Packaging - ***
These come in cardback/bubble style packages, and the color and
graphics are decent. It didn't wow me, but they do the job. I do like
all the text for each of the three characters on the back, but a little
more personalization would have been nice.
I also hate the twisty ties on
the Baron. The other two came free easy enough, but there were nine
ties in the Baron's package, and several were so tightly
wound that I had no other choice but than to use the wire cutters.
Sculpting - Count,
Baron ***1/2; Fang ****
I love the look of these guys - it's like they popped right off the
screen. And while they say they are a 7" scale, and that's actually
about right (Fang is 10", while the Count is 7 1/2"), it's very
misleading. Because these are cartoon figures, with huge heads and
funky proportions, they seem much, much larger than any normal scaled 7
- 8" figure.
These have quite a bit of
detail, considering the style. The hair on the Baron, including his
caterpiller eyebrows, is very detailed, with fine stranding. The skin
has a slightly rough texture, which reminds you of a doll or puppet.
There's also nice little touches
on every figure - Frank has his detailed bolts and staples, the Baron
his chain and buttons, and the Count has his cool skull medallion.
In fact, I would have gone with
a perfect four stars here for all three figures except for one problem
shared by the Baron and the Count - they lean, so much so that it's
tough to get their center of gravity aligned with such little
I'll probably have to use a hot
water bath on the legs, re-pose them, then dump them in some cold water
to re-set them in a slightly better pose.
Paint - ***
Most of the cut lines are very clean, although there's some slop around
all the eyes and small details, like the Count's fangs, or the Baron's
buttons. At first glance - or a distance - the paint work is
sufficient, but these are very large figures, and it doesn't require a
macro lens to see the issues.
One of the nice touches here is
that they used some different finishes to add some visual interest. For
example, the black shirt on Fang's arms are flat, but the tunic over
the torso has a semi-gloss finish, further setting it apart.
The entire bat accessory has
this same slightly glossy finish, and I like the way it makes them pop.
Articulation - Baron, Count **;
These aren't super articulated - it's even a stretch to call them
The Count has a ball neck - sort
of. It's a VERY thin post, and his head lolls around it a bit. Even so,
it doesn't really tilt very well.
There's pin/disc ball shoulders,
and a cut waist. And that's it. With the large head, it can be tricky
getting his center of gravity just right, and the feet don't help a
whole lot. They allow him to lean a little too far, and you'll have to
adjust them with some hot water and a cold bath. Be careful though - I
snapped one foot off at the ankle trying to just bend it and had to
Frank has the most articulation
of the set. With a cut neck, pin/disc ball shoulders, cut wrists
(inside the sleeves), cut waist, and cut ankles (also inside the
pants). You can do a couple basic stances, and he stands great on his
The Baron has the same cut neck
and ball shoulders, as well as cut wrists and a cut waist. The joints
will allow you to keep him standing, but the sculpted legs cause him to
lean too far forward. He has the hardest time staying upright of the
Accessories - Fang ***; Drac,
Fang is the biggest figure, and so it's not surprising that he comes
with the fewest accessories.
All three figures have a small
display stand, done up like a stone floor, but including the "Mad
Monster Party" logo on the front. There's no peg however, so the figure
doesn't actually attach to the stand. Too bad, since it would have
helped fix the leaning issues with the Count and the Baron.
Fang comes with one additional
accessory - the lit torch. It's in proper scale, and I love the use of
the translucent plastic for the flame.
The Baron has three accessories,
starting with the same display base. He has a test tube sculpted into a
test tube clamp, and his little pet spider. Little is probably not the
right word to describe this hairy bug, but he's still cute.
The Count has three accessories
as well. Once again, there's the display base, but he also has a large
human skull, and a bat, wings spread wide. I love the goofy grin on the
bat, but I wish there was some way to display him, like a clear
Fun Factor - **1/2
These figures are more of a nostalgic fun than a play fun. They look
cool on the shelf, but you can't do much posing or true playing.
Value - **1/2
$18 isn't cheap, but it's not far off the average price for any action
figure these days, especially in this scale. Remember, these figures
are much bigger than you probably expect. The run size is probably
pretty small too, and with the decent accessories the price point seems
Things to Watch Out For -
Watch out with the neck on the Count. It's very thin, and could tear if
you twist it and it's stuck.
If I'd merely looked at these in the package, I would have given them a
full four stars overall. But just looking at the figures in the bubble
is never enough to fully understand the true quality.
Fang gets pulled down slightly
by his lower accessory count. One or two more items and he'd be a full
The Count and the Baron only
have one real major issue - that lean. If they stood up straight, even
with the limited articulation, the great sculpts and accessories would
have pushed these to a full four stars overall.
I really do hope that we get
another series, especially the Creature from the Black Lagoon - my life
would be complete!
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Count, Baron ***1/2; Fang ****
Paint - ***
Articulation - Baron, Count **; Fang **1/2
Accessories - Fang ***; Baron, Count ***1/2
Fun Factor - **1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Most online retailers are selling these as a set, so if you only want
one your best bet may be your local shop. Online options
include these site sponsors:
- Big Bad Toy Store
has some singles at $19 each, but some characters are already sold out.
They have the set for $55.
Collector has the set of 3 for $52.
Earth has the set for $55.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
I haven't reviewed any other Mad Monster Party items (Funko did do some
bobble heads at one point), but I'm hopeful this won't be the only
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