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UNIVERSAL MONSTERS SERIES ONE MINT SET by SIDESHOW TOYS 1998
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* 1998 SERIES ONE COMPLETE SET
* SIDESHOW TOY RELEASE
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* All Sculpts by Oluf W. Hartvigson
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS SERIES ONE COMPLETE MINT SET!
FRANKENSTEIN by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: Frankenstein is a 1931 American pre-Code horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling (which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley), about a scientist and his assistant who dig up corpses to build a man animated by electricity, but his assistant accidentally gives the creature an abnormal, murderer’s brain. The resultant monster is portrayed by Boris Karloff in the film.
The movie stars Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles and Karloff, and features Dwight Frye and Edward van Sloan. The Webling play was adapted by John L. Balderston and the screenplay written by Francis Edward Faragoh and Garrett Fort with uncredited contributions from Robert Florey and John Russell. The make-up artist was Jack Pierce. A hit with both audiences and critics, the film was followed by multiple sequels and has become arguably the most iconic horror film in history.
In 1991, the Library of Congress selected Frankenstein for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
THE WOLF MAN by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – Lon Chaney Jr. – MISP
The Wolf Man by UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: 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.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – THE MUMMY Boris Karloff Edition – MISP
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS The Mummy is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film directed by Karl Freund. The screenplay by John L. Balderston was from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer. Released by Universal Studios, the film stars Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan and Arthur Byron. The film is about an ancient Egyptian mummy named Imhotep who is discovered by a team of archeologists and inadvertently brought back to life through a magic scroll. Disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy searches for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated into a modern girl.
In 1921, an archaeological expedition led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) finds the mummy of an ancient Egyptian high priest named Imhotep (Boris Karloff). When an inspection of the mummy by Whemple’s friend Dr. Muller (Edward Van Sloan) reveals that the viscera were not removed, Muller deduces that although Imhotep had been wrapped like a traditional mummy, he had been buried alive. Also buried with Imhotep is a casket with a curse on it. Despite Muller’s warning, Sir Joseph’s assistant Ralph Norton (Bramwell Fletcher) opens it. He reads aloud an ancient life-giving scroll, the “Scroll of Thoth”. Imhotep rises and escapes with the scroll. Norton is driven insane.
Ten years later, Imhotep is masquerading as a modern Egyptian named Ardath Bey. He calls upon Sir Joseph’s son Frank (David Manners) and Professor Pearson (Leonard Mudie) and shows them where to dig to find the tomb of the princess Ankh-es-en-amon. After locating the tomb, the archaeologists present its treasures to the Cairo Museum and thank Bey for making their discovery possible. It is further revealed that Imhotep’s horrific death was punishment for sacrilege: attempting to resurrect his forbidden lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-amon.
Imhotep soon encounters Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), a half-Egyptian woman bearing a striking resemblance to the princess. Believing her to be Ankh-es-en-amon’s reincarnation, he attempts to kill her, with the intention of mummifying her, resurrecting her, and finally making her his bride. She is saved when she remembers her past life and prays to the goddess Isis to save her. The statue of Isis raises its arm and emits a beam of light that sets the Scroll of Thoth on fire. This breaks the spell that had given Imhotep his immortality, causing him to crumble to dust. At the urging of Dr. Muller, Frank calls Helen back to the world of the living while the Scroll of Thoth continues to burn.
ABOUT THE SET – RARE SERIES ONE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS
All Sculpts by Oluf W. Hartvigson: Released in 1998 by Sideshow Toy, the SERIES ONE set was intended for display in lighted display…where it could show amazingly behind the glass. 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. This UNIVERSAL MONSTERS SERIES ONE SET will not disappoint! Plus…it’s even more rare to find a complete SERIES ONE mint set that collectors are willing to let go of. In fact, Sideshow Toys put out a total of three series in this UNIVERSAL MONSTERS run…and we have the SERIES TWO and SERIES THREE mint sets in our collection as well. In all three complete sets, the bubbles are perfectly clear and the cards are perfect…another very rare thing to find!
Not only is the Universal Studios Monsters SERIES ONE a tough set to locate complete and nearly flawless like this one, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find collectors willing to sell…especially sets this perfect. Normally, they’re all beat up, with torn, damaged cards…and with bubbles that have yellowed and come apart from the cards and re-glued. Not ours, we have most likely the finest complete Universal Monsters Sets in the business, a testimony to the fact that we go way beyond your average collector, in order to bring you the most flawless examples to put in your collection.
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|Dimensions||14 × 14 × 12 in|