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May 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 5




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TDmonthly Video Goes Inside Dark Delicacies, Burbank, Calif.

Why Zombies and Vampires Keep Gals Coming Back


Del Howison and his wife, Sue, founded Dark Delicacies in Burbank, Calif., almost 15 years ago with $5,000 and their own horror collection.  When documentarian Cecily Gambrell joined the TDmonthly Magazine video crew to pay Del a visit last month, he shared some of his favorite toys (scroll down to see them all!), plus a tale or two of how he and Sue have managed to keep going for a decade and a half. (Read more about Del, Sue and Dark Delicacies.)

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Located amid movie studios and production houses, Dark Delicacies' prime customers are not the 18-to-35-year-old guys you might expect, but young women with a yen for the macabre, including vampires. The latter are back again, Del told TDmonthly, thanks to "Twilight" and other tween and teen fare. Vampires had been briefly usurped by zombies, thanks to post- 9/11images of ash-covered men and women, stunned with grief, wandering the streets of New York and New Jersey, he said.

Trauma and hard times are good for horror stores, Del claims. Though sales are down by about 10 percent over last year, he said, they're going strong compared to surrounding non-horror businesses.

Watch TDmonthly's video interview with Del (above) and then watch another short video (below) to find out how he uses local goods and craftspeople to get unique items for his store. Plus, watch videos of some of his best toys and merchandise, also below.

Dinosaur "microphone handle" by Safari Ltd.: Carnegie Dinosaur Collectibles - Gigantosaurus


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Following are  toys for Halloween and horror fans, from babies on up:





SKU or Item #: 10375
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Halloween Merchandise



Follow the simple instructions on the back of the box and you will be rewarded with a lifelike brain gelatin dessert. The mold is 9" x 7" x 4" (22.7 cm x 17.8 cm x 10.2 cm) and made of non-toxic green plastic.  It comes in an illustrated window box.
— Mary Porter Green, owner of Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly in a December 2013 survey brain molds are one of their best-selling Halloween toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23314      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 9402
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Collectibles



This Cthulhu, based on the H.P. Lovecraft character, stands approximately 10” tall and is made of super soft plush fabric. Chibithulhu is available in green, pink and white versions. Each plush eatures the trademark Cthulhu tentacles, big puppy dog eyes, white wings and a heart on its chest. Note: The heart does not beat!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23317      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: 3024
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Halloween Merchandise
Plush
Tween



The skulls that freckle Gast Le Boo actually glow in the dark. This plush toy likes going through walls, white noise, para-psychologists, haunting San Quentin, vinegar chips & root beer floats. He dislikes hostbusters, demons, worms, chains and infomercial psychics.
 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23326      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Collectibles



12" Olivia likes Peter Pumpkin Eater (Daddy), playing pranks, samhain, hide and seek, The Pixies, “A Mid Summers Night’s Dream,” carving pumpkins, candy corn, pumpkin seeds, Allegra (it helps with allergies) Pixie Stix, pumpkin pie cheesecake, Myth Busters, Wikipedia, Ding Dong Ditch. She dislikes: Stingy Jack, cold iron, wearing clothes inside out, running water, bells, Goat Weed, stale bread and Lucky Charms cereal. Limited edition.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23316      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $13.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Licensed Products
Tween



This "Nightmare Before Christmas" Lunch Box features printed and embossed graphics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23322      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween



This PVC  "Nightmare Before Christmas" coin bag features PVC applique and foil printing. It measures 5.5" x 4.25" Not recommended for children under 12 years.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23320      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween



This "Nightmare Before Christmas" canvas checkbook/wallet features PVC appliques and foil printing. There's a clear ID window and credit card slots inside. This product is not recommended for children under 12 years.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23321      (added 4/22/2009)
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SKU or Item #: 30581
Launch Date: June 2007
Gender: Girls
Category: Collectibles
Halloween Merchandise
Action Figures



This 10" plush figure represents Billy the Puppet from the Saw series. Launch date: June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23327      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
SKU or Item #: 4610
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Licensed Products



In the films Saw, Saw 2, and Saw 3, audiences were horrified as the villain crafted elaborate puzzles and 'games' for his victims. To communicate with his victims, the jigsaw killer would often communicate through a very eerie puppet, with dark eyes and vivid red markings on its pale white face. The Saw Puppet is now available in 'cute' plush form, perfect for any Saw fan.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23329      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $59.95
Age Range: Adult
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Halloween Merchandise



