Empire Pictures

Are You Prepared For The Empire Pictures Blu-Ray Collection?

The early 80’s Empire Pictures was formed a mere five years before Charles Band created another legendary film company. Full Moon Features. Band is responsible for many cult favorite films like Puppet Master, From Beyond, Dolls, and Trancers. Which in fact started at Empire Pictures before being brought over to Full Moon.

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I have fond memories of many of the films from both companies. Which is why I was quite overjoyed to receive the press release about the upcoming Empire Pictures blu-ray collection. Gathering 15 films on 14 blu-rays and 1 DVD. This collection offers an impressive selection of 1980’s gems…and some that aren’t gems of course.
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  • Metalstorm
  • Metalstorm (3-D Version)
  • The Dungeonmaster
  • Ghoulies
  • Ghoulies 2
  • Trancers
  • Elimnators
  • Crawlspace
  • From Beyond
  • Terrorvision
  • Troll
  • Dolls
  • Prison
  • Cellar Dweller
  • Catacombs
  • Ghost Town
  • Robot Jox
  • Arena

From the press release:
“Every horror and cult movie fan who came of age in the 1980s still speaks in hushed tones about the late, great Empire Pictures. Founded by Producer and Director Charles Band in 1983, the fabled studio and distributor was responsible for a tidal wave of amazing, imaginative and profitable horror, science fiction and fantasy films. Many of which have become definitive works and high water marks of their respective genres.

And though Band moved on in the early 1990s to form Full Moon Features – which is still operating successfully today – the wild movies he made during the Empire years continues to loom large.

Now, as a gift to the legion of rabid Empire fans out there, Band and Full Moon (in collusion with Shout! Factory) will release The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection, a massive LIMITED EDITION collection (only 600 are being produced) featuring 18 films on 15 discs packaged in a stunning, sturdy and elegant black collectors box adorned with a Gorgeous collage of original Empire poster art. Inside there will be an exclusive 24 page book with writing from Band, Empire of the B’s author Dave Jay and Delirium editor Chris Alexander. Each set will be numbered and signed by Charles Band.
Various special features and supplemental bonus material will be available on each disc.

The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection will sell for $250 US and will be officially released on May 5th with a pre-sale going live on April 28th at www.FullMoonDirect.com. These units will not be sold in stores and can only be purchased at www.FullMoonDirect.com. Select units will be available at fan conventions across the U.S. where the Full Moon crew is scheduled to appear and vend.”

I have to admit that this collection certainly sports a hefty price tag. But considering you are getting 18 films, I reckon that isn’t too horrible. In addition to the Empire Pictures blu-ray collection being a limited edition item. While you are making up your mind you might want to check out my review of one of the films in the collection.

Read: Crash And Burn With Robot Jox On Blu-Ray!

Stuffed Burger Kings

No, not stuffed at Burger King — stuffed Burger Kings!

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I picked these royal fellows up along the way during my travels and recently passed them on to a friend. Stuffed animals, plush dolls, and pillows are both a blessing and a curse; there are a lot of retro-themed ones out there, but they take up a lot of space and they’re hard to display and keep clean. From time to time I’ll pick up a few, hang on to them for a bit and then pass them along to someone else.

Growing up in the 70s and 80s I think McDonald’s won the marketing war (plus we had to drive past five sets of golden arches before reaching the nearest Burger King), but I still enjoyed having these around.

Who’s the doll with the head of golden hair? Farrah!

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Why do I love this commercial? Because it starts off like any other doll ad and then takes it in a new direction. The girl is playing with her doll and we pull out to see her little brother lovingly stating at the doll only to be embarrassed when Farrah’s legs are exposed. I am not sure that would have been the best-selling point for my sisters. Hey girls, want your little brother to spend hours leering at your doll? Well have we got something for you!

General Mills Breakfast Plush Pals

Tucked away on one of my many shelves are these six cereal-related plush dolls.

Known as the “General Mills Breakfast Plush Pals,” from left to right are: Wendell the Baker (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Honey Nut Cheerios Bee, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, Lucky the Leprechaun, Count Chocula, and Chip the Cookie Hound. Originally there were seven plushies released. While Trix may be for kids, Trix the Rabbit plush dolls make fine chew toys for dogs.

I believe these dolls were released during the height of the Beanie Baby craze, and General Mills weren’t the only company cashing in on them. At least one other company (Kellogg’s) had a set of plushies as well that included (at least) Dig ‘Em, Toucan Sam, Corny the Rooster, Tony the Tiger, and Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

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Michael Jackson Thriller Figures

For Friday the 13th I thought I would share these unlicensed action figures that were based on characters from Michael Jackson’s 1983 Thriller video.

(Funk of 40,000 years not included.)

According to The Gallery of Monster Toys, the figures were released by Powco in 1984 and “featured rooted hair, jointed necks, cloth costumes, and glowed in the dark.”

A total of six figures were released: Midnite Mike, Karen Corpse, Freddie Funk, Digger Doug, Cool Ghoul, and Howard the Howling Hound.

As a fan of Halloween, “scary” collectibles, and unlicensed toys, I would love to eventually track down a set of these figures. So far, no such luck.

If you’re looking for a licensed Michael Jackson Thriller action figure, Sideshow Collectibles made a 12″ one. It came with 2 heads (regular and zombie), 2 costumes (regular and zombie), five pairs of hands, two pairs of shoes, and is currently available for $249 on Amazon.