "melt marks" and, in some examples, where the rubbery material has "melted" it actually turns black. Someone reported the tummy hole of a Daddy reacting to the positioning spike of his clock accessory. On a different BBS, someone boasted that he had the whole set, in mint boxes, on a high shelf but, when he inspected them after many years, they had been "rotting in their boxes" and asked "Is that why they are so rare?" Somehow I think he'd exposed them to moisture or harsh lighting at some point. My Grandma, Mortimer and Spook'em have survived four decades and the first ten or so years in fairly rough-play conditions.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: foolish mortal on January 11, 2011, 09:26:16 PM
They look great all displayed together with the mansion ;)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on February 08, 2011, 08:10:52 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5298/5428102180_9c8c8be5d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5428102180/)
General Gilghouly and Shirley Shriek (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5428102180/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

GodzillaGirl challenged me to try making Shirley Shriek, an early Patti Peticolas design who was morphed into the more commercial Mama Kaskit. My housemate reckons Shirley looks a little too Ku Klux Klan.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5095/5428102272_a1a0860cc1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5428102272/)
General Gilghouly - note the newly-added bluebird, as featured on Patti's sketches - and Shirley Shriek, with skull necklace, using a length of silver neckchain I accidentally broke a few years ago  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5428102272/#) - by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5054/5429774023_58b249858e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5429774023/)
Custom Kookys (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5429774023/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on April 09, 2011, 07:22:14 PM
Ah, I accidentally just found the bbs (mentioned higher up in the thread) where someone claimed their Kooky Spookys had rotted in their boxes:

http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/7451/Kooky-Spookys (http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/7451/Kooky-Spookys)

Not sure I believe them. Kookys are indestructible!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 03, 2011, 09:31:46 AM
Okay, what do you think: you reckon that Ann Garrison Greenleaf, author/illustrator of "Emily's New Ghost" and other books in her Hawthorne Street picture book series, was a Kooky Spooky fan? I found this book from 1993 on our school library shelves this week and it is so reminiscent of the Kooky Spooky 60s style...

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5683239551_afbf209074.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683239551/)
Emily's New Ghost (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683239551/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5683807186_59969f95c0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683807186/)
Emily's New Ghost internal art (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683807186/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5683806628_c0e8005520.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683806628/)
Emily's New Ghost internal art (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37203498(*at*)N00/5683806628/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/37203498(*at*)N00/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: robodog on May 03, 2011, 03:07:10 PM
I like these. They're so much more interesting than the dime a dozen figures that flood toy shelves these days.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on May 03, 2011, 03:13:07 PM
This is the definitive website about them:

[url]http://www.undermountain.org/KookySpooky.html[/url] ([url]http://www.undermountain.org/KookySpooky.html[/url])


Interesting! I'd never even heard of them!

tynhrt
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: ruby2011 on May 05, 2011, 12:56:44 PM
([url]http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/actionplus/kookyspookys.jpg[/url])
For some reason, I really like these little guys.


May Be it's too late, that's why i miss this image. :-\
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gaberax on September 27, 2011, 10:30:43 AM
I know some people on here collect these...thought I'd pass it along.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hasbro-Kooky-Spooky-GRANDMA-MACREAK-Ghost-Finger-Puppet-Halloween-Toy-68-/220863502670?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336c7d994e#ht_10595wt_1344 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hasbro-Kooky-Spooky-GRANDMA-MACREAK-Ghost-Finger-Puppet-Halloween-Toy-68-/220863502670?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336c7d994e#ht_10595wt_1344)

BTW, I am in no way affiliated with this sale.  Good luck.

Gab
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Scatter on September 30, 2011, 05:02:50 PM
BOB!!  :D
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gaberax on October 01, 2011, 01:25:15 PM
BOB!!  :D

Scatter!  Sup homeboy!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Scatter on October 01, 2011, 07:26:43 PM
Ya know............jes hangin'.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 16, 2011, 04:24:26 AM
Look what I found!:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6237/6249190848_d091e19537_o.png) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6249190848/)
Ad in Tri City Herald, Oct 20, 1969, p85 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6249190848/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

This daily newspaper, based in Kennewick, Washington, USA, carried a very cool Halloween promotion way back in 1969. Notice the discounted listings for several glow-in-the-dark phenomena: a Green Ghost Game for $US 6.66, Daddy Booregard representing the Kooky Spookys finger puppets at 87 cents, and Glo-Juice varnish for 77 cents a bottle! "Things for Halloween to make the night 'spooktacular'!"

