“Time to grow up.” “Aren’t you too old for that?” You know, the things that are said once you reach a certain age. Yet, it’s no fluke that adults swarm horror/sci-fi/fantasy conventions, frequent comic shops, and are a tremendous target audience for extreme haunts and escape rooms. The genre thrives for fans of all ages, with no reason to ever stop loving and appreciating everything it offers. The perfect example of this is horror action figures, which provide plenty of cool reasons to keep getting them no matter how old you are.
For many, these figures represent movies that still resonate, and were stand-out for their time. It’s a way to pay tribute to what introduced you to the genre, or really sparked your interest. For all of the remakes and re-imaginings (and there are a lot of great ones!) of classic monsters, there’s still sheer beauty in Lon Chaney’s Wolfman, Boris Karloff’s Mummy, and the original Godzilla of 1954 fame. And there are 30th Anniversary editions that commemorate special moments, such as Ripley and Newt from Aliens, and the “Chest of Souls” Freddy Krueger that defined Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
Whether kept in the original packaging or strategically posed on shelves and tables, you get a keepsake of cinematic history. Create a pastiche of Puppet Master’s Blade alongside an articulated Mohawk Gremlin. Make a centerpiece out of the Friday the 13th part 4: The Final Chapter replication of Jason, which comes with several interchangeable parts. There are so many ways to dress up décor with these figures, so let your creative side shine setting them up!
Another wonderful aspect of horror action figures is remembering unforgettable characters. Sid Haig will forever be revered as House of 1,000 Corpses’ Captain Spaulding, just as Doug Bradley’s portrayal of Pinhead also joins the rank of horror greatness. Of course, Scream’s Ghostface is one of the ultimate representations of genre trivia, and wouldn’t he look delightful, knife in hand, poised near the TV? Or, would guests dare to remove the hood on Trick ‘r Treat’s devilish little Sam as they reach for the bathroom sink soap he guards over?
Additionally, don’t forget that if you do take figures out of their packages, they’re also fun to play with! Indulge in them, and stay proud to be a horror fan!
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