Being a fan and a collector often go hand in hand, and us horror fans are completely spoiled when it comes to toys, action figures, and various other goodies depicting our favorite heroes and villains. Icons like Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Leatherface, and Ash have been immortalized in rubber and plastic countless times by various different companies, and you certainly won’t find us complaining about that.
We’ll be spending plenty of time here on Blumhouse talking about all those aforementioned figures, but this week we wanted to shine the spotlight on something a bit more unique. Over the years, many of our favorite horror movies have been turned into collectible toy cars, based on vehicles featured in those films, and they’ve proven to be a welcome change of pace from the typical action figures.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest, shall we?
Back in the late ’90s, Matchbox put out a line of character cars based on various pop culture properties, and included within the line was a special ‘Monster Series.’ In addition to Universal icons like Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, Freddy, Jason and Leatherface got their own cars, with each icon riding atop vehicles inspired by the respective films – Jason, for example, was attacking a Crystal Lake van.
One of the coolest cars in horror movie history was the pitch black 1971 Plymouth Barracuda seen in Don Coscarelli’s PHANTASM, the pride and joy of Mike’s big brother Jody Pearson. The company ERTL Collectibles added the car to their American Muscle line of die-cast offerings back in 2003, and the limited edition 1:18 scale vehicle makes for a perfect companion piece to NECA’s Tall Man action figure.
Hot Wheels has in recent years been delving deep into the nostalgia pool with their retro series of collectible cars, and earlier this year they brought CHRISTINE and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND into the line. CHRISTINE is an obvious choice, depicting the villainous ’58 Plymouth Fury from the film, while the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS car unexpectedly brought Roy Neary’s Ford F-250 work truck to toy collections.
Given how iconic the film’s sentient red Plymouth Fury has become over the years, there are of course no shortage of other CHRISTINE toy cars on the market, with companies like ERTL and Auto World beating Hot Wheels to the punch. It’s also worth noting that Hot Wheels’ aforementioned Retro Entertainment series was recently home to the film’s 1967 Camaro, driven by the character Buddy Repperton.
Another movie that has unsurprisingly gotten a whole lot of love in the world of collectible toy cars is horror-comedy classic GHOSTBUSTERS, and we honestly can’t even keep track of all the Ecto-1 replicas that have been released over the years. Pictured above are just a couple of them, including the standard Ecto-1 and a special Halloween edition variant, both put out by Hot Wheels in the last few years.
Greenlight Collectibles’ Hollywood line of die-cast cars has to date included a handful of horror movie vehicles, such as the police car from Friday the 13th (including a Mrs. Voorhees mini figure) and Rick’s Beetle from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3. The company also released the red Beetle from GREMLINS and even Charley’s ’66 Mustang from FRIGHT NIGHT – the latter of which was only available as part of a 10-pack.
And last but certainly not least, Matchbox gave JAWS fans a couple of toy cars to collect back in the mid-1990s as part of their Star Cars Collection. First up was a ‘Star Car Bus’ emblazoned with the 1975 film’s iconic poster art, and then there was a much cooler two-pack that featured an Amity Police boat and a small-scale figure of the killer shark. The bus is quite rare these days, often selling for upwards of $100.
What’s next, you ask? The van from TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, perhaps? How about Ash’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 from the EVIL DEAD franchise? Only time will tell!