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Weekend Discussion Thread: Your Memorabilia

Alert regular Kenneth asks:

What bits of MST memorabilia (as opposed to MST merchandise) do you have? Props? Autographs? Photos? omething else?

Let’s hear it!

35 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Your Memorabilia”

  1. jay says:

    Meager though it is my collection of non-merchandise MST3K memorabilia consists of several mailed issues of the original fan club newsletter. I used to have a black paper cutout of the theater seats taped to the tv screen, but I was made to take it down after it accumulated pet hair and dust bunnies. The tv had stopped working anyway. Sigh.

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  2. goalieboy82 says:

    i have Watch Out for Snakes shirt from here:
    http://www.cafepress.com/profile/156847

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  3. davidmello says:

    I have an autographed Tom Servo picture, along with a fully-signed episode guide. Also, a Comic-Con special pass from the 20th anniversary panel, currently in my 20th anniversary set

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  4. skrag2112 says:

    I have a model kit display of the Apollo moon landing that I have converted into an MST3K scene. Mike, Tom and Crow are standing in front of the lunar lander with Gypsy riding on top of it. The flag says “Join Us”. Various critters are running around on the surface. Neil Armstrong is off to one side barbecuing burgers and brats. Cambot is filming the whole thing from a crater.

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  5. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    I have a plush Mad Scientist doll that looks amazingly similar to Dr. Forrester, right down to the white streak in his hair and mustache. He’s very cute and cuddly (and he’s not even a troll doll!).

    And I am thrilled to have a Jean Jackson painting of TV’s Frank. I think that’s one of the things that, in another 40 years or so, will have to go with me to the retirement home.

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  6. Scott Strong says:

    I have the chunk of the Deep 13 set that came in a package with the movie. Plus the Gypsy and Servo minis that came with the special editions.

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  7. Speedy B. says:

    Sadly, not very much. I have the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, a copy of Mike Nelson’s “Death Rat” (if that counts), and the Tom Servo and Gypsy figurines that came with two of the DVD volumes. Unfortunately, no Crow, which sucks because he’s my favorite of the bots.

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  8. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    Not a lot. Count me in as having the Crow, Servo, and Gypsy figurines that came with three of the boxed DVD sets, and also the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, which is surprisingly re-readable. Not really MST3K, but I have a few Mike Nelson autographed DVDs from that brief weird time in between MST3K and Rifftrax, when he was riffing alone — Plan 9 from Outer Space and House on Haunted Hill. I also have his solo riffed DVD of Carnival of Souls but it’s not autographed.

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  9. eegah says:

    The most valuable thing that I have is the Womb-mate prop from episode 412-hercules and the captive women.

    I also have a bunch of things like a mostly-signed colossal episode guide, a lunch pail, some gateway convention badges/t-shirts, satellite news, and other misc stuff from MST3K, rifftrax, ct, and film crew (some auto’d).

    Oh yeah, I also have a DVD of glitter that is autographed by disembaudio (I won a prize in the riff-the-matrix contest).

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  10. majorjoe23 says:

    I’ve got the episode guide, signed by the casts of RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic and Baron Vaughn. I’d love to get the rest of the new cast, as well as Bridget, Jim and Paul. I’m going to see Har Mar Superstar next month, maybe I’ll get him to sign it too.

    Other than that, a bunch of Kickstarter items and books by Trace, Frank and Mike. I’ve got the Tom, Crow and Gypsy bust-type things that came with the DVDs.

    I wish I had the Moore Tom Servo statue.

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  11. Danzilla "Cornjob" McLargeHuge, Student of Kaijuology says:

    I’ve actually amassed a nice little collection of MST3K memorabilia over the years! It’s not a lot, but I have some cool stuff.

    Aside from all 39 DVD volumes, all the single releases, a ton of fan copies, all the Cinematic Titanic episodes, and a dozen and a half Rifftrax DVD’s/Blu-rays, I have the Episode Guide (signed by everyone except Kevin and Bill), a signed Cinematic Titanic photo, a few CT posters, a couple of 27X40 theater posters for Rifftrax’s live shows, a nearly complete collection of the 90’s bumper stickers, a collection of MST3K related magazines and newspaper articles, a couple of books/comics written by the cast, the Shout! Factory mini Tom and Gypsy (still no Crow), a foam Ice Cream Bunny toy, and an entire box of MST3K Speghetti ball stress balls!

    I also have a lot of great Kickstarter rewards from both a few Rifftrax campaigns and MST3K. I have a few tee shirts, two double sided MST3K posters, the Kickstarter coffee mug, keychain, postcards, stickers, Revival League Membership Card, and more!

