Sideshow Toy finishes off their terrific line of 8" Universal
Monsters with this final series - Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Bela Lugosi as
Ygor (from Son of Frankestein), and Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the
This series is very limited, and was only available through Sideshow
and comics shops or on-line stores. No mass retailers are carrying
these. They made 5,000 of the set of three, and an additional 5,000
Bela as Dracula figures.
The full set of three did cost $51 at Sideshow, and the Dracula is
$17. Only the Dracula is still available directly through them.
Packaging - ***
The packaging never changed through this line, but the graphics are
attractive and bright. The other figures are on the back of the
card, along with text on the movies.
Sculpting - ***1/2
It's Oluf Hartvigson here again. And once again, he does a marvelous
job. Bela as Dracula looks a little chubby in the face, but the
excellent paint ops help make. Both Phantom head sculpts are great,
as is the Ygor. Quality work once again, showing that Sideshow has
some of the best sculpts in the industry.
Paint Ops - ****
Superb paint ops work with these great sculpts. All three figures
look great, but I think my favorite is the red version of the Phantom of
the Opera. Not only is the sculpting great, the paint ops on both
the heads and the body are excellent.
Articulation - **
Uh...what happened? If you were enjoying those 12 points of
articulation on the previous series, you're going to be
disappointed. Sideshow cut it to 8 points on all three of these -
neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and waist. Yep, that's right, no
articulation at all below the waist.
While it isn't a terrible situation, it's unfortunate because they had
done such an excellent job of providing good articulation and yet hiding
Value - **
We've lost articulation, and the price has risen quite a bit. Since
you can expect to pay at least $15 each for these, the price is up at
least five bucks a figure. This is because of the limited nature of
course, but it's still rough for those that really want the Dracula
Accessories - ***1/2
Sideshow comes through once again in the accessory department. Ygor
has a pair of pliers, sheers, and the remnants of a burnt-out torch.
All three are nice, and his tool belt can hold the tools. The lab
apron is made of rather cheap material, so be very careful with it.
It's permanently attached, but if you drop him you could tear it easily.
UPDATE - Jim Alexander was nice enough to point out to me that it isn't a
torch - it's Ygor's flute! Very cool, and obvious now that it was
pointed out to me.
The Phantom comes with two heads, a nice hat with feather,
staff with skull top, and a cloth robe. The hat doesn't fit
particularly well on either head, but you can get it to work with the
skull mask version if you work with it.
Dracula has three accessories, including a cloth cape
(with correct gray lining!), large bat on clear plastic rod, and a dragon
candlestick. The candlestick is very nicely sculpted, but is on the
small side and he has trouble holding it. The cape is the greatest
disappointment, because although it is made from great material and has
excellent stitching, there is no way to connect it around his neck.
There's no rope, or snaps, or anything of the sort. As I understand
it, there's supposed to be a little string that comes along with this in a
small bag with instructions, but unfortunately mine was lacking that
piece. That means
keeping it on him is a balancing act.
The bat is great though, and attaches to the base with the
clear rod. Overall, all three look great with their accessories.
Overall - ***
I've reviewed many of these figures on this site. This is the first
to get less than three and a half stars. Why? It's the
combination of the loss of articulation with the increase in price.
I'm glad I got them, but unless you're a completist I would only recommend
picking up Dracula.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford