Let's all take a moment to thank the horror gods for never letting the classic Universal movie monsters go out of fashion with horror and film aficionados. One of the nicest surprises on the Toy Fair show floor at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this week was finding plenty of the iconic era monsters asserting their undying dominance. Collectible companies Mezco and Diamond Select Toys in particular are behind crafting new figures and statues that honor the beloved monsters in new and exciting ways.
At the Mezco Toyz Booth, Mike Drake, Head of the Special Projects, was proudly showing off their Universal Studios Monsters figures and Mega Deluxe Vinyl Figures featuring a 2' tall Frankenstein in both black and white and color (green skin) versions.
The Mega Deluxe design features a stylized look with a larger than scale head and feet. Drake explains, "What we were going for here is what you thought of Universal monsters when you were a kid seeing them for the first time. Even though these are stylized, a tremendous amount of research went into them. We literally went through thousands and thousands of photos. Notice, Frankenstein is wearing a black coat. This is the first time that Frankenstein has been allowed to wear the black coat because Universal always says the coat is green, but we tracked down the original coat and it's black, so they allowed us to use the black coat."
Drake says they don't have price points on Mega Frank yet but they will have an exclusive version as well later in 2012.
Mezco also showed off their 9-inch figures including Frankenstein (with the black coat), The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Drake assures, "There will be more. We're just starting with the three." Expect the three monsters in summer or fall 2012.
And last but not least, if you're a fan of Mezco's long-running Living Dolls line, Drake says they're doing Dracula and Frankenstein in the Living Dolls style.
Over at the Diamond Select Toys booth, Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat let us know that their Universal Monster's are going strong and Wave 3 will feature the Metaluna Mutant, Invisible Man and Phantom of the Opera with his violin.
The DST Select versions of Metaluna Mutant will come with an Interociter set and the Phantom of the Opera will come with a scale organ. All of the figures will be available in September.
In 2013, Universal Monster fans will get Wave 4 featuring the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Mole Person, and Dr. Jekyll. The DST Select versions will be the Hunchback with a Gargoyle and Mr. Hyde on the rooftop. Fans can look for Wave 4 to hit retailers in September 2013.
Oat was also excited to unveil their new Mad Monster Party figures based on the 1967 Rankin & Bass stop-animation movie featuring the likeness and voices of Boris Karloff as Baron Boris von Frankenstein and Phyllis Diller as the Monster's Mate. Figures based on Baron Boris, Dracula and Frankenstein will be out in September.
Photo Credit: Bill Edwards