I was just made aware of the thread.
When I got my Creature grave walker around halloween, (pic attached) I sent a message to rubies thanking them for such an amazing piece for such a great price (close to original size, chest, arms and head full 3d for under $100 shipped.)
I mentioned to them that Mattel was just releasing the trap, and that since they already had the license for costumes, they could easily do a rigid foam trap or pack and sell it for the same price.
They liked the idea, and asked for some links with reference materials.. so I of course mentioned GBfans.
I contacted Vince since he had IMHO the best shell around, incase they wanted to contact him for reference, but never really heard back from them again. (this was in Nov I think, around the holidays)
The foam in question is very rigid, kind of like great stuff once it settled. The painted it in what looks like a cross between regular apple barrel paints and house paint, and in another email, told me the paint was weather and uv resistant.
The grave walkers are now uber buck$ on ebay, and I've seen the creech sell for as high as $600.
I'm actually going to email that contact again, and see if I can find the pricepoint, see if it has any lights, if they are considering doing an adult sized version, and also a trap.
if I hear anything back from them, I'll pass it on!
Looks like these will also be in regular stores.. so I'm guessing $69 or so.. and even more important, AFTER HALLOWEEN CLEARANCE SALES!
We'll get a pack so Marci has a smaller pack option, or if kids want to wear one at events, they can wear something that didn't cost $$$ to build.
EDIT: I located the emails, and they were sent last July. I replied back to the guy in charge of product development, and his assistant as well, asking for some specific details:
lights and or sound
possibility of the ghost trap as well
possibility of a full sized adult pack
and I asked if there was any way to get a review version...
If I hear anything back from them, I'll pass it on. (unless its a hit the road and stop bugging us reply)