I seem to recall that, here in Australia, Green Ghost retailed at $12.99 at Christmas; I can almost picture the price sign at Coles in Rockdale. (I received it that year as a birthday present.) I think the Kooky Spookys retailed here for $1.33 each. I just checked and the US exchange rate was 0.90008 in 1969. That would be about right, with freight charges added.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/6249314458_1b22b12154.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6249314458/)
Ad closeup (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6249314458/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on October 25, 2011, 03:40:45 AM
There was a time I had all the Kooky Spookys. Damn, somebody needs to bring these back out! They were so cool.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: robodog on October 25, 2011, 02:19:44 PM
Unfortunately things like this don't sell anymore. If it doesn't tie in to a movie or cartoon retailers don't want it. It's sad. These things are ten times more interesting than most of the crap I see when I'm in toy aisles searching for new toy dogs.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on October 25, 2011, 04:09:53 PM
Look what I found!:

([url]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6237/6249190848_d091e19537_o.png[/url]) ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6249190848/[/url])

This daily newspaper, based in Kennewick, Washington, USA, carried a very cool Halloween promotion way back in 1969. Notice the discounted listings for several glow-in-the-dark phenomena: a Green Ghost Game for $US 6.66, Daddy Booregard representing the Kooky Spookys finger puppets at 87 cents, and Glo-Juice varnish for 77 cents a bottle! "Things for Halloween to make the night 'spooktacular'!"

I seem to recall that, here in Australia, Green Ghost retailed at $12.99 at Christmas; I can almost picture the price sign at Coles in Rockdale. (I received it that year as a birthday present.) I think the Kooky Spookys retailed here for $1.33 each. I just checked and the US exchange rate was 0.90008 in 1969. That would be about right, with freight charges added.


Great stuff! Love the ad.

Unfortunately things like this don't sell anymore. If it doesn't tie in to a movie or cartoon retailers don't want it. It's sad. These things are ten times more interesting than most of the crap I see when I'm in toy aisles searching for new toy dogs.


I agree. Very true and very sad.

 :(
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on October 25, 2011, 04:17:25 PM
There's no My Little Pony or Pound Puppy cartoons that I'm aware of, yet that stuff sells.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 26, 2011, 08:24:23 AM
Unfortunately things like this don't sell anymore. If it doesn't tie in to a movie or cartoon retailers don't want it. It's sad. These things are ten times more interesting than most of the crap I see when I'm in toy aisles searching for new toy dogs.

Well, the way Patti Peticolas designed the Kooky Spookys, they were just as likely to have been a set of 2D Colorform-like dolls with accessories (which is why so many females were in the original proposed set). The 3D toys were proposed to be in a variety of "Day Glo colours", not necessarily luminous. But, riding on the same late 60s popularity wave as "Green Ghost", "Glow Globs" and "Glo-Juice", the luminous quality was the added attraction that made them "must haves". I'm sure I recall mention of possible TV and book spin-offs in the notes her family uploaded to the 'Net. Had that larger top-up wave of the first six ghosts not been lost in a shipping incident, the figures may have had a longer life at retail - and inspired ubiquitous, necessary tie-in spin-offs and a second set of characters. Ghosts have always been rather popular in cartoons and comics: "Casper", "Spooky", "The Ghostly Trio", "The Groovy Ghoulies", "The Funky Phantom"...



Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: robodog on October 26, 2011, 10:33:46 AM
Yeah, Pound Puppies had a cartoon and so did My Little Pony. In fact the current MLP cartoon has become popular with adult males for some reason.

Pound Puppies hasn't been on store shelves for several years. Toy dogs are kind of my specialty and I'm always on the lookout for new ones. They had Pound Puppy plush at Toys R Us a couple years ago and they disappeared again.