To celebrate the release of SAW 4, Hollywood Collectibles Group created this statue of Billy, Jigsaw's puppet. This is a large heavyweight piece - 12" tall in his seated position.Each statue is cast from solid heavyweight polystone and individually hand painted to exacting standards. The crate is also a separate piece, allowing collectors to seat Billy anywhere - on a desk or a shelf.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23319      (added 4/22/2009)
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Aunt Madeline's sweet exterior masked a rather venomous personality...
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14595      (added 8/10/2007)
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MSRP: $149.99
Age Range: 18 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



From the second Roger-Corman directed, Edgar Allen Poe-based film, comes this deluxe collectors statue. Vincent Price as Don Nicholas Medina comes with: torture dungeon base, cauldron (cauldron has hidden battery activated light in it to make it look like the fires are glowing) and poker. Size of statue with base is 12" tall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23336      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $159.99
Age Range: 18 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



This expertly crafted diorama captures the classic scene when the monstrous creature captures a terrified but beautiful victim — an epic moment in Universal Monster cinema and another testimony to the beauty and the beast theme. Each diorama is cast in high-quality polystone, hand finished and hand painted to exacting standards. Released in a limited edition of 500, The Creature From the Black Lagoon Diorama is sold out.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23328      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Halloween Merchandise
Licensed Products



MEZCO Toyz joined forces with Warner Bros. Studios to breathe life into some otherwise very dead characters. A Nightmare on Elm Street Deluxe Plush characters combine highly detailed roto-cast heads, hands and feet with a plush body and removable fabric outfit. Following the breakout success of COF Roto Plush Series 1, Mezco revisits these horror icons’s softer side. Freddy Krueger as seen in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors sporting a dapper tuxedo. He stands approximately 13" tall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23323      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 18 and up
SKU or Item #: 12524
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Licensed Products
Halloween Merchandise



MEZCO Toyz joined forces with New Line Cinema's House of Horrors, the licensing division for "Friday the 13th," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," to breathe life into some otherwise very dead characters. Under their horror brand, CINEMA OF FEAR, MEZCO has released the second COF series of Deluxe Plush characters from House of Horrors ,combining highly detailed roto-cast heads, hands and feet with a plush body and removable fabric outfit. Following the breakout success of COF Roto Plush Series 1, Mezco revisits these horror icon’s softer side; *Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 features the new mask worn in the second TCM movie. Leatherface also has a completely new outfit and his trusty oversized chainsaw accessory. He stands approximately 13" tall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23325      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 18 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Halloween Merchandise
Licensed Products



MEZCO Toyz joined forces with Warner Bros. Studios to breathe life into some otherwise very dead characters. MEZCO released the second Cinema of Fear series of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street Deluxe Plush characters combining highly detailed roto-cast heads, hands and feet with a plush body and removable fabric outfit. Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th Part 2" features the “sack mask” look he experimented with before settling on his hockey mask and includes pick axe accessory. Each stands approximately 13" tall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23324      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $59.99
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Collectibles
Licensed Products



The Shaun 12" Figure features an authentic likeness of Simon Pegg as Shaun in cult horror/comedy pic "Shaun of the Dead." His body features 30-points of articulation. In addition to his shirt, tie, pants, socks, shoes, and belt, he has a nametag, two vinyl records with sleeves, a cricket bat, pool cue and two sets of interchangeable hands. The Figure Display Base features a "Shaun of the Dead" logo. Limited edition of 750 pieces.
 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23330      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $18.00
Age Range: 0 to 2
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel



These little skull tees come in pink or black for any trendy tot.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23333      (added 4/22/2009)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 1 to 4
Gender: Boys
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Halloween Merchandise



Parents can pass on their passion for horror with this mini tee for kids featuring the Frankenstein monster.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23332      (added 4/22/2009)
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Squeak? You'd squeal like a pig if this ghoulish Halloween child got a hold of you on a dark starless night. She comes dressed in an eerie swine costume, but what's underneath her mask is even more frightening.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23773      (added 5/20/2009)
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MSRP: $11.00
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 412201
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures



The Carnegie Museum of Natural History dinosaurs are the world's premier line of collectible, scaled dinosaur replicas. These dinosaurs have been researched and authenticated by the paleontologists of the museum. Their scale is either 1:20 or 1:40. Finely hand painted, phthalate free and safety tested, each comes with an educational hang tag in five languages. Size: 11" L x 6" H.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17069      (added 1/16/2008)
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Videography by Alison Marek. Edited by Trevin Matcek.



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