UNIVERSAL MONSTERS REACTION FIGURES (FUNKO)
Oooooooooooo! Spoooooky! Scaaaaaaarry! Is that good? Have I conveyed enough of the Halloween spirit? No? Well, fair enough. How about I review something a little bit Halloween-y, then, shall I? Now, I know I usually review some slightly spooky Minimates around this time of year, but this year I’ve decided to be a little different. I’m still sticking with the general Universal Monsters theme I like oh so much, but this time I’m setting my sights on one of Funko’s ReAction Figures, specifically Frankenstein’s Monster!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Frankenstein’s Monster was one of the four figures in the first series of Universal Monsters ReAction Figures, which hit in late 2014, just in time for the Halloween season. Good ol’ Frankie looks to be most closely based on his appearance from the first Frankenstein film, albeit a colorized version of what we see on the screen. The figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall (he was amongst the tallest of the set) and he has 5 points of articulation. Lack of articulation is generally pretty restrictive for most characters, but for Frankenstein’s Monster, it’s actually not bad, since it’s enough to get all of his usual poses done. The sculpt is actually pretty decent. I found the Universal Monsters to be when Funko really started to come into their own with the ReAction style. It helps that this sort of property more generally lends itself to this style of figure, resulting in figures that are a bit more genuine looking than, say, Firefly ReAction Figures. Frankie still has some of the tell-tale signs of an early ReAction Figure, notably the slightly flatter torso, but it’s far less noticeable on him, since he’s supposed to be stiff and squared off to begin with. The detail work could possibly stand to be a little sharper, especially on the head, but there’s still a lot of solid work, and he certainly doesn’t look unfinished or anything. In terms of paint, this guy’s a little on the dull side, but that’s to be expected. He is based on a black and white film, after all. He follows Sideshow’s model for the basic color scheme, with a green jacket a greenish-grey skin. The different color to the jacket helps to add a little bit more diversity to the palette, which is definitely for the best. The Monster included no accessories, which is a little sad, but also excusable. There’s not a ton you can give him, really.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the ReAction stuff first started hitting, I fully intended to get a bunch of it. And then I bought a handful of it, and thought better of investing too much of my time in the line. Not that I hated any of the figures I bought, but the line was certainly flawed. So, I mostly missed the Monsters line. I bought this guy from Ollie’s just earlier this year, because, in addition to their usual lowered prices, they were also offering an additional 50% off all toys, meaning Frankie was $1.50. That was enough to make me dig through the rack to find a figure still actually attached to his blister card and buy him. He’s a good figure. Not a great figure, but a good one. He shows what the line should have focused on, in contrast to the plethora of modern properties it ultimately did focus on.