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Hammer Horror

Part of Titan's maxi-bust range, Peter Cushing strikes a dramatic and iconic pose as Van Helsing from the climax of DRACULA. This 8" polystone encompasses incredible detail, from the vampire hunter's candelabra-clenching gloves, to his fur-collared greatcoat.

Sculpted by Mike Hill, this CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF Oliver Reed bust is brought to vivid life by Keith Cousins, as shown on the Clubhouse model museum website.

Part of the Distinctive Dummies Roy Ashton collection, this 11.5" custom action figure represents Jacqueline Pearce as THE REPTILE.

In 1977-78, Mego manufactured their 'One Million BC' line, taking inspiration from the Hammer/Raquel Welch classic. There were five family cave figures and three dinosaurs in the set, but the tribal lair treehouse advertised on the card backs was never produced. Here is Mada, the mother of the clan, who sports a recycled head sculpture used by Mego for Ma Walton.

Before video, Super 8 digest movies were extremely popular, distilling the essence of the films into several minutes of "edited highlights." These nostalgic collectables often carried garish box cover art; this is Warner's release for WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH.

Topps' Hammer trading cards were released in the UK in 1976. This 50-piece set used stills from Warner Bros releases, most of which were Christopher Lee as Dracula. A year previously, an American version only got as far as test copies, but featured a wider span of films and different captions.

The 'Great Britons' stamp issue celebrated individuals across sport, journalism, music, politics and the arts whose anniversaries of birth or outstanding achievement fell in 2013. Here is the Peter Cushing stamp included in the set, depicting the actor as Sherlock Holmes in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

Manufactured by Odeon Licensing, this ceramic mug celebrates THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT. One side features the original theatrical poster, the other a still of Richard Wordsworth as doomed astronaut Victor Carroon.

Also from Odeon Licensing, the 14.5 x 10cm three-fold CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN wallet contains eight inner pockets. This item is velcro-fastened and made from sewn nylon and PVC.

Straight from Hammer, these TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA socks are available in UK men's size 6-11. Christopher Lee is obviously the preferred choice for sock aficionados, as the other two designs are Lee as the Count from DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS, and the Creature from CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

Amicus

Part of the Distinctive Dummies horror collection, this 12" custom action figure is of Peter Cushing as Dr Schreck, from DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS. The figure included a miniature deck of Tarot cards.

Part of the Distinctive Dummies Roy Ashton collection, this 12" custom action figure sees Peter Cushing as Arthur Grimsdyke, from the Poetic Justice segment of TALES FROM THE CRYPT. The figure included a torn out heart.

Part of the Distinctive Dummies horror collection, this 12" custom action figure portrays Vincent Price as actor Paul Toombes in his Dr Death guise from MADHOUSE. The figure's hat is removable.

Doctor Who

Leeds-born Denys Fisher was a military component engineer before inventing the Spirograph drawing aid in 1965. In 1977 Fisher and Mego developed a small range of 10" DOCTOR WHO toys. Here is the infamous Tom Baker/Fourth Doctor, where the head sculpture was allegedly based on Gareth Hunt as Gambit from THE NEW AVENGERS.

The Denys Fisher/Mego Cyberman used serials THE INVASION and REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN as inspiration, although for reasons unknown a button nose was added.

Dapol, the Welsh model railway manufacturer, also produced a wide range of inaccurate DOCTOR WHO action figures between 1988 and 2001. The line featured a five-sided TARDIS console, a green-painted K9, and a two-handed Davros. Pictured is a TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN-era Cyberman, of which a Cybermat accessory was prototyped but abandoned.

Get your hands on Peri - and a Rogue Cyberman with a detachable faceplate - in this Underground Toys ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN set.

The DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary British icon Dalek stands 12" tall, with poseable arms, head and luminated eye. It also says eight phrases, including "We are the supreme beings," "Seek, locate, annihilate," and the customary "Exterminate!" 

Relieve the anxiety of time travel - or watching modern era DOCTOR WHO episodes - with this squishy 4" stress relief Dalek.

In 1971, Kelloggs ran a DOCTOR WHO promo in packs of Sugar Smacks. Free inside were one of six metal badges: Third Doctor, The Master, Bessie, Jo Grant, Brigadier or the Unit Symbol.

Nestle licensed two types of DOCTOR WHO chocolate bars. The first, in 1971, offered fifteen different wrappers. Each of these featured a different instalment of an illustrated Third Doctor story, Doctor Who Fights Masterplan "Q". In 1975, a new range had the Fourth Doctor, Bessie and The Brigadier on the wrappers.

In 1975, Weetabix ran a very successful 'DOCTOR WHO and His Enemies' promotion, which included stand-up card characters and background scenes printed on the reverse of each cereal packet. With this, fans could create their own adventures. Above is the TARDIS background.

Weetabix ran a second promotion in 1977, this time card characters were used as pieces for board games. Above is the 'Discover the Lost Planet' board.

Typhoo Tea ran an 'Amazing World of DOCTOR WHO' promo between July and September, 1976. One octagonal card was given away in a 36 pack of tea bags, two cards in a 72 pack, and four cards in a 144 pack (there were twelve in total to collect, which could be collectively stuck on a poster). Here is card 9, a Zygon.

As part of this advertising, Typhoo made available an accompanying 64-page hardback book through mail order only. Heavily reprinting Doctor Who Annual 1976, it did contain two original short stories.

The Daleks virtually created the merchandising arm of the BBC. The Dalek Book was published in 1964, and was the first collection of comic strips and text stories set in the DOCTOR WHO universe. Written by David Whitaker and Terry Nation, also included was a Dalek dictionary, and a map of Skaro with its continents Dalazar and Davius. The Dalek World followed in 1965, and The Dalek Outer Space Book in 1966.

Four Dalek annuals appeared between 1975 and 1978. Branded Terry Nation's Dalek Annual, they were far more narratively integrated than their 60's counterparts, featuring tales of the Anti-Dalek Force and a regular cast of space agents.

The 'Tardis Tuner' was released by the Shortman Trading Company in 1978. Actually a black medium wave radio, there were flashing lights and a "Time Warp" bleeper control switch. Shortman also produced a promotional one-page comic strip, which had The Doctor and Romana use the device in their escape from the steel dungeons of The Turgids.

It is always cause for concern when a Sci-Fi show introduces a robot companion. Palitoy, however, cashed in on this by manufacturing a talking K9 in 1978, where an integral record player produced an array of amusing phrases.

Alan Moore

This 6.5" custom action figure of Northampton's favourite resident was made by "loosecollector" and detailed on the Figurerealm website. The creation includes a Lord of the Rings head (with sculpted hair) and Terminator hands (with sculpted ring).

V fancy dress, Alan Moore's revolutionary from V for Vendetta. This costume was manufactured by Close Up in 2012.

The Mustard comedy magazine offers cut-out-and-make paper toys of its cover stars, designed by Sally Grossart. You can download the PDFs from their website; Alan Moore - who was interviewed in Mustard #4 - is available in cover mode and wedding finery.

Alan Partridge

Here's a great faux Alan Partridge action figure from the Mustard comedy magazine website, complete with traffic cone, large Toblerone and twelve-inch dinner plate. Kiss my face!