Over the years, all of the big horror franchise icons have been immortalized in toy form countless times, usually by many different companies. Toy licenses are constantly running out and changing hands, and as a result we collectors have ended up with a wealth of vastly different toys depicting our favorite cinematic slashers. In this new feature, we'll dig into the toybox and pluck out the best of the best from each of those big-time horror franchises. Today, we kick Halloween off early by shining the Jack o'Lantern spotlight on the best Michael Myers toys ever made!
In 1999, Myers joined previously released icons Freddy, Jason and Leatherface in the second series of McFarlane's "Movie Maniacs," still to this day one of the coolest toy lines ever made. Packaged with McFarlane's trademark poster stand as well as a Jack o'Lantern and kitchen knife, this original Michael figure has gone up in value in recent years, and can often be found these days selling for around $50 on eBay.
Around the same time, Spencer's Gifts put out an exclusive line of 18" talking dolls under the banner "Thriller Series," which included Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Ghostface, and our man of the hour, Michael Myers. The dolls were numbered and limited to 1000, and Myers was given a regular doll and a battle-damaged variant, riddled with bullet holes from his run-in with Dr. Loomis at the end of Halloween. When you push the button in Michael's belly, the iconic Halloween theme song plays. Talking Myers also goes for around $50 on today's market.
When it comes to highly detailed 12" toys, there's no company that does it better than Sideshow Collectibles, who turned their attention to Michael in 2003. Based on Myers' look from the original Halloween, the well-articulated figure features a real cloth jumpsuit and came packaged with a bloody knife as well as a white sheet and a pair of glasses, to recreate the infamous scene where Lynda (P.J. Soles) meets her demise. The figure was limited to only 7500 pieces, and nowadays will run you at least $100.
NECA held the Halloween license for the next several years, churning out what I personally consider to be the coolest batch of collectibles the franchise has ever seen. First up is the incredible "The Night He Came Home" playset, which gave us our first and only toy of the Ahab to Michael's Moby Dick: Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence). The box set not only came with awesome figures of Michael and Loomis, but also a backdrop diorama of the Myers house, to depict the ultimate showdown of good vs. evil right on your toy shelf. The included Jack o'Lantern even lights up from within at the push of a button! This set has become increasingly rare over the years, and often sells for around $150. Unfortunately, The Loomis figure never saw release outside of the set.
Also from NECA came this "Evolution of Evil" two-pack, part of their "Cult Classics" line. Though the adult Michael Myers figure was the same as the one from the "Night He Came Home" set, what made this pack stand out was the inclusion of a figure of young Michael Myers from the opening sequence of Halloween. Young Myers came with a removable clown mask, and the package was rounded out with Judith Myers' headstone. This is yet another rare and valuable Myers toy, which sells for about $100.
NECA again spiced up their Myers figure with this "Cult Classics" release, adding a removable white sheet and Bob's eyeglasses to the mix. It's the little touches that make all the difference, and the scene-specific homage of this toy ensured it would become a fan favorite. You can expect to pay upwards of $100 to snag one of these nowadays.
Rounding out NECA's stay on this list is this super-sized version of the Myers figure which they got a lot of mileage out of over the years: an 18" version that features motion-activated sound. Much like Spencer's "talking" doll, this figure also spits out John Carpenter's Halloween theme whenever anyone walks past it. It should be noted that McFarlane also released an 18" version of their Myers figure, but I personally consider this to be the better of the two. As with many of NECA's 18" talking figures, you're not going to be able to get your hands on this for much less than $200.
In 2007, Paper Magic Group released what is no doubt the most unique Halloween toy ever made, in the form of this two-foot-tall replica of a young Michael Myers in his clown suit. Though the doll could often be found soon afterwards on clearance at Spencer's Gifts, it has since become quite sought-after, selling for at least $100 on eBay. I'm not sure what's up with the hair, but this is still a must-own collectible for the hardcore Halloween nut.
We head into remake territory with Michael's debut in Mezco's mega popular "Living Dead Dolls" line, based on his look in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2. Rob's Halloween movies have seen several different toys from both Mezco and NECA, but this is my favorite of the bunch, given I'm a big fan of the Living Dead Dolls. I'm not so much a fan of Zombie's two installments in the franchise, but one thing I will say is that I absolutely love how badass he made Myers look, with the tattered jumpsuit and that gnarly torn-up mask. These have recently sold on eBay for varying prices, generally between $30-$50.
We finish off the list with my most-wanted Halloween collectible: the Halloween snow globe, which was included with Anchor Bay's 20th Anniversary VHS release of the film back in 1998. Rather than snow, this particular snow globe was filled with drops of blood, based on the scene where Laurie and Michael duke it out in the living room. This is actually the first and only Halloween collectible to depict Laurie Strode, a character our toy collections have been missing for far too long. If you find one of these, be sure to snatch it up, because I don't see them around too often!
This is of course only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Michael Myers toys. If we left any out that you consider to be must-own pieces, leave a comment and let us know!