Jack in the Box Universal Monsters


Back in October “Doug” posted about the Universal Monsters figures from Burger King in 1997. I agree completely with him that those were about the coolest fast food toy I have ever seen. The only thing to come close would be this set of 6 Universal Monsters figures from Jack in the Box released in 1999. I picked these up at a horror convention a few years ago. The Mummy is a wind-up toy that would come crashing out of his tomb. (at least he would if the wind up mechanism worked, mine does not.) The Wolfman is huge compared to the other figures. He screams out a frightening howl when you press the button on his back. (yes mine does still work.) The Phantom of the Opera is actually a working harmonica! The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a squirt gun toy. Frankenstein’s monster sits in an electric chair and his head glows green when you press the button on the back. Finally, Dracula spreads his arms open as if to fly when his button is pushed. So which is cooler? These Jack in the Box figures? Or the Burger King figures here:


Although the Jack in the Box figures offered more action features, I personally like the Burger King figures better. Maybe because they included these cool glow in the dark stickers below and the Jack in the Box figures did not. Let the debate begin!




I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s.I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.

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5 thoughts on “Jack in the Box Universal Monsters

  1. RetroArt says:

    JACK IN THE BOX had Universal Monster giveaways in 1999?!
    JACK IN THE BOX was still in business in 1999?!
    That’s the amazing fact I came away with from your post.
    I thought they went out of business in the early ’80s since I haven’t seen one in the NJ/NY area since then.
    In which parts of the US is the JACK IN THE BOX chain still alive and well?

  2. I’ve got a Jack in the Box less than a block from me, and another just down the street. They don’t have these cool monsters, though. Thanks plcary!

  3. Batfan says:


    “I thought they went out of business in the early ’80s since I haven’t seen one in the NJ/NY area since then.”

    I have to admit, I was really surprised by this statement. But a quick check of the Jack in the Box website shows, no locations in NY or NJ. The closest location to you is in North Carolina. Here in Phoenix, there are literally about 100+ locations. There appear to be many all over California, as well.

    See for yourself: http://www.jackinthebox.com/locations

  4. Hobgoblin238 says:

    I am only missing Franky with chair, Mummy with tomb, and Drac flying…Gotta have them for Monster Café Saltillo!

  5. Great post, Plcary! There is always more room in my collection for more Universal Monsters…though I’m going to have to say that I think the Burger King collectibles are the winner in the great debate. :)

    There were also two Universal Monsters collectible series from Jack in the Box.

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