Universal Monsters Select Wolf Man action figure perfectly renders a boring icon

A. Quinton — Apr. 23rd 2015

Diamond Select Toys has given Dread Central an exclusive look at three¬†upcoming additions to its licensed¬†Universal Monsters collection: the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and an¬†original take on¬†Lucy Westenra from¬†Bram Stoker‚Äôs Dracula.¬†They’re detailed, articulated, and totally not for me.

As 7″ action figures go, these seem top shelf. Each one has a lot of detail and¬†articulation for something with a suggested retail price of $25. The sculptor Jean St. Jean is a talented artist¬†with a ton of great work in his gallery, including some extremely gnarly werewolves for other companies.

But Universal. Guys. I know you have a lot invested in your “classic monsters” intellectual property, but the world doesn’t need another Larry Talbot Wolf Man figure.¬†I sure don’t, anyway. This perfectly¬†on-model¬†rendering of Larry with his tucked-in shirt,¬†shaggy jowls, round ears,¬†anatomically suspect feet¬†and stick-up-the-ass pose seems perfect for obsessive collectors and no one else. It’s even designed to be shelved sideways, like a reference book no one looks at: “comes packaged in the famous Select-style display packaging with spine artwork for easy shelf reference.”

Larry Talbot isn’t a character, he’s an icon, and a dull one at that. If¬†Universal wants to¬†revitalize their “classic” monster lineup,¬†maybe they should give people like St. Jean free rein to capture and reinterpret what made the characters so iconic¬†in the first place, instead of worshipping mundane details like screen-authentic belt buckles. And Jean,¬†if you get that kind of freedom, please don’t just put everyone in an impractical steampunk corset like you did with Lucy¬†Westenra.

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  • Hooded Justice

    Hey, comments are back!

    Also, this looks a lot like the 7″ Wolf Man figure I already have (and which is standing beside my computer screen as I type this). The only differences I can see are his stance, the base, and that this one has a few more points of articulation. Big whup.