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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #750 on: November 22, 2022, 01:15:54 PM »
I canít copy the photo of the ad since it has a Photobucket watermark.

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #751 on: November 23, 2022, 07:24:16 AM »
Looking at this catalog description for the fluorescent figures, it appears they were not bagged but loose.
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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #752 on: November 23, 2022, 04:55:16 PM »
Note that it specifies that the banner is fluorescent, but makes no such claim for the figures.

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #753 on: November 23, 2022, 05:49:10 PM »
Note that it specifies that the banner is fluorescent, but makes no such claim for the figures.

It says "molded-on bases and come is assorted fluorescent colors such as......"  also.
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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #754 on: November 23, 2022, 06:37:11 PM »
I picked up a Red set. These have no markings on the base and were probably made in the last 10 years.
It's interesting to see the difference in quality and types of plastic used throughout the evolution of these guys.

Marx - Red Figure Set by John Baxter, on Flickr

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #755 on: November 28, 2022, 04:15:40 PM »
It says "molded-on bases and come is assorted fluorescent colors such as......"  also.

Whoops! You're right. I stand corrected. Of the colors cited, green shows up in the later Nutty Mad series, but I'm unaware of anything I'd call "rose' until the '70s Disneys, and i don't recall any Day-Glo yellow ever, though I have MPC Daffy Daddy-Ohs in that shade.

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #756 on: November 28, 2022, 04:20:09 PM »
I have a recent Mexican set in fluorescent yellow, but I've not seen the monsters in actual fluorescent pink (or the red used on Nutty Mads and '70s Marvel Super-Heroes) as yet. I ordered a pink set from Mexico at the same time as the yellow set, but it wasn't actually fluorescent (but still brighter than '60s Weird-Ohs' dull pink).

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #757 on: November 29, 2022, 01:42:21 PM »
It says "molded-on bases and come is assorted fluorescent colors such as......"  also.

Hmmmmm. So the question is whether Marx was using the word "fluorescent" as simply a synonym for "bright" or whether they did indeed attempt to make the figures in fluorescent bilious rose, vile green and creepy yellow but it didn't work very well for them so they gave up on trying to produce those colours.

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #758 on: November 29, 2022, 04:01:56 PM »
Generally, a manufacturer won't specify "fluorescent" (or "Day-Glo," which is trademarked) unless they mean that specifically. In recent decades, "neon" has been used fairly promiscuously to mean bright OR fluorescent colors, but that wouldn't be until the eighties and beyond, in my recollection. So it seems clear that they intended to do fluorescent, which was still a pretty new thing in plastics at the time. But it doesn't look like it happened, for whatever reason.

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #759 on: November 29, 2022, 04:05:39 PM »
Here's a little history of Day-Glo, though focused more on inks and paints than plastic pigments: https://www.dayglo.com/company/history/

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Re: Marx Monsters
« Reply #760 on: November 29, 2022, 06:01:26 PM »
I just got these Dark Blue figures in the mail. I'm pretty sure they were made by Plastimarx in the 70's or 80's.
The Phantom and Hunchback have Hecho En Mexico stickers on the bottoms.

Plastimarx - Phantom - Wolfman - Hunchback (Dark Blue) by John Baxter, on Flickr

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