Have you ever come across a toy while prowling eBay or running an image search on Google and found yourself completely shocked that you hadn’t previously seen or even heard about it? I don’t know about you, but as a rabid toy collector, I absolutely live for those moments.
Today here on Blumhouse, we’re hoping to give you that very same thrill of discovery, because we’re shining the spotlight on five lesser-known horror toys that have come out over the years.
We can’t guarantee you’ve never seen them, but we hope to at least surprise you with one or two!
Originally released in the mid-1980s, “Earl the Dead Cat” was a novelty stuffed cat with most of the stuffing removed, making the feline appear, well, dead. The morbid plaything initially had no connection whatsoever to Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY, but when the movie was released on VHS, Paramount came up with the brilliant idea of rebranding the existing toy as a promotional item. With Earl playing the role of the film’s Church, the unique promo item was given out to customers who bought the film from their local Movie Exchange. The PET SEMATARY versions of Earl are mostly the same as the regular versions, though a special tag was affixed to them that featured the film’s logo.
Many real spiders were put to work on the set of 1990 gem ARACHNOPHOBIA, but the most memorable was of course “Big Bob.” A South American spider measuring nearly one-foot in diameter, Big Bob is considered by many to be the film’s true star, and so I suppose it only makes sense that he’s the only one who got his own toy. Released by Remco in 1990, this rubber replica allowed kids to bring Big Bob into their own bedrooms, and a remote control version was also apparently released – it’s listed “Coming Soon” on the back of the regular version’s package, though I’ve personally never come across one.
Back in 2007, Mezco Toyz kicked off their now-defunct Cinema of Fear line in style, with the initial series playing homage to figures of Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Chop Top (his first ever action figure). In celebration of the new line, the company also whipped up gold-colored variants of each toy, and from what I understand, a grand total of only five sets were produced. One of the sets was given away on the website Cool Toy Review, which is where the above images come from. If you’d like to see how good Leatherface and Jason look in gold, be sure to click this link right here.
Many horror movies over the years have aimed to deconstruct the genre, but few are as brilliant as Scott Glosserman’s 2006 masterpiece BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON. In the film, Nathan Baesel plays Vernon, a masked maniac who allows a documentary crew to film him as he quite literally becomes the next slasher icon. In 2013, newly-formed company DeConte Figures and Collectibles brought Leslie Vernon to the toy shelf as a 7″ action figure, and at one point in time, proceeds from the toy were going to help fund a sequel that never ended up getting made. The toy was available at conventions and on the DeConte website, and the company has since vanished without a trace.
It’s not uncommon for the makers of high-end 12″ toys to create “original characters” that are quite obviously based on beloved movie characters, and the company VTS Virtual Toys did just that with ZOMBIELAND’s badass zombie-slayer Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). This 1/6 scale, 12″ figure is officially referred to as “Zombie Killer,” though there’s obviously no mistaking who it’s actually supposed to be. Dressed in Tallahassee’s trademark clothes, and with a head sculpt that looks dead-on like Harrelson, this unofficial ZOMBIELAND figure is a must-own for all fans, and it comes complete with shotguns, pistols, and a tactical vest. A box of Twinkies, unfortunately, is not included.
Can you think of any other horror toys that many fans may not know about? Let us know!