Officially Licensed Merchandise for ''The Rocky Horror Picture Show''

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The first officially licensed merchandise for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a set of 6 large badges from A&B Creations
Official promotional T-shirt from 1975 with 20th Century Fox Copyright under logo. Recent reprints exist with slightly larger image without copyright line.
Original 1975 Press Book with Poster Variations and original with The Lips rounded
Promotional bumper sticker for the Wilshire Theater in Fullerton, CA. Fox provided location-specific stickers to several theaters in the late '70s
1980 Crabwalk Calendar
1980 Dargis Posters

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released at a time where merchandising was rare for feature films. There were some licensed products, but usually the trend was associated with trading cards, toys and lunch boxes for kid's television shows like The Monkees and The Partridge Family as well as the occasional popular music acts like The Beatles and Elvis Presley. For the most part, feature films only had tie-in posters and lobby card made exclusively for use in theaters. There was the occasional promotional badge or T-shirt for theaters to pass out to employees and less commonly shared with the audience. Upon occasion there was a tie-in paperback novel or soundtrack album, though it was rare in 1975 for anything else to be developed to purchase.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was no different when it was first issued. There was an official promotional T-shirt featuring The Lips of model Lorelei Shark and A Different Set of Jaws tag-line given out as an incentive to get people into the theater to see the film in various areas, but the distribution was limited, and the original, official 20th Century Fox produced shirt was a rarity, even at the time of the film's release. As the popularity of the film grew, so did the interest in merchandise. As the midnight screenings became more popular, the lack of official merchandise gave birth to many creative unlicensed items being sold by do-it-yourself fans/merchandisers in the way of bootleg T-shirts, badges and Audience Participation items like matches and bags of rice. The first known ''Rocky Horror'' Fan Made Merchandise was a hand drawn Dr. Frank-N-Furter silk-screened sweat shirt in late 1975 made by two teens who saw the film at the UA Westwood opening weekend; Holly Field and Hilary Laddin.

It was almost four years until the first officially licensed items were released: a set of 6 badges, created by A&B Creations in 1979. These were manufactured and released by Alba Cordasco and Betty Rice, two fans of the film who traveled across the country seeing Rocky Horror in various venues, funded by selling self-made pins in 1978. Not long after, a series of products began to become available starting with The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book followed by official trading cards, a 1980 Calendar, and The Official Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Novel. In 1981, the subject of "official Rocky Horror merchandise" was parodied by Tim Curry and Meat Loaf in Tim And Meat's One-Stop Rocky Horror Shop. Since then, a seemingly endless stream of products and variations of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Soundtrack Album have been produced, with no signs of ending.

LIST OF OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE

1979: 6 Large Badges - A&B Creations
1979: Rocky Horror Baseball Cap
1979: T-Shirt Iron-On photographic/glitter (The Lips + Dripping Letters Logo)- Roach
Note: copyright line erroneously says 1974
1980: Trading Cards (60) - Fantasy Trading Card Company
1980: Calendar - Crabwalk Productions
1980: Greeting Cards (10 individual) - Crabwalk Productions
1980: Posters (4 individual) - Dargis
1980: Super 8 Selected Scenes (17 minutes with sound) - Mountain Films LTD
1980: Super 8 Selected Scenes German Edition - UFA
1990: 15th Anniversary Merchandise (T-Shirt, Satin Jacket, Enamel Pin)
1990: The Comic Book (3 volumes plus variations) -Calliber
1995: Lips Shaped Purse - Hot Topic
1995: Lips & Logo Lunch Box - Hot Topic
1995: 6 Bobble Heads - Headliners
1995: The Lips Illustrated + A Different Set of Jaws T-Shirt with "enter at your own risk" on back - Mosquitohead
1995: 20 Years of Absolute Pleasure Trading Cards (90) - Comic Images
2000: Action Figures (Frank/Columbia/Riff Raff --individual or boxed 3-pack) - Vital Toys
2000: Bendy Figures (Frank/Columbia/Riff Raff) - Vital Toys
2000: Frank N Furter 12" Doll - VItal Toys
2000: Halloween Costumes - Forum Novelties
2000: Hard Rock Hotel Casino Chips (various denominations) - at Hard Rock Hotel only
2000: Casino Slot Machine (not commercially available)
2005: The Rocky Horror Trivia Game - USAopoly
2007: 3D Poster (8 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 2-inch) - McFarlane Toys
2014: MACX Rocky Horror Collection - MAC Cosmetics
2014: Women's Wallet with Lips & Logo on black - Rock Rebel
2015: Pop Figures (6) - Funko
2015: 40th Anniversary Nail Polish Set - Morgan Taylor
2015 (aprox date): Rocky Horror Picture Show Long Sleeve T Shirt- Urban Outfitters
White over black, "Give Your Self Over" on front /Frank on Back in Elevator/"To Absolute Pleasure" lips on sleeves
2105: Frank on Lips with logo T-Shirt - Torrid
2015: Stylized lips & cast collage Wallet and Messenger Bag -Torrid
2016: Re-Action Figures (6) - Funko
2017: Pre-fab Halloween Costumes and Make Up Kits
2016: Handbag and Hobo Bag with Lips & Logo on black - Rock Rebel
2016: Handbag with Frank on Throne with Magenta, Columbia & Riff Raff - Rock Rebel
2017: Halloween Wigs (Riff Raff/Magenta/Frank N Furter/Columbia)
2017: Casino Slot Machines (not commercially available)
2017: The Lips Illustrated + White drippy logo letters T-Shirt - Hot Topic
2018: The Lips Illustrated + A Different Set of Jaws Sweatshirt - Forever 21

(More forthcoming...)

Cosmo's Extensive List: [1]

OTHER OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

List of Publications
Rocky Horror Show Cast Albums

OFFICIAL PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

1975: The Lips T-shirt with 20th Century Fox Copyright Line
1975: One Sheet A - "A Different Set of Jaws" (various sizes)
1975: One Sheet B - "He's The Hero" design (various sizes)
1975: PressBook (Clip Art/line art for advertising with The Lips rounded)
1975: Lobby Card Set
1975: Rocky Horror Radio Commercials 7" EP
1978-79: I Saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show At (various theaters) Bumper Stickers
1979: Rocky Horror Picture Show Book Canvas Tote Bag
1979: Updated Press Book (Clip Art/line art for advertising with The Lips in full)
1984: Say It! The Rocky Horror Picture Show Audience Participation Album Audience Participation Poster
(printed by Western Graphics Corporation for 20th Century Fox)


More at Bruce Cutter's Comprehensive List: [2]