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Dr.Mirakle32
03-30-2012, 07:34 AM
From the 1959 classic comes this 12" figure based on Christopher Lee as Kharis, the cursed high priest. He is slated to ship April 23rd.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/AMUMU4.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/AMUMU3.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/AMUMU7.jpg

This is probably my favorite Hammer figure yet since it looks pretty faithful to its source. IMO, it's also the best mummy figure in this scale, being an improvement over this:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/review_12mummy_4.jpg

Fangs of Death
03-30-2012, 07:47 AM
That looks pretty cool! Love the way the bandages look ancient.

Presumably that other is the Sideshow? Not keen on that, but would love to get hold of the Ardeth Bey. Gorgeous.

thenammagazine
03-30-2012, 07:59 AM
:lol @ the comparison to a figure that's a decade old and came in at less than half the price.

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 08:15 AM
Man---he is pumping these things out. Nice face sculpt. Bandages look good.

abake
03-30-2012, 10:17 AM
The arms look a bit beefy... otherwise looks pretty neat!

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 10:19 AM
If I were a rich man I would own everything he has done. But alas--I aint.:lecture I think after the Baron is done with the retro versions of the figures, he should do a couple high end Hot Toys style figures. Just to show folks he can do it. The price point should be comparable to Hot Toys though. But thats gonna give folks something new to hem haw about.


Just to make a point here. I seeded another forum I post at with the SHS Creepshow news. Most folks loved the figure, but complained about the $98 price point. Which I thought was fine. One of the fellas who griped about the $98 price tag for Creepshow later paid $1,000 for this.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz1jili4OC1qemxfbo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId =AKIAI6WLSGT7Y3ET7ADQ&Expires=1333214251&Signature=JnQiChyfNM%2BDjcZ8Mlw10rnnfL0%3D


Its all about what you're into I suppose. Personally I would rather have Nate and $900.:lol. But he thought $98 was too much. There are folks who love these figures---which is obvious at the pace they are being hammered out (pun intended).

By the way Nam (we're buds, right?)...if Sideshow's Mummy came out today---it would probably be $125-200...so cut the dude a little slack. I know:lecture:lol.

EVILFACE
03-30-2012, 10:21 AM
That is the best looking figure made by this company. The arms look a bit too thick but at least he can cross the arms, unlike the immobile Sideshow one.

But the SS head and hand sculpts crush this offering.

I would like to body swap and re-wrap my SS one but he worth way to much to mess with. :lol

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 10:28 AM
The arms look a bit beefy... otherwise looks pretty neat!

Have you seen the Chris Lee Mummy flick? Just as Chaney was portly (the fattest emaciated Mummy you are ever gonna see), Lee was towering strength. They made a point to incorporate Lee's strength into the film's scroll of life. "Make supple these limbs and strong these sinews." Lee's bandages were so tight in the film, he popped his collar when he "snapped" the Egyptian fellas back. Meanwhile, Chaney must've binge drank those fattening, fattening tana leaves. Shamey on him.

Lee's unstoppable Mummy, also tall, fast and imposing (he nearly runs after his prey in the film). He is shot, stabbed with a spear, and shot again. It isnt until they have a barrage of surrounding gunfire that someone nearly takes his head off and puts him down. Lee's Mummy is credited for inspiring the later stable of unstoppables such as Myers and Jason. As in love as I am with the Universal classics: my opinion is the Lee/Cushing Hammer Mummy film of 1959 is the best Mummy film ever made. If you haven't seen it---I highly recommend it

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mSk9jqhV8-s/T19E42TZpII/AAAAAAAAEx0/n3zuWfKOcRI/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+CHRISTOPEHRE+LEE+THE+MUMMY+PCASUK.jp g

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QOWkNOdZVMU/T18-jwvSMkI/AAAAAAAAExE/s9xWHdNo2tA/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+THE+MUMMY+HAMMER+FILMS+PCASUK+6977.j pg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pv8c732iirc/Tuo8k8-iV7I/AAAAAAAACLk/_ULBS8eW4Kk/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+THE+MUMMY+2.jpg

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/6420/jackpierce22oi9.jpg

EVILFACE
03-30-2012, 10:29 AM
lol, it's not even Christopher Lee, it's a built stunt man. Lee never had muscles.

thenammagazine
03-30-2012, 10:32 AM
By the way Nam (we're buds, right?)...if Sideshow's Mummy came out today---it would probably be $125-200...so cut the dude a little slack. I know:lecture:lol.