    But the pride of my collection is, hands down, my family of full sized bots and other prop replicas. Most of my MST3K collection (outside of DVD’s and books) is stuff I’ve made myself, and I’m constantly finding new things I want to build from the show! My centerpieces are, of course, my fully operable Crow and Tom. I made Tom myself, and had Crow built for me as I was sure I’d mess it up. I’ve also constructed my own Nanite (his name is Carl) from original parts, and I have all the parts necessary to finally construct my own lovable, huggable Gypsy. My props include a two foot long Satellite of Love replica, a couple of Demon Dogs, and I have all the parts to build the desk console and Pearl’s “Widowmaker”, among a few others. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my very own Waverly, and am accumulating the parts to build both the Joel and Mike era Cambots, as well as the KTMA versions of Gypsy, Tom, and Crow. I’m going to need a bigger apartment…

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  12. Ray Dunakin says:

    I have some of the usual stuff… the signed episode guide, the bot figures that came in the DVD sets, Mike’s books, Kevin’s book, etc.

    I also have a few unusual items. I have a couple theatrical posters from the MST3K movie. The most unusual thing I have is a small pile of black and white ad layouts that were used for newspaper and magazine ads during the Comedy Central era.

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  13. It may be tacky to have had Rhino MST3K DVD’s autographed at the Cinematic Titanic shows (instead of buying the new disks they’re promoting), but seeing as it was a short tour season and only stopped here twice, I was wise to have had that “MST3K Essentials” disk signed by the classic crew. :) Sometimes, you just have to grab history.

    Otherwise, the DVD era seems to have taken away all our great fan “stuff” urges from the 80’s or 70’s, and just becomes a symbolic ritual…Why do we need something that reminds us of a favorite show or movie anymore, when it’s already safely on our shelf?

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  14. CaptainSpam says:

    Apart from DVDs I own (and two of the figurines) and an old copy of ACEG, I still have a bundle of prop dynamite (with corresponding certificate of authenticity that I recently re-discovered in my files) from the eBay auction waaaaaaay back in the day after the original show run ended. First irresponsible fanboy purchase I ever made! That was back in a time when, to be honest, I probably didn’t have the money to really support it, but I guess it all worked out in the end, right? Riiiiiiight. :-)

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  15. Sitting Duck says:

    I have all three Bot figs that came with the Shout DVDs. I also have a copy of The Golden Turkey Awards that I hope I’ll someday get a chance to have autographed.

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  16. Son of Peanut says:

    Recently a friend (and fellow MSTie) made a fake VHS box for Pod People with my name and face replacing Joel’s. He gave it to me on my birthday and I have it in my office at work. It was a fun surprise.

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  17. Lisa H. says:

    jay:
    Meager though it is my collection of non-merchandise MST3K memorabilia consists of several mailed issues of the original fan club newsletter.I used to have a black paper cutout of the theater seats taped to the tv screen, but I was made to take it down after it accumulated pet hair and dust bunnies.The tv had stopped working anyway.Sigh.

    I had one of those up for a long time on my old 13″ CRT TV in the bedroom. It would look a bit strange on the widescreen LCD one there now (even though it isn’t very large as modern TVs go – 23″ maybe?).

    I’ve got a chunk of Deep 13, t-shirt, signed episode guide, figures that have come with the boxed sets, the usual stuff. Possibly the rarest piece is one of the “Gypsy purple” lunch boxes, which I did not buy when it was available but was gifted to me by a former work supervisor who was also a MSTie (he was responsible for naming the network printers in the computer lab where I worked as a student employee “Crow”, “Servo” and “Gypsy”).

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  18. EricJ says:

    I had one of the mid 90’s calendars signed by the crew at the second ConventioCon. Unfortunately I didn’t store it properly and it is now lost to time. I also have one of the newsletters signed by Jim and Trace at a screening of The Movie that happened in Southern California. I was wearing the basic black shirt with the planet logo that Trace pointed at and was like “Yeah!” like he’d never seen one in the wild or something. Also have the signed ACEG but that was offered through the Info Club. I guess I’ve never seen the big deal with celeb autographs and memorabilia.

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  19. stanmcserr says:

    skrag2112:
    I have a model kit display of the Apollo moon landing that I have converted into an MST3K scene. Mike, Tom and Crow are standing in front of the lunar lander with Gypsy riding on top of it. The flag says “Join Us”. Various critters are running around on the surface. Neil Armstrong is off to one side barbecuing burgers and brats. Cambot is filming the whole thing from a crater.

