Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Latest eBay Win : Goosebumps Shakin' Creature!


As a result of the Goosebumps book series and then television show rising to mega popular heights with kids in the 90's, it was only natural that a slew of Goosebumps themed toys and products would flood the market, which was most certainly what happened.  Everything from board games to video games to all manners of different toys made their way onto the market in the mid to late 90's, oftentimes based around iconic characters from the books, like Slappy The Dummy, Cuddles The Hampster and the ever popular mascot of the franchise, Curly The Skeleton.

Now what's most interesting about the world of Goosebumps toys is that several of the toys were clearly influenced by some of the coolest toys from years prior, mostly ones from the glorious 80's.  There were little 'Monster Bags' that dissolved in water to reveal Goosebumps toys, a take on the Trash Bag Bunch.  There were round squishy gross out balls, reminiscent of Madballs.  And there were even rubber monster puppets made to look like they were being held captive in their boxes, a clear ripoff of one of my personal favorite toy lines of all time, Boglins.

And then, there were the sound activated Shakin' Creatures, put out by Toymax in 1996, which took the Boglin concept to a whole new level.  I had never even seen one of these until a couple weeks back, and when I found this one on eBay, I of course had to have it.  It was opened up but with the original box still in pretty good shape, which is always a big time plus.  The cost?  A mere $9.99, with $8.00 shipping.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

This particular Shakin' Creature is based on 'The Horror' from the book/TV episode One Day At Horrorland.  I have been able to find absolutely no information on this line of toys, which is something that seems to be common with many of the Goosebumps toys.  I don't know if a lot of them are really rare or what, but aside from popping up on eBay from time to time, it seems to be next to impossible to track down a lot of these toys, which could simply be a result of not too many people talking about them around the web.  Thank god for loser geeks like me who never grew up, am I right?!

This little guy has a hard plastic head and a set of rubber arms that were clearly modeled to a tee off of Boglin arms.  I think I just inadvertently created a Boglin centipede.  And I think it was awesome.

Where was I?  Oh right.  Inside of the plastic head on this guy is the battery pack, which I was happy to see arrived at my house fully stocked with three AA batteries.  Lastly, he's got a string attached to his head, presumably so you can hold him up in the air while he wiggles around and screams like a madman.

Let me guess.  You want to see 'The Horror' in all of his shakin' not stirred glory, don't you?  I would never dream of denying you such pleasures.  For my new pet and I have got such sights to show you...

Again, really can't find any information, or even images, about these things anywhere on the net (though the back of the box reveals that Curly was also a part of the line), and I'm pretty sure a Google search after this post is posted is gonna bring you right back to this post, and this post only.  On the one hand that makes me very happy, but on the other I can't help but wonder if I scored a great deal on something sorta rare here.  Could just be wishful thinking, but I must say that there is a strange marking on this little rubber/plastic hybrid creature that has me wondering...


It may be a little hard to see, but he's got a tattoo on his left arm of a yellow heart, with "#10" written in black in the middle of it.  Does this mean he's a limited edition of only 10, or does 'The Horror' simply have a serious crush on the number?  The answer to that question may forever drive me crazy, I'm afraid.

Nevertheless, I love this guy very much, and the fact that I can't find a single picture of him on the internet makes me love him even more.  It probably isn't worth much of anything, but it's not really about money or rarity here.  It's about this little guy making me one happy big guy.  And he's doing an admirable job on that front, I'm happy to report.  If he keeps it up, I'm even considering getting a #10 yellow heart tattooed on my arm, in solidarity.  Neither of us will know what the fuck it means, but at least we'll be in this thing together.

Two against the world, Horrorland Horror  Two against the world.


MW said...

In my childhood, we had something just like this. I'm thinking it was either a pumpkin or skeleton man, also on a string so you could hang him as a decoration. It even made the exact same laugh, the one that drove my parents crazy, because I would never stop making it go. I was hoping when I played the video, that it would be the same, and sure enough that's the one!

I never knew they made a Goosebumps version, and I spent a lot of time eyeing Goosebumps merch at Media Play.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Brooke!
I'm also an avid Goosebumps collector, and I am in the process of reading all of the Goosebumps content on your blog and I am very impressed with what I am reading! For the most part you know your Goosebumps facts, and that is a rare thing to see.
I have recently come in possession of both the Horror and Curly Shakin' Creatures. I too found them on ebay, each for $7 & $9 from the same seller. When my Horror arrived I found that it was indeed broken and doesn't work. However my Curly does, so that was good news at least!
I hope you don't mind, but I noticed you posed the question about the number on the Horrors arm, and I thought I could help clarify that for you.
The '10' is in fact a '16' which the character is trademarked with. Every piece of merchandise I own with the Horror shows the heart with a 16 on his arm.
While your guesses as to why the number is so significant were quite creative, there is a much simpler explanation and hopefully by clearing it up for you I can prevent it from forever driving you crazy! The Horror in fact has the number 16 tattooed on his arm symbolizing his love for the 16th book.. One Day at Horrorland!

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Goosebumps content on your blog.. maybe I can clear up some more things for you on my way!
Unfortunately, I've had to post this anonymously because I don't have an account on here, but I do have a Goosebumps tumblr blog if you are interested in checking it out. I don't go into as much detail as you.. but after reading you have sure inspired me to start!
Anyway, if you decide to take a look, here is the link to my blog

Johnny said...

Will definitely check out the blog, thanks so much for clarifying that mystery for me. You've saved me many a sleepless night! =)

EricaPoe said...

I have one of these that used to shake, has the same light up eyes and laugh, and he is my favorite! He isn't the same as your little friend however. He he is a white skeleton head with his brains popping out and a large blue rubbery tongue is sticking out of his mouth. I also have a shrunken head looking thing, who has an indescribable laugh with rotten teeth and stringy rubber hair.
I have been hunting for more of these things but I had no idea what they were called and who made them. This has helped me figure out the origins of my laughing heads and I am so freaking happy that someone else has one of these!