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Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:09:59 PM »
These were sold in the 1960s and early 1970s to the best of my memory. They were available in the candy section of dime stores, drug stores, grocery stores, or really anywhere that sold candy and gum. I picked this one up on eBay the other day and luckily it included the original contents (at least I assume it's the original contents) including 2 flat Palmer (?) dinosaurs, a cheap toy truck, and antique candy called "Sourlets". I put the candy package in another little clear plastic bag to insure it doesn't leak through to the original envelope someday. I seem to remember buying some of these Grab Bags back in the day containing flat Palmer Monsters. I've been hunting one of these for awhile now. They seem to be a bit scarce these days. Anyone remember these?









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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2013, 09:45:03 PM »
That's a great find and a real blast from the past!  :)
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2013, 10:04:01 PM »
I remember those grab bags very well!  A little grocery in our town (pop. 300) carried them.  I got my Mom and Dad to fork over several nickels so I could buy them.
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2013, 10:10:12 PM »
What a nice display piece, original contents too!!

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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2013, 11:02:53 PM »
The perfect Halloween time capsule you've got there! Just one more thing that made being a kid back then so much fun...thanks for sharing!

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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2013, 01:06:04 PM »
Glad you guys enjoy seeing it. I've been on the lookout for one of these for a few years now. I anticipated only being able to find one of the empty envelopes with the cool graphics so I was pretty surprised when one popped up with original contents, even that nasty piece of candy  :laugh:.

I remembered Dennis Druktenis having some of these for sale several years ago either in one of his old catalogs or in an ad in Scary Monsters, so I sent him an email to see if by some quirk of fate he still had any. He replied that he sold those a long time ago and hadn't seen any in awhile, except for the one he kept for his collection. No telling how many thousands of those things sold for a nickel back in the day. But the kid would immediately trash the cool envelope, eat the candy, and play with the little dinos/monsters for awhile before they ended up lost or in the toy box. I must have had at least a dozen of these when I was a monsterbrat. Strange how the packaging was usually the coolest thing about most monster items, and we couldn't wait to rip through it and throw it away.

I seem to remember Palmer flat monsters coming in these Horror Monsters Grab Bags. Does anyone else remember that? How about those little 1 1/2" MPC knockoff figures? I think the MPC knockoffs were sold mostly in vending machines but my memory is in a monsterkid fog about that exactly.
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2013, 06:32:26 AM »
That is really cool!! LOVE the graphics on the envelope!
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2013, 07:37:40 PM »
I HAD 4 UNOPENED BOXES OF 60 PACKS EACH MANY YEARS BACK, MID 90'S FROM A SMALL FIND MADE OF THESE. DINOSAURS, GREEN DINOSAURS ARE THE ONLY MONSTERS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN THESE PACKS. MANY PEOPLE ASSUME THEY CONTAINED OTHER ITEMS BUT EVEN WHEN YOU SEE THESE COME UP ON EBAY THEY HAVE 2 GREEN DINOSAURS IN THEM EASILY SEEN BY JUST HOLDING THE PACK UP TO THE LIGHT.

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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2013, 07:51:31 PM »
I HAD 4 UNOPENED BOXES OF 60 PACKS EACH MANY YEARS BACK, MID 90'S FROM A SMALL FIND MADE OF THESE. DINOSAURS, GREEN DINOSAURS ARE THE ONLY MONSTERS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN THESE PACKS. MANY PEOPLE ASSUME THEY CONTAINED OTHER ITEMS BUT EVEN WHEN YOU SEE THESE COME UP ON EBAY THEY HAVE 2 GREEN DINOSAURS IN THEM EASILY SEEN BY JUST HOLDING THE PACK UP TO THE LIGHT.
I thought there must have been warehouse finds of these a few years ago, which explains where dealers like Dennis Druktenis got theirs, and the reason we see any of these things available currently. Of course there were so many thousands of them sold it doesn't mean flat Palmers were never sold in Grab Bags, it just means they weren't in the ones that popped up in the warehouse finds. Maybe someone with a good memory of buying these things new in the '60s or '70s will post about what theirs contained. I had several and I seem to remember Palmer flat monsters as well as dinos. I'm just not sure.  :-\

If the Palmer flat monsters weren't sold in these Grab Bags then how were they sold?
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2013, 10:51:44 PM »
I have opened these bags and I got flat Palmer monsters out of them as well as the dinos.

