Thursday, July 23, 2015


Your editor and a good friend recently spent a great afternoon with a visiting niece watching the original 1931 Frankenstein film starring Boris Karloff. 

At 10 years old, she had never seen the movie but--like so many first-time viewers--and despite the fact that it was in black and white with no car explosions, decapitations, and gratuitous gore--Lisette thought the movie was "really really fantastic" and even cried for the monster. And with all this in mind...some vintage Frankenstein and related links you might enjoy:

--Click on the photos to see: "Frankenstein", 1968, Marx, 14", scarce brown shoe version; b/o w/wired remote control; a couple of faint scratches, C9 in professionally made, perfect repro box, scarce--and featured in a previous auction at Croton's own - it sold for $981.00, proof positive that if you have serious stuff, Serious Toyz has serious bidders. 

--A collection of vintage newspaper clippings for the movie, 1931-1932

We came across another great ad for the Salvation Army, 1915, at Christmas; click on the photo.

A wonderful Christmas tree photo with putz village from the Arms Museum in Youngstown, Ohio

Some oldies but goodies:

If you haven’t guessed by now, we love vintage MARX -- especially the trains and building playsets. There’s a lot of inspiration for putz-ers in the old Marx architecture…check out the Marx “Untouchables” playset. 

A set of great Advent "diorama" centerpiece tablescape photos courtesy of Linda 

Very early vintage putz, courtesy of Tom, check out the cotton topped Mickey Mouse one


  1. My cousin bid on this toy but was quickly shot down. About a month later I went to an estate sale and found him, a little more worn than this one, but working and without the box. Got him for twenty bucks. Needless to say, I can do no wrong!

    Thank you for the beautiful Christmas tree photo link by the way.

  2. Wow! That Frankenstein is amazing! As a kid, I had all the Aurora monster models and have been a lifelong fan of the great Universal horror movies! (Rob)