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UNIVERSAL MONSTERS CREATURE “Special Edition” Signed by OLUF W. HARTVIGSON
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* RARE 2001 TRANSLUCENT CREATURE
* Signed by sculptor OLUF W. HARTVIGSON
* SIDESHOW TOY RELEASE
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* Perfectly Clear/Undamaged Blister
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RARE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Special Edition Signed By OLUF W. HARTVIGSON – MISP
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.
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.
ABOUT THE PIECE
Released in 2001 by Sideshow Toy, the SPECIAL EDITION CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (translucent version), was intended for display on an uplit pedestal…where it could glow and show amazingly in a glass case. I’d venture to guess though, that not many of the Creatures sold are displayed like this today, and I am certainly glad that this example wasn’t opened. And for those who follow Sideshow Toy, or any of the high end toy makers in existence today for that matter, know that they all use the talents of World Class sculptors to design their products. In this case, Sideshow Toy commissioned legendary sculptor OLUF W. HARTVIGSON for this particular rendition of the Famous CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. So it’s befitting that the piece bares his signature, and this one in fact does.
For me, this particular sculpt by OLUF W. HARTVIGSON, captures the true essence of the CREATURE like no others I’ve ever seen. A true testimony to his incredible talent. Having his signature on the piece takes it to a whole new level, even though it’s one of those pieces that isn’t extremely rare in its production form, OLUF’s signature gives the collectible a much higher value indeed.
Like you’ve read on other listings before, this is one of those pieces I’d rather didn’t sell…and would remain in our personal collection. What value do you put on collector items you really love, even when money is not the driving force for the sale and release of that which you enjoy more than money? Good question, it’s one we’ll be asking ourselves if we let this go too cheaply!
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|Dimensions||20 × 15 × 15 in|