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The Matchbox Talking Freddy Kreuger doll is a vintage toy based on the fictional ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ character Freddy Kreuger.
The doll is based on the character Freddy Kreuger from the series of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ films which first appeared in 1984. The character is a killer that stalks teenagers in their dreams, played by actor Robert Englund, and by 1989 the film had spawned 4 further sequals. The character had become well known in popular culture beyond horror films, and had appeared in comic books, two video games and a television series entitled ‘Freddy’s Nightmares’.
The doll was produced by the toy company Matchbox in 1989, but was quickly withdrawn from sale after complaints from the American Family Association. Matchbox halted the production of the second batch of dolls, and did not advertise or promote the doll in any way as a result of the protest.
The Matchbox Talking Freddy Kreuger doll
The doll measures 18” tall, and comes dressed in the character’s well-known outfit of a red and green striped jumper, brown fedora hat and black trousers, along with the glove fitted with razor claws.
It features a pull-string on its back, which activates several phrases when pulled. These are:
How much is a Talking Freddy Kreuger doll worth?
Although the production of the dolls was halted by Matchbox, around 40,000 were shipped to stores before the protests began and examples are relatively common. Out of box examples have sold for $30 - $50 on auction sites such as eBay, with mint in box and near-mint in box being sold for upwards of $90.
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