The history of horror collectibles: From vintage classics to modern
Excitement for the horror genre extends beyond movies and literature, and for those pop culture fanatics, there’s a history of horror toy obsession. From vintage classics to the more modern keepsake, the history of horror toys and collectibles is a fascinating journey that reflects the enduring love for all things spooky.
Vintage classics (1900s - 1960s)
The origins of horror collectibles can be traced back to the early 20th century, with the rise of horror movies and pulp magazines. These vintage classics included eerie movie posters, horror toys, and even ghoulish comic books. Notable figures like Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster and Bela Lugosi as Dracula became so iconic that collectibles featuring their likeness were among the first created.
Monster horror toys (1960s - 1970s)
The 1960s saw the emergence of monster horror toys and model kits. Companies like Aurora and Remco produced plastic model kits featuring classic horror characters, such as the Mummy, the Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. These kits became highly sought-after collectibles, with just as many enthusiasts building and painting them as storing them in their original packaging.
Horror film merchandise (1980s - 1990s)
The ‘80s and ‘90s marked the resurgence of the horror genre, with franchises like “Friday the 13th”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, and “Hellraiser” captivating audiences. This era saw an explosion of horror collectibles, including action figures, posters, and VHS tapes. The appeal of these items was not limited to horror enthusiasts but also extended to other pop culture fans.
Modern horror toys and collectibles (2000s - present)
The 21st century brought about a renaissance of horror toys and collectibles. With the rise of online marketplaces and shops, fans have unprecedented access to a wide range of horror merchandise. This era has introduced high-quality action figures, statues, and prop replicas, with collectible companies like NECA and One:12 creating detailed figures of horror icons in their gory glory. Additionally, autographed memorabilia has gained popularity, as horror conventions offer more opportunities for fans to meet stars.
The history of horror toys and collectibles is a testament to the enduring love we have for all things terrifying. Shop our modern collection today!
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