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Happy Wednesday, readers! Today’s installment of Daily Dead’s Holiday Gift Guide is my second favorite of our entire series (books coming in first—picking words over toys is weird, I know!), because I think most of us horror fans have this part of us that never wants to fully grow up, and what better way to indulge our inner children than with a collectible or two (or like 30… but who’s counting?). So, today we’ll be diving into some of the best grown-up toys released in 2018, from companies like NECA and Mezco, but you can also expect to see a few other great retailers included in here as well.

And now that we’re getting closer to the finish line with this year’s Gift Guide series, I just wanted to remind you that Daily Dead is once again giving away prize packs of movies and some horror goodies for 10 lucky readers, thanks to this year’s HGG sponsor, RLJE Films. Winners will receive one copy of the upcoming Christmas anthology All the Creatures Were Stirring, one other title from RLJE Films, and a few other horror-tastic surprises, all just in time for the holidays. To enter, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line and be sure to include your full name and mailing address as well (limited to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted).

Barbie The X-Files Gift Set

In honor of the 25th anniversary of THE X-FILES, Barbie® celebrates the influential series that went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, becoming one of the most successful television dramas of all time. Inspired by the hit sci-fi series, this doll assortment includes: Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Fox Mulder Doll, and Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Dana Scully Doll. Each doll wears their signature looks from the ’90s – dark suits, “FBI” ID and badge. The dolls are sculpted to the likeness of the actors, and are fully articulated. Each doll comes with a doll stand for display and Certificate of Authenticity.

Slappy the Dummy Doll

Slappy the Dummy is spooky and sporty in a prim-and-grim outfit. He has glow in the dark, ice-green eyes. Slappy is the star of goosebumps, the scholastic children’s story. And Slappy is one of the most famous celebrity ventriloquist dummies.

LCW WrestleManiacs Plush from Lunar Crypt Co.

Each LCW WrestleManiac Plush comes with a vinyl sticker and an exclusive LCW enamel pin! There are 9 possible variants and 7 different characters, which one will you get? It's a mystery! Characters include TarManiac, SamPain, Davey Boy, The Monster, Boogeyman Mike, The Nightmare and Mars Mauler.

Tales from the Stitch

I started following Chelsey Scully’s Tales from the Stitch earlier this year on Twitter, and I am so glad I did—her crocheted horror-inspired dolls are wickedly adorable and her attention to detail is top-notch. If you’re looking for some one-of-a-kind creations this holiday season, be sure to visit Tales from the Stitch’s Etsy shop today.

Super7:

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – Creature from the Black Lagoon

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: From the 1954 classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – The Masque of the Red Death

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: The Masque of the Red Death from the 1925 classic horror film The Phantom of the Opera! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – Metaluna Mutant

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: The Metaluna Mutant from the 1955 science fiction film This Island Earth! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – Mole Man

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: From the 1956 science fiction film The Mole People! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – The Mummy

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: From the 1932 classic horror film The Mummy! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure – The Wolf Man

Super7 is proud to present its Universal Monsters 3.75" ReAction figures assortment: From the 1941 horror film The Wolf Man! The cardback features new and original art by the legendary Ed Repka.

PHANTASMA:

Love the Puppet Master films? Then check out these adorable figures from Phantasma!

POPTATERS:

As someone who owns several of the Poptaters line of Mr. Potato Head collectibles, I cannot recommend these pop culture-inspired grown-up toys enough. Any horror fan would be thrilled to find one of these guys under the tree this Christmas.

FUNKO:

Savage World - Pinhead

From Hellraiser, Pinhead, as a stylized action figure from Funko! Figure stands 5 inches and comes on a blister card display. 

Savage World – Leatherface

From The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface, as a stylized action figure from Funko! Figure stands 5 inches and comes on a blister card display. 

 

Savage World – Michael Myers

From Halloween, Michael Myers, as a stylized action figure from Funko! Figure stands 5 inches and comes on a blister card display. 

 

Savage World – Freddy Krueger

From A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, as a stylized action figure from Funko! Figure stands 5 inches and comes on a blister card display. 

