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Highlight for Album: M A R X

Louis Marx Co. was a major manufacturer of battery-operated tin toys in the 1960's. They made all sorts of character related toys, including several remote-controlled monsters.

These monsters stand out as some of the most handsome and impressive battery-operated toys ever made. Many were mostly tin, such as the 12-inch remote-control Frankenstein. Others were plastic, such as the two-foot tall Great Garloo. (Check out his gallery as well.) Some were fabric over mechanical skeletons, like the Yeti and Mighty Kong. Besides walking, they performed other movements.

Frankenstein and Garloo could stoop over and pick up objects. Kong could beat his chest. And the pissed-off Yeti would raise his arms and let out the loudest, most blood-curdling SHRIEK that was great fun to try out around the cat or dog.

Marx also produced smaller, wind-up versions of many of their larger battery-operated toys. All these toys were packaged in large, colorful boxes will set you back many times what the monsters will to own one in nice shape. Marx robots were clearly the most authentic toys around at the time. Even by todays standards they'd be impressive. A toy company probably couldn't even try to duplicate them today, they would be cost prohibitive to even try.

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Highlight for Album: P H A N T O M

Lon Chaney the Man of 1000 faces. Not too many figures were released around him, except recent stuff from Sideshow, and I just don't dig that stuff.

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Highlight for Album: H A R R Y H A U S E N

The Master. I've never quite gotten the whole Jurrasic Park thing. Effects seem to have gotten worse. There's something about stop motion that makes it more real to me. Even though a kid today would probably think its fake.

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Highlight for Album: Big             F R A N K I E
Big F R A N K I E

Here's "Big Frankie," one of the rarest and most sought after of all model kits ever released by the late, great Aurora Plastics Corp.

Aurora kit #470, Gigantic Frankenstein, was released in the second half of 1964, and was the largest figure kit the company ever produced. It originally retailed for $4.98 - a whopping four bucks more than all their other styrene plastic monster models.

The oversized caricature Frankie was conceived by legendary toy designer Marvin Glass, who also designed Mr. Machine, Mouse Trap, and the Rockem Sockem Robots, to name a few. Unfortunately, sales on Big Frankie were pretty miserable, and Aurora pulled the kit from production within a year of its initial release. (Could have been the 5 dollar price tag, at the time, that was a heck of a lot of dough for a kid. Comics at the time were 12 cents, to give you some perspective.)

Today, Big Frankie is pretty much the one toy to have if you are a collector of the classic model kits. This kit is expertly painted by Charley Bliss, the kit is mint. It is missing the cumberbund, which was usually missing from a lot of the kits. I think kids just didn't know what the heck it was. I have the cumberbund loose, I went and bought another Big Frankie and snagged it, then gave the kit away to a friend. Yeah, I'm pretty much insane.

Frankie's arms swivel up and down, secured from within by a heavy rubber band running through his torso as Aurora suggested in the kit's instructions.

Frankie stands 20" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep.

Unlike many of the classic kits of yesteryear, Aurora's Gigantic Frankenstein has never been re-released in over 40 years, and due to its short-term production run, the big guy is not an easy find today.

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Highlight for Album: M U M M Y

I never liked the Mummy much, nor the Invisible Man. But, some of the toys are pretty cool.

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