Universal Monsters

The Universal Monsters that emerged from the Universal Studios between 1923 to 1960, starting with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and including some of the scariest cinematic monsters to have ever graced the silver screen – The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to name but a few – have been the subject of numerous action figure lines over the last few decades. In fact, Universal Monster action figure collection, rather like that of Star Wars action figures, could almost be defined as a specific field within the world of vintage action figures as a whole.

Universal Studios Monster Turtles starring Leo as the Wolfman!

October 31, 2013
Leo as the Wolfman

During the late 1980s and early 1990s Playmates Toys invented some wonderfully imaginative scenarios for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures with endlessly creative variations. These weird and wonderful figures seem to divide collectors straight down the middle, but love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s absolutely no denying the sheer quality of the designs. […]

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Green Frankie aka Frankenstein’s Monster

October 27, 2013
Green Frankie by Simba

With Halloween nearly upon us I thought it would be a great time to share another vintage figure from my Universal Monsters collection. I’m a huge fan of these classic horror movies produced by Universal Studios during the 1930s, movies which turned actors such as Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man) and […]

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Dracula – Mini Monsters by Remco

October 30, 2011
Vintage Dracula Mini Monster by Remco

Halloween is almost here so what better way to mark the occasion than with an absolute classic horror film action figure from what has to be one of my favourite vintage lines – the Remco Mini Monsters. This version of the most famous vampire of them all, Count Dracula as played by Bela Lugosi in […]

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Hugh Jackman IS Van Helsing!

October 25, 2011
Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing action figure

I actually found today’s action figure buried at the bottom of a toy box on a market stall some months ago, but have been waiting for the countdown to Halloween before posting him here. I was pretty pleased to find the companion figure to the Richard Roxburgh as Count Dracula we looked at last Halloween […]

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Frankenstein Monster – Mini Monsters by Remco

May 5, 2011
Frankenstein Monster – Mini Monsters by Remco

Universal Monsters action figures, it seems, will never go out of fashion. Only this week the Intertubes were buzzing with news of the latest Diamond Select retro cloth Dracula and the Mummy figures, which are set to hit stores this Autumn, following the success of the Wolf Man and Frankenstein last year. These new figures […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – Mini Monsters by Remco

October 30, 2010
The Phantom of the Opera by Remco

So here it is folks! The final post in our Halloween series for 2010 and one of my favourite horror film action figures and another Universal Monster movie classic – The Phantom of the Opera as played by Lon Chaney. Issued as part of the Mini Monsters line by Remco in 1980, this 3 ¾ […]

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Creature from the Black Lagoon by Burger King

October 26, 2010
Burger King Universal Monsters Fast Food Creature from the Black Lagoon

Regular readers to this blog may recall that as a vegetarian and somebody who hasn’t stepped inside a McDonald’s for a couple of decades, I’m not usually a collector of fast food toys…unless, of course, I happen across one at a flea market, as I did with this Creature from the Black Lagoon recently. As […]

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The Mummy from ‘Tales from the Cryptkeeper’

October 13, 2010
The Mummy from ‘Tales from the Cryptkeeper’ by Ace Novelty

With Halloween fast approaching this seems the perfect time to dig up – terrible pun! – this Mummy action figure from the animated cartoon series Tales from the Cryptkeeper. Running for two seasons from 1993-1994, the Mummy character appeared in episode 11 from the first season – This Wraps It Up – which first aired […]

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