|Famous Monsters 1976|
Leave it to Famous Monsters to have a collection of "classic" monsters, and a nice selection of hands too. I was curious about the adjusted for inflation price on these masks, and so I checked out the CPI Inflation Calculator. The basic cost of these masks are $40, and figures out to $159.50 in 2011 dollars! Kids of the 70's, I guess you saved up your allowances for like 3 years if you bought of these.
With the release of Star Wars comes the Star Wars masks...
... and the Star Wars knock-off masks too. I'm a big fan of Spacetrooper and Death Invader.
If you bought those Star Wars masks back in 1978 for $39.95 I've got some good news and bad news...
The good news is that in this 1981 ad, Darth Vader is $49.99, and Chewbacca is $64.99. Good move on purchasing early. Although what's with that price jump? Did the cost of fake hair go through the roof in 3 years? Sorry if you bought C-3PO back in 1978, you could have saved five bucks if you simply waited a few years.
Here's some interesting and original masks from Death Studios who are still in business...
I think like the Astroroth the best. The Hell Spawn's "bony finger-like" mouth is a unique design.
Next is a Count Fangor mask. Count Fangor was a comic that ran in the pages of Fangoria for a short while. I don't think he ever caught on, but I guess he was popular enough for his own mask.
Finally here's an ad for the famous (well sorta famous) Halloween III (1982) masks...
These masks are supposedly fetching big prices from collectors today. I'm actually surprised that original "Silver Shamrock" versions even exist. Every rubber mask I had when I was a kid started to rot within about 5 years. If any mask collectors reading this who would like to leave a comment on how you preserve your old masks I'd be interested to hear about it.
This ad also gives me a reason to post this clip...
Hmm, maybe I should have made this post 7 days ago.