THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON — GLOW-IN-THE-DARK
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (JADA TOYS)
Happy Halloween, readers! In honor of the day, I’m erring slightly on the spookier side, as I like to do, settling in for another Universal Monsters review. In something of a change for the site, my last Universal Monsters reviews were actually not last Halloween, but in fact were in February of this year, when I took a look at Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride from Jada’s own Universal Monsters line. Today, I’m taking a look at another figure from the line, in the form of Gill-Man from The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Let’s see how he turned out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Creature From the Black Lagoon is the first follow-up to the first four figure series of Jada’s Universal Monsters line. He takes the standard Gill-Man from the first series and makes him Glow-in-the-Dark. He was released as an Entertainment Earth-exclusive. The figure stands just shy of 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. As I touched on when I reviewed Frankenstein back in February, the articulation scheme on these figures is actually pretty impressive for a company of Jada’s standing; it’s on par with some of Hasbro’s best offerings, albeit perhaps a year removed from where they are now. 2022 was a good year for Hasbro on the articulation front. That doesn’t undermine what Jada’s got going on here, though, and Gill-Man’s articulation is even better than the Monster’s, due to his slightly less bulked-up build. The figure’s sculpt is another strong offering. He does quite a nice job of capturing the film design for the character, right down to getting all of the texturing and everything down with quite sharp detail. Additionally, all of the articulation is worked in pretty nicely to the aesthetics of the overall sculpt, and they don’t require his sculpt to be broken up too badly when he’s posed either. For the purposes of this release, in order facilitate the glowing feature, he’s molded in glow-in-the-dark plastic, with the rest of the paint built on top of that. The plastic takes a fair bit of time to charge up for a proper glow, but it does at least hold it for a while. The accent paint works out pretty nicely, though, and offsets the general look of the plastic rather nicely. Gill-Man is packed with an alternate head with the mouth closed, an extra left hand for gripping, a harpoon gun, a net, and the decayed creature hand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Creature has never been one of my favorites of the Universal slate. It just always felt like the red-headed step-child of the group, and it’s really just never clicked with me the same way. That being said, it’s hard to deny that Gill-Man has a killer visual, and one that makes for some cool toys. This one in particular, in all of its glow-y glory, was one I definitely wanted to mess with, if perhaps not one I was dead set on owning. One got traded into All Time a few weeks back, and they were kind enough to let me borrow it for the purposes of this review. He’s honestly a ton of fun, and I look forward to the upcoming figures from the line.
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