Diamond Select does its best to scare us every Halloween with new toys and collectibles based on the classic creatures of Universal Studios’ Universal Monsters library, and this year is no different. DST has new action figures, retro-style figures, and vinyl bust banks.
Start saving your pennies now – they’ll be coming to stores starting in September!
First up, Universal Monsters Select will bring you two brand-new 7-inch figures with plenty of accessories, some cool bases, and oversized display packaging. One is of Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), with removable cape, crown, and sceptre as well as a keen gargoyle base. The other is Boris Karloff as Dr. Jekyll from Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) with a removable, hat, coat, and cane; interchangeable Mr. Hyde head and hands; and a lab table base with lab equipment. These deluxe figures will be exclusively available at comic shops and specialty stores starting in October, along with the previous offerings in the Universal Select series: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Metaluna Mutant, and the Phantom of the Opera.
Around the same time, Toys “R” Us will receive Universal Monsters 7-inch Action Figures Series 4, which will include more streamlined versions of the two Select figures as well as an exclusive character. Quasimodo will come with a stone base instead of the gargoyle; Mr. Hyde will come without the Dr. Jekyll parts and with a rooftop base in place of the lab table; and the exclusive character will be a Mole Person from The Mole People (1956) with a mushroom-covered base.
To honor the black-and-white tradition of the Universal Monsters film library, last year’s 7-inch figure assortment will make its triumphant return in monochrome as the third Universal Monsters Legacy Series Box Set! Grayscale versions of the Phantom of the Opera (1923 masked version), the Invisible Man, and the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth (1955) will arrive in a window box at comic shops and specialty stores in October.
Universal Monsters 8″ Retro Action Figures Series 4 will arrive this October with classic movie monsters rendered in the style of 1970s cloth-costume action figures. This year’s offerings include the Metaluna Mutant and Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1923). Look for these at comic shops, specialty stores, and Toys “R” Us.
Finally, October will see two new Universal Monsters Vinyl Bust Banks arrive at comic shops and specialty stores: the Bride of Frankenstein and Lon Chaney, Jr., as The Wolf Man. Each stands 7-10 inches tall and has a coin slot in the back as well as an access panel in the base.
Continue your Universal Monsters collection, or start a new collection today with Diamond Select Toys. Pre-order now at your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer. For more info visit the Diamond Select Toys website, and get regular updates from Diamond Select on Facebook and Diamond Select on Twitter.
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