Well, let's be honest here though. If Sideshow did The Mummy today, it would blow this one out of the water coming in at only $50 more. It wouldn't be double the price, with less likeness and the same quality as we have with the above. :wink1:

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 10:39 AM
lol, it's not even Christopher Lee, it's a built stunt man. Lee never had muscles.

***Sigh*** :wink1:No---its Lee. Either that or he's a colossal liar.:thwak I am going to believe him, and every interview I have read to this point. In his interviews he states he dislocated his shoulder busting through a locked door that was supposed to be open, and he burned his chest with the explosive packs they used for gunshots. He wasn't a superstar yet...so he did what he was told. All that changed later and he got his way a lot. The injuries are why he said he would never play a Mummy again. He didnt either.:lecture

Lee's stunt double didnt start working with him until Dracula Prince of Darkness, and he did play a Mummy in a different Hammer film. His name was Eddie Powell. He played the original Alien in the Ridley Scott epic. But Lee did the stunts for the Mummy, and many other of his films. He may not have been Arnold Schwartzy...but he had to be fit for his roles. He also was skilled in hand to hand combat in WW2, having stabbed at least one Nazi in a knife duel. He kept in shape. He had to...he had a heart condition that threatened to kill him. Until he got the heart valve of a pig sewn into his to keep him alive. Amazingly, pig valves must work very well as he has outlived every other Horror star of his era and is approaching 90.:1-1::peace

Dr.Mirakle32
03-30-2012, 11:28 AM
Well, let's be honest here though. If Sideshow did The Mummy today, it would blow this one out of the water coming in at only $50 more. It wouldn't be double the price, with less likeness and the same quality as we have with the above. :wink1:

Have you actually seen the 1959 Mummy with Christopher Lee? I've seen it dozens of times, and the sculpt is pretty spot on. Not sure how you can do much better. The old Sideshow sculpt is an excellent Karloff, but this is Lee. I only used it as a comparison to show the difference in the proportions and bandaging.

But then, this is the board where people _____ about Hot Toys' likenesses, so I suppose everyone deserves the same courtesy.

Dr.Mirakle32
03-30-2012, 11:29 AM
That looks pretty cool! Love the way the bandages look ancient.

Presumably that other is the Sideshow? Not keen on that, but would love to get hold of the Ardeth Bey. Gorgeous.

The Ardeth Bey is great. I never owned the original bandaged Mummy, just because it only had 5 minutes of screen-time compared to the Bey look.

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 11:32 AM
The Ardeth Bey is great. I never owned the original bandaged Mummy, just because it only had 5 minutes of screen-time compared to the Bey look.

I bought everything they did in 12 for Universal Monsters. As long as it was in color. I supported the line completely. But I had money then,lol. There were more than a couple disappointments in that line. Especially the anemic, underweight Wolfman.

thenammagazine
03-30-2012, 11:41 AM
Have you actually seen the 1959 Mummy with Christopher Lee? I've seen it dozens of times, and the sculpt is pretty spot it. Not sure how you can do much better. The old Sideshow sculpt is an excellent Karloff, but this is Lee. I only used it as a comparison to show the difference in the proportions and bandaging.

But then, this is the board where people _____ about Hot Toys' likenesses, so I suppose everyone deserves the same courtesy.

Ironically, I feel the same about people who try to make HT look better by comparing it to considerably older releases that were a fraction of the price... kinda like what you did there. :lol

galactiboy
03-30-2012, 12:45 PM
Looks pretty good... I'd agree the arms are too thick (at the bicep) causing them to look odd. But the rest is pretty good looking especially for the price. Figuremaster Les did an two amazing customs Mummys (one Lee and one Karloff) back in the day that to me still are the top ones I've seen.

Sadly I can't seem to find pics of either anymore... but if Les were still doing work I'd have loved to get him to rework my Sideshow figure.

