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Throwback Thursday: Universal Monsters action figures.

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.