Little Shops of Horror – Toys in the Attic

When you love horror as much as we do you want it to permeate every part of your life, at home, at work, on the walls, on your clothes, everywhere!

That is where our new feature Little Shops of Horror comes in handy as we run through some seriously spooktastic stores and wicked websites ready to sell you truly terrifyingly awesome horror products.

This time we take a trip to Toys In The Attic, the UKs Most Popular Website for Pop Culture and Collectables. Originally formed from the previous name “The Toy Loft” which was Est in 1992 when vintage collectable action figures were available at prices they could afford, and before the internet took over the collecting community Toys In The Attic has grown and grown over the years.

“We used to travel around the UK with our stall to various comic cons (well, Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Milton Keynes as they were the only place to visit a “‘comic con'” said Louise who runs the site “This continued for many many years and then around 2010 we decided to call it a day, although we did continue to trade with our regular customers via facebook and various other trade routes.”

“It wasn’t until recently we re-opened under the name “Toys In The Attic” and decided to offer “New” figures and no longer trade in the vintage market, We pride ourselves in still having one of the largest “vintage action figure” collections in the UK and a vast knowledge of this amazing hobby.”

Toys In The Attic has over 5000 followers and growing on their facebook page and a community of collectors both new and old that are continually in touch with them and consider them one of the leaders in this field. Louise explained this saying “We have always offered value for money and ensure the best service for our collecting customers, Why? Because we are collectors as well!”

Offering toys and collectables from a variety of films, games and TV shows you can get Action figures and Merchandise from a myriad of scary movies including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, Ghostbusters, HellRaiser, IT, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Trick ‘r Treat to name a few. They even have a Retro Corner full of out of production items for the collectors.

The site has a ton of great horror related items on offer including a large range of Living Dead Dolls. What began with two friends in New Jersey late one night in 1998, has grown into an unstoppable juggernaut with an ever-growing fan base. Originally hand made on a craft doll body, the dolls have evolved since joining forces with Mezco Toyz to become some of the most sought after mass-produced collectables in the industry.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, the Living Dead Dolls are officially recognised as the world’s longest continually running series of collectable horror themed dolls. They have spawned a board game, glassware, school supplies, plush toys, vinyl mini-figures, licensed Halloween costumes, and much more. Now celebrating their 16th year, the Living Dead Dolls continue to gain momentum as they make nightmares come to life.

Taking some time off from running Toys in the Attic Louise answered some questions on the sites most petrifying products below:

1. How did you get into making a living selling such magnificent horror merchandise?
Since I was a young girl I was always interested in science fiction and horror, I played with my brothers Star Wars toys way back in the early 1980s, I then grew up and once I reached my 20’s I wanted to go back to reliving the fun of the imaginary world created by action figures, So i started to collect them and then it just spiralled to a point where I used to go to collector fairs (comic cons as they are now known) and sell and trade with other fans and collectors and eventually “Toysintheattic” was formed online. The horror side came from my mother who was a huge fan of films like Cujo, Texas Chainsaw, Evil Dead – The real classic horrors and we used to sit down to watch as a family and scare our selves to death, bearing in mind this started when i was 12 years old 🙂 ! – I can recall my bedroom back at home with movie posters all on the walls that I was lucky to obtain from the video shops, other girls had George Michael posters – I had Freddy Krueger !

2. What is your bestselling product?
It always has to be the classics, So anything from Halloween, Friday 13th, and NOES – NECA do a great line of action figures based on these classic films

3. What inspires your selection when it comes to creepy creations?
The detail, I love the accessories that some items come with so you can set up imaginary dioramas and hopefully impress your equally enthusiastic horror friends when they visit, As a collector myself I know how exciting it an be to display your newly acquired action figure 🙂

4. What is your favourite horror film and why?
The Evil Dead – This was one of the earliest horror films I can recall watching with my Mother, I was scared to death, The part where she is attempting to escape the cellar, Still gives me the creeps, – We all liked to be scared !

5. What scares you the most?
Coat hangers – This is no lie ! – I hate the way they all hook onto each other and you cant separate them – Unnatural and very creepy !

6. If you had to give a present to a famous horror movie character who would it be and what would you give them?
I have been very lucky to attend hundreds of comic cons and toy fairs over the years and I have met everyone from the films over that time, – I actually gave Tony Todd (Candyman) a bar of chocolate once – Cheesy I know! But I would love to give “Linda” from Evil Dead” a slap across the face to stop that annoying laugh she does in the movie 🙂 lol

Check out Toys in the Attic amazing site HERE and their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts by clicking the links!

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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