Thursday, November 10, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide : Amok Time's Tor Johnson Collector's Statues!

Every year I like to put together a little gift guide through a series of posts in the November/December months, to help you folks discover cool shit to either buy your horror loving friends & family or add to your own want lists. It's November 10th and i'd say it's about time you start thinking about what you want and what you want to get your loved ones this year. So let's kick off the 2011 Freddy In Space Holiday Gift Guide, shall we?!

Anyone who loves terrible B-movies is without question a fan of one of the best of the worst of all time; Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Decades before Troll 2 laid claim to the title 'best worst movie', Plan 9's pie plate of badness soared high above all other genre films as the reigning king of bad movies, a one of a kind masterpiece of well-intentioned but poorly executed cinema. And if you are a fan of the cinematic genius of Edward D. Wood Jr, then you surely have a soft spot in your heart for a man by the name of Tor Johnson, a former professional wrestler who Wood befriended and oftentimes inserted into his films.

Though he only appeared in a small series of terrible B-movies throughout his career, Johnson is still to this day considered a legend in the world of horror, mostly due to his iconic role as Inspector Daniel Clay in Plan 9, a role so iconic that the Halloween mask made in the character's likeness was for many years the #1 selling mask in Don Post's catalogue.

Proving that ole Tor has still got staying power in the genre, over forty years after his death, toy company Amok Time is set to release two limited edition statues in his honor, statues that are exclusive to their company. Depicting Tor getting his ghoul on in Plan 9, the statues offer you up the chance to own a-Tor-able mini versions of the heavyset bald icon, in either his standing or rising up from the earth form. Check out the two mini statues, which are now available for pre-order and will ship next month!

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The statues are respectively $34.99 and $39.99, depending on whether you like your Tor with a full body (8.25") or only half of one (5"). Both are limited to only 100 pieces and can now be pre-ordered over at Amok Time, and only over at Amok Time!

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