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Planet of the Apes General
Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure

Your gorilla general with 'tude from the
classic movie series Planet of the Apes
has been given the Pop! Vinyl treatment
with the Planet of the Apes General
Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure! Standing 3
3/4-inches tall, the mad general looks
true to form with his dark gear and large
black metal. When you see just how
cool the Planet of the Apes General
Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure looks you'll
want to collect the rest in the Planet of
the Apes line from Funko! Ages 5 and
DC Comics Bombshells Batgirl

The line of striking stylized statues of the
most popular female heroes and villains
of the DC Universe inspired by the
pin-ups of the 1940's continues with
Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, ready to
deliver justice to the criminals of Gotham
City. The limited edition of 5,200 pieces
stands approximately 10 1/2-inches tall
and made of resin.
Party Time!

Dr Frankenstein decides to retire, leaving the monster business to his nephew, Felix.
Frankenstein plans to announce his decision at a convention of monsters that includes
his monster, Dracula, the Werewolf, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr Jekyll
& Mr Hyde and many more. However when Felix proves to be an incompetent (and
unsuitably kind-hearted) human, the monsters plot to eliminate him and gain control of
Frankenstein's latest discovery: the secret of total destruction!

The film was created using Rankin/Bass' "Animagic" stop motion animation process.
The process involved photographing figurines in still shots and re-positioning them
after each shot, the same approach used in Art Clokey's Davey and Goliath and to
create the giant ape in the original King Kong. Kong, in fact, makes a featured
appearance in this film (sporting some rather colorful finger and toenails), although
due to rights issues he is known only as "It".

Mad Monster Party (1969)
Damn It Jim! I'm A Doctor Not A Tree Surgeon!

Syndication was the saving grace for “Star Trek”. Soon after the show had been
canned by NBC, Paramount, who had purchased the rights to the show from Desilu,
began shopping the show around to local TV affiliates. The show gained a huge
following when it was marketed to younger viewers as part of their after school
programming. Soon “Trek” toys began appearing on store shelves and a mass
marketing snowball began rolling. Lunch boxes, posters, miniature starships and even
an animated series were all hurriedly put into production

Star Trek (1966-1969)
Enter The Mummy's Tomb

In 1932 a new horror movie was put into production to capitalize on the success of
Frankenstein, and its star Boris Karloff. The initial idea was to produce a film based on
the real life exploits of the French mystic Cagliostro, who claimed that he had lived for
several generations. This idea was soon dropped for a screenplay that was penned by
Nina Wilcox Putman that featured the resurrected corpse of an ancient Egyptian
prince. One has to remember that Tutankhamen’s tomb had just recently been
discovered and there was a national obsession with Egyptology. Universal felt that the
combination of Karloff and this topical theme would guarantee a hit, and they were

The Mummy (1932)
Planet of the Apes

Charlton Heston, Roddy
McDowall. The popular sci-fi
thriller about highly intelligent,
talking apes that rule over human
beings returns in this digitally
remastered version with
state-of-the-art sound and video
quality. 1968/color/112 min/G.

$10.99 - Amazon.com
DC Comics 16 oz. Glasses Set

Have a drink with the superheroes from the
DC Universe! This DC Comics 16 oz.
Glasses Set 4-Pack has a different DC
superhero on each glass featured in a cool
comic book panel style You'll get Wonder
Woman, Batman, Superman, and the Green
Your Love Is Dripping With Poison

In June of 1966 DC Comics introduced Batman & Robin to a new villain named
Poison Ivy and she has been a literal thorn in the side of the 'Dynamic Duo' ever since.


An original grunge girl and botanist from Seattle, Pamela Lillian Isley wants to be on top
of Gotham's criminal food chain so she invites all the other riot girls in town (Dragon
Fly, Silken Spider, Tiger Moth) to a rumble. Though Batman is worried that Robin
wants to pollinate with the poisonous plant girl it is the Caped Crusader himself that
succumbs to her charms. Can Robin snap him out of his love-sick haze before Ivy takes
him back to her greenhouse for a dirt nap?

Batman #181 June 1966 Beware of -- Poison Ivy!
Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee
back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face fear and
persecution similar to what Taylor and Brent suffered in the future, and discover the
origins of the stream of events that will shape their world.

Meet Baby Milo Who Has Washington Terrified
Planet of the Apes Trivia:

Roddy McDowall, an experienced actor, recommended to his companions in makeup that they
should frequently add tics, blinks and assorted facial gestures to add a sense of realism and keep the
makeup from appearing "mask-like". McDowall reportedly became a merry prankster with the
makeup, driving home with his make-up on, and shocking some of the other drivers on the freeway.

McDowall also appeared on an episode of The Carol Burnett Show wearing his Planet of the Apes
make-up. The look of fright on Carol Burnett's face was reputed to be genuine.

During breaks in filming, actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together, gorillas
with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps. It wasn't required, it just naturally
All the Ape actors and extras were required to wear their masks even during breaks and in between shots because it took so much
time to make them up. Because of this, meals were liquefied and drunk through straws.
Although Charlton Heston's character is listed in the credits as "George Taylor", the name "George" is never seen or heard in the film.
He is referred to only as "Taylor".
The fourth astronaut Stewart was originally written as a man.
Charlton Heston was sick during much of the film with the flu. Rather than wait for him to get better, the producers felt that his hoarse
voice added something to the character of Taylor. According to Heston's diary, after filming the scene where Taylor and Nova are
forcibly separated, he wrote that he was feeling like hell while shooting because of his illness, and felt even worse "every time that
damn fire hose hit me".
Turning down the part of Zira was one of Ingrid Bergman's greatest regrets. Much surprised at how well the finished film turned out,
she later confided to her daughter Isabella Rossellini that in hindsight the film would have been an ideal opportunity for her to "disregard
her regal bearing". She also regretted missing the opportunity of working with Charlton Heston.
Actress Kim Hunter (Zira) was a political activist, she signed several civil rights petitions and was a sponsor of a 1949 World Peace
Conference in New York - which triggered her label of being a Communist sympathizer, for which she was blacklisted in films and TV
even though she never even held pro-Communist views. Her testimony to the New York Supreme Court in 1962 against the publishers
of "Red Channels" helped pave the way for clearance of many performers unjustly accused of Communist connections.
The first director to spot the potential in Pierre Boulle's novel
was Blake Edwards. He brought on board leading sci-fi
writer Rod Serling who produced nearly 40 drafts of the
screenplay. While Serling was able to get to grips with the
structure, he gave full credit to Michael G. Wilson for the final

The final scene with Taylor coming across the Statue of
Liberty was suggested by Rod Serling. According to rumor,
Pierre Boulle was greatly upset by this ending, but later
warmed to it, preferring this new ending over the very
different ending he had written. The skeletal remains of the
torch appear as "set decoration" in the final episode of Lost in
Space: Junkyard of Space.

- Trivia from IMDB
In December of 1998 The Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
(AMPAS) honored Roddy McDowall for
his acting career and critically acclaimed
photography by naming its photo archive
after him. The collection, which includes
several million negatives and stills, will be
known as the Roddy McDowall
Photograph Archive at the Margaret
Herrick Library.