Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beetlejuice Neighborhood Nasties

The final series in Kenner's Beetlejuice action figure line was something of an anomaly in that it had nothing at all to do with either the movie or cartoon properties. Rather, this series of "Neighborhood Nasties" can be most closely compared to the Real Ghostbusters line, which relied heavily on the gimmick of ordinary things and people transforming into monsters. Released after the movie had started to wane in popularity, this subset of figures is the rarest in the line. Rumors have persisted over the years that distribution was mainly focused in Canada.

The series included Old Buzzard, Hungry Hog, Teacher Creature, and Street Rat.

Two Beetlejuice posts today! Better not do a third one...

Universal Studios' Beetlejuice Bobblehead

This Beetlejuice bobblehead doll from the early '90s was a Universal Studios theme park exclusive. Made from a sturdy polyresin, it was part of the "Universal Studios Cartoon Classics Bobbing Head Dolls" series. There have been a couple of other Beetlejuice bobbleheads released by NECA, but this is the only Beetlejuice nodder produced which was based on the cartoon series.

The Beetlejuice's Graveyard Review attraction at Universal Studios has been responsible for some great exclusive merchandise, all of which has been based on the character's animated counterpart. You can expect to see some more of it here in the future.

Oh, and just for the record, the other exclusive bobbleheads in the Universal series were Betty Boop, Bullwinkle, Chilly Willy, Woody Woodpecker, and the Fractured Fairy.