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 01:57 PM
Looks pretty good... I'd agree the arms are too thick (at the bicep) causing them to look odd. But the rest is pretty good looking especially for the price. Figuremaster Les did an two amazing customs Mummys (one Lee and one Karloff) back in the day that to me still are the top ones I've seen.

Sadly I can't seem to find pics of either anymore... but if Les were still doing work I'd have loved to get him to rework my Sideshow figure.

Dang...how did I miss those?:slap I love his stuff. he did a killer Shadow once if I recall.

galactiboy
03-30-2012, 02:38 PM
Took me a bit, but I found it... I don't know if the other one in the pics is Lee or not? Honestly I'm not as well versed when it comes to my Hammer Horor :monkey3

But here's the link to the post about them:
FML Custom Mummy figures (http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1719444&postcount=866)

Anton Phibes
03-30-2012, 02:44 PM
Took me a bit, but I found it... I don't know if the other one in the pics is Lee or not? Honestly I'm not as well versed when it comes to my Hammer Horor :monkey3

But here's the link to the post about them:
FML Custom Mummy figures (http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1719444&postcount=866)

That other mummy is chaney and its sweeeeet!!!

Fangs of Death
03-30-2012, 03:09 PM
Superb!! Both of them, top work. As alluded to, a difficult custom to pull off, with all that bandage....agghh would do my head in.

1sixthtoyz
03-30-2012, 06:32 PM
I think he looks great! OK the arms a little beefy, but I give him a 9.

Dr.Mirakle32
03-30-2012, 07:03 PM
The arms are damned if you do or damned if you don't. I saw an early photo without the padding and the arms were too lanky. As Anton as already pointed out, Lee was pretty thick in that movie, so I prefer it as is.

Mikekind
03-30-2012, 09:27 PM
I like that a lot, and now I'm gonna have to check out that version of the mummy. Love me some Christopher Lee.

Baron Victor
03-30-2012, 09:41 PM
Seems to me that the photos oF THe Lee Mummy movie show him having beefy biceps but what do I know?
And persitant reference of and comparison to Sideshow, why?
Sideshow is a major company who has its items mass produced in China where as I am an individual, who apart from the sculpt, does everything myself (well with the Mrs that is). You have to remember I am making the figures that Sideshow and others didnt want to produce because the market was deemed to small.
I am glad Dr. Mirakle posts my figures on here as I find the feedback, both positive and negative, amusing.
There will always be those who have a self perceived eye of an expert who say "Its not as good as........", or " If sideshow................." or "Hot Toys would......................" but it actually has no bearing to me or my figures. As a single producer only two things really matter, sales and customer satisfaction and luckily I have both. My Norman Bates was slated because of the finish and likeness, yet I have had feedback saying its "one on my most lifelike figures" and "please use the translucent finish again." If my paying customers pick my figures apart then i would know I am doing something wrong but they dont. The Mummy is my 12th figure in around 18 months (14 if you count the B/W versions) and the next one is already in the sculpture process. The way I look at it is I must be doing something right. I also look at it as an age and maturity thing. Over on the Mego forum, where they appreciate the classic look, The Mummy got a very positive response. Its all a matter of perception and what you want with a figure.
I dont usually like to mention this but I sold a third of The Mummy's run within three hours and gained another wholesaler. I hope Dr. Mirakle continues to post my figures here but could I ask that if you decide to pick it apart, do it for what it is and not in a comparison to what somebody else done.
Kind Thanks
Martin / Aoy

Buttmunch
03-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Have you seen the Chris Lee Mummy flick? Just as Chaney was portly (the fattest emaciated Mummy you are ever gonna see), Lee was towering strength. They made a point to incorporate Lee's strength into the film's scroll of life. "Make supple these limbs and strong these sinews." Lee's bandages were so tight in the film, he popped his collar when he "snapped" the Egyptian fellas back. Meanwhile, Chaney must've binge drank those fattening, fattening tana leaves. Shamey on him.

