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



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




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Pin-back Button - 3 in.




Cloisonart lapel pin - 1 in.




Felt Pennant - 17 in.




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




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




Baby Frankenstein - 7 in. Bank - Dated 1976




Baby Frankenstein - 7 in. Bank - Dated 1977




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




Press photo - 8x10 - 1977




Press photo - 8x10 - 1977 - Blurb on back


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

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


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

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 11:54:07 PM »
I remember seeing the photos in some publications of the period, but had no idea the was any Baby Frankenstein collectibles. That's just so bizarre.
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012, 09:34:21 PM »
Weird... I picked up the Universal Studios Baby Frankenstein 3" pin-back button in an antique store today. Never heard of this character until today. Thanks for all the research Monsters for Sale!

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 03:23:33 AM »
I think the Baby Frankenstein is much more creepier than Frankenstein's Monster.
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012, 11:55:17 AM »
Its Frankensteinia, so, in my mind, still cool.
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 01:04:28 PM »
Its Frankensteinia, so, in my mind, still cool.

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

But, Baby Frankenstein does have spooky damned eyes. 
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 01:13:50 PM »
This reminds me of the "Super Jrs."...baby versions of the DC heroes that cropped up on merchandise in the 70s. They only had one comic appearance in the US (a digest in the mid 80s), and the idea seemed half-aborted. Of course, in the 80s the idea of "baby" versions of established properties really took off with Muppet Babies, Flinstone Kids, etc.

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 01:37:25 PM »
Hepcat made me go searching through my junk to look for Slammer Whammers.  While I was so engaged, I came across another Baby Frankenstein item.

This one is kind of a cheat.  It is the 3 in. Button mounted as a keychain and mounted on a 5" x 7" postcard.
Still it is another variation of the highly desirable and much sought-after Baby Frankenstein collectibles.*








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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 02:23:48 PM »
Very cool. ;D
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 02:55:50 PM »
I think the Baby Frankenstein is much more creepier than Frankenstein's Monster.

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2013, 11:36:56 AM »
So, what's Baby Frankenstein's backstory? Did the Monster and the Bride finally consulate their relationship, and this is the resultant offspring? Did the Monster force Baron Frankenstein to create a "son" for him? I guess Universal's marketing department never thought that far ahead. :P
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 09:16:49 PM »
Leave it to me to beat a dead horse:


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

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





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

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

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 04:58:24 AM »
I think Baby Frankenstein was finally phased out before they had to come up with a back story for this living freak show pickled punk!

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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 01:48:12 PM »
Dude....so much hate for the Baby! He's the Baby, gotta love'im!  ededed :laugh:
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Re: BABY FRANKENSTEIN
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2013, 01:59:26 PM »
Dude....so much hate for the Baby! He's the Baby, gotta love'im!  ededed :laugh:


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

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


I gotta love him:


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