Both lines are 80's toys. Pretty much every toy that came out then had a cartoon. Few were very good. I do like the Pound Puppies cartoon though. That's not really a testament to it's quality though. There are very few movies or cartoons with dogs I don't like.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 26, 2011, 03:39:22 PM
Both lines are 80's toys. Pretty much every toy that came out then had a cartoon.
Of course, the whole adopt-a-unique-toy-dog concept spun off from Cabbage Patch Kids (the huge hit of Christmas 1983), but in the computer age, the Pound Puppy concept spawned Dogz (and Catz), a computer game where people named, styled, trained and took pics of a virtual pet. I noticed that the toy stores were even selling stuffed Dogz and Catz at one point.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gaberax on November 25, 2011, 07:15:33 PM
3 Kooky Spookys for sale on Ebay.  Low starting point, multiple bids. I am not affiliated with this sale.  Good luck if you bid.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on November 26, 2011, 02:51:15 AM
Are they gone already via "Buy it now?"

I picked up a Teena Terror that way a few weeks ago, and I have an alert set up for notification of Mama Kaskit. I have the rest. But thanks for the alert.

I see only three fan-made pendants with KS characters on them, plus a battered Daddy Booregard on eBay at the moment, and he's lacking his clock necklace. That seller have been advertising him for years, on and off.

UPDATE: Ok, that's weird. Another three KS are there now: A Daddy B, Grandma M and Baby S!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: jimm on November 26, 2011, 07:48:04 PM
I see the house display was recently on there too!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: catsten on December 11, 2011, 08:37:39 PM
I had pretty much forgotten about these toys but this weekend I happened upon a FB page regarding memories of growing up in my hometown.  Reading through some of the posts made me remember about these little ghosts. I knew I had still had a few left and went in search of them and did find the. I have 3 of the baby, 2 of the mother. 2 of the brother , 1 sister and 1 father. Unfortunately none of the accessory pieces survived.  I also think I have the grandmother somewhere--I'll have to keep looking. I never even realized that they had a name--I googled glow in the dark ghost finger puppets and found them. Unbelievable that they are worth so much now. I can remember in my elementary school kids were crazy about them--we traded etc.  I bought mine in bags from a discount store in a nearby town--I grew up in RI (the homebase for Hasbro) so that may have something to do with finding them in bags like that.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: houseoftheunusual on December 12, 2011, 01:54:41 AM
I was looking at the site for those Kooky Spooky and I remember that my mother gave me the set in Christmas when she also bought me the Haunted mansion game. I wanted Gun Fight At Ok Corral but she said they did not have it at the Paramus NJ Toys R Us. The first Toys R Us in the nation. So as the story goes she got me this set of Ghosts that were on sale. I think I only got 4 and remember her telling me that the other ones were for girls. I know I got the paper haunted House and my grandmother almost sat on it one day. I kept the house intact but played with the toys along with my Mc Donald's Hamburgler  hand puppet. When you lived in Manhattan in 1969 and they took you to a Mc Donald's it was like going to Coney Island. Anyway I am going to look for the house I think I still have that somewhere. I know I seen it but did not know how important it was....WOW!!!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on December 12, 2011, 05:15:28 AM
They really ought to revive these. I bet they'd sell like crazy at Halloween!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 12, 2011, 08:03:52 AM
catsten, your bagged "Kooky Spooky" ghosts were the ones salvaged from the big post-Christmas resupply, whose cargo container was sunk in the harbour. Their cardboard boxes were sodden, of course, and they were all rebagged with header cards, as "Goofie Goblins", but these didn't get the same distribution. Some collectors have reported finding grains of sand in the "Goofie Goblin" packages.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kookyspookys/2622797044/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kookyspookys/2622797044/#)

This might be a good time to repost my Photo Peach slideshow on the Kooky Spookys.

UPDATE: 2021:
PhotoPeach has ended, due to the discontinuation of "Flash". So I have had to move my slideshow to my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/ (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/)

It will hopefully be visible at:
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944 (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: catsten on December 12, 2011, 10:35:15 AM
I looked at the photo of the bagged Kooky Spooky and that's not how I remember the ones I bought coming. The ones I bought actually came in a large plastic bag with several of them in it--10 or more maybe? I remember having quite a few of these puppets and then trading them with other kids in my school.  I definitely don't remember them being in a bag with some sort of card.  Were they only around in 1968? It seems like I remember them being so popular in my area some time after that--more like the early 70s. I'm wondering if what we saw in my area was leftovers that Hasbro dumped on the local market?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 12, 2011, 03:26:17 PM
The designs are all marked 1968, but it seems the big TV advertising push wasn't until January thru March 1969. Print ads for the haunted house mail-in were set for February 9. By Halloween 1969, though, they were "on special". Here in Australia, they turned up in stores in our then-August school holidays, in readiness for our Christmas season, but they had totally vanished by the December. We had big plans to get more the next Easter (1970), but the reorders to stores obviously never made it. Earlier in this thread, GodzillaGirl describes buying hers in Japanese packaging in the 70s.