 

Savage World – Jason Voorhees

From Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees, as a stylized action figure from Funko! Figure stands 5 inches and comes on a blister card display.

Stranger Things Christmas Ornaments – Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will (Set of 4)

From the hit Netflix TV show, Stranger Things, here's Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will, stylized as ornaments from Funko!

Stranger Things Christmas Ornaments – Demogorgon and Steve (Set of 2)

From the Netflix hit TV show, Stranger Things, here's the Demogorgon and Steve, stylized as ornaments from Funko!

Stranger Things Christmas Ornaments – Hopper and Eleven (Set of 2)

From the Netflix hit tv show, Stranger Things, here's Hopper and Eleven, stylized as ornaments from Funko!

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack and Sally on the Hill

From Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack and Sally on the Hill, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko!

NECA:

NECA Ultimate Pennywise (2017)

From the acclaimed 2017 horror film IT, drawn from the pages of Stephen King’s original novel, NECA presents the definitive version of Pennywise in action figure form! Based on Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the nightmare-inducing clown, this 7” scale figure has been painstakingly detailed to be as accurate to Pennywise’s ornate costume as possible. To recreate the most terrifying scenes from the movie, the fully articulated figure features three interchangeable heads, interchangeable hands, red balloon and paper boat. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

NECA Ultimate Michael Myers (2018)

Face to face with Michael. Based on his appearance in the thrilling 2018 Halloween movie, this Halloween 2018 Ultimate Michael Myers 7-Inch Scale Action Figure stands over 7-Inches tall and has received the Ultimate treatment, with over 25 points of articulation and tons of accessories, including 2x heads, 1x knife, 1x hammer, 1x jack o' lantern, interchangeable hands and more!

NECA Ultimate Part 5 Jason

NECA presents the definitive collector’s version of Jason from Friday the 13: A New Beginning! This is Jason as he appears in the nightmares that haunt Tommy, who has been living in mental institutions since he killed Jason in Part 4. This deluxe 7” scale action figure features over 25 points of articulation and comes with 4 unique, interchangeable heads to represent different dreams (bloody mask, resurrection mask, grave mask and a special mask based on the one-sheet poster). It’s also packed with accessories--machete, axe, ice pick, and tombstone. Bonus: includes an extra left hand with split fingers that can be used with this figure or the Ultimate Part 4 Jason! Comes in a display-friendly deluxe window box with opening flap.

NECA Silent Night, Deadly Night Billy

He knows when you’ve been naughty! From the 1984 holiday slasher, this Billy Chapman action figure is dressed in a fabric Santa suit with removable sculpted hat and features the authorized likeness of actor Robert Brian Wilson. The fully poseable figure stands 8 inches tall and comes with hammer and axe accessories. Resealable clamshell packaging with modern artwork.

NECA Ultimate Ahab Predator

This brand-new version of Ahab is based on his appearance in the Dark Horse comics. We’ve given our SDCC 2014 exclusive a massive upgrade, equipping it with the all new “Ultimate” Predator body which has added articulation in the biceps (bicep swivels), elbows (double elbow joints) and torso, plus an opening gauntlet. The figure also features new loin armor and skirt, new right gauntlet, new knee armor, fabric cape and all new deco. He’s equipped with brand new accessories too, including an Engineer Gun, Spear, Gauntlet with both 2- and 3-blade configurations, alternate hands, Engineer skull trophy and more! The Engineer Gun can be held or clipped to the figure’s back. Stands approximately 8” tall and comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

NECA Godzilla King Kong vs. Godzilla Figure

NECA continues to celebrate the most famous kaiju in the world in action figure form! This version of the beloved monster is based on the 1962 movie King Kong vs. Godzilla. The figure measures 6-inches tall and 12-inches long from head to tail. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail!

