As I was looking at my internet options of where and how to purchase more of the Sideshow Toys Universal Monsters figures featured in my last post, I kept coming across these quite similar looking Universal Monsters Figures by Diamond Select Toys. Many of them look amazing! Some have been around for a couple years, but for this year's Halloween season, they just released three brand new figures
As usual, my favorite Universal Monster figure, pictured here on the left, is the new Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure
This is how the website describes this figure:
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon . This 7-inch scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork.
Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!"
The next newly released Monster figure is this Universal Monsters Son of Frankenstein Diamond Select Figure
This one is a little more like the previous Diamond Select figures because it comes with extra items - cool looking laboratory equipment. That is part of what makes these figures remind me of the Sideshow Universal Monster figures.
Once again, lets take a look at the Diamond Select description of this figure:
"The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein's Monster with this exciting figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939's Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein's lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork.
Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!"
Another brand new Universal Monsters release is the Van Helsing Diamond Select Figure.
This one is a little more complicated since it also features the female vampire that he is hunting in this scene.
Diamond Select describes it like this:
"Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it's none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork.
Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!"
Now that we've seen the three new releases, let's look at some of the previous Universal Monster figures that Diamond Select offers. After all, they are all new to me! Very exciting!
Let's start with the other figures that come with extra cool props from the movies. For each one, I'll show their picture and link followed by their description.
Imhotep, at your service! Dig deep into the sands of antiquity and you, too, will discover Imhotep the Mummy! Sculpted by legendary monster-sculptor Jean St Jean, with the added artistry of Select regular Rudy Garcia (who, like a craftsman of old, sculpted the Mummy's detailed sarcophagus accessory), this is a dusty terror from a bygone era. This Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme, as well as the detailed accessory. The fans have already spoken, hailing this line as the most detailed and accurate depictions of the classic Universal Monsters ever, and this 7-inch tall rendering of the infamous Mummy is proof positive!
One misunderstood giant. Frankenstein! Mary Shelley's monster is brought to life! Specialty market limited edition. Action figure comes with a detailed lab-table accessory! The monsters are back again! The award-winning Universal Monsters Select line expands its roster of iconic screen legends with perhaps the most sympathetic creature of them all: Frankenstein's Monster. Sculpted by legendary monster sculptor Gabriel Marquez, this 7-inch tall Frankenstein Action Figure comes with the lab table upon which the monster was given life and from which he rose for the first time. Bring Mary Shelley's monster to life in your home! The fans have already spoken, hailing this line as the most detailed and accurate depiction of the classic Universal Monsters ever, and this 7-inch interpretation of Frankenstein's Monster is proof-positive of Diamond Select's dedication to bringing these iconic monsters to collectors. The specialty market version includes an exclusive paint scheme, as well as a detailed accessory not available to the mass market!
Dracula wants to suck your blood! Count Dracula with a wolf companion at his side. This movie-monster action figure is sculpted by legend Gabriel Marquez! Features a hillside gravesite base. Comes with a detailed accessory not available in the mass market! The monsters are back! What better way to expand this award-winning Specialty Market Exclusive action figure line than with the most iconic monster of them all, Count Dracula? This awesome line debuted last year with the legendary Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy. What other monster could possibly match such legendary movie-monster royalty? Dracula, of course! Sculpted by legendary monster sculptor Gabriel Marquez, and featuring a hillside gravesite base, this 7-inch tall depiction of the infamous Count Dracula is ready to spread terror with a fearsome companion at his side. The Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme, as well as a detailed wolf accessory not available to the mass market! The fans have already spoken, hailing this line as the most detailed and accurate depictions of the classic Universal Monsters ever, and this Count Dracula Action Figure is proof-positive of Diamond Select's dedication to bringing these iconic monsters to collectors.
Two are better than one - just ask Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. From the 1953 movie Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this fine figure can transform from Jekyll to Hyde and back again! Sculpted in a 7-inch scale and fully articulated, it features an authorized likeness of Boris Karloff as Dr. Jekyll and includes an interchangeable head of Mr. Hyde, as well as alternate hands, a hat, a cape, and a chemistry set display base that is exclusive to this figure! This Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Universal Monsters Select Action Figure comes in display-ready collector packaging, with side panel. We told you two was better than one.
Your favorite freak! The Universal Monsters Select line continues with a classic Lon Chaney character - The Hunchback of Notre Dame! From the 1923 film of the same name, this figure is sculpted in 7-inch scale, fully articulated, and features Chaney's authorized likeness. This Select edition figure includes Quasimodo's exclusive King of Fools crown and robes, as well as an exclusive gargoyle display base found only in this version! The Hunchback of Notre Dame Select Action Figure comes in display-ready collector packaging, with side panel.
Diamond Select Toys makes several other Universal Monsters Select Figures like the Phantom of the Opera Action Figure, The Mole People, Mole Man Action Figure, the Universal Monsters Select: Metaluna Mutant Action Figure and others that I haven't been able to share here. More to look into later perhaps. But I have one more to share with you. As you probably know by now, My absolute favorite Universal Monster is:
Here's Gill-Man, applying lotion to those hard-to-reach areas! Figure of The Creature and his swimsuited human crush, the film’s alluring Femme Fatale. Give the last of the great Universal Monsters a home! Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base by Jean St. Jean. Universal Monsters Select debuts with the renowned last of the great Universal Monsters, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base by Jean St. Jean, this 7-inch scale depiction of the infamous Gill-Man shows the legend in perhaps its most screen-accurate detail ever! Perfect for display, the Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme, as well as a detailed base featuring a full figure of The Creature's swimsuited human crush!
That's right, The Creature from the Black Lagoon has been my favorite Universal Monster character ever since I used to play with a rubber creature figure in the bathtub as a small child.
So what is your favorite Universal Monster?