The horror genre can never have too many monsters, but let’s take a moment to remember where the original monsters came from. Universal Pictures created movie magic by cementing Universal Monsters in pop culture history beginning with Dracula in 1931. Today, Jada Toys celebrates some of the most iconic Universal monsters of all time with the launch of the Universal Monsters action figures.
The first wave features four iconic monsters – Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Frankenstein’s Bride and the Creature from the Black Lagoon – and never since the dawn of time has the world known such terror! Each 6-inch figure features over 20 points of articulation and comes with character-specific accessories, multiple heads, and multiple hands to fully embody each monster.
Let’s take a closer look at each character and the movie that inspired them!
Universal Monsters Dracula 6-Inch Action Figure
Children of the night, claim this fearsome figure of the immortal Lord of Vampires! Universal Pictures is out Dracula in 1931, with Béla Lugosi as the blood-sucking terror himself. Did you know that a musical score wasn’t added to the classic film until 1998? Jada Toys brings the undead vampire to life with a fluttering cape, bat and candelabra accessories, two sets of hands and two interchangeable head options – one with bared fangs and ready for action. ($24.99, available for pre-order here)
Universal Monsters Frankenstein 6-Inch Scale Action Figure
He lives! He walks! He see! the Frankenstein The film debuted in 1931, starring Boris Karloff as the monstrous creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Karloff was not billed in the opening credits, with a question mark used in place of his name – following a theatrical tradition of billing the nameless monster. However, Karloff’s name is revealed in the closing credits. The collectible monster from Jada Toys includes two sets of shackles as accessories, two sets of hands in different positions and two interchangeable head options, including one with a terrifying grimace. ($24.99, available for pre-order here)
Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein 6-Inch Scale Action Figure
Bride of Frankenstein paved the way as the first of many Frankenstein sequels, debuting in 1935 with Elsa Lanchester playing both Mary Shelley (the author of the Frankenstein novel, published in 1818) and the bride. The bride version from Jada Toys features a bandaged body with removable dress, chain accessories, two sets of hands and two interchangeable head options – one with a death stare and one with a twisted scream. ($24.99, available for pre-order here)
Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon 6-Inch Scale Action Figure
From the forbidden depths of the Amazon came the Black Lagoon Creature, debuting in 1954 with Ben Chapman playing the creature on land and Ricou Browning playing the creature in underwater scenes. It was one of the first Universal films to be originally shot in 3D. The Creature action figure from Jada Toys comes with a net, a weapon accessory, two interchangeable head options and two pairs of hands (including a skeletal hand like the one that triggered the Amazon Geological Expedition in the film). ($24.99, available for pre-order here)
Figures are available for pre-order now at Entertainment Earth, and Jada Toys plans to release The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man figures later this year.