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

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

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 01:08:39 AM »
Here is the second episode. I'm trying not to reveal the contents of the box in the title or description, even though I'm sure that would greatly increase my views over time. But I want there to be an element of surprise.



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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 01:09:21 AM »
Well, holy crud Ray....I think I saw you at a Wonderfest in Louisville KY ages ago. I had no idea it was you. But I am pretty sure it was,lol.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 01:10:22 AM »
The third episode would be of interest to 80s "knockoff" collectors.


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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 01:15:15 AM »
The fourth episode is the latest one I've uploaded. It deals with one of the most classic lines of monster toys ever made.






I wanted to get a few uploaded quickly to help build an audience. Now I will probably slow down to one a week or every other week. I shot 10 episodes over a one-week period. I'll probably shoot a couple more, then give it rest for a few months while I work on my Tomb of the Topstones mask series.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2019, 01:19:41 AM »
Well, holy crud Ray....I think I saw you at a Wonderfest in Louisville KY ages ago. I had no idea it was you. But I am pretty sure it was,lol.


I haven't been to Wonderfest in years, so it must have been a long time ago. I was there in 2012 to introduce Tom Stockman when he received his Rondo for the Vincentennial. I returned in 2013 when Tom introduced that year's Monster Kid of the Year recipient. That might have been my last trip to Wonderfest. I started going to HorrorHound Indianapolis and that replaced Wonderfest as my annual convention ritual.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2019, 01:47:58 AM »

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

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



The videos are nice, I really like the Topstone Mask videos you do too. They are very informative.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2019, 01:54:06 AM »
Yes, I worked on that display. I'm guessing that is the second year of the UMA "toy tour." The first year, the display was brown. The third year, we were moved to a different room. So that must be the second year.

I remember going to a vintage television collector to photograph a TV set that would be appropriate for the era discussed in that "Monster Craze" section. The TV you see is from his collection. I believe the Soakies and glasses in that top window are mine. You'll see them turn up in the YT video series eventually.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2019, 03:43:44 AM »
The third episode would be of interest to 80s "knockoff" collectors.

Enjoyed this episode!  :)

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




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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 11:40:55 AM »
Great episodes. The first episode was super cool. I dig the LJN Gremlin.
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2019, 03:16:19 PM »
Ray, this is such a great idea, not only for us as observers, but for you as well as you sift through your collection and re-discover treasures you haven't seen in years. I have pushed the subscription button and will return when I have sufficient time to view each episode at my leisure. I look forward to each and every one.
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2019, 04:56:34 PM »
I don't know if I'm supposed to say what they were, but I've seen the 3rd and 4th ones. A very casual look at Ray's collection. Like going over to his house and rummaging through his stuff.  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2019, 07:11:46 PM »
Mike, thank you for clearing that up. When I first obtained that item, I assumed it was an animation cell. But over the years, pretty much everyone I've asked has told me it was the kind of illustration that would have been used in a product pitch or a meeting to finalize the character designs. But your photo of an animation frame clinches it, as far as I'm concerned. This was part of an animated film. But a cartoon meant for public consumption would not have featured the front and side view of the same character, with his name visible. So it is some kind of showcase for the character...like a preproduction piece...could there have been a short clip of him marching in place or saluting? Maybe each character had its own clip? So it would still be some kind of internal piece, not a cell from a televised cartoon or commercial. It's very interesting. I wonder if there are animation cells floating around out there for the rest of the characters.
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2019, 10:52:44 PM »
. . . pretty much everyone I've asked has told me it was the kind of illustration that would have been used in a product pitch or a meeting to finalize the character designs.

Can't tell you the reason they used the animation cells. All I know is, they did.  :)
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2019, 04:38:27 PM »
Interesting series.
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