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Sir Masksalot

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Deck the Halls with masks of MUTANTs
« on: December 01, 2022, 08:00:33 AM »

It's rather appropriate that Universal's gaudy Metaluna Mutant should be December's
monster-of-the-month. Some of them even look like Christmas ornaments.

Back in the 1960s Don Post Studios obtained the original movie mold directly from Bud Westmore and it remained in their custody from that day forward >


Every once in a while, castings were struck from the mold for select clients. The Ackerman Archives held one >


The Frankenshrine did, too >

The Witch's Dungeon actually got "This Island Earth" actor Rex Reason to pose with theirs >


After photographing one at a convention around 1980, I began to covet a casting of my own >

It was to be another twenty-year wait before we all had a chance at them, thanks to
Post Studios' "Calendar reissue" project >


From the mid '60s to mid '70s, two smaller versions of the Metaluna Mutant were marketed
by Post Studios. The masks debuted in stores at between $35 and $40 retail, around the time
I first started drawing pictures of them >

Ironically, the version that was in production longest is the hardest to find nowadays >


It was later retired to make way for Bill Malone's rendering of the character in 1975's catalog >


Copies of his version can still be seen in various collections around the country >



'Metaluna Mutant masks by other companies? There haven't been many. The only ones
of which I have shots on hand are Illusive Concepts' >

'This one, photographed at Monsterpalooza 2009 >

and an Earthbound Studios bust, painted by Gary Haven of Syracuse >

Whew, two dozen pics! I may never post this many in one day again so take over for me
with images of your Metaluna Mutants. Have a click-see at pics of mine:

This also concludes my monthly 1966/2022 "Calendar masks" observance. They tell me
the dates won't align again until year 2033. If we're still here by then, maybe I'll launch
another tribute. Farewell from Metaluna!


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Re: Deck the Halls with masks of MUTANTs
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2022, 09:46:15 AM »
Never owned  any mutants outside a 70s blank, but always liked the  little 60s version.     Kinda regret   passing along a copy still in its CC mailing box I came across.

Shame Forry's was repainted.   Didnt Verne apply the eye strings himself on that? 
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Re: Deck the Halls with masks of MUTANTs
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2022, 01:18:18 PM »
Which one had the costume? Illusive Concepts?

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Re: Deck the Halls with masks of MUTANTs
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2022, 01:50:20 PM »
Which one had the costume? Illusive Concepts?


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Re: Deck the Halls with masks of MUTANTs
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2022, 05:35:31 PM »
great post  >:D

Metaluna Mutant is such a cool monster, here's all my Mutant merch :

this is by far one of my favorite masks i own

i got this version too, not nearly as cool but i got it for fairly cheap & its still tagged:

here's my figures:

saw this on ebay, they said its from the 70s with newer hands, really awesome set :

« Last Edit: December 05, 2022, 05:47:35 PM by Spinal Remains »


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