    But how did the flag get there?

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  20. I have Joel’s, Trace’s, Josh’s, Frank’s, and Mary Jo’s autographs from a Cinematic Titanic show. I have a photo of me, my dad with Joel, Rebecca, her husband Tim, and Jonah from one of the recent live shows.

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  21. Kenneth Morgan says:

    Thanks for using my suggestion!

    When my basement flooded during one the big storms that hit NJ over the years, my autographed copy of the ACEG was lost. But I’m pretty sure the rest survived until now. Those include a tossable foam brain from the prop auction, autographed cast photos and my badge & program from ConventioCon II, my badge & program and Russell Johnson & Rex Reason’s autographs from ConventioCon II, issues of the original “Satellite News”, and the poster of the ad we all chipped in for to push the show’s return, in the between-network days. I also got an autographed CT poster and some small, autographed CT photos along with a couple of CT DVDs I got.

    But the rarest item: I sent away for a TimmyBigHands mug, but I was too late. They were already out of them. So, I got a refund check for around $12. The check is from TimmyBigHands and is signed by Paul, using his real name. When I got it, I decided, “No way am I cashing this!” It ain’t the mug, but it’s pretty cool.

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  22. fatbarkeep says:

    I have nothing but the official DVD releases by Rhino and Shout! Fatory and the small collectible figurines that accompanied the Shout! releases.
    But I DO have the Godzilla vs Megalon DVD which I refused to throw away. I’m a rebel like that.
    Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but I purchased Volume XX from Amazon and received the pirated version which I also refused to send back. (Sorry Best Brains, but as I stated above, I AM a rebel like that) It has mislabeled DVD’s and misspellings galore and is kind of cool, I think.
    Piece owt!

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  23. Larry Petit says:

    Ignoring the expected VHS and DVD merch and/or stuff you could buy from the Info Club or in stores (plus what I taped off TV myself back in the day, though those probably mean the most to me), I guess the biggies for me would be an autographed picture (and nice letter) from Trace, a letter from Barb, and a super cool print ad for the series premiere on KTMA. I have a bunch of the Info Club catalogs, a couple small stickers, and a postcard for “The Bots Are Back!” that came in the mail. Also, since it was a promotional item, I guess I can also list my VHS screener of MST3K: TM; it has unique cover art! Does my original theatrical poster for PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR count as MST3K memorabilia? I’ve got one of those, too.

    My brother has the ultimate piece of memorabilia, because he had the $$$ to drop on it: A full-size, working, Tom Servo puppet! Not show-used, but as far as paint, molds, etc. go, it’s as authentic as you can get without gathering up the original parts and building it yourself.

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  24. Sitting Duck says:

    Let’s not forget the Steve Vance posters that came with the Shout DVDs. I’ve got most of them pinned up and they take up quite a bit of wall space.

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  25. cityofvoltz says:

    Sadly not a ton, I bought the aceg new at media play. I made my own servo head from a gumball machine and got the CT cast to sign it. I also have the CT poster from the 2008 Chicago shows.

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  26. majorjoe23 says:

    Ooh, I forgot a good one. I had Green Lantern artist Ethan Van Sciever (a big MST3K fan) draw me Tom Servo as a GL.

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  27. Soooo let’s see. I have all the Rhino and Shout Factory DVD sets, the Rhino VHS tapes, the Best Brains VHS releases, CC and Sci-Fi era cast posters, the Clowns in the Sky cds, the bumper stickers, the postcards, the mauspad, a MST sweatshirt, a static decal, Mike’s, Kevin’s, Mary Jo’s, and Trace’s books, an autographed ACEG and other CT and Rifftrax autographed items as well.

    I have plenty of unriffed versions of the movies. There’s also original posters for Operation Double 007, Skydivers, Magic Voyage of Sinbad, Giant Spider Invasion, Mitchell and original lobby cards for Rebel Set, Gunslinger, Radar Secret Service, Invasion USA, Daddy-O, and Rocket Attack USA. Also got some autographed photos of Beverly Garland, Mamie Van Doren, Dick Miller, Adam West, Arch Hall Jr, Burt Kwouk, Rex Reason, James Best, Russell Johnson, John Saxon, and William Schallert. Received a wonderful letter from Peggy Webber and two autographed photos from her as well!

    I also have a Jean Johnson painting of Tom Servo as Blue Boy. Beautiful indeed.

