|My hoard o' 1990s Creepy Crawlers|
Recently, while going through old stuff, I found a large container filled with all of the Creepy Crawlers toys I made as a kid. I can still remember the huge deal it was getting the version of the oven made by ToyMax on my 10th birthday, and spending hours upon hours concocting different colors with the "Plasti-Goop" and creating little rubber creatures with it (I really did have friends as a child, I swear). I was always into collecting the kind of stuff this blog focuses on, so I loved being able to create these kinds of things myself. I'm glad I hoarded my Creepy Crawlers creations all these years, because some of them are pretty damn cool! I recently began photographing the various kinds on their own. I've got a long way to go until I get through all the different kinds included in that box pictured above, but let's take a look at a few different ones for now.
First up is a standard Creepy Crawlers creature--the scorpion! Judging by how many of these guys I've got, I think I made it my mission as a kid to create as many scorpions as possible. I think it was part of the basic starter creature mold, which I'm pretty sure came packed with the oven itself. Maybe not the most exciting Creepy Crawlers creature, but a classic.
These next guys are something not so typical as far as Creepy Crawlers go. They're larger "Create a Creature" monsters, from molds which I believe came out later on in the ToyMax run. The idea is that the molds included different parts of the monsters and you could mix and match. The problem was that you needed a special "Super Oven" to accommodate the molds, so I think I had to beg permission to make the two shown below in our household toaster oven (which is probably why I only made two of them).
I don't really know what the below things are supposed to be, or what the name of the mold set they came from was. I guess just some sort of monster bugs. I like them, though. The cool thing about Creepy Crawlers is that you could create all different kinds of creatures, from realistic ones to totally bizarre made up ones.
The final selections (at least for now), are creatures that came from a set of molds with a monster/Halloween theme. In addition to the bat, skeleton/tombstone and Frankenstein's monster shown below, there was a witch, mummy, spiderweb, vampire, weirdo living brain creature and maybe others. I remember using these molds probably the most out of any.