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Modern Monster Toys / Re: Super 7 "Official Universal Monsters Thread"
« Last post by Dr.Terror on November 27, 2022, 11:27:33 AM »
The 9" Remco Creech and Phantom are called "official universal movie monsters".    Prior to 90 there was the "Univesal classic movie monsters" branding  seen on the Imperial stuff.
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Aurora Phantom
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Television / Re: Tim Burton's Wednesday Show.
« Last post by aura of foreboding on November 27, 2022, 03:07:10 AM »
Episode 4 had nice homages to Carrie and the Wolf Man.  The last scene tells me Burton would be great at directing a serious remake of a classic Universal, if he didn't allow his own art to get in the way.  Also, Danny Elfman is definitely recycling some of his score to Dark Shadows, which is really nice to hear, because his score for that film is beautiful.  It should have had more Bob Cobert in it, but it was a stunning score nonetheless.   
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Classic Monster Movies / Re: Latest DVDs & BDs in My Collection
« Last post by Mike Scott on November 27, 2022, 12:19:09 AM »
Got this one, yesterday. Supposed to be the best, so we shall see. Have to check my Image "Phantom" and "Hunchback" to see if there is anything on them worth keeping.

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Slim Jim Phantom
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Television / Re: Tim Burton's Wednesday Show.
« Last post by Haunted hearse on November 26, 2022, 11:13:12 PM »
A friend who knows what a fan I am of Charles Addams, made the show available to me, and really wanted me to see it. I gave in and watched it. Wednesday experiences some character growth throughout the series, and after the first episode, later episodes did have some interaction with other family members, which I did enjoy. The one episode with Fester, may have been the best one in the series for me. So, I'm glad I enjoyed it more then I thought I would.
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Classic Monster Movies / Re: Last Monster/Horror/Sci-Fi Movie/Show You Watched
« Last post by MikeSTZillak on November 26, 2022, 10:29:07 PM »
Hansel And Gretel 2013. The Asylum's attempt to cash in on Witch Hunters.

Honestly not that bad by Asylum standards, you can do worse.

The pies were obviously frozen Chicken Pot Pies from Marie Callender's though.......
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Modern Monster Toys / Re: Super 7 "Official Universal Monsters Thread"
« Last post by aura of foreboding on November 26, 2022, 08:29:51 PM »
Probably the '90s.

There was a major branding launch for the Universal Studios Monsters in the 1990-91 season, with retailers being offered a variety of Universal Monsters merchandise, from masks to toys, all in an effort to boost sales for the home video releases of the Classic Collection VHS tapes.  There were big brochures sent to buyers in the major retailers.  From this point, the Universal Monsters were everywhere: Shopko, Walmart, later Target.  I'm sure Kmart had stuff too, but I can't recall specifics.  The collaboration with Pepsi and Mars further boosted them as a brand in the early '90s.  Then they had an official relaunch of the brand in 1997 with USPS, Burger King, and Hasbro, all leading up to the VHS/DVD release in 1999.  The '90s was a great decade, especially each year at Halloween.  The Universal Monsters as a brand didn't really disappear until the early 2000s.  Someone dropped the ball.  Don't know who, because there was major momentum coming out of 1997...  It's anyone's guess what happened.  But the brand went dormant for a long, long time with only a few Pepsi promotions here and there in the late 2000s and early 2010s.  It wasn't until the recent Dark Universe related relaunch that the Universal Monsters actually came back in a fairly significant way.  But we are living another great period of Universal Monsters, and I'm enjoying it.     
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Modern Monster Toys / Re: Super 7 "Official Universal Monsters Thread"
« Last post by Mike Scott on November 26, 2022, 07:53:59 PM »
Actually, when did they really get dubbed as the "Universal Monsters", anyways?

Probably the '90s.
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Modern Monster Toys / Re: Super 7 "Official Universal Monsters Thread"
« Last post by YoungestMonsterKid on November 26, 2022, 06:21:55 PM »
Quite honestly, and I'm not sure if this totally relates to this thread. But I kind of reject the "Universal Monsters" being a brand. If it's a brand, then it ended in the 50s. Everything after that is a corporation just merchandising a bunch of old movies they happen to own (that should really be public domain by now) to the last drop. Hot take, sorry. But it's kind of true.

I think I just prefer the term "Classic Movie Monsters". That way you can include other films that Universal never even made.

Actually, when did they really get dubbed as the "Universal Monsters", anyways? I notice back in like the 60s and 70s Universal licensed all the monsters, but never really called them that, anywhere.
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