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Frankenstein Target Set
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:18:04 AM »
After a weekend without UMA, it's time to cut to the chase and return to serious monster toy talk.

The first time I ever saw a Hasbro Frankenstein target set in person was at Monster Bash 2006 when we included Richard's example in the UMA display.



In the shot below, you can see that it is the same height as the Marx Frankenstein.  The target is that cardboard "box" to the right of the robot.



I remember being surprised at how small the target was.  I was imagining something twice the size.  For the 2007 toy tour, I suggested that Terry construct an oversized replica for display purposes.  He did a great job and seemed to have a lot of fun making it.  You can see it hanging on the wall in this shot from Wonderfest 2007:



Over the weekend, I took advantage of the UMA blackout to spend time cleaning out a closet and sorting through old paperwork.  I stumbled on an envelope from Russ Sutherland, dated Feb. 19, 1999.  Inside, I found several cool monster toy photos, including this one:



That is NOT the one Terry made.  It appears to be a vintage original.  Now I know why I thought the target game was twice the size.  Apparently, there IS a much bigger version.  You can see that it towers over the binder, which is at least 12 inches tall.  The target must be about 20 inches tall.

Can anyone shed light on the different versions of this target game?  I'm thinking the larger one is the rarer of the two.

Finally, here is a photo of a packaged example.  I don't know whose collection this belongs to.  You can see how cool it looks with the shrink wrap.







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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008, 02:39:33 AM »
Correcto mundo, Ray!  There are indeed two sizes of Frankenstein Horror Target games from Hasbro. They were both poly bagged, with the smaller being 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 by about 2 inches deep with three roughly 2 inch, and the Deluxe being 20 x 20 and 4 1/2 inches deep and including three 3 inch Styrofoam balls.   These were offered for sale in the '63 and '64 Hasbro catalogs, with a $1.00 and $2.00 srp respectively (dunno about '65 on)!  I copied this info from a pic of the '64 catalog that I thought was in the files of the old site but can't find, and here's an auction photo of the mock up of the Deluxe in the '63, you can see a corner of the smaller set in the bottom right.




While the Monster Mystery Games are the top of the list of Hasbro's magnificent monster contributions for me, the packaging for these Frankie sets is particularly arresting for the way they enhance the toy.  I'd love to know who the designer is.  No idea who's collection the photo of the bagged one is from, but they are one lucky monster kid!

An interesting note about the one Richard lent for display is that the plastic pegs run over the entire image, which I have never seen before.  The replica Terry created has the pegs only in the circular target area, which is the way they were pictured in the '64 catalog and the only style on the dozen or so I've spied on eBay in the last ten years or so (rarely with the size noted, never with the bag).  I actually have one, I believe of the smaller size, waiting on me at a show I'm about to go to in two weeks, so I'll have more to report then!

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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008, 11:58:27 AM »
The last pic was mine, Ray. That set (the big one) is no longer in my collection. I had a beautiful plexi box made for it.

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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 06:43:13 PM »
I've got the smaller version of this, and I was surprised when I got it, too.  I thought they were bigger...this explains it.  You learn something new every day.

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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008, 10:12:44 PM »
Oh, yea... I received a large version target game for Christmas...'64? I've seen them (rarely) on ebay, but I just couldn't justify the dough. One of those pieces I hope to find in a dusty little shop somewhere, or at an auction where nobody knows what its worth...

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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2021, 07:39:38 PM »
...  An interesting note about the one Richard lent for display is that the plastic pegs run over the entire image, which I have never seen before.  The replica Terry created has the pegs only in the circular target area, which is the way they were pictured in the '64 catalog and the only style on the dozen or so I've spied on eBay in the last ten years or so (rarely with the size noted, never with the bag).  I actually have one, I believe of the smaller size, waiting on me at a show I'm about to go to in two weeks, so I'll have more to report then!  sts   

Looks like the smaller size target has spikes all over and the larger target has the spikes only in the central circle.



Here is a 13" x 13" that sold earlier this year:





And here is a 19" x 19" that sold today:




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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2021, 07:56:18 PM »
Looks like the smaller size target has spikes all over

I never noticed that, before! Probably never would have, if I hadn't seen the two side by side.
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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2021, 09:33:00 AM »
I like the way we members dredge up "important" facts about toys that were issued more than fifty years ago!

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2021, 11:22:57 AM »
I like the way we members dredge up "important" facts about toys that were issued more than fifty years ago!

It should be a show on the History Channel. "History's Greatest Monster Toys Mysteries"
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Re: Frankenstein Target Set
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2021, 01:23:54 PM »
I like the way we members dredge up "important" facts about toys that were issued more than fifty years ago!

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Could be important to a collector evaluating an eBay target listing that doesn't state dimensions - as most do not.
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2021, 02:54:53 PM »
It's important to me and most of us whatever way you slice it. I just learned something new about an item I'd like to add to my collection of stuff at some future point.

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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2021, 04:58:13 PM »
I like the way we members dredge up "important" facts about toys that were issued more than fifty years ago!

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