Remco’s Universal Mini Monster Action Figures (1980)

Remco 1980-1

Remco 1980-2

Remco 1980-3

Remco 1980-4

I’m not sure what convinced Remco that Universal Monsters were going to compete in 1980, when a little movie called The Empire Strikes Back came out and the horror genre was dominated by ultraviolent slashers and demons from hell, but I’m glad they did: regardless of how much money was lost, the Mini Monsters are some of the coolest action figures ever made. The cards are beautiful too. I love the glow in the dark graphic surrounding Frank and the Phantom on the versions seen here. The figures were first released in non-glow versions (the Creature was dark green).

Azrak-Hamway International (AHI), which acquired Remco in 1974, produced 8-inch Universal Monster figures from 1974-1976. The later Remco line (1980-1981) also included a series of 9-inch figures (hence the “mini monster” designation for the 3 3/4-inch figures), a nifty vinyl Play Case, the awesome Monsterizer, and hand puppets, as well as ancillary items like makeup kits. As always, I’m including some prices below.

Remco 1980-5

Remco 1980-6

Remco 1980-7

Remco 1980-8

5 Responses to “Remco’s Universal Mini Monster Action Figures (1980)”

  1. 1 hobgoblin238 July 22, 2015 at 4:12 am

    As owner of Monster Cafe Saltillo, I WISH I still had these.

  2. 2 samtheq July 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I have the 9″ Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy, and Frankenstein’s Monster, and even the Monsterizer!! I really should do a blog post on these amazing figures!!

  3. 4 narvo July 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Dang dood! From $4.19 to $.89??? Talk about a total closeout!

  1. 1 Universal Monsters Iron-On Transfers (Roach Studios, 1980) | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on October 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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