Ultra cool and ultra lame all at once, this 9″ tall, red-plastic, horseshoe-shaped, genie-looking-thing housed a couple of magnets at the end of its fists. The genie’s mouth was your hand grip. It was cool for its name and looks, and lame for its weakness and lackluster performance.
Originally selling for a buck-forty-nine, this toy went for $232.76 in an online bid in May of 2007.
Monster Magnet was produced by Wham-O in 1964. It measured 8 1/4″ wide at shoulders, but made a kid feel ten feet wide!
An interesting side note: Monster Magnet is an American hard rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar), Tom Diello (drums), and Tim Cronin (vocals and bass). The band first went under the name “Dog of Mystery” and later “Airport 75” before finally settling on “Monster Magnet,” taken from the name of this 1960s toy, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.