Diamond Select Universal Monsters Son of Frankenstein Review
My final thought is this figure is more than worth the SRP of $24.99. For any lovers of classic horror, this character is a must have. I haven’t seen every Frankenstein’s Monster on the market, but I’m confident in saying that any collector wouldn’t be disappointed with this one.
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My parents had a lot of rules for us growing up. One of them was no PG-13 movies until we were actually 13. Another was only an hour of television or video games or computer. That’s an hour for all three. Naturally, I spent a lot of time reading, for which there was no time limit, and one of my favorite topics was the Universal Monster Series. I’d take home these books from the kids section of the library and spend hours looking at black and white photos of Dracula, the Mummy, (or not) the Invisible Man, and Frankenstein’s Monster, so I was more than a little excited to get this Frankenstein’s monster.
The figure is based on of the sequel to Frankenstein (movie, not book), Son of Frankenstein. The film follows Wolf Frankenstein, the son of Henry Frankenstein who gave life to the monster first in this particular set of movies. Wolf finds the dead monster and reanimates him because what could possibly go wrong? Oh, that’s right. Everything. Everything could go wrong.
The monster comes in blister card packaging and the art on it’s awesome. I like the stylized monster drawings on the side and the front.
One of my two complaints is that nowhere on the box does it clarify this is Frankenstein’s monster, not the Son of Frankenstein. It’s a small distinction since the Monster’s and Frankenstein’s name are used interchangeably in some parts of society, but it would be nice if the people who made the merchandise got it right.
The other is that the box says he’s got 16 points of articulation, but he’s actually got 15 by my count. Again, small problem, but Diamond Select should probably restrict the intern responsible for the text of this box to fetching coffee for a while.
- a ball joint head
- ball/hinge shoulders
- ball/hinge elbows
- hinge wrists
- hinge hips
- swivel thighs
- hinge knees
- ball/hinge feet
It looks like they mistakenly counted the head as two in their count, which would fly in a project for a high school class but not for a for-profit company.
The figure is extremely poseable. I hadn’t been expecting him to be so articulate. The last Diamond Select Universal Monsters Diamond Select figure I got was this Dracula, who only had articulation in his arms.
One of the things Diamond Select figures did excellent with both figures is packing them with some great accessories. Frankenstein’s Monster came with a dismembered arm and some kind of fuze box/control panel, which I believe was used in bringing him back to life the second time.
The sculpt came out moderately well. There are some great details, like the bolts coming out of his neck, the staples in his hairline, and the shagginess of his shirt. What isn’t working as well are his shoes. They’d fit in just fine at a disco, but platform shoes don’t work quite as well on a monster.
There’s also the issue of how pronounced the joints on his arms are. They’ve got a great range of motion, but they’re way too prominent. I’m not sure if that’s a problem of the sculpt or the paint job.
Speaking of which, the rest of the paint is spectacular. Rather than trying to explain to you how magnificently they did, I’ll just leave this close up here so you can see for yourself.
My final thought is this figure is more than worth the SRP of $24.99. For any lovers of classic horror (or lovers of the book and it’s excessive amount of semicolons) this character is a must have. I haven’t seen every Frankenstein’s Monster on the market, but I’m confident in saying that any collector wouldn’t be disappointed with this one.
You can also find him on Entertainment Earth for $22.99, over at Big Bad Toy Store for $22.99, on Amazon for $24.99, and you can always take a trip over to eBay and see if you can score a Diamond Select Universal Monsters Son of Frankenstein action figure.