Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Dawn of 31 Days of Toy Terror: My Pet Monster from My Pet Monster: ReAction by Super7


   While the upcoming reviews for The Dawn of 31 Days of Toy Terror are overwhelmingly going to be based on toys from before the year 2000, I'm definitely making sure to review some newer horror toys, particularly if they're based on nostalgic properties and such. Today I'm very excited to check out Super7's My Pet Monster ReAction figure! While I sadly no longer have my childhood My Pet Monster I have such fond memories of him. I really have no idea why I sold him as a kid, but I'd love to own one again. My Pet Monster was released in 1986 by American Greetings and was a huge hit! There was even a direct-to-video movie, which I still have on Betamax. My Pet Monster was recently acquired by Hasbro as part of their purchase of Saban's entertainment assets in 2018, so hopefully we'll see a re-release of the original doll in the near future. For now, though, I'm thrilled to have this ReAction figure of My Pet Monster (henceforth just referred to as Monster) to show off for 31 Days of Toy Terror 2020. Let's check him out after the break...




 The Facts:

Height: 3 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: None

Year of Release: 2019

Original Retail Price: $18 dollars
 The Packaging:



* Super7 always has stellar packaging and Monster comes on a really colorful card that feels very nostalgic due to it's neon color scheme. There's also a picture of the original toy on there, which I just love. He looks so cuddly!
 The Positives:


* I think Super7 did a pretty admirable job of turning a stuffed animal into an action figure. He might be a little bit more modern looking than many of their efforts but I think he's perfect. I love how bright and colorful he is, particularly his bright blue fur. The belly is also really nicely done. The original toy's stomach felt like a corduroy-like material so the texturing here nicely captures the look of the original My Pet Monster.


 * The headsculpt is excellent! It's got to be pretty tough to make a monster both "monsteriffic" and adorable, but American Greetings nailed it and Super7 faithfully interpreted their work. He looks just like I remember with lots of cool features and bright colors.
 * One of the best things about My Pet Monster was the set of shackles he came with. You could actually remove his bright orange handcuffs and put them on your hands or keep them on the Monster. In the cartoon series (which I really don't remember, unfortunately) the handcuffs apparently turned Monster into a stuffed animal. The cuffs are pretty sweet looking and the chain that attaches them together has actual metal links. But wait! There's more...







 * The middle links of Monster's chain are made of a rubbery plastic, so give them a gentle tug and they break apart. Just like on the vintage! When I first opened this guy I didn't realize this feature actually worked so discovering it was ana amazing surprise.


* Like most other ReAction figures Monster has five points of articulation. They're the same five you would expect from a vintage Kenner toy: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head. He's quite fun to play with and feels very sturdy, too. He's also small enough to put in your pocket, so you can have a My Pet Monster in My Pocket.
   While this My Pet Monster ReAction was released last year I didn't actually pick him up until a few months ago. Man, I wish I would have grabbed him last year as he very likely would have made my Best of the Rest list for 2019. I'm glad to have him now, though, and while he's not truly a toy made before 2000 he definitely is nostalgic and pays tribute to one of my childhood favorites. My Pet Monster is a Great figure and another fun ReAction toy to add to your horror collection. Or your monster collection. Or your My Littlest Pet Shop collection. Honestly, he goes well anywhere.



This is the first My Pet Monster I've reviewed on the site.

4 comments:

  1. Ohhh, I want to pet him!
    He looks fang-tastic!
    Master Crypt Keeper,
    Michelle

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    1. I wish I still had my big stuffed My Pet Monster from when I was a kid. He was a fantastic stuffed toy!

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    1. He really is. They have the football player version, too, though I never had that My Pet Monster as a kid so I wasn't overly interested in him.

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