Lee's unstoppable Mummy, also tall, fast and imposing (he nearly runs after his prey in the film). He is shot, stabbed with a spear, and shot again. It isnt until they have a barrage of surrounding gunfire that someone nearly takes his head off and puts him down. Lee's Mummy is credited for inspiring the later stable of unstoppables such as Myers and Jason. As in love as I am with the Universal classics: my opinion is the Lee/Cushing Hammer Mummy film of 1959 is the best Mummy film ever made. If you haven't seen it---I highly recommend it

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mSk9jqhV8-s/T19E42TZpII/AAAAAAAAEx0/n3zuWfKOcRI/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+CHRISTOPEHRE+LEE+THE+MUMMY+PCASUK.jp g

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QOWkNOdZVMU/T18-jwvSMkI/AAAAAAAAExE/s9xWHdNo2tA/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+THE+MUMMY+HAMMER+FILMS+PCASUK+6977.j pg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pv8c732iirc/Tuo8k8-iV7I/AAAAAAAACLk/_ULBS8eW4Kk/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+THE+MUMMY+2.jpg

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/6420/jackpierce22oi9.jpg

You sure thats not Lon Chaney Jr in that last pic? It doesn't look a thing like Lee but I totally can see Chaney.

thenammagazine
03-31-2012, 12:09 AM
You sure thats not Lon Chaney Jr in that last pic? It doesn't look a thing like Lee but I totally can see Chaney.

:lecture:lecture:lecture :exactly::goodpost: It's not Lee, It's Chaney Jr, from Mummy's Ghost:


http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f301/PShields79/MummysGhost_1.jpg

Baron Victor
03-31-2012, 12:44 AM
I think Anton was pointing out the difference between Chaney and Lee which is why both characters were included

Anton Phibes
03-31-2012, 07:26 AM
:lecture:lecture:lecture :exactly::goodpost: It's not Lee, It's Chaney Jr, from Mummy's Ghost:


http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f301/PShields79/MummysGhost_1.jpg

Come on guys....I know the last pic is Lon Chaney for God's sake.:gah::lol:slap Did you read the written part of the post or just look at the pictures? I said Chaney was portly and wanted to find a pick of his beer belly Mummy to compare to the shots of Lee being tightly wrapped and beefy.

That is why I wrote the line about the fattening tana leaves in the post. Lee didnt drink tanna leaves.:lecture

Anton Phibes
03-31-2012, 07:28 AM
I think Anton was pointing out the difference between Chaney and Lee which is why both characters were included

You would be correct. Thank you. I think some folks are drunk posting, not reading my written replies, or are just screwing with me. If I couldnt tell Chaney from Lee---I wouldn't be much of a fan.

Baron Victor
03-31-2012, 08:46 AM
You would be correct. Thank you. I think some folks are drunk posting, not reading my written replies, or are just screwing with me. If I couldnt tell Chaney from Lee---I wouldn't be much of a fan.

I know Anton. I know you know your monsters, you know and you know I know you know

Buttmunch
03-31-2012, 08:52 AM
:lol Glad I'm not crazy then. I knew that was Chaney!

And actually, wrapped up like that, there isn't a ton of difference in buff Lee or fat Chaney :lol

Anton Phibes
03-31-2012, 10:39 AM
:lol Glad I'm not crazy then. I knew that was Chaney!

And actually, wrapped up like that, there isn't a ton of difference in buff Lee or fat Chaney :lol

....just that tana leave/root beer belly,lol. Its really evident in the Mummy's Curse (which was the picture I was hunting, but couldnt find until now).Well---plus the fact that Chaney did have a stunt man and was drunk most of the time. A point he had in common with some of our fellow freaks at times:lol Chaney was a fat Mummy. BIG-FAT-MUMMY. But I still love him.:lol


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_mpjbXhcFrIA/TUBwrysxqZI/AAAAAAAAFnM/nGIK2ERk3Rs/s1600/Mummy%2527sCurse.jpg

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj9ek8QF7l1qcay1ao1_500.gif

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_q9gTdYDKI3U/S_oj1NFQOCI/AAAAAAAAChU/ID9t_z6q4O0/s1600/027.jpg

Dr.Mirakle32
04-03-2012, 10:23 AM
Since this has always been my favorite Mummy film, I also wouldn't mind figures of Christopher Lee as (living) High Priest Kharis and George Pastell as Mehmet Akir, the mummy's keeper.

http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/image11/mummy2.jpghttp://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsP/13465-4227.jpg

ILUVSkinner
11-21-2012, 12:13 AM
I'd pay good money for Mehmet ''Akir'' Bey too. He is the best part of the best Mummy film IMO, save for Christopher Lee's Mummy himself.

