Universal Studios Monsters: Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hunchback of Noter Dame

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20131217-163036.jpgThere are a few things that every self-respecting lover of horror has in common. Two of those things are an appreciation for the Universal Monsters, and at least a small collection of memorabilia.

It’s no shocker that there’s a fair amount Universal Monster memorabilia out there. Some of it’s great, some of it’s bad, and then there’s Diamond Select Toys. I own a fair amount of horror memorabilia, and I’d say over half of those are action figures. None of my collection is half as detailed or brilliant as the Diamond Select Universal Monster collection.

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20131216-081429.jpgFrankenstein’s Monster

Comes with medical table

Pros: Frankenstein is arguably the king of the Universal Monsters, and this action figure represents him well. The detail is amazing, and the table looks awesome.

Cons: The table, while it looks cool, is fairly delicate. It didn’t break on me, but with any actual play I feel like it would. I’d also would like to have seen some more extras; maybe something to represent the electricity used to bring the monster to life.

Rating: 7 out of 10

20131216-081354.jpg20131216-081410.jpgDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Comes with platform, table, *lab setup, hat, cape, cane, exchangeable Mr. Hyde head and hands.

*Lab set includes syringe, graduated cylinders, beaker, and condenser with stand.


Pros: This figure has so many extras. The lab set looks amazing, and most of the pieces have exquisite detail. Diamond Select really went all out on this piece, and that’s why I currently have Dr. Jekyll set up towards the center of my toy collection.

Cons: I actually had a few problems with this figure despite loving it so much. While the detail of  Dr. Jekyll, and all the extras that came along with it were outstanding, the details of Mr. Hyde were lacking. Not only was I not completely impressed with Mr. Hyde’s features, switching the heads and hands out were almost completely impossible. My rating for this would have been a 9 or 10 given some more work on the Mr. Hyde side.

Rating 8.5 out of 10

20131216-081221.jpgThe Hunchback of Notre Dame

Comes with a gargoyle platform, crown, septet, and cloak.

Pros: While Quasimodo is low on my list of favorite Universal Monsters, this figure is my favorite of these three. It may in fact be my favorite of the entire series. The overall menacing feel of Quasimodo reigns over the rest of my toy collection. The Hunchback is in fact my current center piece.

Cons: Very little to complain about here. If I had to say anything it’d be that I would like to have a backdrop piece to go with the gargoyle. It wouldn’t have to be large, just big enough to make it feel like he was standing on top to Notre Dame.

Rating 9.5 out of 10

Next up I’ll be reviewing these toys: The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Gill Man from “The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”

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