Hasbro probably employed a salvage team to do the repackaging or the remaindered stock retrieved from the water-damaged cargo carrier. Or did Hasbro own Jak Paks (the "Goofie Goblin" rebranding)? Looks like the toys went the way of remaindered books: sold off to new distributors. I can't imagine the joy of finding a plastic grab-bag of ten assorting Kookys! Too cool!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: RedKing on December 12, 2011, 07:46:46 PM
I've read this theard several times over the past few months and I would swear my little sister had some of these guys when she waslittle back in the early/mid 80s. Were they reissued around that time at all? they look so familiar, like a half remembered but familiar part of my childhood....
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Monster Bob on December 12, 2011, 09:36:42 PM

They were never reissued.

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 13, 2011, 06:18:05 AM
I've read this theard several times over the past few months and I would swear my little sister had some of these guys when she waslittle back in the early/mid 80s. Were they reissued around that time at all? they look so familiar, like a half remembered but familiar part of my childhood....


General Mills cereals did a set of their monster mascot characters. They were mail-away items from mid '80s. Actually erasers in several different colored plastic/rubber.

Also, there were the Pineapple Kids Club Glow Ghosts (three little spooks and Catcherpillar, a glowing caterpillar with an eyepatch), in 1986, from a Masters of the Universe magazine:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/smurfwreck/2958896937/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/smurfwreck/2958896937/#)

Meanwhile, here are my five genuine KSs and my customised ones, plus Gilroy (the Avon lip balm ghost):

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6504528927_f0e4458480.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6504528927/)
Kookys and house (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6504528927/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

And have you seen these ghostly flip flops?
http://www.citybeach.com.au/en/footwear/havaianas/kids/111198_havaianas-glow-ghosts-black-thong (http://www.citybeach.com.au/en/footwear/havaianas/kids/111198_havaianas-glow-ghosts-black-thong)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on December 14, 2011, 10:19:42 PM
Meanwhile, here are my five genuine KSs and my customised ones, plus Gilroy (the Avon lip balm ghost):

([url]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6504528927_f0e4458480.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6504528927/[/url])
Kookys and house ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/6504528927/#[/url]) by Therin of Andor ([url]http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/[/url]), on Flickr

Those customs are sweet. Do they glow?
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on December 14, 2011, 10:45:36 PM
Do they glow?

You betcha. A kneaded mixture of two Fimo colours: Lemon and Nightglow. The effect is almost as good as the originals!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on December 14, 2011, 11:05:34 PM
You betcha. A kneaded mixture of two Fimo colours: Lemon and Nightglow. The effect is almost as good as the originals!
I'm going to give that a try. I want to make some custom, half-scale Kooky Spooky repros as Halloween tree ornaments.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on April 27, 2012, 11:55:34 PM
Mmmm, well, I finally succumbed to a good "Buy it now" deal on a real Mama Kaskit. This was the character I made a really good custom for last year. She had always seemed to be available mint-in-box, never loose, if/when I was notified of a Mama turning up on eBay. And always very expensive. No glowing flower sign, but I had already made one of those for my custom.

In a separate auction, the same seller had an extremely good quality Baby Spook'em, complete with "Boo!/Help!" sign. I found it hard to leave it behind, so I grabbed that as well. The one from my childhood ended up with a broken sign in the first few years. Ditto Grandma Macreak's umbrella.

When the parcel arrives, I might add "baby blue" painted trim to one of my Spook'ems and create a male twin baby for the family? Perhaps he can be Little Formaldehyde, one of the originally-mooted names for the character when it was being designed? It's funny, as kids, my brothers and I never suspected that Baby Spook'em, in pink-trimmed bonnet, was supposed to be female.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 01, 2012, 04:54:18 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7131258067_0c53d2cb70.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7131258067/)
Kaskits and Spook'ems (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7131258067/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

A set now complete! For those who've been following my Kooky Spooky adventure over the last year or so, here is my customized Mama Kaskit "Kooky Spooky" (far left) meeting... the real thing: a recent eBay "Buy it now" find. She arrived this morning.

