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Sir Masksalot

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Marvelous masks with fabulous finishes
« on: February 11, 2024, 08:26:33 AM »
It's a rare occurrence when a mass-produced mask ever got a "Wow" out of me
but it just so happened on at least eight separate occasions. They're listed in
the order I first encountered them, starting in early 1977 with the amazing YETI.
Prior to its debut, most other companies were marketing generic Gorillas
but the Malone/Short design team at Don Post Studios rocked the mask world
with this mythical marvel. Different versions of it were catalogued by DPS
for years afterwards but mine was from the first run, $45 retail >



Later that same year, Star Wars took over the galaxy. Chewbacca was
one of the first characters ready for sale at $39.50, even before Darth Vader.
I'd never seen such elaborate hair work on a mask before, grey plus at least
three different shades of brown >



Closer to home, Bill Malone's Syngenor had us all scared to death.
As he was still involved with Post Studios in the early 1980s, he could
personally oversee production on this character from one of his sci fi
movies. The paintwork reflects his attention to detail >



My mouth dropped open, my eyes went wide, on first meeting the
incredible Great Goblin eye to eye >



Savage Eye produced this three-foot-tall, fully flocked mask with hair and crown
to match its look in 1977's animated telefilm The Hobbit.



The Savage Eye company was within driving distance of my home back then
so I ordered and picked up two custom copies from them, one for wearing
and one for display >

     

House of Horror Studios in nearby Burbank CA had released two previous versions of
their FLY mask by the time version #3 came buzzing along. I had them all but
was especially impressed with the finish on this one: separately attached antennae,
rooted hair tufts, vacuu-formed eye lenses; all that for $50 in 1981 >



There had been some popular werewolf movies already in theaters by the time
House of Horror catalogued their Deluxe Werewolf. It featured applied hair
with rooted whiskers and flocking on the muzzle. No one else was mass-producing
masks of this quality in 1984. I had mine by March, $125 retail >



Distortions Unlimited secured a large amount of merchandising licenses for
their 1983 mask line, one of which was Pickman's Model from TV's
Night Gallery. I hadn't watched the episode yet and knew the monster
was a patchwork of leftover costume elements from other movies but
the head was unique and scary. Was mine a prototype? None of the others
ever seemed to look quite like this >



I credit Dynamic Design International with renewing my interest in
Topstone characters. Twenty-plus years ago, they unleashed their
Schlock Monster on an unsuspecting public. An exuberant
tribute to the original Shock of our youth, it's finished in similar
vibrant colors and big enough to march in a Mardi Gras parade.
They're pricey at $250 so you won't see one too often but I've
still got mine, tagged and autographed, inducing gasps since 2002 >

     

There may be other mask marvels but these are the eight
that came to mind this morning. Have you seen any masks
that knocked your socks off at first sight? Whether you have
pics or not, whether you ever owned them or not; I want to know.




 

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Re: Marvelous masks with fabulous finishes
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2024, 11:35:46 AM »
Twenty-plus years ago, they unleashed their Schlock Monster on an unsuspecting public. An exuberant
tribute to the original Shock of our youth....

After all these years the Shock Monster still draws a smile to my face every time I chance upon his countenance!

 ;D

They're pricey at $250 so you won't see one too often but I've still got mine, tagged and autographed, inducing gasps since 2002.

Would you rate Dynamic Design's offering as the single best Shock Monster mask of them all?

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Re: Marvelous masks with fabulous finishes
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2024, 06:07:24 PM »
Really cool stuff, Sir! Love Shocky and the Goblin!
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Re: Marvelous masks with fabulous finishes
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2024, 12:18:16 AM »
It's a rare occurrence when a mass-produced mask ever got a "Wow" out of me....


This Don Post Fu Manchu mask did some twelve years ago so I bought it:
 

 

 


And here's a picture of The MAN wearing it:



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