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  28. Muskrat Suzie says:

    I have a piece of Deep 13. It’s a little square piece of the grey walls. Someone bought it in the original auction and then I bought it from him a couple years later on Ebay. I also have an autographed poster from the Scifi years. Both are displayed in my media room.

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  29. Joe Boltonn says:

    I have the full-sized Tom Servo puppet, which I got as a Christmas gift. I’d planned to get it autographed, the next time that Cinematic Titanic came to our area, but of course. they disbanded shortly afterward. (coincidence?…). I almost brought it to the Rifftrax Live-NYC showing of “The Room.”, but I didnt want to risk taking it on the train. Good decision, as Mike, Kevin & Crow 2 didn’t do any backstage signings that night. There’s still a chance that “The Mads” might make their way to New Jersey.

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  30. GareChicago says:

    Not a ton – t-shirts from when MST3K.com changed hands and Jim had the clearance sale, plus a bunch of stickers, post-it notes, etc. The ACEG, worn and dog-eared after many readings. The only odd-ball thing I have is a small postcard that I got from a video store back in the late 90’s that talks about The Movie, with my favorite tagline ever: “Every year Hollywood makes 100’s of movies. This is one of them.”

    Gare

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  31. GareChicago says:

    Not a ton – t-shirts from when MST3K.com changed hands and Jim had the clearance sale, plus a bunch of stickers, post-it notes, etc. The ACEG, worn and dog-eared after many readings. The only odd-ball thing I have is a small postcard that I got from a video store back in the late 90’s that talks about The Movie, with my favorite tagline ever: “Every year Hollywood makes 100’s of movies. This is one of them.”

    Gare

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  32. Cameron Bane says:

    Fully autographed episode guide, and a Joel and the Bots Post-It pad (never used)

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  33. Such a fine line between merch and memorabilia . . . under which category do items bought through the old fan club fall? Between the Kickstarter and the club, I’ve collected a ton of postcards, stickers, photos, magnets, coasters and bumper stickers, as well as movie lists, ID cards, paper Tom Servo models and the like from the fan club membership packages. I’ve amassed all of the DVD sets and partake of my Jelly Bellies from a Tom Servo head-style candy dispenser.

    I’ve got a chunk of the extruded foam cut from the original set, that a lot of others have mentioned. It was sold by the fan club in ’97, encased in a 3 x 3 x 2 cardboard Deep 13 box, accompanied by a “Certificate of Authenticness” signed by Jim Mallon.

    My most prized possessions came as a result of a Gramercy Pictures contest promoting The Movie, in which contestants would send in captions to a couple of riff-worthy B&W movie stills. The letter of congratulations mentioned that “We received hundreds of entries, but none of them were very funny — which is lucky for you!” Lucky, indeed . . . my winnings included the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide and the official movie poster, both autographed by the cast.

    Also, a few years ago, I came across in a catalog a range of 11 x 17 very colorful movie mini-posters, meant as companion pieces to videos released about 15 years ago by Alpha Video. I found 18 of them that had a MST3K tie-in, not just movies like “Manos,” “Gamera” and “I Accuse My Parents,” but also serials like “Radar Men From the Moon” and “Undersea Kingdom.” You can still find them online for around $10 a pop. The ultimate plan is to have a custom frame built to house the posters on a rotating basis, with a ledge across the top deep enough to accommodate my Shout! figurines of the Bots as well as some Universal Monsters mini-figures of the Mole People, the Creature and the Metaluna Mutant, with side panels wide enough to feature fan club Bot stickers as well as trading cards of posters of some of the riffed movies, and hang it above my MST3K DVD shelves. All I need is money, time and the physical space, and I’m there! :-)

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  34. Midwestern Tanuki says:

    Of the Cast and crew:
    Autographed photo of the Cinematic Titanic cast
    Autographed rifftrax card with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett signatures
    Autographed copy of “A Year at the Movies” by Kevin Murphy.
    Still hope to meet and get autographs from Mike and Bridget Nelson, Jim Mallon, and the new cast and crew.

    Of people who were in or made the films riffed:
    A Godzilla figure and photo signed by Haruo Nakajima
    The Food of the Gods pressbook signed by Bert I. Gordon.
    Craig Carlson who was the American boy scout in Gamera Vs. Viras which is brief seen in the stock footage montage in Gamera vs. Guiron.

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  35. sdogmoore says:

    I have a pile of the original newsletters and my membership card, and a pile of photos from the ConventioCon 2 in 1996, as well as my Manos cape from the convention costume party. I also have chunk of Deep 13 when they sold those off. I have autographs of all the cast members of the original show EXCEPT Bill Corbett (still hoping).

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