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UNIVERSAL MONSTERS THE MUMMY “Glow In The Dark” Boris Karloff Edition
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* 2001 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK The Mummy
* SIDESHOW TOY RELEASE
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigson
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – THE MUMMY “Glow In The Dark” 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 PIECE
Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigson: Released in 2001 by Sideshow Toy, THE MUMMY GLOW IN THE DARK – Boris Karloff Edition, was intended for display in lighted display…where it could glow and show amazingly in a glass case after the light source was removed. I’d venture to guess though, that not many of The Mummy glow edition figures 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. The Mummy Glow In The Dark Boris Karloff Edition will not disappoint!
The Mummy Glow In The Dark Boris Karloff Edition is not an overly rare piece, but it is a must for any Universal Studios Monsters collector. In our collection, we’ve got this particular example MISP (mint sealed in package), and one we have displayed in a LED lit glass case, that haunts our showroom after the lights are turned off. I for one, love the novelty of the glow in the dark luminescence variety of these Sideshow Toy releases for UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS, and before I’m through, our showroom will be displaying all of the classic monsters behind lighted glass. Cool factor of 10!
Although I don’t see this particular figure skyrocketing in value over the near term, it will have timeless value for collectors of the UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS releases forever. Let’s face it, without UNIVERSAL STUDIOS and their monster movies back in the late 50’s and early 60’s, nobody today would even know what a movie monster was! So the classic monsters and creatures of from UNIVERSAL STUDIOS will always have their highly desired place in American history…and collector’s stashes!
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|Dimensions||12 × 10 × 4 in|