I-Mockery Pays A Visit To Monsterpalooza!
by: -RoG-

The sun is out, birds are chirping, and Spring is in the air... sounds like the perfect time to go back indoors and look and a crazy world chock full o' murderous monsters! Yes indeedy, this past weekend I drove up to Burbank for the spooktacular Monsterpalooza convention for a look at some of the finest work by makeup and sfx artists along with plenty o' vintage monster toys and novelties. It was my first time checking out the event and it did not disappoint at all. As always, for those of you who were unable to attend, I've put together another huge photo gallery so you can see some of the best of what went down at the show. So let's dive right into it, because there's no reason we should have to wait 'til October to celebrate the wonderful world of monsters.

I arrived mid-afternoon, so the line wasn't bad at all, but I heard it wrapped all the way
around the Burbank Marriott hotel earlier in the day and the wait to get in was absurdly long.

It may not be as large as the San Diego Comic-Con, but it's still just as crowded trying to make your way through the halls.

A life-sized Frankenstein's Monster out for a stroll in the woods.

Definitely liking this large new Creature from the Black Lagoon.

One of the greatest Godzilla toys ever made! This 1979 "Shogun Warriors" Godzilla has roller skates for feet,
his right fist shoots off like a missile and his tongue can stick out. What adult kid wouldn't want this!?

We were all Teenage Frankensteins at one point... it's called puberty.

I'm sure you guys remember my feature article on the Remco Mini Monster Play Case, so you can imagine
it was really nice seeing one of my favorite monster toy sets being given some due credit at the convention.

A variety of classic Imagineering brand make-up kits on display along with the Creature Features game.

This one reeeeeally took me back. Genuine Soil from Dracula's Castle was something that was advertised by Warren Publishing in horror magazines and comic books back in the day. You could mail away for it and they would send you... dirt.
But it was Dracula's dirt and it came with a printed certificate of authenticity straight from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, so who wouldn't want that? Proof yet again that you can sell anything to kids with the proper tie-in.

The classic Giant Fly mail-away novelty and Spook Hand gag along with the Phantom of the Organ album. I hope
Daniel Roebuck will invite me to come take a tour of his home some day... his vintage horror collection really is amazing.

Terror Tales and Weird horror comic magazines... really wish they still produced these.

You know the economy is hurting people when Frankenstein's Monster had to exchange his suit for a shaggy bathmat.


YES! A fitting tribute to the one and only ROBOT MONSTER! This put a big smile on my face.

More monster goodnees, but somebody forgot to press 'Play' on the DVD player.

This Teenage Werecat from Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' was absolutely spot on. I need one of those in my doorway.

Lil' keychains and other Universal monster novelties.

"Discover the feeling... learn to read."

Here's a nice little model of a monster kid in his room making some monster models of his own.

The Abominable Snowman is a serious guy... VERY serious. Seriously.

There's much more Monsterpalooza madness to see!
Click here to continue onward to page 2!


Reader Comments

filthiest soap dish
Apr 13th, 2010, 03:45 AM
So what did you pick up for me Roger.... don't tell me.... you forgot
aint nobody
Apr 13th, 2010, 04:15 AM
i'd love to go to one of these, but my damned social anxiety, germaphobia and lack of money tends to get in the way
destroyer of happiness
Apr 13th, 2010, 05:02 AM
seriously. looks really fun, though.
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2010, 07:03 AM
Is that Dr. Phibes I see on page two? Awesome.

I think the "eerie accountant" is supposed to be the 10th Doctor from Dr. Who, judging by the TARDIS at the base, but it's not a very good likeness.
With More Yes Than Ever
Apr 13th, 2010, 09:16 AM
Wish I could have gone. I'd totally buy a Killer Klowns OST
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2010, 12:19 PM
why does everything fun happen in california? comic con, mosterpalooza, earthquakes...ugh, it sucks living in New England LOL!
the axe and the smasher
Apr 13th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Those displays look awesome.
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2010, 12:29 PM
Check or cash?
Apr 13th, 2010, 02:07 PM
It really wasn't a good likeness of ten. It was creepy.
taco loving zombie
Apr 13th, 2010, 05:43 PM
i hope you bought that soundtrack for killer klowns
Registered Absoludicrat
Apr 13th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Especially dug the old Imagineering stuff. Today's Halloween makeup, even if it's technically superior, will never match the charm of this line. All they needed was a Kooky Spooks costume to really capture the essence of Halloween in the 80s.

