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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS RETRO CLOTH SERIES – Complete Set
* UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FAMOUS MONSTERS
* RETRO CLOTH SERIES Complete Set
* MINT CONDITION – Factory Sealed
* Perfectly Clear/Near Mint Blisters
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS – RETRO CLOTH SERIES – MISP/Complete Set
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.
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.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Released in 2010 by Diamond Select Toys, the UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS RETRO CLOTH SERIES Collector Set, was a retro re-launch to some of the very first days of monster action figures. Consisting of four characters, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Phantom and The Metaluna Mutant…this set includes high detail sculpts and custom fabric clothing typically seen on monster figures from the 1970’s. And like usual from Diamond Select, the character likenesses in these creature sculpts is uncanny good!
The set we have in our inventory is MISP (mint is sealed packaging), and all the clamshell packages are perfectly clear and completely straight. The Creature and Phantom clamshells have a small tear in the upper left corners, but are otherwise mint like the others. Also, it is getting harder to find complete sets like this in great condition, and finding these examples was no easier for us. The set also displays really well under LEDs, although you’ll need a small prop wedge to hold them upright…as the packaging was meant for hang displays. Overall, just another of the great “MUST HAVE” Universal Studios Monsters sets to have in your collection!
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|Dimensions||20 × 15 × 15 in|