Tonight’s Throwback Thursday is a quick one, but a fun little ghost of Christmas past — Remco’s Universal Monsters action figures in 1980.
I received Dracula, Wolfman and the Phantom of the Opera unexpectedly under the Christmas tree. As you can see from the photo below, they were well crafted toys, and damn fun. I wonder how well they sold, though … How many kids in the 1980’s would excitedly ask their parents for toys featuring movie monsters from a half century earlier? I could understand Dracula being timeless enough to attract a child — he was still a perennial favorite for boys on Halloween. But … the original Wolf Man? And did most kids even know who the Phantom of the Opera was?
I did. But that’s only because I had a children’s book about the Universal Monsters. Because I was way too into monster movies even in the second grade.