Are you even a real horror movie fan if you aren’t obsessed with the Universal Monsters that started it all? These new figures are out this month!
No horror movie lover’s collection is complete until they acquire some Universal Monster figures. Featuring characters like The Wolfman, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal Monster figures bring Universal’s classic horror films to life and are a fun way to show your love for the classic movies that kicked off the monster subgenre. In an exciting piece of news, NECA is releasing a pile of new Universal Monsters figures later this month that are available for pre-order now!
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Better yet, half of this collection features Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters reimagined as favorite Universal monsters. Ever wonder what Donatello would look like as the Invisible Man? What about Casey Jones as The Phantom of the Opera? Each TMNT figure is transformed into a Victorian Universal Monster with details nodding to both properties.
Leonardo as The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Turtles are known for being aquatic so it makes sense that NECA would bring The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to their roots with this Creature from the Black Lagoon figure. The iconic blue leader is rocking webbed toes and claws. At 7 inches, he comes with 8 removable pieces and accessories.
Donatello as The Invisible Man
Donatello is channeling his inner invisible man with this NECA figure. The coolest part of this set is that Don’s shell is translucent so you can see the slices of pizza stuffed in there. Like his brothers, he also comes with detachable limbs and fighting accessories.
Raphael as Frankenstein’s Monster
It makes sense that Raphael would be Frankenstein’s Monster, filled with rage for being created. This version of Raph sees him with a large forehead and bolts coming out of his neck. His sais are in the shape of lightning bolts as an homage to the Mary Shelley character.
Michelangelo as The Mummy
Cowa-bunga! This figure of Michaelangelo has him dressed up as The Mummy. He comes with ankh nunchucks, a bendable cobra, and detachable body parts, including a grimacing face. The figure is 7 inches tall and comes in a collector-friendly box decorated with a custom illustration.
Leonardo as The Hunchback
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If one Universal figure wasn’t enough for the TNMT leader, NECA gave the world Leonardo as the Hunchback from Frankenstein. At 7 inches, Leo gives a menacing grin. His shell is prominently featured and can open up to store various items like two katanas, shovels, bones, and even a brain – just like Ygor.
April O’Neil as The Bride of Frankenstein
Rounding out the TMNT Frankenstein collection is April O’Neil as the infamous bride. The 7-inch tall figure trades her fair skin for a green ghoulish pigment that brings out the white streaks in her hair. Wrapped in tattered cloth, she is ready to report on anything with her messenger bag, microphone, and detachable body parts.
Casey Jones as Phantom of the Opera
For this version of Casey Jones, The Phantom of the Opera is playing hockey! Combining the TMNT universe with the classic tale of revenge and longing, Casey Jones merges the two stories by wearing a hockey mask to cover his face. He comes with multiple hockey sticks, detachable hands, and a skull.
Splinter as Van Helsing
Master Splinter is known for reigning in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just like Van Helsing does with vampires. Though their approaches are very different, this figure sees the sensei as the vampire hunter. He comes with or without a hat, various weapons, and detachable hands.
Universal Monsters Retro Glow-in-the-Dark Set of 3
What’s better than three Universal Movie Monster figures for a reasonable price? Ones that glow in the dark! Featuring Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, and Wolfman, these creatures are sure to scare up your collection whether the lights are on or not. Each figure is packaged individually and NECA-certified.
Creature from the Black Lagoon Black and White Version
The world may know him as green, but NECO took all the color right out of him. This black-and-white version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon is movie-accurate and comes with three extra pairs of hands in different poses and three head sculpts. He also comes in a window display-friendly box.
Dracula Black and White Version
Dracula is just better in black and white. The same goes for this NECA figure. Without a pigment of color, this bloodsucker comes with five extra hands in various positions, a top hat, cane, two removable faces, and a bat in flight. It comes in just under 7 inches.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
As part of Jada’s collaboration with Universal, no collection is complete without The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Display him in terrifying positions, with or without his signature net and spear. He comes with an alternate detachable head and a unique collectible box and stands a little over six inches.
What’s wonderful about this collection is that it features both the classic Universal Movie Monsters and characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fandom. Want the most bang for your buck? The glow-in-the-dark set comes with three classic figures in their own box. If you’d like the turtle twist, Donatello as the Invisible Man has many visual Easter eggs.
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What Is The Best Universal Monster?
The best Universal Monster depends on what your favorite one is and how misunderstood they are. If you like a totally depraved villain, The Invisible Man and his corresponding figure is the way to go. If someone more love-struck is striking your fancy, there are three versions of The Creature from the Black Lagoon on this list.
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