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Where the Wild Things Are - Vinyl Collector Monster Dolls

Updated on September 8, 2013

Add These Monsters to Your Toy Collection

Where the Wild Things Are monsters make great vinyl toy dolls for collectors and children. They're cute. They have a built-in movie tie-in. They're characters in an award-winning picture book by Maurice Sendak that has delighted teachers, parents, and kids for more than a generation. They have history. Kids love them.

Why wouldn't you want to collect them? Read on for more on vinyl doll collecting, Where the Wild Things Are book and the movie. See which character you like best.

Why Collect Vinyl Dolls and Toys?

The lure of movie merchendise

For every toy there is a collector. With some toys, it's easy to see why a collector exists. But for others it may not be as obvious. Take vinyl collectible dolls. No, not the baby dolls or those strange "reborn" dolls. Look at dolls that are more toys, more monster than doll. Remember Godzilla? What about all those T-Rex vinyl toys that filled shopping carts several decades ago? Those are the vinyl "dolls" I'm talking about.

I remember vinyl as being cheap. Definitely not collectible. Today those same toys are prized by collectors worldwide. But for some people, vinyl is, well, almost an aphrodesiac. As artist Pete Fowler says, when asked to explain his fascination with toys and molded plastic,

I love the smell of plastic.

It's vinyl in particular, I remember the smell of a Lone Ranger action figure I had as a kid and it was strangely pleasing and comforting. The same goes when I open the box of a new toy or a record for that matter. I think maybe kid's that grew up in the 80s had a plastic appreciation that has been hard wired early on.

Today the vinyl monster fascination continues as the influence of Japanese culture seeps into our media, our senses, our homes. In step, are the lovable Where The Wild Things Are monsters created by Maurice Sendak. Just as Star Wars figures lined shelves decades ago, Max and his monsters call to the children and the collectors today. Take a look at the characters and see what you think.

For more on Pete Fowler, see video below and check out Monsterism

Does Collecting Add to the Clutter? - Toy collectors, book collectors, doll collectors....

Are you a collector? Is there something you just have to have? Maybe it's not monsters or vinyl dolls but there's something that gets your heart beating faster and causes you to have a major impulse-buying attack. What is it?

Do you collect toys or some other item? Or is it all a ridiculous habit to you?

I admit to collecting. (Share your passion: What do you collect?)

I admit to collecting. (Share your passion: What do you collect?)

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    • Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I collect items to sell on eBay. Not exactly what you had in mind in your poll but I certainly could not answer I like my house clean and uncluttered...although I'd love it to be so!

    • Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Yes, I have to admit it. There's a TV show I really enjoy and have been known to collect as much memorabilia as I can ;)

    • justholidays 6 years ago

      I started a collection of little houses that I bought in England. Each of these houses made out of resin are furnished, and you can open them in two parts. I love these houses very much! I also used to collect a lot of other things, however, collections are quite expensive.

    Nope. I like my house clean and uncluttered. It's all a waste of money and time.

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      • Addy Bell 6 years ago

        As someone with ADD who writes about getting and staying organized, collecting is not a good thing for me. But I admit I have a thing for vintage hats. Sadly, last year I went through my hat collection and separated my favorite hats from my less worthy ones, which I planned to donate ... but then I donated the wrong box!

        Guess I have to get more hats now :)

      • kimmanleyort 6 years ago

        I do like my house clean and uncluttered and would not call myself a collector. However, come to think of it, I do collect Frank Sinatra ornaments, and turtle things, and books, and music, and...

      The highly collectible Wild Things characters

      Where the Wild Things Are - Vinyl Collectible Dolls

      Meet the characters

      Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray]
      Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray]

      Great way to engage with this classic story and see how the book and the video version differ--or do they?

       

      Where the Wild Things Are Vinyl Figure Set

      Monsters: Max, Goat Boy, Tzippy, Aaron, Bernard, Moishe and Elmo

      Here's your chance to collect all the monsters from Maurice Sendak's classic book Where the Wild Things Are.

      What Do You Think About These Wild Things? - Have a favorite monster? Tell us.

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          JoshK47 6 years ago

          Great lens! I love Where the Wild Things Are!

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          Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

          Great lens, nicely focused on Wild Thing figures.

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          GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

          I just love the book! (which I had forgotten about till reading this)

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          Addy Bell 6 years ago

          I loved this book as a kid. I had no idea the monsters had names though. I'm glad to learn that!

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          kimmanleyort 6 years ago

          Oh, if my kids were small again, I know we would collect these dolls. Love the book!

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          capriliz lm 6 years ago

          My daughter always loved this book. Glad to see they are still so popular!

        The Book & the Movie - The Wild Things

        Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - Read it for yourself or renew the magic with others

        In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to where the wild things are.

        1984 Winner, Caldecott Medal

        Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)

        1981 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration

        1963, 1982 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)

        1963, 1982 Best Illustrated Children's Books (NYT)

        A Reading Rainbow Selection

        1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

        1981 Children's Books (Library of Congress)

        1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library)

        100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1988 (NY Public Library)

        Where the Wild Things Are
        Where the Wild Things Are

        The illustrations alone are worth the price

         
        Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray]
        Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray]

        After 30 years, someone finally made a movie of this fantastic tale.

         
        Where the Wild Things Are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
        Where the Wild Things Are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)

        Not only do you get the classic Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are but you get five more Sendak stories.

         

        Videos about The Wild Things

        Interview with Pete Fowler - Vinyl toy collector and artist

        Kevin Lanre catches up with acclaimed UK illustrator Pete Fowler for Hot 110

        Where the Wild Things Are - Movie Trailer

        WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Karen O & The Kids - Where the Wild Things Are Movie Soundtrack Video

        Share you thoughts, comments and suggestions - I love to hear from my readers

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            Addy Bell 6 years ago

            Very cool. I think I'd be more likely to collect them as stuffed animals. Unlike the artist quoted in the beginning of the lens, I've never liked the smell of vinyl.

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