(P.S. I've been waiting for a site like this to do a piece on Kooky Spooks for a long time, if anyone is qualified, it's you guys.)
Pickled Patriarch
Apr 13th, 2010, 06:06 PM
Nah, I didn't buy the soundtrack because I had already seen it cheaper on eBay. I spent $60 on this bad boy instead:

With More Yes Than Ever
Apr 13th, 2010, 06:11 PM
Rog, that is amazing. Did it come with candy corn?
The Magnificent Bastard
Apr 13th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Sounds like a Monster-Mash...
I'll bet it was a graveyard smash!

Sorry, I had to.
Cranberry Everything
Apr 14th, 2010, 01:15 AM
That's a very cool show.
And you even got to see Jonathan Winters!

Are you able to take Sam's mask off to reveal what is underneath, like they (surprisingly) did in the movie?
Apr 14th, 2010, 01:33 AM
DIE ZOMBIES KOMMEN made me laught, I don't quite know why.

That proton pack is enviable. You couldn't pry me away from even just looking at it very easily, let me tell you.
Strange blob from beyond
Apr 14th, 2010, 04:25 AM
Absolutely no idea why, but the picture that made me nearly piss myself? Surprised Kong. Oh and that really IS a creepy ten. God knows what an eleven would look like!
Apr 14th, 2010, 06:42 AM
Holy crap. I didn't think Jonathan Winters was still alive *laughs* Great to hear, but damn.

Note to all convention vendors:
We attendees are already paying good money to get into these events, so we're
not going to pay full retail costs (or higher) for your merchandise. Wise up already.
Truer words were never spoken.

Also, can someone identify the critter *behind* "Another solid Frankenstein" on page 5. I'm curious.
I like cheese.
Apr 14th, 2010, 09:09 AM
When I saw the Frankenstein and Bride Pez dispensers on page 3, I immediately thought of you and Re. lol
lurking on the walls
Apr 14th, 2010, 10:02 AM
Does the mask part come off to reveal Sam's true appearance? If not it's still freaking cool and I think would be a great Halloween accessory in any haunted house
Kat Kat is offline
Breathes Comics
Apr 14th, 2010, 11:59 AM
I personally think the Bambi stuff was the scariest of all.
taco loving zombie
Apr 14th, 2010, 03:33 PM
wow my dad loved trick r treat i'm gonna get one for him
Cartoonist extraordinaire
Apr 14th, 2010, 09:04 PM

Heyy, that green lady was in "Legend"!
Sloth, PhD
Apr 15th, 2010, 02:12 AM
Was that Jonathan Winters statue for sale?
Pickled Patriarch
Apr 15th, 2010, 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by DougClayton4231 View Post
Rog, that is amazing. Did it come with candy corn?
It does come with a little treat bag that he carries around, don't think there's any real candy in it. I wouldn't dare steal his candy anyway. Sam has a real mean streak you know...

Originally Posted by dextire View Post
Are you able to take Sam's mask off to reveal what is underneath, like they (surprisingly) did in the movie?
Yep, you can remove the burlap sack mask to see his true face. The detail is super nice, but I don't wanna post it here in case other people haven't already seen the flick yet.

Originally Posted by DaTr0LL View Post
Was that Jonathan Winters statue for sale?
Yeah, I think it was an animatronic puppet actually. It kept asking me for its medication despite my repeatedly telling it, "Sir, I don't have any pills for you!"
Forum Virgin
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:11 AM
Totally awesome, old and new. I must have one of those Freddy snake heads...
Animal Eater
Jun 11th, 2011, 03:57 AM
I love how next to the partially devoured lady corpse is a bag of beef jerky. Delicious.

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