This weekend, I had a happy find, and I wasn’t even trying. I poked my head into a local flea market, where I’ve never found anything, and to my surprise, I found a toy vendor! While most of his wares weren’t what I collected, I spied this tucked in the back—a carded wind-up sparking super monsters’ little walkers.
These toys were originally sold by AHI and were officially licensed, but they would have a long life post thanks to their factory known as SOMA, which would keep them in production for decades after.
My introduction to this series was in 1979, when I was in the third grade, and Canadian Tire imported this series into Canada. My mum, who knew I was a monster fan, took me down there, and we bought them all. They were the only Godzilla and Creature from the Black Lagoon toys I had as a kid, so they were especially memorable.
Tracking this guy down on the original Canadian Tire card this weekend brought back fond childhood memories.
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