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The official Universal Studios Monsters are back from the grave, this time adorning some sweet rides from Hot Wheels. These creepy cars are now available at select grocery stores, such as certain Kroger stores and Winco, and will probably be found in the Halloween aisles. In total there are six vehicles: Creature from the Black Lagoon Low Flow, Dracula Neet Streeter, Bride of Frankenstein ’59 Cadillac Funny Car, Frankenstein Double Demon Delivery, The Wolf Man Volkswagen T1 Panel Bus (not pictured) and The Mummy 1934 Chrysler Airflow (not pictured).
And what is interesting about them is that they feature new artwork for our Monster friends. Instead of the horrible CGI monstrosities created at the beginning of the last decade, these monster toys feature characters with a more “hand-illustrated” look. And while none of them look much like the original characters (or, God forbid, actors), it is a step in the right direction, even if it means eliminating the Wolf Man’s dog snout (poor choice, indeed, Universal). Perhaps these line-art versions of the Monsters will be seen on other products in the future. Maybe the CGI-looking, computer-drawn abominations from 2002 will finally be gone forever… Only time will tell. All I know is that I’d give almost anything to have these 1997 versions back. Or the 1991 Monsters… Or the Aurora Monster Model art… But anything is better than the ones we’ve had to endure for the past decade. That is certain. We’ll be back Friday with our final look at the Universal Monster products of 2013.