Mighty Men & Monster Maker

Wow, almost forgot about these. Girls had Fashion Plates or some other such nonsense, but we guys had Mighty Men and Monster Maker set (from Tomy, who also brought us great stuff like Strolling Bowling). You could use the plates, along with a pencil and paper, to create all sorts of cool rubbings. It was particularly useful for guys who couldn’t draw (or were too lazy to). The sound of those plates clanking into the slots, the snap of the holder as it came down on the paper, the feel of the charcoal pencil clacking over the plate ridges, the various Mighty Men and Monsters in their various poses. “Very nice!” the vampire on the TV commercial said. Very nice, indeed.

You can also see the TV commercial here.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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8 thoughts on “Mighty Men & Monster Maker

  1. The Doc says:

    OMG! I totally forgot about the Mighty Men and Monster Maker!!! I used to play with this thing every day after school while I was watching Voltron! I’m pretty sure that I made every combination of monster and super hero imaginable! I would copy pages from my comic books as backgrounds and then cut out my new creations and paste them on the backgrounds. Man I loved this thing when I was younger. This toy was a huge inspiration for me to learn how to draw.

    Thanks so much for reminding me about this Doug. I am off to ebay now and hopefully someone has one up for sale!

  2. Doug, I can remember many, many nights laying on the living room floor with the Mighty Men & Monster Maker. I would create the character and then spend the rest of the night writing his origin tale. Great memories! :)

  3. Writing the origin tale? Oh, that is GENIUS. I liked making the characters well enough, but I guess this gem was released in the great garage sale that said good bye to many treasures, including most of my Transformers. I had totally forgotten this one, so thank you for posting this!

  4. I remember only being happy if I made the appropriate figure for each character, without adding tentacles to the Frankenstein body, for example. I was a formalist as a child.

  5. Sean Hartter says:

    I had this set, I loved the textures you could apply with a peeled crayon held on its side!

  6. dated_gamer says:

    Well, there it is. I had vivid memories of this set but could never remember the name or find it. Thank you.

  7. I used to have this, but I got it used & it was missing all the heads. I still enjoyed playing with it though, and would often use stampers for the heads (who here remembers stampers? You can still find stampers like that if you look hard enough, but nothing like the situation back in the 80s. …But I digress…). It’s funny how many swamp monsters & wolfmen had mr T or smurf heads. ^_^

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