The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature/ cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many different variations. Among them are that of a kangaroo-like creature with the face of a horse, the head of a dog, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly as to avoid human contact, and often is
described as emitting a "blood-curdling scream." It was said that Mother Leeds had 13 children and, after giving birth to her 12th child, she stated that if she had another, it would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were Mother Leeds friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child's father was the Devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a horse's head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn't seen again until 1890. There has been a large number of sightings and encounters over the years. The last reported sightings were in 1960.
The Jersey Devil has worked its way into the pop culture of the area, even lending its name to New Jersey's team in the National Hockey League. When the National Hockey League Colorado Rockies relocated to New Jersey in 1982, a fan poll voted to rename that team the New Jersey Devils.
This figure was cancelled along with the rest of the LEGENDARY MONSTERS line when it's parent company NEVERMORE CREATIONS went belly up in 2001, leaving fans disappointed and an amazing collection of cryptozooology figures that made it past the prototype stage, all the way to product photos, and many toy sites before being scrapped. The series was to include...