NECA Ultimate Pennywise (1990)

NECA is thrilled to present one of our most frequently requested action figures of all time! From the revered 1990 horror mini-series Stephen King’s IT, Pennywise the killer clown takes action figure form. Based on Tim Curry’s portrayal of the terrifying clown, this 7” scale figure is faithful to his on-screen appearance and packed with detail and accessories. Pennywise is fully articulated and features a total of four interchangeable heads, plus alternate monster hands, noisemaker, bunch of balloons and paper boat. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

NECA Atomic Blast Shin Godzilla

From the blockbuster 2016 movie that returned the classic Godzilla franchise to its roots! This version of the most famous kaiju in the world is based on Godzilla's “atomic blast” attack in the movie. The figure measures 6" Tall and 12” long from head to tail. It features atomic blast effects that attach to both mouth and tail, all new paint deco, new head sculpt, and over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail!

NECA Ultimate Part 2 Jason

From the Friday the 13th fear franchise, we present the definitive collector’s version of Jason as he appeared in Part 2 — featuring a 100% brand new Ultimate body! This deluxe 7” scale action figure has two interchangeable heads and over 25 points of articulation. It’s loaded with accessories, too: campfire, his mother’s severed head, machete, knife, pick axe, spear, and pitchfork. Packaged in a collector-friendly deluxe window box.

 

NECA Re-Animator Herbert West

Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders… and another one on his desk... From Re-Animator, the movie based on HP Lovecraft’s classic tale of terror, NECA presents the mad scientist Herbert West in action figure form! The 1985 movie has achieved cult status for its dark and hilarious mix of science fiction, horror and comedy, and starred Jeffrey Combs as a medical student who will stop at nothing to perfect his reanimation serum. As a clothed action figure, Herbert stands 8” tall and is dressed in his lab coat. He comes with a bottle of reanimation reagent, syringe, bloody shovel, Rufus the cat, and a tray containing the severed head of the last guy who tried to steal his invention. Resealable clamshell packaging.

NECA Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection – Santi from The Devil’s Backbone

NECA is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with renowned director Guillermo Del Toro! The new Guillermo Del Toro Signature Collection will bring select characters from del Toro’s movies to life in premium action figure format with deluxe added elements. The first release in the collection is Santi, from the haunting film The Devil’s Backbone. “The one who sighs” is super-poseable and comes with a detailed diorama base featuring the bomb that falls into the courtyard of his orphanage. Collectible deluxe window boxed packaging.

 

NECA Captain Blake

Bolt your doors... lock your windows... there’s something in the fog! From John Carpenter’s 1980 horror film The Fog, the vengeful ghost of Captain Blake joins NECA’s clothed action figure line. Blake is dressed in tattered fabric uniform and features glowing red LED eyes. The figure comes with a sword accessory that fits in a sheath at his belt. Blister packaging with resealable protective clamshell features new artwork created just for this release. Uses button cell batteries, included.

NECA Ultimate Part 4 Jason

NECA is proud to present the definitive collector's version of Jason as he appeared in Friday the 13 part 4: the final chapter! We've taken our classic part 4 Jason and given him the "ultimate" treatment, with deluxe packaging, tooling improvements for production of masks, and a slew of new accessories. PLUS, you can recreate his (not quite) fatal wound by sliding his machete into the side of his head. This deluxe 7" scale action figure features over 25 points of articulation and is packed with accessories. It comes with two masks, two interchangeable head sculpts, knife, corkscrew, tombstone, Hacksaw, cleaver, machete, and axe. The packaging is deluxe too, with a front window flap featuring the movie's original one-sheet poster art.

NECA Ashy Slashy Puppet

Terrorize friends and enemies with your very own replica of the possessed Ashy Slashy puppet from Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead! Sure, Ash’s tiny doppelganger from the asylum episodes starts off cute, but eventually he goes full-on demonic. This replica reflects all of that Deadite badness, from the jagged teeth to the serrated chainsaw blade, the distressed clothing and, of course, the creepy eyes. This is a working puppet – insert your hand (you don’t want that back, do you?) and you can move the mouth, plus the arms are poseable thanks to inner articulation. Possessed Ashy Slashy is approximately 15” tall. Closed box packaging.

MEZCO:

Mezco’s Living Dead Doll – Freddy Krueger with Sound

Freddy Krueger returns to the world of The Living Dead Dolls with the first licensed talking Living Dead Doll ever produced. The grotesquely disfigured star of 9 Nightmare On Elm Street films says 7 fiendishly fun film phrases. Freddy features an all-new head sculpt that captures his sardonic smile and infamous visage. He wears his distinctive striped sweater as seen in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street film and comes complete with his trademark razor glove and removable hat.

