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UNIVERSAL MONSTERS SERIES THREE MINT SET by SIDESHOW TOYS 2000
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* 2000 SERIES THREE COMPLETE SET
* SIDESHOW TOY RELEASE
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* All Sculpts by Oluf W. Hartvigson
1 in stock
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS SERIES ONE COMPLETE MINT SET!
THE HUNCHBACK (QUASIMODO) by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: Paris, 1482. The gypsy Esmeralda (born as Agnés) captures the hearts of many men, including those of Captain Phoebus and Pierre Gringoire, but especially Quasimodo and his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo. Frollo is torn between his obsessive lust for Esmeralda and the rules of the Notre Dame Cathedral. He orders Quasimodo to kidnap her, but the hunchback is captured by Phoebus and his guards, who save Esmeralda. Gringoire, who attempted to help Esmeralda but was knocked out by Quasimodo, is about to be hanged by beggars when Esmeralda saves him by agreeing to marry him for four years.
The following day, Quasimodo is sentenced to be flogged and turned on the pillory for one hour, followed by another hour’s public exposure. He calls for water. Esmeralda, seeing his thirst, approaches the public stocks and offers him a drink of water. It saves him, and she captures his heart.
Later, Esmeralda is arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Phoebus, whom Frollo actually attempted to kill in jealousy after seeing him trying to seduce Esmeralda. She is sentenced to death by hanging. As she is being led to the gallows, Quasimodo swings down by the bell rope of Notre-Dame and carries her off to the cathedral under the law of sanctuary, temporarily protecting her from arrest.
Frollo later informs Gringoire that the Court of Parlement has voted to remove Esmeralda’s right to the sanctuary so she can no longer seek shelter in the Cathedral and will be taken away to be killed. Clopin, the leader of the Gypsies, hears the news from Gringoire and rallies the citizens of Paris to charge the cathedral and rescue Esmeralda.
When Quasimodo sees the Gypsies, he assumes they are there to hurt Esmeralda, so he drives them off. Likewise, he thinks the King’s men want to rescue her, and tries to help them find her. She is rescued by Frollo and Gringoire. But after yet another failed attempt to win her love, Frollo betrays Esmeralda by handing her to the troops and watches while she is being hanged. When Frollo laughs during Esmeralda’s hanging, Quasimodo pushes him from the height of Notre Dame to his death. When Quasimodo sees Esmeralda’s body, he dies with her and their bodies turn to dust.
THE METALUNA MUTANT by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – This Island Earth – MISP
The Metaluna Mutant appeared in the 1955 science fiction film This Island Earth. They once occupied the planet Metaluna. The Metalunians bred these creatures for menial labor. The scientist, Exeter, compared the species to earths insects, though with moderately greater intelligence. Most of their bodies are covered in a teal colored exoskeleton. Their exposed brains are one of the more vulnerable parts of their body, and the human Cal Meacham was able to momentarily incompasitate one by striking its head. Like humans their blood is red. When the planet was coverted into a star only one survived by sneaking into Exetar’s ship. It did however disintigrate when leaving Metaluna’s atmosphere.
THE INVISIBLE MAN by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – Claude Rains – MISP
On a snowy night, a mysterious stranger, his face swathed in bandages and his eyes obscured by dark goggles, takes a room at The Lion’s Head Inn in the English village of Iping in Sussex. The man demands that he be left alone. Later, the innkeeper, Mr. Hall (Forrester Harvey) is sent by his wife (Una O’Connor) to evict the stranger after he makes a huge mess in his room while doing research and falls behind on his rent. Angered, the stranger throws Mr. Hall down the stairs. Confronted by a policeman and some local villagers, he removes his bandages and goggles, revealing that he is invisible. Laughing maniacally, he takes off his clothes, making himself completely undetectable, and drives off his tormenters before fleeing into the countryside.
The stranger is Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), a chemist who has discovered the secret of invisibility while conducting a series of tests involving an obscure drug called monocane. Flora Cranley (Gloria Stuart), Griffin’s fiancee and the daughter of Griffin’s employer, Dr. Cranley (Henry Travers), becomes distraught over Griffin’s long absence. Cranley and his other assistant, Dr. Kemp (William Harrigan), search Griffin’s empty laboratory, finding only a single note in a cupboard. Cranley becomes concerned when he reads it. On the note is a list of chemicals including drug monocane, which Cranley knows is extremely dangerous; an injection of it drove a dog mad in Germany. Griffin it seems is unaware of this, Cranley deducing he may have learned about monocane in English books printed before the incident that only describe its bleaching power.
On the evening of his escape from the inn, Griffin turns up at Kemp’s home. He forces Kemp to become his visible partner in a plot to dominate the world through a reign of terror, commencing with “a few murders here and there”. They drive back to the inn to retrieve his notebooks on the invisibility process. Sneaking inside, Griffin finds a police inquiry under way, conducted by an official who believes it is all a hoax. After securing his books, he attacks and kills the officer.
Back home, Kemp calls first Cranley, asking for help, and then the police. Flora persuades her father to let her come along. In her presence, Griffin becomes more placid and calls her “darling.” When he realizes Kemp has betrayed him, his first reaction is to get Flora away from danger. After promising Kemp that at 10 o’clock the next night he will murder him, Griffin escapes and goes on a killing spree. He causes the derailment of a train, resulting in a hundred deaths, and throws two volunteer searchers off a cliff. The police offer a reward for anyone who can think of a way to catch the Invisible Man.
The chief detective (Dudley Digges) in charge of the search uses Kemp as bait, feeling Griffin will try to fulfill his promise, and devises various clever traps. At Kemp’s insistence, the police disguise him in a police uniform and let him drive his car away from his house. Griffin, however, is hiding in the back seat of the car. He overpowers Kemp and ties him up in the front seat. Griffin then sends the car down a steep hill and over a cliff, where it explodes on impact.
Griffin seeks shelter from a snowstorm in a barn. A farmer hears snoring and sees the hay, in which Griffin is sleeping, moving. The man notifies the police. The police surround the building and set fire to the barn. When Griffin comes out, the chief detective sees his footprints in the snow and opens fire, mortally wounding him. Griffin is taken to the hospital where, on his deathbed, he admits to Flora that he had tampered with something that was meant to be left alone. After he dies, his body gradually becomes visible again.
ABOUT THE SET – RARE SERIES THREE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS
All Sculpts by Oluf W. Hartvigson: Released in 2000 by Sideshow Toy, the SERIES THREE 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 THREE SET will not disappoint! Plus, like our other series sets…it’s even more rare to find a complete SERIES THREE mint set that collectors are willing to let go of. In fact, Sideshow Toys put out a total of five series in this UNIVERSAL MONSTERS run…and we have the SERIES ONE and SERIES TWO mint sets in our collection as well – as well as near complete SERIES FOUR and SERIES FIVE collections. In all of our complete sets, the bubbles are perfectly clear and the cards are perfect or near perfect…and that’s a very rare thing to find these days!
Not only is the Universal Studios Monsters SERIES THREE a tougher set to locate complete and nearly flawless like this one, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find collectors willing to sell…especially complete sets in this condition. 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.
In this particular SERIES THREE set, we can find only one small and very slight corner crease on the Invisible Man card, and a slight rubbing around the price tag on the Hunchback card.
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|Dimensions||14 x 14 x 12 in|