Wednesday, June 30, 2021

2021 Trick or Treat Studios - Universal Studios Monsters

 Trick or Treat Studios followed up their impressive 2020 Universal Studios Monsters release with an additional round featuring some of the more obscure characters such as the Creature Walks Among Us Gillman sculpted by Eric Lubatti , Moleman sculpted by David Smith, Man Who Laughs sculpted by Peter Murphy, and the Werewolf of London sculpted by Jasper Anderson.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2020 Trick or Treat Studios - Universal Studios Monsters

 After spending a good chunk of last week looking at the NECA Universal Studios Monsters masks, it feels like a natural segue to pivot over to the Trick or Treat Studios Uni-Monster masks to begin this week. For lovers of the classic monsters, the highlight of the ToT 2020 catalog was undoubtedly the release of the Universal Studios Monsters masks. 

The monsters were brought to life by an incredibly talented group of sculptors which included Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein monster sculpted by Justin Mabry, Lon Chaney Jr.’s Wolf Man sculpted by Jasper Anderson, Karloff’s Imhotep from The Mummy sculpted by Peter Murphy, and the Gill-Man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon sculpted by Russ Lukich.

In this post I am including images of the Dracula, Phantom, and Wolfman masks as well. Technically different licenses, but we all know and love them as Universal Studios Monsters. 

Trick or Treat Studios Frankenstein's Monster mask

Trick or Treat Studios House of Frankenstein mask

Trick or Treat Studios Creature from the Black Lagoon mask

Trick or Treat Studios Mummy mask

Trick or Treat Studios Ardeth Bay mask

Trick or Treat Studios Wolfman mask

Trick or Treat Studios Phantom mask

Trick or Treat Studios Dracula mask

Monday, June 28, 2021

Masks in Art Monday: Tater7 Monsterballs

 Happy Monster Masks in Art Monday Creeps! Today's post features a monster kid's dream mash-up of Mad Balls and classic Topstone monsters by the insanely talented illustrator Tater7

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Random Sunday Morning Mask Pic: Moseley and ROT

 There are some good peeps associated with this photo. Bill Moseley being the front man posing at Monsterpalooza with a ROT mask designed by Eric Pigors, which was sculpted and custom painted by Aaron Lewis.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

NECA / Loot Crate Universal Monsters Mask Photos

 One last piggyback post from the NECA Uni Monsters series. Here are a few fun shots taken from Mark Enright's Mortar Heads Instagram page...

Friday, June 25, 2021

NECA / Loot Crate Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Mask Ads

 Here is another piggyback post of the NECA Universal City Studio's mask series, this time with some ads for the Creature from the Black Lagoon mask. There were a good number of different ads that were released for this lineup. But the Creech has always been my personal favorite Universal monster, so I'm taking the liberty to focus on these...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

NECA / Loot Crate Universal Monsters Masks

 I wanted to follow up yesterday's NECA Universal Monsters Mask Ad post with some additional related images, ads and info. First off, the talent behind these sculptures was Mark Enright of Mortar Heads. Mark has created some very cool masks over the past decade or so and I'm a big fan of his style and interpretation of some classic toys and decor turned into masks. I'm sure it goes without saying, but in the case of this line of masks, they were an homage to the classic Remco Uni Monster action figures.

I also appreciate that the release gave collectors an incentive to purchase the first four characters in the lineup, as this was the only way to then purchase the remaining two masks. Very cool! These were affordable at $49.99 each and were available through Lootcrate back in 2020.  

From a business standpoint, an interesting set of circumstances lead to the release of this lineup. NECA has a license to produce Universal Monster collectibles. NECA also purchased Rubie Costumes in 2020 when the company emerged from bankruptcy. With a license, and the means to produce the masks, NECA wasted no time partnering up with Lootcrate to release this series.  

If you'd like to learn more about this release, and dig into an interview with Mr. Enright, check out this post by the Universal Monster Universe blog. And now for the eye candy...