Archive Contact - PlaidStallions at MySpace - The PlaidStallions Daily Blog-

Plaid stallions archive of old catalogs
Rack Toys Book
Email me, I am often very lonely
Plaid Stallions Forum
Bricks picks across the web
the daily blog for plaid stallions
what's a plaid stallion?
my space link
Lingerie catalog from the 70s
70s toy explosion dvd
Colouring Book Theatre
1973 Ideal Evel Knievel Catalog
Vtoys i am looking for please read
Man From Atlantis Toys
marvel superheroes live
gallery of rack toys
Ideal Star Team
gallery of rack toys
1979 remco toys catalog
1973 Barbie catalog
Vtoys i am looking for please read
classic tarzan toys and collectibles
An evening of Bum Wine
Vintage Play Ground Equipment
1976 Azrak Hamway Catalog
Lone Ranger
Pulsar and sweathogs
Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Catalog
Big Jim Pack Comic
Vtoys i am looking for please read

the top ten best 70s Monster toys

Share |

The Top Ten Coolest Monster Toys of the 70's

Being undead seems to be a big boon in the toy world.

Even though the seventies were a far cry from the Monster merchandising boom of the mid sixties (which really was a golden age except for the lack of action figures), it wasn't exactly a drought either.

Classic monsters such as Frankenstein and Godzilla were still flourishing on late night TV and on Saturday morning with shows like "The Monster Squad", "Hilarious House of Frightenstein" and "The Groovie Ghoulies", it was still a great time to be a monster kid. Here are ten of the best reasons from the 1970's:

Mego Mad Monsters

10: Mego Mego Mad Monsters

According to a former VP of Mego, the folks at Universal Studios wanted more money than Mego were willing to pay, the license was then scooped up by Azrak Hamway (more on that later) so Mego chose to create their own line of generic monster dolls.

The results were a series of imaginative and high quality figures that sported glow in the dark eyes and hands along with knock out packaging by the legendary Gray Morrow. Mego even went as far as to produce a Monster Castle Playset for the creatures to romp in (which had an eye chart, I guess somebody is looking to be an optometrist), a good example of how highly creative Mego was at their peak.

The MegoMuseum has the Greatest Gallery Devoted to the Mego mad Monsters on the Web

The Mego Monsters totally edged out my personal favourites The Lincoln International Monsters, which goes to show i'm not completely biased.

Penn Plax Creature

9: Penn Plax Creature from the Black Lagoon

If you ever visited a pet store in the seventies, chances are you caught a glimpse of one of the most logical monster toys ever made, this thing made you want an aquarium. What better an item than a moving creature to menace those pushy jerk divers who think they're so big? It should be no surprise that the Penn Plax Creature is an insanely tough item to find nowadays and highly coveted by Monster collectors...

Gre Gory the Vampire Bat

8: Gre-Gory The Vampire Bat

Mattel was really on a monster toy role in the late seventies with creations like Krusher and Suckerman but none was as inspired as Gre-Gory whose blood filled guts seem to have been lifted from Mattel's Super Gross Superhero Pulsar. Rubber bats, gushy guts and fake blood, this an intoxicating mix for any boy under 12, trust me, I used to be one.

Check Out the 1979 Mattel Monster Catalog for more.

7: Stretch Monster

When Kenner first released Stretch Armstrong in the mid seventies, it completely rocked our world (well mine at least). However, their follow up figure, Stretch Monster, would have a lot of us kids wishing we'd held out on purchasing Mr. Armstrong, as Stretch Monster was so totally boss and at that price point, very few of us would likely get the chance to own both characters. The scaly, slightly "Sleestakish" Stretch Monster was infinitely cooler than our hero and secretly, I rooted for him to win.

Visit the 1978 Stretch Armstrong Catalog Pages for more Info

Hugo man of a thousand faces

6: Hugo Man of a Thousand Faces

Hugo was the brainchild of Alyn Ormsby (director of the classic horror film "Children shouldn't play with Dead things") and was basically your own personal Lon Chaney with the help of his makeup kit you could make up a bunch of villainous disguises. As an added bonus, the basic Hugo doll gave millions of us children nightmares, ack, I still can't make eye contact with him....

Bionic Big Foot

5: Bionic Bigfoot

If the 70's have a Monster, it's Big Foot, that crazy hairy man captivated us in the early seventies and soon enough he was in paperbacks, movie screens and of course, television. Quick to capitalize on the craze was the Six Million Dollar Man, who postulated that Bigfoot was indeed an android. Kenner put out the best action figure of Bigfoot ever made (OK I can't back that up, so please, no emails).

Aurora Glow in the dark models

4: Aurora Glow in the Dark Model Kits

OK, I accept the fact that these are just reissued models originally produced in the glory days of the 1960's. However, the addition of Glow in the Dark is always something I find fantastically cool and totally unique to this concept. The Aurora Monster kits are iconic and their constant reissue proves me correct. If I were in charge of things, these would never stop being produced.

1975 Aurora Monster Model Catalog

Monster View Masters

3: Monster Viewmasters

The Monster view masters were GAF at their creative peak, using cool little 3-D models rather than phoned in cartoon graphics, if only thing these were really instrumental in keeping the monster torch alive for a lot of us.

Azrak Hamway Monsters

2: AHI Monster Figures

Azrak Hamway Incorporated or AHI for short was the only company officially licensed to produce monster action figures in the 1970's and it's weird because the AHI Official World Famous Super Monsters are also the cheapest looking figures of the bunch.

What they lack in construction they make up for in charm however, the AHI monsters have wonderful heads that actually embody the actors nicely and look to be swiped from the Aurora Monster kits, a plus in my book! There are several variations produced (most likely due to cost cutting and the switching of factories over time) and the packaging apes the popular Mego Superheroes, which is another bonus. Also, unlike every other manufacturer, AHI included the Creature from the Black Lagoon into their line, bless you Marvin Azrak and Ezra Hamway!

Plaidstallions AHI Monster Gallery

Mattel Godzilla

1:Mattel Godzilla

Mattel truly brought the goods with this two-foot tall version of the mother of all Japanese monsters. Sure, he wasn't a great likeness and I don't remember Godzilla having wheels but he was two frigging feet tall and his fist shot off! If you were eight when you saw this toy chances are it had some sort of Siren song that completely immobilized you...

Back to the Plaid Stallions Index

Favourites from around the site
Rack Toys Book
Vtoys i am looking for please read
1975 toys r us flier
Vintage Commercials and Television
1976 Hasbro G.I. Joe Catalog
Vintage Toy Store Pictures
1978 Kenner Star Wars Catalog
1976 bionic man catalog
1976 Hasbro G.I. Joe Catalog
1980 Ben Cooper Catalog
1983 fisher Price adventure people Catalog
1979 Shogun Warriors and Godzilla catalog
1976 big jim pack Catalog
1976 Remco Catalog
Vtoys i am looking for please read
1976 Mattel Space 1999 catalog
1978 Hasbro SuperJoe Catalog
1977 Donny and Marie Catalog
Our Ways Studios Catalog
Aurora Monster Models Catalog 1975
Matchbox mobile action command
1980 Remco catalog
Plaid Stallions Trading Cards
Vtoys i am looking for please read

Recommended Reading

Mego Superheroes: World's Greatest Toys