To the right is a little guy I've renamed Little Formaldehyde, with customized death rattle (both concepts mooted by Patti Petacolas in her notes). He is meeting a pristine Baby Spook'em, complete with mint condition "Help" sign, thanks to the same eBay seller. (On the back, the sign reads "Boo!")

Looks like I'll have to add at least one more slide to my PhotoPeach slideshow.

UPDATE: 2021:
PhotoPeach has ended, due to the discontinuation of "Flash". So I have had to move my slideshow to my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/ (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/)

It will hopefully be visible at:
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944 (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on May 01, 2012, 01:13:59 PM
She had always seemed to be available mint-in-box, never loose, if/when I was notified of a Mama turning up on eBay. And always very expensive.

What puts you off M.I.B. specimens? Just the higher price or something else as well?

 ???
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 01, 2012, 04:32:25 PM
What puts you off MIB specimens? Just the higher price or something else as well?

Toys should be free of their cardboard and plastic sarcophaguses! If I'd bought a Mama Kaskit mint-in-mint-box, I'd have had to remove her, to join her family, no matter the huge amount paid. I used to keep lots of my toys' boxes (from the 80s, 90s and 00s - we never thought to do that in 1969), but I've simply run out of room for all that packaging - and the stored boxes were getting putrid with dust in my garage under the house.

Also, many MIMB Kooky Spookys have "melt marks" where hands and noses have had 40+ years have been in contact with 1969-vintage acetate windows.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on May 01, 2012, 04:59:59 PM
([url]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7131258067_0c53d2cb70.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7131258067/[/url])
Kaskits and Spook'ems ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7131258067/#[/url]) by Therin of Andor ([url]http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/[/url]), on Flickr

A set now complete! For those who've been following my Kooky Spooky adventure over the last year or so, here is my customized Mama Kaskit "Kooky Spooky" (far left) meeting... the real thing: a recent eBay "Buy it now" find. She arrived this morning.

To the right is a little guy I've renamed Little Formaldehyde, with customized death rattle (both concepts mooted by Patti Petacolas in her notes). He is meeting a pristine Baby Spook'em, complete with mint condition "Help" sign, thanks to the same eBay seller. (On the back, the sign reads "Boo!")

Looks like I'll have to add at least one more slide to my PhotoPeach slideshow at:
[url]http://photopeach.com/album/g81g37[/url] ([url]http://photopeach.com/album/g81g37[/url])

That's awesome! I still need to whip up a few of my own, using the glow-in-the-dark Fimo ... if I ever get over to Hobby Lobby, that is.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 02, 2012, 02:32:33 AM
That's awesome! I still need to whip up a few of my own, using the glow-in-the-dark Fimo ... if I ever get over to Hobby Lobby, that is.

Approx 2/3 Nightglow FIMO to 1/3 Lemon FIMO. My Mama's heart-shaped cheeks were tiny crimson split-pin paper-fasteners from a stationery store. I decided using them was better than trying to paint tiny hearts freehand with a one-hair brush, though I'm still amazed the eyes and hair turned out so well. A small cookie cutter gave me the flower-power sign's shape, mounted on a wooden skewer.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on May 02, 2012, 09:24:49 AM
Toys should be free of their cardboard and plastic sarcophaguses! If I'd bought a Mama Kaskit mint-in-mint-box, I'd have had to remove her, to join her family, no matter the huge amount paid.

That's also my thinking on the Marx figures anyway, even the glow-in-the-dark Uncle Milton recasts. I want the fellows to all stand freely beside each other!

I wouldn't think of assembling any of my M.I.B. vintage model kits though. That's what reissues are for!

