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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.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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