Since my local toy watering holes aren’t being cooperative, I’m running a bit low on domestic toys to review. But I did uncover a couple of Diamond Select figures from my to-do pile. Today’s review focuses on the retail version of their Universal Monsters’ Dracula.
I think I mentioned this in my Frankenstein review, but I’m pretty surprised that DST chose to do both Dracula and Frank in one wave. These are arguably the two most popular characters in the line, and I really expected them to be spaced out a bit so they could carry their own wave.
Of course one reason they might have put them together is because Dracula is the first figure that doesn’t actually look like his Universal counterpart. Apparently it’s notoriously difficult (or expensive) to acquire the licensing rights from Bela Lugosi’s estate in order to use his likeness. Instead of dragging out the inevitable, Diamond bit the bullet and chose a more generic looking Dracula.
I have some mixed feelings about this choice. This figure will never be a true Universal Monsters Dracula, which means the collection will never be complete. On the other hand, this figure looks an awful lot like the actor who portrayed Dracula in the 1987 movie Monster Squad, which is one of my favorite movies from when I was young.
This figure also has a variant head from the comic shop exclusive. Instead of mouth closed, this Dracula is baring his fangs.
The bodies are both the same and are sculpted wearing a full tux with tails, because Drac is always stylish. There’s some really nice detail work on his shoes, and they even added that classic giant pendant around his neck. His cape, which can be removed (notice the glue spot on the back of my figure) is billowing in the wind. Something that’s a bit annoying is the painted watch chain on his vest. It looks kind of tacky with all the sculpted bits around it. Continue to page 2…