This figure is pretty good too. Infact, the sculpt and bandages are breathtaking.

ILUVSkinner
11-21-2012, 12:23 AM
Lee's stunt double didnt start working with him until Dracula Prince of Darkness, and he did play a Mummy in a different Hammer film. His name was Eddie Powell.

Actually, I believe Lee had one of his two stuntman (can't remember which but both played Mummies in the sequels, one was Eddie Powell but I cannot remember the other man's name) for one scene in 'The Mummy', which I think was him going under water. Christopher Lee rarely used stunt-doubles even after his injuries, unless the action was too strenuous or dangerous (such as Dracula setting alight in 'Scars of Dracula'...that was Eddie Powell, I think).

ILUVSkinner
11-21-2012, 12:34 AM
Ironically, I feel the same about people who try to make HT look better by comparing it to considerably older releases that were a fraction of the price... kinda like what you did there. :lol

To be fair, this figure is made by a small operation. It is really just a custom figure with a nice box. It'll be hard to get a figure of higher quality made than this on this budget. As it is, the headsculpt is as good as anything HT puts out, it is Lee's Mummy, no doubt about that, because the sculptor is a talented artist that specializes in making busts and dioramas based on Hammer films.

The paint might be better, though I find that the paint aps for the skin are nearly perfect. The eyes are a bit weaker, but as half of my collection are custom figures, I have not seen much better. Eyes are hard and this figure has well-painted eyes.

I might be tempted to buy another and add the head to an HT body, with the same bandaged method used in the figure above (I enquired about it before, so I could replicate it) just to show that this figure would stand up well with HT figures...even if I do not care for them myself (though I am growing fond of ''Clone Toy'' bodies).

Let's face it, this figure is barely even retro as he is too lifelike. The old Dragon body is the only thing that is a bit ''old school'' about this figure. I doubt anyone could make a better and more realistic Mummy figure using a Dragon body.

thenammagazine
11-21-2012, 10:14 AM
To be fair, this figure is made by a small operation. It is really just a custom figure with a nice box. It'll be hard to get a figure of higher quality made than this on this budget. As it is, the headsculpt is as good as anything HT puts out, it is Lee's Mummy, no doubt about that, because the sculptor is a talented artist that specializes in making busts and dioramas based on Hammer films.

The paint might be better, though I find that the paint aps for the skin are nearly perfect. The eyes are a bit weaker, but as half of my collection are custom figures, I have not seen much better. Eyes are hard and this figure has well-painted eyes.

I might be tempted to buy another and add the head to an HT body, with the same bandaged method used in the figure above (I enquired about it before, so I could replicate it) just to show that this figure would stand up well with HT figures...even if I do not care for them myself (though I am growing fond of ''Clone Toy'' bodies).

Let's face it, this figure is barely even retro as he is too lifelike. The old Dragon body is the only thing that is a bit ''old school'' about this figure. I doubt anyone could make a better and more realistic Mummy figure using a Dragon body.

:nono I was agreeing with you. I despise people who pull that garbage. Like when they trolled Sideshow's 5+ -year-old $50 T-800 figure, blasting it in their comparison to Hot Toys' $200 T800 when it was first announced.

ILUVSkinner
11-23-2012, 11:21 PM
:nono I was agreeing with you. I despise people who pull that garbage. Like when they trolled Sideshow's 5+ -year-old $50 T-800 figure, blasting it in their comparison to Hot Toys' $200 T800 when it was first announced.

I remember the Sideshow T-800. In some regards I preferred it because one of my main criticisms of HT is their cold sculpts. That is a small criticism, though, the pricing is something that really is a problem though.

Obviously the HT T-800 figure is better as a whole, it costs a hell of a lot more and HT are far bigger than Sideshow was. I'm not keen on comparisons either and, if I am honest, I dislike faulting something that artists have spent time on. It is why I steer clear of commenting negatively on custom figures I do not like; too personal for me. Now companies I can criticize for putting out unimaginative figures in place of more interesting ones (modern camo ninja in otherwise traditional garments instead of some very historical Japanese figure that has never been made, comes to mind).