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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2013, 09:45:08 AM »
I have opened these bags and I got flat Palmer monsters out of them as well as the dinos.
Awesome! You confirmed one of my fuzzy monsterkid memories. Thanks, poseablemonster.
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2013, 11:07:44 AM »
I got a few off ebay super cheap and they indeed did have flat Palmer monster

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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2017, 11:12:36 AM »
Best Plastics Corporation produced 14 different dinosaurs and 2 cavemen as well as the 5 monster figures most collectors call "Palmer flats". These were sold in 5 cent Horror Monsters Grab Bags in the 1960s (probably '64-'68) in various dime stores, food stores, and quick marts. Below is an old pic of some of my Best Plastics collection:



The 2 green dinos, red truck, and "Sourlets" candy on the left came in the Horror Monsters Grab Bag in the center. To the right are 7 more Best dinos I've accumulated from eBay purchases. The bottom row contains the 5 "Palmer flats" monsters and both Best Cavemen. The pink Creature and Wolfman were purchased in a pink set of 7 from a Toy Shop ad in the '90s from M&J Variety as I recall. The 3 red monsters and 2 cavemen I have left from childhood.

According to Dinosauriana by Joe Demarco the Horror Monsters Grab Bags contained 2 Best dinos, an additional toy (sometimes a Best "Palmer flat" monster), and candy. Some collectors seem to remember the Grab Bags containing 2 monsters with a bonus toy and candy. Maybe the Grab Bags contained both combinations, I can't remember for sure. Also, the Grab Bags were sold open to allow the customer to inspect the contents. Trust ran much higher in those days.

Best monsters and cavemen turn up nowadays in blue and pink much more commonly than the other colors. I believe there was a warehouse find of these colors in the '90s which would explain the Toy Shop ads and cheap prices in the '90s. Best dinosaurs on the other hand are pretty scarce and are avidly sought after by certain collectors (like me). These were the cheapest of the cheap back in the day and kids mangled and tossed them while keeping the nicer looking Marx and MPC figures. The nostalgia factor is very high with these little figures which, coupled with the scarcity, drives demand (and price). I hope to someday complete the set of 14 Best Plastics dinos. Gonna be tough.. but fun.

UPDATE: I now have 2 Grab Bags and all of the Best dinos except for a Smilodon, plus dupes. When I finally find a Smilodon I'll make a pic of the whole caboodle and post it here. Anyone else have any Horror Monsters Grab Bag pieces they would like to share info/pics of?
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2017, 11:25:03 AM »
Here's one that sold for $77.19 in an eBay auction recently:



Interestingly, the seller describes it as "unopened", but to my understanding these were usually sold unsealed. Either he just didn't want to unbend the top, or someone actually sealed it at some point.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Horror-Monsters-Grab-Bag-1960s-Unopened-410TB-/122441130463?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=8uWcWgvJT7S5JYWXcbJKxuajGdw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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Re: Horror Monsters Grab Bag
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2017, 11:28:25 AM »
Here's one that sold for $77.19 in an eBay auction recently:



Interestingly, the seller describes it as "unopened", but to my understanding these were usually sold unsealed. Either he just didn't want to unbend the top, or someone actually sealed it at some point.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Horror-Monsters-Grab-Bag-1960s-Unopened-410TB-/122441130463?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=8uWcWgvJT7S5JYWXcbJKxuajGdw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc


Wow, pricey!
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