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Awesome Monsters

The Weird History of Monster Cereals

The Weird History of Monster Cereals

With Halloween upon us, there’s no better time to bust out a box of Count Chocula or Boo Berry. It’s part of a complete breakfast! Dan Larson of Toy Galaxy looks back at the strange and occasionally controversial history of General Mills’ spooky and sugary Monster Cereals, including the elusive Yummy Mummy.

Cookie Monster Gone Mad

Cookie Monster Gone Mad

After Adam at North of the Border made his last blue-haired monster, many of us suggested that he use the leftover fur to make Cookie Monster. He obliged and sculpted Sesame Street’s #1 carb addict chomping on Shrek’s Gingerbread Man and his family. He didn’t bother using the fur because it was a pain in the ass.

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Scary Sulley and Mike

Scary Sulley and Mike

Because his creepy bowl of fruit didn’t have enough pointy teeth, North of the Border is back with another terrifying sculpture. This time, he imagined what Sulley and Mike from Monsters, Inc. might have looked like if they were really scary and not just cute and cuddly. Applying all of that blue fur to Sulley looked like a major pain.

The Demon Doodles of 1565

The Demon Doodles of 1565

In 16th century France, a mysterious book was published, filled with illustrations of 120 strange monsters and not a single word of text. Video essayist Hochelaga explores the imagery of The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel and its creepy, grotesque, and comical creatures, and what they might have meant.

Scotch Ness Monster Whiskey Chilling Stone

Scotch Ness Monster Whiskey Chilling Stone
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Both the Loch Ness Monster and some of the world’s best whiskeys hail from Scotland. This stainless steel Nessie swims in your rocks glass and keeps scotch or other spirits cool without watering them down. The little dude rides atop a food-safe silicone suction cup to keep him upright and peeking out of his boozy lake.

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

We’ve been enjoying North of the Border’s creative sculptures and sassy narration for a while now. Adam’s polymer clay and resin sculpt imagines a giant space monster that has gotten its tentacles around Earth and is ready to gulp us all down like a giant jawbreaker covered with ants.

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster
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A fantastic Japanese import for fans of monster movies, this oversize 96-page coloring book is loaded with Yuji Kaida’s line art illustrations of classic monsters and creatures, including Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and more. The book also includes small color images of the original paintings for reference.

Easy Listening Monster Band

Easy Listening Monster Band

Need to take the edge off of a hard week? Put on your headphones, take a sip of your favorite spirit, and listen to some smooth jams from the Monster Quintet. This series of easy listening musical interludes was produced for the Sesame Place theme parks back in the 1980s and is a must-watch Muppet fans.

Airbnb: Strangers

Airbnb: Strangers

Director Kim Gehrig created this warm and fuzzy promo spot for Airbnb about a family of long-haired monsters enjoying a relaxing lakeside vacation. The commercial aims to encourage inclusivity for hosts in a delightfully effective way. We just wouldn’t want to have to clean monster hair out of our hot tub.

Making a Sea Monster

Making a Sea Monster

Artist Thalasso hobbyer makes amazing dioramas, often with undersea creatures as their subject. This gnarly sea monster was inspired by a fellow artist’s illustration of a nightmarish vision. They sculpted the beast from wire and clay, surrounded it with tiny sharks, fish, and a diver, then submerged them in ocean blue resin.

Pixar Remix: Monsters, Inc.

Pixar Remix: Monsters, Inc.

Pixar reimagines the characters from Monsters, Inc. in a 1930s black-and-white cartoon style. Sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy as Mike and Sully once again save their new friend Boo from the slimy Randall Boggs and come up with a better source of energy than screams.

Sea Monster Shower Curtain

Sea Monster Shower Curtain
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Take a shower with a bunch of strange and surprisingly charming sea monsters every day. Calamityware’s high-quality fabric curtain is covered from edge to edge with dozens of unique creatures, lovingly illustrated in black and white by artist Don Moyer. The curtain measures 72″ x 72″ and is fully hemmed and ready to hang.

Calamityware Beast Bowls

Calamityware Beast Bowls
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At first glance, Calamityware’s blue-and-white bowls look like your antique Chinese pottery. But look more closely, and you’ll see scenes of tiny disasters and monster attacks playing out. They’re great for serving snack foods, cereal, and feeding your good boys. Available in three sizes.

