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Fritos Mini-Monster: Gay Blade!

So back in the 60s, MPC relased a set of eight mini-monster figures including characters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, a witch, a skeleton, and more. Originally, people collected these little monster figures in grocery store vending machines, but some years later, the Frito-Lay company re-released them as a new set of mini-monsters, and a one figure was included with every bag.

The classic MPC mini-monsters, relaunched by Fritos. Evil Executioner is now... Gay Blade!

Other than being colored differently, the Fritos mini-monsters had the exact same plastic mold. The more significant change that they made was to the names of each monster. Instead of the original scarier monster names, they went with names that were a bit more family friendly. The monsters now had names such as "Batty Bertha", "Bony Tony", and "Few Manchew"... basically, the kind of names you'd expect to see on Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.

Believe it or not, one of the figures who was originally named "Evil Executioner" was actually changed to "Gay Blade" (no relation to the old Zorro flick). It's funny how a simple name change can make a character sound so completely innocent - even if he's wearing an executioner's hood, holding a knife in one hand and a severed head in the other. If you changed Charles Manson's name to "Skippy Bippy", I guarantee you'd feel inclined to let him run a child daycare center rather than keep him locked away in prison.

Naturally, I had to have this particular mini-monster with the amazing name and I tried tracking down the old orange Fritos version of him for years. Well my friends, I finally did it. I am now the happy gay owner of Gay Blade!

Behold the actual Fritos 'Gay Blade' figure!

I was curious about what his blade would actually do to somebody if they were stabbed by it. I mean, being stabbed doesn't sound like a particularly happy experience, but Gay Blade sure makes me think it might be. Rather than be a guinea pig and have him stab me, I decided to leave him alone with a Brachs Mellowcreme Pumpkin to see what would happen. When I returned, I was shocked to see what Gay Blade had done. Hit the jump to see what happened:

Mellowcreme Pumpkin BEFORE being stabbed by Gay Blade.

Mellowcreme Pumpkin BEFORE being stabbed by Gay Blade.

Holy crap! Gay Blade stabbed that Mellowcreme Pumpkin and now it's all glittery! Well, now we know how the vampires in Twilight ended up that way.


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GoodnightMoon on 09/21/2011 2:30 pm

He looks kind of like Candle Jack from Freakazoid!.

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Bucket on 09/21/2011 2:32 pm



Holland (Guest) on 09/21/2011 2:50 pm

I'm totally gay for Gay Blade

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Alan Bates on 09/21/2011 4:06 pm

Just because you're a mad serial killer doesn't mean you can't be FABULOUS.

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Captain Seamus on 09/21/2011 4:45 pm

I don't really know if I'd let someone named "Skippy Bippy" near children, actually.


spooky (Guest) on 09/21/2011 4:54 pm

actually he looks like Candle Jack, I lov


ColdFusion (Guest) on 09/21/2011 6:20 pm

..... I'm sorry, but what the hell is a 'slew foot'?

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dextire on 09/21/2011 6:34 pm

Good job tracking that one down! Those things are hard to find and can be quite expensive.

Also, in addition to glittery, Gay Blade apparently also makes things gooey. Weird.

ColdFusion: Slewfoot is a hockey term for kicking out the back of an opponent's leg causing him to trip.

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Tacobot on 09/21/2011 8:03 pm

Congrats on your find, he looks pretty cool and surprising amount of detail.

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monster_movie_night on 09/21/2011 10:16 pm

the name is just wrong.Evil Executioner is much more suitable don't you think?


GrindhouseCinema (Guest) on 09/22/2011 11:56 am

Wait, wait, wait... how did "Few Manchew" get no sold on that poster! That is a fantastic name for a character!


ColdFusion (Guest) on 09/22/2011 1:18 pm

Oh I see.. hockey.. so shouldn't that be Jason then?


Geo (Guest) on 09/24/2011 5:41 am

The Gay Blade strikes again!


TheNumber6 (Guest) on 09/24/2011 11:31 am

I totally want Gay Blade and Cool Ghoul. They look so amazingly awesome.... But why did they change the names?! Totally unnecessary!

BTW RoG, I found something at Target that might interest you. I can't get one myself, but I think someone should check this out:

It's a hanging red skull that lights up. Just look at the picture! Supposedly it also makes noise, but I don't know what kind... But for $12, noise or no noise, it's pretty freakin' AWESOME!

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SewnonSmile on 09/26/2011 12:08 pm

Well, whatever happened to the Mellow creme pumpkin...we all know one thing for couldn't have possibly been left over from last Halloween if -RoG- had anything to do with it!!! Tell me I'm lyin...I dare ya!!!


shadowdancer21b (Guest) on 09/28/2011 8:50 pm

Maybe a reference to "Springheel Jack"? I dunno.

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toolz88 on 10/07/2011 3:00 am

I like how the Few Manchu is doing the Thriller.


Swordkiller (Guest) on 03/11/2012 3:26 am

Thank you for your post! So were there other Frito versions in different colors than orange?


Jeff (Guest) on 03/20/2012 10:30 pm

Funny, I was looking for these online a few years ago, and could not find them. I contacted the Frito Lay company and the lady in charge of promotions said that she had no record of the Mini Monsters ever being a premium with Fritos. The were around for a year or so around '66 or '67, I think, and were replaced by the Frito Bandito eraser.

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