There haven't been many Universal Monster
releases from Sideshow
since January. The Bride of Frankenstein figures had been delayed a
couple times, but finally made it out this month.
The set includes the Bride herself of
course, and the Monster version with the facial and outfit damage sustained
by the creature. The suggested retail on this is $40 each, but you
should be able to find them cheaper.
Packaging - ****
The Sideshow packaging continues to rock. It's beautiful to look at,
collector friendly, and just plain well done.
They could have cheaped out
here and given us the same box cover art, but instead they've given two
different boxes, with nice shots of each character on the back as well.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Of the two, the sculpt on Frankie is the best. He's perfect, with
the damaged forehead and cheek. The details on the sculpt are even
better than the previous versions.
Elsa is also quite nice, and
in profile looks perfect. The front view might look a little chunky
to you - it did to me at first - but if you compare to the photos on the
box, I think you'll see that they did a great job capturing her.
My only real complaint is on
her scars. They aren't nearly as pronounced in the photo, and if
they were, the figure would look quite a bit better.
Paint - ***1/2
No major complaints here. The face details are well done, and the
accessories are also well painted.
My complaint here is the same
as in the sculpt - the scars on the neck and throat of the Bride aren't
pronounced enough. It's partially a problem with the sculpt, and
partially a problem with the paint ops.
Articulation - ***1/2
The bodies used are the same as usual. This is the skinny female
body from Buffy, and the usual male body.
The articulation is great,
and both Frank and the Bride have decent neck articulation, something that
tends to come and go on Sideshow figures. The only knock here is
that we've lost the wrist articulation on the Frankenstein that we had the
first time around.
Accessories - ****
One of Sideshow's strengths is their accessories. They didn't
fail here, and gave a good variety.
Frankie comes with the usual
foot stand, but also a nice pile of bones and a great human skull with
hinged jaw. It's a little light on the accessories, particularly at
the $40 price point, but I'll hit him up for that in the value section.
The Bride comes with a much
better stand, similar to the ones included with the Dark Crystal
figures. It attaches around her waist, and works very well, although
I had no trouble getting her to stand on her own.
She also comes with a heart,
and two very cool pieces of lab equipment. These would look great on
a table from the lab, along with the table for Frank to lay on. Are
you listening, Sideshow?
Outfit - ***1/2
The costume on Frankenstein is a re-use of course, but it's also an
The jacket and tank top are
padded in all the right places to give him a much larger appearance than
the first Frankenstein had. There is also 'battle damage' on the
jacket where appropriate. The quality is great, with excellent seams
and snaps use everywhere they should be.
The Bride's costume is
certainly large, although not as complicated as it might have been.
The top dress flows out all around her, and is well done, if plain.
Underneath she's wearing a white body stocking, with wrappings on the
legs, arms, and around the torso.
Value - **1/2
The value score is based on other figures of this same type in this same
Dragon or bbi give you more
accessories for your dollar. Of course, these are licensed, whereas
the Dragon and bbi products aren't, so that accounts for some of the
If you check out some of the
links below though, you'll be able to find these for less than $40 each,
and that improves this score.
Overall - ***1/2
Sideshow continues to impress me with their Univeral Monsters. I'm
disappointed that we'll only get a couple more new ones this year, but
that's better than the line ending. I'm hoping that next year we see
even more, and after their recent polls at their website on what monsters
to produce, I'm betting we will.
Where to Buy -
I don't know if any bricks and mortar stores will be carrying these, but
there are plenty of on-line options:
themselves of course. Retail is $40 plus shipping.
Toys has a great price at $27.95 each plus shipping.
Universe usually has a good price, although you'll have to call since
they don't have the price on this one listed yet on the web site.
Earth has Frank
and the Bride
listed at $35 plus shipping. (MROTW affiliate)
Toys have them cheap at $25, but it isn't clear if they have both the
Bride and Frank, or only Frank. Check under the boxed Sideshow
figures on their site.