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NECA Raphael x Frankenstein Action Figure

NECA Raphael x Frankenstein Action Figure

The Universal Monsters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combine their mutant powers for an epic mashup. The first figure in NECA’s line-up melds Raphael with Frankenstein’s Monster. The 7″ figure gives Raph a stitched-on head, neck bolts, an ill-fitting suit, and comes with three pairs of hands and two lightning bolt sai.

Making a Sea Dragon Diorama

Making a Sea Dragon Diorama

Minibricks is a master at model making. For their latest project, the created an incredible diorama featuring a tentacled sea beast swimming through an pool of clear resin. The piece, titled SUBNAUTICA conjures memories of The Shape of Water and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Creepy Creatures Playing Cards

Creepy Creatures Playing Cards
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Just in time for Halloween, artist Chet Phillips has released a spooktacular deck of cards, each illustrated with a playfully creepy creature. The monstrous deck includes four trick-or-treat inspired Wild cards, including a possessed candy corn, a batty Tootsie Roll, a bad caramel apple, and a cupcake straight out of The Thing.

Little Horrors: Gremlins

Little Horrors: Gremlins

Joe Dante’s 1984 Gremlins is a classic popcorn flick, packed with offbeat humor, gross-out gags, memorable monsters, and its share of charming moments. But In Praise of Shadows thinks it’s much more, establishing a whole new direction for how little creatures have been treated in horror and fantasy films ever since.

Vent Dragons

Vent Dragons
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What strange beasts dwell within your home? It turns out not just dust mites, but there be dragons among us. Sculptor David Lee Pancake makes these wall hangings that look like dragons are trying to crawl out of your HVAC system. The two little dragons inside have light-up eyes, so they look extra creepy at night.

Alien King Tire Sculpture

Alien King Tire Sculpture

After seeing Sideshow’s Alien King Maquette, artist Cao Shengge was inspired to make his own version of the terrifying (but non-canon) creature. After making a clay miniature, he got to work building the life-size monster from steel, bicycle innertubes, and over 200 recycled tires.

Monsters at Work (Trailer)

Monsters at Work (Trailer)

This Disney+ series picks up the day after the Monsters, Inc. power plant started running on children’s laughter instead of screams. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, a recent grad of Monsters U. who always wanted to be a scarer, but comes to find that laughter is what’s in demand these days. Premieres 7.2.2021.

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Monster Trinket Box

Monster Trinket Box
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Sure, you could store your keepsakes in a regular old box, or they could be guarded by a ferocious monster. If given a choice, we’d go with the latter. Boxnmor’s playful handmade wood box has beady little eyes and pointy maple wood teeth to ward off would-be thieves.

Godzilla vs. Kong (Trailer)

Godzilla vs. Kong (Trailer)

“Godzilla’s out there, and he’s hurting people, and we don’t know why.” It’s pretty obvious from the title, but this blockbuster is about a battle between two giant monsters. As an enraged Godzilla rises from the ocean, the giant ape Kong senses a threat and all hell breaks loose. Coming to theaters and HBO Max on 3.26.21.

Godzilla: The Showa Era Soundtracks, 1954-1975

Godzilla: The Showa Era Soundtracks, 1954-1975
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Waxwork Records presents an incredible collection for die-hard Godzilla fans, this box set includes all 15 film soundtracks from Japan’s Showa era, remastered for vinyl. The 18-record set features amazing new artwork by Robert Sammelin, 180-gram colored vinyl, a collector’s slipcase, a storage box, a slipmat, and more.

Cryptids Explained

Cryptids Explained

Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and the Mongolian Death Worm all have one thing in common. Their existence is highly questionable. This category of elusive creatures is known as “cryptids,” and Erin from Mental Floss is here to walk us through more than 20 of these likely imaginary beasts.

Unnatural History Playing Cards

Unnatural History Playing Cards
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Artist Chet Phillips expresses his askew world view with a wink and detailed renderings of creepy creatures from pop culture and literature. His limited-edition playing cards feature 58 illustrations of characters from Cthulhu to “The Muppets”’ Animal. Half the fun is how Phillips IDs the critters with pseudo-Latin names.

Monopoly Godzilla Monster Edition

Monopoly Godzilla Monster Edition

Kaiju fans, here’s an official version of Monopoly just for you! The board includes famous monster locations like Goro’s Workshop, Planet X, and the M Space Hunter Nebula. The set comes with custom sculpted tokens based on Mothra, King Ghidorah, Minilla, Mechagodzilla, and of course the O.G. (Original Godzilla.)

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