Monster Collectors and Modelers
For those of us who grew Monster Kids, the interest in all things monster related is very deep and extremely eclectic. I’ve rubbed elbows with many of the dedicated adherents of the genre, and these people are a mix of all kinds of people. Many of them are hardcore collectors, artists, avid horror movie buffs, writers and comic illustrators. Many parts of the genre have cult followings, such of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, the original Halloween movie (1978), TV series and shows such as the twilight zone, voyage to the bottom of the sea, Son of Svengoolie and the many movies that came out of Hollywood from the 1950’s to the late 1960’s.
Many collectors find total fascination in the sci-fi genre, and In this authors opinion the most prolific collector and advocate for the sci-fi genre was the famous editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958–1983), Forrest Ackerman.
Ackerman introduced us to the history of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror film genres to a generation of young readers. At a time when most film-related publications glorified the stars in front of the camera, “Uncle Forry”, as he was referred to by many of his fans, promoted the behind-the-scenes artists involved in the magic of the movies. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_J_Ackerman)
Forrest J Ackerman, standing along side the famed robots, “Robby” and “Gort” and Godzilla.
Forrest, or as he is affectionately referred to as, “Forry”, was (and still is) a great inspiration to collectors. Forry’s personal sci-fi and horror collection, which was housed at the Acker-Mansion in Karlofornia was sold auctioned off to the public after his death in 2008. Forry’s collection embodied the heart and soul of sci-fi and early horror movies.
COLLECTORS; So what do collectors collect in the horror, sci-fi and monster genre? That’s a very broad question which encompasses everything from monster figures, to movie lobby cards, posters, toy space ships, robots, monster cards and many types and scales of plastic models.
Modelers are collectors
One of the most interesting and creative aspects of the monster genre is the area of modeling and diorama building. Or what the modelers call “The build up”.
Modelers work in a very creative space. And as collectors, like the good doctor Frankenstein, they are surrounded by their creations and the equipment of their work. Their arsenal can include paint brushes, epoxy, glue, exacto knives and vivid imaginations. But these artists also struggle to find resources and model manufactures. Many of these modelers /collectors reach out to one another via social media to talk about and trade resources. Some times they display stunning examples of their labor. Below you will find a list of resources for collectors and modelers alike. Modeling has indeed become an art form, which has grown beyond the old fashion simplicity of ready made models. Today’s collector’s now have access to a market of older model parts, reproduction parts and after market upgrades for models used to change their context and various roles in movies.
Instruction sheet from A Frankenstein Model
Models and accessories;
Aurora Models; The original Aurora monsters models are gone, but may have are still available on Ebay. Some still brand new in the box, some in parts other in used condition.
Diamond Select; Monsters figures and dioramas
Entertainment Earth; A full selection of sci-fi, horror and comic book related figures and dioramas.
Jakks Pacific; A limited (completed run) of monster figures
Mobius Models; An extensive and prolific producer of quality repro monster and sci-fi models.
Polar Lights; Another extensive and prolific model producer.
Pegasus Models; And yet another great producer of sci-fi models
Cult TV Man https://www.culttvmanshop.com/ Lots of spare parts
Monsters in Motion https://www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/index.php Figures, Models and more