Sunday, February 9, 2014

Invasion of the Monster Women: Rubbery weirdo B-movie babes


If you're familiar with the novelty gift company Archie McPhee, you'll know that they have unleashed some pretty special weirdo toys into the world over the years. Looking on their site right now, I see such gems as "Martian Popping Thing," "Skeleton Pirate Finger Puppets," "Remote Control Walking Zombie," and a pretty amazing Bigfoot action figure prominently displayed on their homepage. But one of my all-time favorite Archie McPhee releases is a set called "Invasion of the Monster Women."

IOTMW lunchbox (front & back)
Invasion of the Monster Women consists of six rubbery mini figures depicting female animal-human hybrids based on the types of strange space creatures found in 1950s sci-fi B-movies. They're awesome in a bizarre, kitschy kind of way.

I remember first coming across these at an art supply store in the mid-'90s. They had a tub of 'em and I snatched up one of each variety. Then, as late as into the mid-'00s, I saw them available in the Archie McPhee mail order catalog. There were a few other Invasion of the Monster Women items to go along with the figures, like a metal lunchbox and salt-and-pepper shakers.

The figures are made of a soft rubber reminiscent of vintage jiggler toys and feature painted details over a flesh-colored base. In many cases the paint is pretty poorly applied and the sculpting is kind of shoddy, but considering their bad B-movie vibe, that doesn't detract from their charm at all. If you're a lover of weird toys, they're pretty damn irresistible.

Here's a closer look at each of the monster women:




First we have SARAPEDE, who's obviously half-woman, half-centipede. I'd say she's the creepiest of the bunch. Look at that face--she looks like she's even creeping herself out.


REPTILICA is my personal favorite. There's just something awesome about snake-women, and I think she's got the coolest sculpt.


DRACONIA is a lizard/dragon-lady. That stony glare can send waves of pure, unadulterated fear through legions of plastic army men.


Here we have VAMPIRA. Don't be fooled by the poorly-applied mouth paint that makes her look a bit uncertain. She's ready to come suck your soul.


This is THE SCORPION QUEEN, waiting patiently for the next unlucky earth-man to venture near her lair.


Rounding out the gang of monster women is TARANTUELLA. She's a bit sad because her breasts are attached to her arms, making it quite a challenge to successfully capture men and eat them.


And there you have it--the kitschy, cool, and crazy monster women from outer space. What do you think of 'em? Have you managed to capture any of these rubber beauties yourself?

22 comments:

  1. I've kept forgetting to look into these. I knew their name but wasn't sure of how many sculpts. I have a few from a random lot and wanted to see if I had em all, I think mine might be made from a bit firmer plastic than jigglers, though.

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    1. Oh, interesting. I wonder if later ones were made of a different material. I never got any out of the Archie McPhee catalog--just from the one store in the '90s.

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  2. Got a set of these a few years ago... What I like the most about them is they could of existed in the 1970s as bona-fide cheap toys, or they could've been made last week in an "ironic" sense. Truly timeless toys!

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  3. There's are so creepy! If I come across any I'll definitely buy them. Are any of these ladies based on real B-movies? Cuz if they are I wanna watch them now!

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    1. Not that I'm aware, but there's so many of those old B-movies, so who knows? That'd be awesome if there were!

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  4. I'd love to find these again, I had two sets when I was little. The snake lady was always my favorite too.

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    1. Snake lady is the best! These do appear on eBay from time to time.

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  5. I gotta get myself a set of these..any leads?

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    1. I think your best bet would be eBay. I see sets on there occasionally.

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    2. cyndeearcher@verizon.netAugust 9, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      If you are interested, we have the full set of 6. Perfect condition.

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    3. Hi I would be interested. I sent an email to your above user name/email...if that doesn't work then let me know on here. Thanks!

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  6. Just scored a full packaged set on ebay, can't wait till they show up!!

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    1. Great! Glad you got a hold of a set.

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  7. Big Thanks to you & your page, otherwise I never would have known about them! =)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I love turning people on to cool/weird/obscure stuff. :)

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  8. I got all six years ago at a place called Kids Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.
    This was years ago so I don't know if they'd still have them.

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