Sideshow Toy has just shipped the next
three Frankenstein monsters in their Universal Monsters series.
The pictures above show Glenn Strange from House of Frankenstein, Bela
Lugosi from Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, and Lon Chaney from The
Ghost of Frankenstein.
Each of these is a limited edition of
3500 I believe, and retail at the Sideshow site for $40. I have a
few other on-line retailers below that have them a little cheaper.
Packaging - ***1/2
Last box I got from Sideshow got four stars, but these drop a bit.
Why? They still have that annoying twisty tie around the neck, and
last time at least it was nice and long. On all three of these it
was barely long enough to reach through the back of the package, so
putting things back together is going to be a trick.
top of that, this particular twisty now doesn't just go around the
neck...now it wraps around under the arms. That little addition is
taking things to the over kill level. These figures would withstand
a earthquake and still be in the tray.
artwork is great though, and the rest of the accessories are packaged in
the tray for easy removal and replacement.
All three head sculpts match the source material extremely well. All
three were done by Mat Falls again.
the three, I like Glenn Strange the best, but that may also be due to the
fact that I like that film the best. House of Frankenstein had
Karloff as the mad scientist, John Carradine as Dracula, Lon Chaney as the
Wolfman, J. Carrol Naish as the hunchback assistant, Daniel. It had
compare the head sculpts with the back of each box, you'll see how well
done the work is. Another great job!
The paint ops on these sculpts is almost perfect. Up close they
might appear a little sloppy, but step back and you can see that it works
reason they are losing a star is because my Bela Lugosi has a mark on his
nose! It looks like the paint wasn't dry and touched something,
since it is almost a perfect circle.
paint work on the eyes and scars is particularly good, and the work on the
hands is good, although identical to each other.
The joints are tight again, so that proves to me that they've solved that
particular problem. They need to improve the neck joint, but
otherwise the body is perfect.
The accessories with these figures are cool, but since all but two are
reused from previous figures, they don't get too many extra points here.
Lugosi comes with a book, The Seret of Life and Death (same size
book as Buffy's), a large burnt log, and a bundle of dynamite. Those
pesky villagers weren't too happy with the Frankensteins by the time this
movie came out.
nicest touch for Bela is the metal used for the wicks of the dynamite
sticks. His accessories are clearly the best.
Chaney comes with two books, both the size of the book that came with the
good Doctor from Young Frankenstein. He also has the same shackles
as the first Frankie, but separated into two pieces.
Glenn Strange has more books,
again the size of the Young Frankestein book. He also has two, count
them two, brains in glass jars. One is for Strauss, and one is
figure has the standard foot stand of course. At least they fit the
oversized Frankie boots well.
Remember the first Frank? Well, these three have the same outfit -
jacket, pants, shirt, boots. But there is a crucial
difference! Sideshow heard people complaining that Frank was a
little anorexic. They've added some padding to the clothing, both in
the front of the shirt and the shoulders and back of the jacket. You
should be able to tell from the bottom photo that they appear beefier than
I really like getting all these cool Universal Monsters, but at $40 a pop
for just a new head sculpt, I can't say these are a good value. I
supposed I can't complain too much, considering we'd never get these
otherwise, but I have to be honest on the price.
These are great looking figures, matching the source material extremely
well. Big Universal fans, or fans of Bela Lugosi or Lon Chaney, are
going to want to fork up the bucks. But the casual collector can
pass without being too concerned about missing anything critical.
to Buy -
I don't know of any bricks and mortar retailers that are carrying these,
but there should be plenty of on-line options.
has them of course, for $40 each.
are all at Entertainment Earth for $35 plus shipping. It says they aren't
scheduled to be in until January, but I'm betting they just haven't
updated the web site yet. (MROTW affiliate)
Planet also has them for $35 each plus shipping. Compare the
shipping though, as their shipping prices tend to be high. Search
Time also has them for $35. They are in the section for
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Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.