The Addams Family, a satirical look at a typical middle-class American family, was created by the cartoonist Charles Addams. They were an eccentric wealthy aristocratic clan who delight in the macabre.
Between their debuts in 1938 to the death of Addams in 1938 more than 150 one panel cartoons featuring the Addams were published, more than half in the New York Times alone, as well as spin-off books and a popular ABC TV series from 1964-66.
There were also two animated series based on the characters from 1973-75 and in 1992 followed by a new live action TV series, The New Addams Family, in 1998.
Although not action figures these are very early examples of a TV Licensed product, of which there were very few at the time and have become highly collectible and very valuable since.
These dolls were unofficially known as Big Head dolls due to their oversized heads. Remco released several lines of these dolls which generally featured a standard body with an oversized caricatured styled head, however the Addams Family line featured both unique heads and bodies.
Only three of these Addams Family Big Head dolls were produced; Uncle Fester, Morticia and Lurch. Mint in the Box (MIB) these figures generally sell for $400 up, whereas loose they sell for $150-$200.
In 1992 Playmates released a line of Addams Family figures based on the animated ABC TV series rather than the live action movie. The TV series didn’t take off and neither did the figures, as a result only 6 of the planned 9 figures were released: Gomez, Granny, Lurch, Morticia, Pugsley and Uncle Fester.
Despite the lack of interest the figures were well designed, very appealing and the packaging featured some eye catching artwork. On the secondary market these can be picked up for $5-$10, a fraction of the cost of the earlier Remco dolls!