Vintage Toy Creepy Crawlers

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Hey,we needed something to light those gum cigars and candy cigarettes with! From my collection.
Hey,we needed something to light those gum cigars and candy cigarettes with! From my collection.
Creepy Crawlers issued 1964. Courtesy Http://dr-goop.com/thingmaker.htm
Creepy Crawlers issued 1964. Courtesy Http://dr-goop.com/thingmaker.htm
Creepy Crawlers and molds from my collection.
Creepy Crawlers and molds from my collection.
Creeple Peeple Kit issued 1965. Came without a Thingmaker, from my collection.
Creeple Peeple Kit issued 1965. Came without a Thingmaker, from my collection.
Creeple Peeple from my collection.
Creeple Peeple from my collection.
From my collection issued 1965. Fighting Men
From my collection issued 1965. Fighting Men
Giant Creepy Crawlers issued 1965. Courtesy Http://dr-goop.com/thing maker.htm
Giant Creepy Crawlers issued 1965. Courtesy Http://dr-goop.com/thing maker.htm
Giant Creepy Crawlers from my collection!
Giant Creepy Crawlers from my collection!
Green Hornet MOC (mint on card) highly collectible and rare!Courtesy www.dr-goop.com
Green Hornet MOC (mint on card) highly collectible and rare!Courtesy www.dr-goop.com
Superman Moc (mint on card) highly collectible and rare! Courtesy www.dr-goop.com
Superman Moc (mint on card) highly collectible and rare! Courtesy www.dr-goop.com
Top left is the Tarzan mold, top right the Batman mold, lower left the shrunken head mold, and lower right the skeleton mold. All were sold on cards like those just above. These are from my collection.
Top left is the Tarzan mold, top right the Batman mold, lower left the shrunken head mold, and lower right the skeleton mold. All were sold on cards like those just above. These are from my collection.

The Coolest Toy From The Golden Era Of Toys!

On Christmas day 1969 I received it, the coolest toy ever made! At least that's how I feel, and I'm sure there are legions of 40 somethings and 50 somethings that will back me up! Think about, the toy that made more toys! This is like giving a counterfeiter his very own printing machine. My Aunt and Uncle gave me the gift and I will treasure it as my all time favorite toy. The ride home from my Grandfather's house and the wait to set it up the next morning were excruciating!

I still remember the first one I made was the big spider and bat. It bubbled up because my dad had the bright idea of painting the mold before I put the goop in! After some trial and error, toasting some and under doing some, I finally got the hang of it! To this day the smell of the original goop transports me in time, back to those wonderful times! If you notice some of the bugs such as the dragon fly, butter fly, moth and house fly are lacking wings. But luckily templates are available for collectors. Fighting men, Creeple Peeple and Giant Creepy Crawlers all came out in 1965 distribution took much longer than it does today! Soon after I got my Creepy crawler set my buddy across the street got the Creeple Peeple, they must have seen a niche in the troll doll market that was all the rage with girls of that era! Yet, they had a sinister slant that also appealed to guys.They were basically a rubber head on a pencil, that had removable arms and feet. They came with paper clothes, luckily there are templates for collectors! ( just click on templates) With Vietnam in full swing anything military, like GI Joe or Marx 8 inch soldiers, had a built in market with the boys. Thus appeared the Fighting men set. The set consisted of a soldier, weapons, helmets and wheels and barrels to be added on to a tank you made from paper. (just click on paper)

In 1966 came the Fright Factory which next to Creepy Crawlers was my second favorite Thingmaker kit. It came with molds of fangs, claws, a lock, stitches, a skeleton, tongue, eye, and a shrunken head.I believe this set was the introduction of glow in the dark goop!

The Release History Of The Kits

1964 - Creepy Crawlers

1965 - Fighting Men / Creeply Peeple / Giant Creepy Crawlers

1966 - Fun Flowers / Fright Factory

1967 - Picadoos / Fun Flowers / Mini-Dragons

1968 - Eeeeks! / Zoofie Goofies

1969 - Jillions Of Jewels

Besides the kits named above special molds with Iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Tarzan were issued on cards. Also issued on cards were some of the more popular molds, such as, the skeleton and the shrunken Head molds, Picadoo molds, Fun Flower and and water squirting Cocker Roach "Squirties." For a comprehensive list of all molds created click here!

A great source for information on anything about thingmaker or Creepy Crawler is www.dr-goop.com and www.creepycrawlersforum.com who's cooperation has made this page possible!

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Your enthusiasm is infectious,great Hub!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks! Creepy Crawlers bring back many fond memories from my childhood! It's funny how a smell like that of the goop on a finished Creepy Crawler stays with you, even after all this time!


kara_michelle 6 years ago

I LOVED creepy crawlers! They made your entire house smell like burning plastic. They also came out with a "girl-friendly" version but I can't remember for the life of me what they were called! I think they may have been from another company or something because I didn't recognize the name in your post. Thanks for sparking some nostalgia!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks kara_michelle for your interest! I think the one you're referring to is Fun Flowers! It came out in 1966. Which was basically flowers. Or possibly Picadoos which was like grids that you made your own pictures or designs.

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