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RARE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS FRANKENSTEIN Series #1
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* RARE 2006 Series 1 Complete Set
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* Perfectly Clear/Undamaged Blisters
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RARE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – FRANKENSTEIN SERIES #1 – MISP
During the 1940s, Universal released The Wolf Man (1941), with Lon Chaney Jr. The junior Chaney became the studio’s leading monster movie actor in the 1940s, just as his father had been two decades earlier, supplanting the 1930s’ Karloff and Lugosi by a wide margin in terms of the number of leading roles that he played. Chaney Jr. physically resembled his father apart from usually being somewhat overweight, which the senior Chaney never was. The studio dropped the “Jr.” from the junior Chaney’s billing almost immediately to confuse some in the audiences into assuming that this was the same actor.
In 1943, the studio created a remake of Phantom of the Opera, this time starring Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster with Claude Rains as the Phantom.
The Frankenstein and Wolf Man series continued with The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), in which Chaney Jr. played Frankenstein’s monster and Lugosi reprised his role as Ygor, and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) with Lugosi as the Frankenstein monster and Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man. Son of Dracula (1943) featured Chaney Jr. in Lugosi’s original role as the Count. The Mummy series was also continued with The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost and The Mummy’s Curse (both 1944) with Chaney Jr. as the Mummy in the last three films. House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945) featured many of the monsters from the studio’s previous films. As the decade drew to a close, the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) features Lugosi in only his second film as Count Dracula, alongside Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot (the Wolf Man), and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s monster.
Creature from the Black Lagoon, directed by Jack Arnold, was released in 1954. Dracula and Frankenstein were re-released as double features in theatres, and were later broadcast in syndication on American television in 1957 as part of the Shock Theater package of Universal Monster Movies. Magazines such as Famous Monsters of Filmland covered the monster films. Universal spent the last half of the decade issuing a number of one-shot monster films.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Released in 2006 by Toy Island, the UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS FRANKENSTEIN SERIES #1 Collector Set was a highly anticipated action figure launch. Consisting of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The mummy and The Creature From The Black Lagoon, the set includes very high detail sculpts and custom figure stands with full color poster card backdrops for each creature. Much of the buzz regarding the set, besides its tribute to five of the most iconic monsters in movie history, was the fact that each of the five packages contained a body part necessary to build a 14″ tall super Frankenstein. Collectors fortunate enough to acquire all five creature boxes in the set, would then be able to build the giant Frankenstein.
The set we have in our inventory is MISP (mint is sealed packaging), and all the clamshell packages are perfectly clear, undamaged and completely straight. Finding a complete set in this condition is very challenging, hence the price point we are at reflects that. The bottom line is, we wouldn’t be sad if the set never sold, because these are just the coolest collector items…and display extremely well. But if the right buyer comes along, they’ll have to leave our collection studio with a tear in our eyes and a lump in our throats.
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|Dimensions||20 × 15 × 15 in|