 ;)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 14, 2012, 08:01:04 AM
My 1969 newspaper comics section eBay win has arrived! So exciting! It has four, not two, ads for Kooky Spookys in the centre liftout:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5464/7152014645_ab546e9dc4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7152014645/)
Ad #1 Chicago Tribune, Feb 9, 1969, comics Section 8, p4a (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7152014645/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/7005926174_bff7f32d75.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7005926174/)
Ad #2, Chicago Tribune, Feb 9, 1969, comics Section 8, p4b (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7005926174/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7195726806_2f39fde06a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7195726806/)
Ad #3, Chicago Tribune, Feb 9, 1969, comics Section 8, p4c (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7195726806/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/7195726560_f54eceaf46.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7195726560/)
Ad #4, Chicago Tribune, Feb 9, 1969, comics Section 8, p4d (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/7195726560/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr



Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on May 14, 2012, 02:37:59 PM
So then do you have a Kooky Spooky House?

 ???
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 14, 2012, 03:44:11 PM
So then do you have a Kooky Spooky House?


No. If you scroll back through my pics you'll see that my haunted house is a half-size reproduction on A4 photographic paper, made from an online printout found at http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html (http://www.undermountain.org/HauntedHouse.html)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5054/5429774023_58b249858e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/5429774023/)
Custom Kookys (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/5429774023/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on May 14, 2012, 07:58:43 PM
Well then I'd suggest you first photocopy the ad, cut the coupon out from the photocopy, fill it in and send the required remittance into the Chicago Tribune.

 cl:)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 02, 2012, 02:53:37 AM
I was inspired to set up a family reunion pic as Halloween approaches.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8046443592_eff7f7ee49_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/8046443592/)
Kooky Spookys (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/8046443592/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Oh, and I've also finally found a more suitable weapon for a Civil War general than an Uzi:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/5095/5428102272_73719ace04.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/9gErGd)
General Gilghouly and Shirley Shriek (https://flic.kr/p/9gErGd) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 27, 2013, 09:59:18 PM
Hi all,

PhotoPeach, which hosted my "Kooky Spooky" slideshow, had a terrible crash and lost 50% of subscribers' data. Luckily, the captions were retained, so recreating the slideshow today, with a few new additions, was not impossible.

UPDATE: 2021:
PhotoPeach has ended, due to the discontinuation of "Flash". So I have had to move my slideshow to my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/ (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/)

It will hopefully be visible at:
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944 (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on July 01, 2013, 12:44:46 AM
Took some new pics!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/9179544461_778247ee6d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544461/)
Grandma Macreak (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544461/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3748/9179544505_0f2679dc45.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544505/)
Daddy Booregard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544505/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/9179544545_15dc4ae452.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544545/)
Mama Kaskit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544545/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/9179544561_414e8bd507.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544561/)
Brother Mortimer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544561/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/9179544595_de5efc39f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544595/)
Teena Terror (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544595/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/9179544619_09a6d6028b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544619/)
Baby Spook'em (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9179544619/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/9181803860_7c1bd01b9e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803860/)
General Gilghouly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803860/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/9181803876_675bb13b4f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803876/)
Cousin Cadaver (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803876/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3827/9181803898_8f27188a3f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803898/)
Geisha Ghost (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803898/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/9181803926_a0761293a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803926/)
Shirley Shriek (http://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/9181803926/#) by Therin of Andor (http://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Click on the pics for descriptive captions.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Gasport on July 01, 2013, 11:15:55 PM
Great stuff! I still have my original Bro' Mortimer. I lost his banjo, but managed to find one on ebay many years ago for way too much money.  Still, it was a thrill to reunite them after all these years...


(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b352/Gasport2000/displaycabinet7-2609002.jpg) (http://s23.photobucket.com/user/Gasport2000/media/displaycabinet7-2609002.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on August 17, 2014, 10:16:34 AM
I'm participating in a 52-Week Illustration Challenge and decided to do a Kooky Spooky collage for "Toy" Week!

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/14924116696_fe0b1b3e47.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/14924116696/)
Week 33 Toy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/14924116696/) by Therin of Andor (https://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 17, 2014, 06:09:10 PM
That's nifty!

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Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on August 23, 2014, 09:41:28 AM
I'm participating in a 52-Week Illustration Challenge and decided to do a Kooky Spooky collage for "Toy" Week!

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/14924116696_fe0b1b3e47.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/14924116696/)
Week 33 Toy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/14924116696/) by Therin of Andor (https://www.flickr.com/people/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Great stuff!

