Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 22nd, 2006
Bigfoot and Mothman and Nessie, oh my! Do you have any? Huh, huh, do ya? What’s in your collection?
There have been some pretty cool cryptozoology action figures over the years.
The Mezco Cryptozoology series were anticipated for quite some time before being eventually released. Supposedly, they were delayed due to negotiations over the licensing of a videogame that was to feature their likeness. I don’t know if the videogame was ever released or not. The figures, when finally released, were much smaller than they were originally touted to be. The figures were released in 2003 and are now out of production.
I have the Bigfoot figure. But the Jersey Devil…
and the Mothman were both pretty lame, in my opinion, and I never purchased those two.
The Loch Ness Monster figure was never released, as far as I know.
The coolest Cryptozoology action figures that "never were", were to come from Nevermore Creations. Maybe that was a premonition of things to come, or not, as the case turned out to be.
The line was called the "Legendary Monsters".
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The concept artwork was cool.
Series 1 consisted of MoMo, the Missouri Monster.
The Chupacabra, sorry Loren.
The Jersey Devil.
And the Mothman.
These figures were to be released Fall of 2001, but were beset with delay after delay and eventually were scrapped. I received several of the catalogs for the figures from the president of the company, R. Todd Broadwater, but shortly after that their website went down, his email address was no good and the phone was disconnected. I know that Loren was talking to him as well, and may be able to shed additional light here.
I know at one point, there was talk of a tie-in with the Mothman figure and the Sony Pictures film "The Mothman Prophecies".
Series 2 of the figures was to include the Dover Demon, the Yeti, the Flatwoods Monster and the Loveland Frogmen.
The prototypes were sculpted by toy and model sculptor Bill Mancuso. Photos of his sculpts can be seen on his website.
Cryptomundo reader MMTHPOOLGHOSTCAMPR’s comment reminds me that I own both the Shadowbox Collectible Bigfoot and Yeti. You will have to pardon my forgetfulness. All of my Bigfoot action figures are presently out on loan to the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio for the Bigfoot in Texas? exhibit.
Shadowbox Myths & Legends Bigfoot (1996)
Shadowbox Myths & Legends Yeti (1997)
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.