Mezco Jason Voorhees Puzzle Blox

The Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Puzzle Blox features everyone's favorite machete loving, hockey mask-wearing, killing machine from Camp Crystal Lake.

Mezco Pennywise Puzzle Blox

The It Pennywise Puzzle Blox features Pennywise, the dancing clown from the 2017 IT, the red balloon-toting, demonic clown that terrorizes the children of Derry.

Mezco Pinhead Puzzle Blox

Pinhead Configuration Puzzle Cube Hellraiser III. Packaged in a collector-friendly window box, perfect for display in your collection, on your desk or as a fiendishly confounding puzzle.

Mezco Lament Configuration Puzzle Blox

Hellraiser III Lament Configuration Puzzle Cube.

Mezco Designer Series – The Exorcist’s Regan

I cast you out! Unclean spirit! The latest addition to Mezco’s Designer Series – Exorcist: a super-D take on Regan from the renowned film The Exorcist. From her unkempt hair to her piercing eyes and devilish grin, no details have been overlooked. The stylization of this figure captures the evil trapped within. The M.D.S Exorcist figures comes with interchangeable legs, so Regan is able to change between standing and sitting positions, allowing her to recreate dynamic and nightmarish poses from the film. Regan stands approximately 6” tall and features 9 points of articulation. She comes packaged in a die-cut window box, perfect for display.

Mezco’s Living Dead Doll – Michael Myers

Straight out of the 1978 John Carpenter film ‘Halloween’, The Living Dead Dolls present Michael Myers. “The Shape”, as he’s referenced in the film, has become one of the most recognizable icons of modern horror.  

Mezco Annabelle: Creation Scaled Prop Replica Doll

Mezco introduces a newly designed Annabelle doll from the Warner Bros film Annabelle: Creation and its sure to send chills down your spine. Standing at approximately 18 inches tall, Annabelle features time-honored construction used for over half a century. No detail has been overlooked from her rotocast- molded head, hands, and feet to her authentic plush constructed body.

Mezco Evil Dead 2 Ash Williams Figure

From Mezco Toys. The One:12 Collective Ash figure boasts three head portraits with star, Bruce Campbell's likeness. Authentically presented in his classic ripped blue button-down shirt and brown slacks, Ash sports a meticulously designed shotgun harness. Equipped with his trademark chainsaw hand (groovy!), a sawed-off shotgun, and the Necronomicon (AKA: The Book of the Dead), this figure also includes Ash's severed demonic hand and a decapitated Deadite head. Upon arriving to a remote cabin in the woods, Ash is swarmed by relentless hordes of deranged Deadites who want him dead by dawn. Armed with his infamous chainsaw appendage, Ash does what he needs to do: hack and slash his way to survival. Each One:12 Collective Ash of Evil Dead 2 figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. There are no twist ties for easy in-and-out of package display.

Mezco Flatzos Plush – Freddy Krueger

'1, 2. Freddy's coming for you!' From Mezco Toyz comes the Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Flatzos Plush! A plush that is great for home decor, to rest your head or just cuddle up with and watch a horror movie. At roughly 12-inches tall it is vibrantly colored and has oversized button eyes. Ages 15 and up.

Mezco Flatzos Plush – Jason Voorhees

'You know his name. You know the story. On Friday the 13th, witness his resurrection...' as a plush! From Mezco Toyz comes the Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Flatzos Plush! A plush that is great for home decor, to rest your head or just cuddle up with and watch a horror movie. At roughly 12-inches tall it is vibrantly colored and has large 'dead' eyes. Ages 15 and up.

Mezco Flatzos Plush – Chucky

'Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?' From Mezco Toyz comes the Child's Play Chucky Flatzos Plush! A plush that is great for home decor, to rest your head or just cuddle up with and watch a horror movie. At roughly 12-inches tall it is vibrantly colored and has oversized button eyes. Ages 15 and up.

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In case you missed them, check here for more Horror Gift Guide ideas, and happy holidays from all of us at Daily Dead!

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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