 :laugh:

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 16, 2015, 08:21:40 PM
Hi all!

Haven't been here for ages, but with Halloween coming up, I thought I should drop by. I'm still participating in that 52-Week Illustration Challenge and just realized I had a new Kooky Spooky piece to share, from "Childhood" Week!

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8794/18197280609_fa19b56e30.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tJ2Pxp)
Week 22 Childhood (https://flic.kr/p/tJ2Pxp) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: ravenloft on October 19, 2015, 01:11:20 PM
I have that Avon Ghost as well, I love glow in the dark bedsheet ghosts
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on January 13, 2016, 10:00:40 AM
Some "bedsheet ghosts" for you!

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3770/11492987854_4d6cdcd803_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ivAyT1)
Elves and ghosts (https://flic.kr/p/ivAyT1) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6052/6282810827_a120799052_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/azc3LB)
Halloween ghosts (https://flic.kr/p/azc3LB) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5228/5634118155_e8c529671a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/9zSk3c)
Haunted tree - ceramic oil burner, with ghost (https://flic.kr/p/9zSk3c) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8118/8686936577_182cb7e7c1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/eeCPAz)
Spooky ghosts candy (https://flic.kr/p/eeCPAz) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6051/6297668175_8ae2266a8d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/aAvckM)
Twisties' Bag of Ghosts (https://flic.kr/p/aAvckM) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on June 25, 2020, 04:33:30 PM
Did you know?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/8049506735_abf131613a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dgiPUT)
1975 plan to reintroduce Hasbro Kooky Spookys (https://flic.kr/p/dgiPUT) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Hasbro considered revisiting the "Kooky Spookys" line in 1975: a family of three ghostly, blow-moulded, finger puppets that, once again, would glow in the dark. The group is labelled as "Ma, Dad & Junior".

The design of the child ghost resembles Brother Mortimer from the 1960s, but the faces of all three lack personality in this concept sketch. (From Hasbro's "Premium Division" - and with the "General Foods" heading - were these intended to be inserts in breakfast cereals?)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: The Batman on July 01, 2020, 06:19:01 PM
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on May 22, 2021, 04:50:27 AM
UPDATE: 2021:
PhotoPeach has ended, due to the discontinuation of "Flash". So I have had to move my "Kooky Spooky Story" slideshow to my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/ (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/)

It will hopefully be visible at:
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944 (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts/posts/3660947530595944)
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 14, 2021, 05:39:54 AM
My beloved Hasbro "Kooky Spookys" (and several Fimo customs from unused Patti Peticolas designs) have been in storage since June 2014, but they emerged this week! It seemed like a good opportunity to reshoot them for Halloween. (I had forgotten that I had made a wig for the custom Mama Kaskit that I had crafted before I found a real Mama on eBay!) Rummaging through the brainstormed notes of Kooky Spooky creator, Patti Peticolas, for some extra names, I decided to call my newly bewigged ghost, Aunty Nightshade. And a spare Baby Spook'em eBay find has now given blue trim and renamed Little Formaldehyde, also from Patti's list of alternate names.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51583896096_a481c83f7d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAhX9U)
Aunty Nightshade has arrived! (https://flic.kr/p/2mAhX9U) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51588318185_985a9fe622.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAFBFP)Mama Kaskit and Aunty Nightshade (https://flic.kr/p/2mAFBFP) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51588070809_fa15b0d618.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEm9H)
Brother Mortimer, Grandma Macreak and Baby Spook'em (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEm9H) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51586586852_8e74c1d220.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwK2f)
Grandma Macreak, Baby Spook'em and Little Formaldehyde (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwK2f) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51586587922_f55d24415b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwKkG)
Aunty Nightshade, Brother Mortimer and Teena Terror (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwKkG) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51588082429_b5ea0139a1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEpB4)
Daddy Booregard, Mama Kaskit and Cousin Cadava (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEpB4) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51586586587_dbc39ed400.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwJWF)
General Gilghouly, Cousin Cadava and Shirley Shriek (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwJWF) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51587640923_226ebac8d6.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC9mT)
Brother Mortimer. Shirley Shriek and Grandma Macreak (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC9mT) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51588069839_c18a26a61f.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEkRZ)
Grandma Macreak and Daddy Booregard (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEkRZ) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51586590817_88f95dbd3c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwLcB)
Geisha Ghost and General Gilghouly (https://flic.kr/p/2mAwLcB) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51587637738_a9ac2373b2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC8pY)
Little Formaldehyde, Baby Spook'em and Geisha Ghost (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC8pY) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51587637433_429f9dd7f1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC8jH)
Teena Terror and Cousin Cadava (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC8jH) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51587642793_6757de56b7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC9V8)
Little Formaldehyde, Aunty Nightshade and Teena Terror (https://flic.kr/p/2mAC9V8) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51588082189_7b2c2932bd.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEpwV)
Geisha Ghost and Shirley Shriek (https://flic.kr/p/2mAEpwV) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51587646888_f738cf0e45.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mACb8J)
Avon's Gilroy the Ghost and Glow Worm (https://flic.kr/p/2mACb8J) by Ian McLean (https://www.flickr.com/photos/therinofandor/), on Flickr

