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GeorgeHere

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Same Masks but Different Hair Styles?
« on: October 23, 2021, 04:12:24 PM »
I was looking through scans of the ancient Morris Costume catalog (had one in the late seventies or early 80s) under the Franco section comprising a good number of pages, and  it got me to wondering if the following is possible.   Was there ever a company that simply changed the hair styles and/or paint job on  a particular  generic human type over the head mask---and sold that same mask under different titles?   There seems to be a few in that section that look Very similar, the nose being the possible tell tale sign---where about four differently titled and done up masks, seem to have the same sculpt, from the same mold?  Am I imagining things?

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Re: Same Masks but Different Hair Styles?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2021, 08:22:24 PM »
'Interesting topic, GeorgeHere.

Of course the most obvious example is when Capt Kirk became The Shape, both for the 1978 movie
and later the store shelves. I believe the first DPS Shape masks were cast from the original Kirk molds.
Aside from that, most of the major companies have released Werewolf and Gorilla masks in various
finishes. As far as "human type" characters from the time period you mentioned, the first ones
that come to mind are the 1977 Mad Scientist which Post Studios later catalogued as The Wizard >

     

They did the same thing on 1982's Wizard and Merlin, same sculpt with different finishes >

     

Distortions Unlimited followed suit with their Methusela and Zendic Wizard >

     

Even now, Trick or Treat Studios offers their Lugosi mask as two different characters >


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Re: Same Masks but Different Hair Styles?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2021, 07:46:35 AM »
I never really thought about this until I saw at least three masks advertised in that Franco section, that have the same distinct nose, but totally different hairstyles, mustaches, sideburns, beards; all with different names.  If the "re-purposed"  mask had a mouth full of teeth, a giant mustache covering the mouth, and adding hair in other places---is all that would be needed to at least get two more out of it.  They are the ones with such names as Caveman, Tramp, Guy,etc.  The ancient black and white images provided are very poor.  I am still not positive if they are in fact the same sculpt---but it got me wondering about how often such incidents have occurred--with lesser known, inexpensive companies back in the day.  I did not know about those Don Post ones though!  ---the idea makes sense I suppose, but it seems like taking a much too easy rout to gain an extra character out of i; almost like cheating a little.

 

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