If you've been following my other monster blogs, you may have seen this item before, which appears to be like the old nickelodeon viewers, using a series of photos attached to a spool which, when turned, would give the illusion of movement (as opposed to film and a projector). I'd still love to have it!
AHI (Azrak-Hamway International) was involved with Remco (I can never keep track of which company owned which). Oddly enough, this Creature action figure predated the one from yesterday, and as you can see, it's a fully sculpted figure!
What's even odder is that AHI, who produced this line of figures (The "World's Greatest Super-Monsters") in competition with Mego (who apparently passed on the Universal license, instead marketing their own line of more generic Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolf and Mummy Figures), actually produced a cheaper (as in less expensive) line of figures!
There were two versions of this figure produced, one with a narrower waist that's been designated as the "female" version. I should have that one in my files somewhere! But in the meantime, here's a photo of it out of the package!
Ever since the Mego Corp. produced their superheroes line with silkscreened costumes (even for the Thing and a Flame-On'ed Human Torch, assuming you know who they were), monster action figures seem to have been cursed with good sculpts on the head, hands and feet, but crappy cloth costumes that shouldn't have been cloth! Case in point: The Creature From the Black Lagoon figure above that Remco produced! I'm not sure if this one had glow-in-the-dark pieces or not, but I can tell you that this line of figures had a button on the back that, if pressed, would cause the arms to reach out and "grab".
Here's the cover of the issue of Dell Movie Classics that featured an adaptation of "The Creature From the Black Lagoon," and as you can see, the cover featured Creature only bears a vague resemblance to the Gill Man we've come to know and love!
As you can see, the Gill Man is well represented here... it would've been nice if this photo was large enough that one could use it to print their own transfer from it, but that would've probably defeated the purpose of the auction listing I got this photo from!
Like my other monster blogs, this blog will be featuring (for the most part, anyway), collectibles featuring the Creature From the Black Lagoon, among them toys, puzzles, games, posters, lobby cards, and stills. And on occasion, there'll be a video to watch as well!
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