The Odditorium | A Miscellany of the Weird and Wonderful

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Hammer Horror

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.

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. 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; a similar fate bestowed their Iron Man figure.

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.

1965 saw the release of Berwick Toy's Dalek Playsuit. Packaged in a large box, the costume comprised of a red plastic dome atop a cardboard neck to look through, over which was slotted a vinyl skirt with white hemispheres. An eye fitted into the dome, with the plunger and gun arm held through holes. The Berwick Toy Catalogue of 1977 contained a genuinely creepy Tom Baker Playsuit, alongside other designs such as Mr Spock, Donald Duck, Dracula and Wonder Woman.

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

In 1973, The Co-Op published budget cookbook Baking Your Cake And Eating It, with recipes sent in by the public. On the back cover, a Jon Pertwee illustration explained that “men may go shooting off to outer space but it’s really their inner space that matters most.”

In 1977, Crosse & Blackwell had a DOCTOR WHO offer ("to get together ... and set up a super home science lab.") Tokens could save you money on a chemistry set and a radio/electronic kit, plus for 95p you could have a cut-out TARDIS with colour pencils.

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.

In 1984, W. H. Allen & Co published The Doctor Who Pattern Book by Joy Gammon, providing instructions for making scarfs, jumpers, pillows and toys to knit and sew.

Argo’s 1976 LP 'Doctor Who and the Pescatons' was the first original audio adventure for the Time Lord, voiced by Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and written by Victor Pemberton, who had penned DOCTOR WHO - FURY FROM THE DEEP. 'Doctor Who and the Pescatons' sees The Doctor defeat the “cunning, ravenous creatures; half-human, half-fish” invaders of Earth by high-frequency sound. Argo, an imprint of Decca, faced a number of obstacles from the BBC, the corporation alarmed that - due to an oversight at BBC Enterprises - rights had been secured for £50. 

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).

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!