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The only authentic Halloween decoration featuring the Universal Monsters this year is a pretty nifty WOWindows poster featuring Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster. But — have no fear — there are plenty of other Universal Monster items out there this season. So, hold on to your electrodes, as we recap the shocking offerings.
Diamond Select Toys is supposedly wrapping up its Universal Monsters line of toys, ending on a disappointing note with a non-likeness, no-need-to-be-licensed Van Helsing figure. Although Diamond is coming out with an amazing Creature from the Black Lagoon figure next year, as well as a nice Son of Frankenstein, without any signs of Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, Werewolf of London, Kharis, or any supporting characters, it’s time to turn to other toymakers for our fill of Monster goodness. And it looks as if Mezco is slowly taking away Diamond’s luster with its expansive offerings: Universal Monsters Living Dead Dolls and stylized figures. This October saw the release of the amazing Dracula Living Dead Doll. The Mummy stylized figure, which follows the ghastly Monster and Creature figures released earlier this year, will come to life soon.
However, the grandest of this year’s Universal Monster items are not even officially licensed by Universal Studios. Nope. Instead, they are licensed through the estates of the individual actors. Trick or Treat Studios, the up-and-coming leader of the Halloween mask-making world, has unleashed two great masks: The Bela Lugosi Mask (based upon Lugosi in the DRACULA play) and the Phantom of the Opera Mask featuring the likeness of the Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney, Sr. These two incredible masks deserve to the be the first in a long line of masks based upon the actors who invented the monsters. Unfortunately with Universal involved, one never knows if “what should be” will be, but we’ll see…