Friends, it’s not like I haven’t mentioned ad nausem how much I absolutely adore the Universal Monsters films. I think it’s true of all fans of those iconic characters though when I say we don’t get as much merchandise as we secretly want. Now and again whether it be through Funko Pop! or even remakes of those original films we are thrown a mouldering bone. However in the last couple of years it has been the Target retail chain that is delivering the goods, obviously in time for Halloween. Which is how I was lucky enough to get my hands on these incredibly designed Universal Monsters Halloween cards.
In all honesty I need to thank one of my co-workers down here in the Retroist Vault for the heads up on these cards. Rockford Jay who you have heard on the Saturday Frights podcast is also a frequent collaborator on the Facebook page as well. Which is why the other day he was kind enough to send me a text that Target appeared to be carrying these Universal Monsters Halloween cards. Right off the bat it looks like possibly the Lugosi and Chaney states have decided to sit this round out but perhaps next year we will see the likes of the Dracula and The Wolf Man too?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly complaining as we do have an amazing selection of Universal Monsters cards. First up let’s take a look at Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster…
…the insides of the cards have a wonderful cheeky attitude, what more could you ask for in a card designed to celebrate the Holiday?
With Frankenstein’s Monster you naturally need The Bride of Frankenstein, right? Featuring the stunning make-up that Elsa Lanchester sported in the 1935 sequel to James Whale’s 1931 masterpiece!
I really dig the interior of this particular card as it uses a publicity photograph showing Elsa actually applying some of her make-up on the set of the film.
Keeping with Boris Karloff films, let us take a look at the Universal Monsters Halloween card for The Mummy.
Hm, the message for this card…it just might have a point!
Besides The Wolf Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, it is 1933’s The Invisible Man that rounds out my top three Universal Monsters films.
Following The Bride of Frankenstein‘s interior I am going to say that this one is probably my second favorite in terms of design.
Speaking of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, our next card’s image is from the 1954 film of the same name.
The interior of this card happens to show his displeasure at those who are lacking the Halloween spirit.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing these Universal Monsters Halloween Cards, friends.
Now make sure to hop on out to your local Target store and pick up some for yourselves…and if anyone tries to stop you, remember how the Invisible Man handles problems!