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Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:28:25 AM »
Hello fellow UMA members. David Colton (taraco), of the Rondo awards here.

We're preparing the ballot for the -gasp!- 7th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and we need the Army's help again in selecting worthy nominees for the Best Toy, Model or Collectible from 2008.

CLASSIC is the theme here, as usual.

I know of several likely nominees so far -- Amok Time's Rondo Hatton figure (duh),  Ultratumba's Red Planet Mars Rat-Bat figure, and I'm not sure who makes it but the Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price figure (is that Amok, too?).

But we need the best of the rest, especially the outright toys I so often miss. So please post here your thoughts and we'll settle on a list of nominees for the ballot.

Voting begins Sunday, Feb. 15, so a fast turnaround for sure.  The ballot will be found at rondoaward.com.

As always, thanks for all your help year after year.

Ten-SHUN!

david


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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 05:49:48 AM »
For your consideration:

Adam Dougherty aka Kreature Kid. At the age of 18 he created some terrific Modelkits in the past year:







On youtube:



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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 01:39:11 AM »
This was not a very exciting year for new classic monster toys.  Amok Time unveiled a lot of cool stuff, but most of it was pushed back to 2009.  On the stuff they did release in 2008, opinions are mixed.  It was cool to have 12" Teenage Werewolf and Teenage Frankenstein figures, but some people were underwhelmed by the head sculpts and body construction.  The Klaatu and Gort figures drew more positive reviews.  Closer to the horror genre, the Night of the Living Dead cemetery ghoul was probably the best figure Amok released last year.

The biggest news on the monster toy collecting front had to be Moebius' reissues of the Aurora Gigantic Frankenstein and Monster Scenes kits.  The Frightening Lightening Gigantic Frankenstein seemed to excite fans the most.  The Monster Scenes Giant Insect and store display diorama also generated some buzz.

There weren't any cool Halloween toys this year, at least nothing Rondo-worthy.  The "life size" Hannibal Lecter was interesting, but probably too modern and esoteric for this category.

I'm not up on the garage kit world.  Kreature Kid's stuff is pretty cool, though. 

If there are any mask collectors out there, you can chime in on artist's masks.  I don't recall any mass produced masks that took the world by storm.
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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 01:46:20 AM »
Perhaps not "classic" enough, but NECA's 18" Alien figure was pretty neat.  They also did an Exorcist Regan figure depicting the spider walk scene.
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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009, 07:37:10 AM »
Did the Invisible Man kit come out in 2008.  I haven't gotten it yet, but it looks very nice.

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009, 11:15:57 AM »


If there are any mask collectors out there, you can chime in on artist's masks.  I don't recall any mass produced masks that took the world by storm.



Yes, the Zagone Studios Dorian Gray was my favorite mass produced mask of 2008.  DO YE DARE DOUBT ME!?!?!  Then gaze on this...but be warned, once you see it you cannot un-see it!!!!






http://www.zagonestudios.com/Products/zs_M7002.html
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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2009, 11:28:40 AM »
I think my three favorites for the year were the Amok Time Pit and the Pendulum statue, the Ultratumba Invasion of the Saucer-Men statue and, if kaiju is any consideration, the Far East Monsters King Ghidorah statue.

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009, 12:33:22 PM »
Both the Moebius Invisible Man and Monster Scenes kits were issued in 2008. The Invisible Man is a wonderful kit and is a completely original sculpt. The Monster Scenes kits, Dr. Deadly, Frankenstein, et. are re issues, but still very worthy of consideration.
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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2009, 01:08:03 PM »


If there are any mask collectors out there, you can chime in on artist's masks.  I don't recall any mass produced masks that took the world by storm.


I'd recommend, as far as artists pieces are conncerned, VXX's 2008 offerings.  He did a few pieces last year that any classic horror fan would love...

He did this wonderful limited edition (12 or 13 I think) Glenn Strange, which is inspired as much but the classic Don Post "smooth" Glenn mask as it is the actual actor in make-up



And his fantastic recreation of the classic Topstone Skull




However, the #1 best Indie artist mask of 2008 has to go to Nightowls Shock Monster, the last word in high end imaginings of the classic low end Topstone mask...



Also of great interest last year from Justin was his Aurora (or AHI) inspired Frankenstein mask...

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2009, 06:08:27 PM »
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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009, 06:47:33 PM »
Did the figures that you received and action figure and a piece of a big Frankenstein to be built come out in 2007 or 2008?

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2009, 10:43:48 PM »
Gotta go with the glow in the dark Big Frankie.

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2009, 01:34:29 AM »
You guys are great. This is helping a lot.

I also think we gotta nominate Mattel's Alfred Hitchcock Birds Barbie figure, birds included. Just because!

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2009, 02:05:57 PM »
What's best from Sideshow in 2008? Creature?

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Re: Help Rondo nominate Best Toys, Models or Collectibles of 2008
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2009, 02:11:45 PM »
What's best from Sideshow in 2008? Creature?


Hi ya Dave. I would have to say the Creature hands down. It generated the most interest and for the large part was very well received.

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