Happy Halloween!



Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Hepcat on October 14, 2021, 10:20:53 AM
My beloved Hasbro "Kooky Spookys" (and several Fimo customs from unused Patti Peticolas designs) have been in storage since June 2014, but they emerged this week! It seemed like a good opportunity to reshoot them for Halloween.

Oh wow! Those are fabulous shots.

 8)

Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Universalrocks on October 14, 2021, 04:25:50 PM
Boy, those bring back some memories. I remember getting these from S&H Kress.

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Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on October 15, 2021, 09:44:52 PM
I have a notebook from Patti Peticolas's family that they sent me, filled with original designs and notes and what not. I also have a copy of the original 8mm film of the video for the Kooky Spookys tv commercial. I sent the film to someone I know who was able to transfer it from 8mm film to VHS, and I just wrote him to get that back because I came across someone who does very hi tech work on video restoration - his work has been admitted to the National Archives! I want him to digitally restore the film. He works miracles! I'm having him transfer some old 8mm family films and it's insane!


I plan on getting the restoration done, adding in scans of all the notebooks and notes, and a bio of Patti, then making the DVD available or perhaps easier as a digital download.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 16, 2021, 07:00:17 PM
I also have a copy of the original 8mm film of the video for the Kooky Spookys tv commercial.


Are you connected with this webpage? 'Cos, after a few years of chatting back and forth, my emails to Undermountain were always bouncing (after I located a US penpal who was going to purchase that for me).
http://www.undermountain.org/Buy.html (http://www.undermountain.org/Buy.html)

EDIT: Yay! Email repaired!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on October 16, 2021, 07:39:07 PM
Yep, that's the page on the Kooky Spooky site I put up. I checked the email, it still works. Not sure if you've tried it lately. I think what happened was I had an old email address on that site years back and forgot to change it so that's why it would bounce.
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 16, 2021, 07:53:57 PM
Yep, that's the page on the Kooky Spooky site I put up. I checked the email, it still works. Not sure if you've tried it lately. I think what happened was I had an old email address on that site years back and forgot to change it so that's why it would bounce.

Ah, ok! I forgot that was your site. I haven't tried in ages, but I definitely would love to get the completed digital product when it's ready.

I do have a distant memory of the Kooky Spooky ad playing on Australian TV for Christmas 1969. In glorious b/w of course (we didn't get colour TV until 1975).
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Barlow on October 24, 2021, 02:00:13 AM
Just talked to Scott, who has the original film I sent him. He's locating it now. Once he sends it back to me, I'm going to have it remastered. Can't wait to see the color corrected, sharpened end product!
Title: Re: Kooky Spookys
Post by: Therin of Andor on October 24, 2021, 03:15:35 AM
Those UMA members on Facebook might like to check out my "Kooky Spooky" Page over there (I should have made it a Group but, at the time of its creation, we didn't realise that FB Pages were changing to be more suited to commercial ventures).
https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts (https://www.facebook.com/GlowingGhosts)

Member Rob Bone was inspired by my Fimo custom characters (based on four of Patti Peticolas' unused designs). Since he only had one original accessory (Mama Kaskit's flower) in his own collection, he decided to make replacement accessories (watch, parasol, banjo and "Boo" sign) and then added two original characters, Grandpa Macreak, and a cute ghost dog he has named Boneyard! He put up pics this week!