It’s October 1st, you know what that means… Halloween season is officially upon us and Figure Friday has you covered! I don’t dabble in too many horror lines, but the stars have aligned, and I’ve got a few spooky purchases to share with you all.
First up is the Black and White variant of NECAs Frankenstein. The standard figure has been out for a couple months now and I’ve been anxious to get my hands on the Black and White version that I had on preorder. This release is identical to the standard version but features a black and white paint app that harkens back to the 1931 Boris Karloff movie. Frankenstein is the first figure from the NECA Universal Monsters line. If this is any indication of what to expect, I’ll more than likely be all in on future offerings. Frankenstein is 8.25 inches tall, which is consistent for this character in a 7-inch scale. NECA figures are infamous for being a challenge to pose. I stopped collecting the Gremlins figures because they refused to stay upright for more than a few days at a time. I’m happy to report that Frankenstein suffers none of those problems. His chunky boots provide for a nice sturdy base. While the character is not agile by nature, you can get him in some decent poses because he balances so well. Part of the fun of figure photography is putting figures in poses or situations you wouldn’t expect. Frankenstein is going to be a darling of Figure Photographers for years to come. With 3 interchangeable heads you can capture a variety of emotions. Pack in 6 interchangeable hands, shackles, and daisies and this is easily worth the $29.99 retail price.
The General Mills Cereal Monsters are the first exposure that many of us have to horror. The animated style is more accessible to a younger audience and give you the warm and fuzzies as opposed to the creepy crawlies. While they have previously only been featured in figure form by Funko, Jada Toys is now offering a line of highly articulated figures at the 6-inch scale. Count Chocula is the first figure from this line to be released (Wave 1 also features a Frankenberry). When these were first announced, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Does the world really need a line of fully poseable Cereal Monsters? To my surprise, YES! This is a figure that exceeds my expectations. The collector’s packaging is cereal box inspired and features an alternate head and a mini box of Count Chocula cereal. Out of the box, The Count articulates nicely and is a similar build to the Disney Toybox figures. If there is one gripe, it’s that the large head makes the figure top heavy. If you want Count Chocula in a traditional standing pose or enjoying a bowl of cereal, you’ll be in good shape. If you want him in something more dynamic, you’re not going to be happy. At the end of the day, it’s tough to pass this guy up at a $19.99 price point.
The Universal Monsters license feels like it’s everywhere right now. In addition to the previously highlighted NECA line, there’s also a line of Bendy Figs from Noble Toys and Jada Toys also has a line of highly articulated 6-inch figures. The first wave from Jada Toys consists of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein and my personal favourite, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Gill Man, as he’s referred to by the cool kids, is one of my favourite character designs of all time. It’s surprising how well the original 1954 look holds up to this day. Jada Toys has captured that iconic look to perfection. Additionally, the articulation rivals that which you would find from a Marvel Legends figure. It balances well, has a beautiful paint app and is packed with more accessories than you would expect at $19.99. He comes with 2 interchangeable heads, an interchangeable gripping hand, a harpoon gun, a bony skeletal hand and a net big enough to snare the biggest beast the Amazon has to offer. I can’t say enough good things about this figure. It is absolutely a must own. While the Dracula and Frankenstein head sculpts leave a bit to be desired there is some real promise for this line. I’d love to see where it goes if it can get past Wave 1. Whoever is designing the Jada Toys figure lines, should get a raise. This company should be on your radar. If Creature and Count Chocula are any indication of what we can expect in terms of quality, we will be talking about Jada Toys in many future Figure Friday columns.