Tomy makes monsters

Tomy makes monsters

The Tomy Mighty Men and Monster Maker was one of the more memorable toys of my childhood, from the moment I saw the commercial, I was single minded in my purpose to get it for my birthday which I luckily did.
That meant the entire month of October preparing my house for Halloween, as toys went I got my mileage out of this sucker and it’s one I’m surprised hasn’t seen some sort of reissue.
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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Devlin Thompson on October 25, 2010

    Two tidbits of data:

    (1) The monster designs were done by the young, pre-ROCKETEER Dave Stevens, and

    (2) The patent can be found here:

  • Meatball on October 25, 2010

    Holy moley did I love this thing! I even took it to school to show my 6th grade teacher! If I remember correctly, the version of this toy marketed to girls was called "Fashion Plates".

  • Anonymous on October 25, 2010

    I had the one that featured different types of vans you could create, yes vans – it was the 70s after all. It was called Little Van Goes.

  • Karswell on October 25, 2010

    I actually still have a few of the sketches I created with this thing (and some of Batman and Robin too from the DC Heroes set) …my wife still has the Barbie plates from the one she had as a kid.

  • FilmFather on October 25, 2010

    Friggin' loved this thing. The possible head / torso / legs combos were endless. I'm sure this is in a box at my parents' house…when I see them in next month, I am so looking for it.

  • John III on October 26, 2010

    I saw this as a kid. Wanted it pretty bad too. Oh well. Not like I was toyless or anything!

  • Andy on October 27, 2010

    I had both Little Van Goes and the Mighty Monster Maker toys as a child and spent countless hours playing with them. Just don't make things like that anymore

  • narvolicious on October 29, 2010

    Got this toy for my 11th birthday in 1981. The toy was fun for awhile, and the packaging rocked. You can see it here, just scroll past the other toys and stuff:

  • Umbratikus on November 11, 2010

    Yeah, I loved this. I was rather artistically inclined as a youth, so I drew my own mighty men and monsters, but this was an incredible short-cut. Plus it had textures!

  • Andrew Barr on January 13, 2012

    Me and a bunch of artist are paying tribute to this thing over at
    what a great old toy.

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