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Sunday, October 22, 2023 | Cryptic Collectibles, News


Like big bowls of popcorn and horror film marathons, Halloween and classic movie monsters go hand in hand. The folks at toy manufacturer Super7 must think so as well because they’ve just released a new Halloween-themed wave of their retro-styled Universal MonstersSuper Soapies” bubble wand collectibles. Featuring a classic Halloween colour scheme (vivid orange, green, and black), this wave takes inspiration from vintage Halloween and monster collectibles of decades past. 

I’ve talked about Super7’s line of Universal Monsters Super Soapies before, but here’s a quick recap: Standing approximately 10 inches tall, the figural bottles are a fantastic new take on a set of bubble bath containers originally issued in the 1960s by Colgate Palmolive. But instead of being filled with bubble bath soap, these new releases contain both a liquid solution and a bubble wand attachment on the underside of the figure’s head that, when unscrewed from the body, allows you to blow bubbles. Like their vintage predecessors, the hollow plastic containers can be used as toys (or displayed on your collectibles shelf) after the soap solution has been used. 

Six Universal characters have been released: the Frankenstein Monster, the Bride, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, the Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon’s Gill-Man. Along for the ride is the (now non-Universal character), the fearsome Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth. With the new, striking paint applications, they are reminiscent of vintage Halloween plastic blow mold decorations of the 1960s as well as other groovy ‘60s classic monster collectibles like the orange and green Frankenstein Monster candy bucket released by Clinton Plastics and orange plastic figurines from Louis Marx. Instead of being green, the Gill-Man has been rendered here predominantly in a vibrant orange; Likewise, the Mummy’s bandages and Bride’s gown and face are also a jack-o-lantern-coloured orange. In addition to green and orange, there are black paint apps to the Wolf Man’s shirt, Invisible Man’s smoking jacket and Frankenstein Monster’s hair, shirt and boots. 

The containers are packaged in cardboard trays with vintage ’60s-styled art and are shrink-wrapped in plastic wrap. Fans of classic cinematic creeps and old-school Halloween collectibles will love these fun and nostalgic tributes to creepy collectibles of the past. 

SRP for the “Halloween Orange” Super Soapies is $20 USD each, and they can be purchased directly from Super7’s “Boodega” of Halloween-themed products.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Thank you to Super7 for providing samples for this piece.

James Burrell has been fascinated with monsters and all things scary since the age of three. Growing up in Toronto during the 1970s and ‘80s, he fed his insatiable appetite for horror with a steady diet of Hilarious House of Frightenstein and Saturday afternoon TV matinees of Universal, Hammer and Amicus flicks - all while eating too many bowls of Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry. An avid collector of monster figures, model kits, vintage board games, tie-in novels, records, comics and movie posters, James continues to search for that next item to add to his eclectic and ever-growing collection of horror ephemera. He is the recipient of the 2010 Rondo Classic Horror Award for Best Interview, for his feature on Sir Christopher Lee that appeared in Rue Morgue’s 100th issue and penned two volumes in The Rue Morgue Library.