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Marx Statue 1963 Universal Monster Hunchback of Notre Dame Pumpkin
The 1960s was a different time - when toy companies didn't market and license everything in sight. And these companies didn't have a need to as the 'generic' toys did fairly well. Marx was one of the leaders in marketing licensed characters. In the early-1960s, Louis Marx began licensing Universal's staple of monsters that were becoming increasingly popular with the late night shows and reruns appearing on that new box called television. Each originally sold separately, the complete set included Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wolf Man, Mummy, and the Creature from The Black Lagoon (we've always regretted that the Lugosi estate was so difficult to deal with - hence the exclusion of Dracula!!??). It is critical to note that in the late 1980s to the present, there's been a large amount of reproductions that have entered the market. Initially, these later produced items were not dated - so were easily distinguishable from the originals. Later, however, they appeared with original "vintage" dates. Be sure to know your source as many of these are on the net advertised as 'genuine'. Originals can be identified by the 'flexible' plastics that were used. This is an ORIGINAL Hunchback of Notre Dame statue from 1963. It's in the much scarcer "pumpkin" orange - as opposed to the later semi-translucent "Popsicle" orange. Note that although collectors often include the Hunchback in with the Universal Monsters - he, in fact, is not a Universal property. Hence the exclusion of their copyright on his base.
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